Introducing Bezar, a new digital marketplace for the design-savvy

New collections
Among Bezar's offering are the designs of iconic brands, such as British designer Tom Dixon, alongside a mix of emerging designer names, special collaborations and new collections
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Bradford Shellhammer might be best known as the vivacious, colourfully dressed co-founder/former chief design officer of, but this week sees him reveal his much-anticipated follow-up project that marks his return to the online design retail game:

The new site takes its name from the phonetic pronunciation of both bazaar and bizarre, and is what Shellhammer calls 'a market of weird things'; a digital retail platform dedicated to undiscovered design. Armed with a mix of emerging designer names, special collaborations, exclusive creations and collections from iconic brands, Bezar offers an eclectic selection of design-focused wares at decent price points, for a change.

From prints and posters, to textiles, furniture, jewellery, watches and sunglasses, Bezar represents Shellhammer's recharged effort to make good design available to all. 'At Fab, it was actually the assortment of product [that motivated customers] and the fact that we were making design fun and more accessible, and a little more mainstream,' Shellhammer recalled. 'We're pushing the boundaries of what design is - Murray Moss said that. It struck me because I always see Murray as this master curator, but I could never afford anything. That's a healthy dialogue to have within the design community; to talk about affordability and accessibility.'

Shellhammer's exit from in November 2013 coincided with the site abandoning a flash sales model for an e-commerce one, leaving the independent designers behind and competing with Amazon instead.

After a year of soul searching, travelling and consulting of various companies, Shellhammer began building up what he felt Fab had left behind. '[Bezar] is a marketplace for special design, modern design. I want it to be a launchpad for emerging designers, I want to be where iconic brands come to launch products that are new or undiscovered.'

To this, Bezar's starting line up kicks off with archival prints from the Albers Foundation, tongue-in-cheek wonders by Toiletpaper for Seletti and new glassware by Tom Dixon. Four new designers will be launched everyday, with each pop-up shop typically lasting about three days. Designers are either unknown, making something new and exclusive for Bezar - as the Josef & Anni Albers limited-run posters are - or simply offering a whimsical selection of their products.

It's a model that both designers and design hounds, such as Yves Behar and Whoopi Goldberg are proud to be associated with. Shellhammer sums it up pretty perfectly: 'If you make more people feel good about design, they make better choices in their life and it's not as intimidating an experience to walk into a designer's showroom and not be able to afford anything. I appreciate all those items, but not everyone is fortunate enough to walk into and buy something from a B&B Italia showroom. But it doesn't mean that they should live with shit.'

Art of Sport

'Art of Sport' is a collection of graphic prints which reinterprets classic sports team iconography in a new and modern way

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Collaborative design

Bronsen, the collaborative design firm based in Brooklyn, NY, bring raw animal magnetism to any room by way of Project Safari, their ceramic animal busts

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A new digital marketplace

'Design is where you have a freedom of price point: you can go really high, and you can go really low,' explains Shellhammer. I think people who really appreciate design - not luxury, but design - live with this mix in their lives, on their body and in their homes. I have Ikea and I have Ligne Rosset. Even people with money mix that.'

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Hamburg-based Heimplanet

Hamburg-based Heimplanet, also in stock now, develops functional and stylish geodesic travel equipment for the design-savvy adventurer

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Miami football

Miami football, by Art of Sport

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Playful and colourful products

Italian brand Seletti is behind an assortment of playful and colourful products for the home, from glasses and bowls to trays, umbrellas and even kitchen towels

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Seattle Football

Seattle Football, as reimagined by Argijale and Art of Sport

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Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.