Quiet Storms by A Round Cube


Sometime ago, I was walking down my usual route and was captivated by a quaint store that stood out amongst the brick walls of Williamsburg. The storefront and its white exterior looked seemingly normal at first glance, inside with curtains draping on one end and a large potted plant on the other; glimmering under the afternoon sun, the name of the store “Quiet Storms” says otherwise. Upon entering, visitors are enveloped by silk curtains which are draped along the walls. In the center, an elongated table greets visitors while showcasing Quiet Storms' prized possessions – curated by shop owner Reshma Patel, each distinguished jewelry made by independent designers, tell a story. Geometric forms with a twist of German ingenuity. Delicate, yet bold, avant-garde designs from Copenhagen. Unique and quirky with a touch of surrealism from Madrid. I took my time looking at each piece, admiring its' subtle details and individuality – delicate, yet bold and unforgiving.

某日散步在Williamsburg街上,眼角瞄到一家以前沒見過的小店,白色絲綢配著紅絲絨抱枕,窗邊放著許多熱帶植物,抬頭看它的名字,金色的“Quiet Storms” 在午後太陽下在微微閃爍。走慣的街上新開了這個迷人的店,腳步不由自主著踏進去。白色絲綢環繞著店內的空間,俐落的擺設襯托著店裡的長桌,安靜的陳列著他們收藏的珠寶與飾品。走近看你會發現老闆Rashma Patel的用心,她挑選的珠寶都是來自世界各地的獨立珠寶設計師。來自德國,又圓又方的幾何搭配隱藏的結構。來自哥本哈根,精緻卻大方的前衛精神。來自馬德里,風趣中帶著超現實主義的自信。放慢腳步欣賞這些獨特的設計,你會逐項讀出每個不同的文化背景,購物的同時更有欣賞藝術作品一樣的樂趣。


Rashma's vision resonates with me whenever I see jewelry shops. As her passion for jewelry stems from her Indian heritage, she said that precious gems and metals are a significant part of her culture. Jewelry is timeless and deserves being given the appropriate stage to present itself. On the other hand, she wants Quality made approachable. The shop illustrates Rashma's vision perfectly – powerful yet tranquil, relaxed yet sophisticated, much like "Quiet Storms." To be honest, I have never been good with accessories. Bits just slip between my fingers (if not today then definitely tomorrow or the day after that); as such, its been a long time since I've kept jewelry. This time, however, I couldn't resist getting a pair of asymmetrical earrings and a ring, both of which I have never seen elsewhere. Quiet Storms brought back my affection in wearing jewelry; and as of now, the only place I'd go look for any.

現在每當我看見別家的珠寶陳列都會想到Rashma。從我們的聊天中發現對於出生印度背景的Rashma來說,珠寶不只是印度文化重要的一環,對他們而言更是傳承永恆的舞台。在珠寶被嚴肅的框住在奢華之中,她更希望透過獨到的擺設讓高品質珠寶更親名。這間屬於Rashma的角落完全詮釋了他的信念;力量中有平靜,輕鬆卻又嚴謹,在這樣的看似反差的信念卻又保持一種平衡,也就像他的名字一樣,“Quiet Storms — 寧靜的暴風雨”。

老實說我對於保管這種小精品非常的不在行,如果今天特別收好不讓它搞丟明天要戴時也還是會找不到,所以省得麻煩我不算是很愛戴飾品。這次很難得在Quiet Stroms買下ㄧ只戒指跟一對不等稱的耳環,都是我從未見過的設計。可以說Quiet Storms讓我拾起穿戴飾品的興趣,也是現在我可能唯一愛逛的飾品店。



Quiet Storms is pleased to introduce a limited edition ceramic and glass jewelry box in collaboration with design duo Keenan Polich. The jewelry box is about touching; the feeling of a round lid in hand, the smooth pocket inside, the sensory and sensual play between glass and ceramic. It is a reliquary designed around the daily ritual of wearing those most special pieces of jewelry.

Learn more on the design
Quiet Storms [Williamsburg]
142 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Dollar Oysters at Maison Premiere by angela chang


Maison Premiere is many things all at once; my go-to place for fresh oysters (in budget, yes-- you heard me), my favorite garden brunch spot, and the bar that offers one of the most amazing cocktails and absinthe. The waiter and waitresses are better dressed than the customers, in black vests and narrow ties, hands behind their backs. They also have a cozy and thoughtful garden seating for warmer times. Absinthe and oysters are the draws (as for the food it only gets better) of this immaculately-executed old world charmer. Every time after a visit, already, I cannot wait till the next time, to be surrounded by lush greens and indulge again in the dollar oysters happy hour  the happiest one of them all.

*Oyster happy hour | 4 -7pm weekday | 10-1pm weekend | 12+ varieties of oysters

說到紐約的Oyster Bar就不能不提一下Maison Premiere。
新鮮的Oyster Bar是Brunch的好選擇,晚上更是創意海鮮料理讓人垂涎三尺。他們特別的菜單吸引許多人來,而他們的調酒和生蠔會讓你留下成為常客。Maison Premiere與附近一家鬆餅有名的餐廳La Barricou同位老闆所經營,最近又新開了一家,Sauvage。食材極為新鮮是一間很有格調的餐廳 ,重點是這麼好的條件下價位還算親民。到了四五月份會開放後花園座位,清爽的早上在綠葉瀰漫的林蔭中大嗑生蠔,配上早上的第一杯咖啡,一籃現烤麵包。
“One dollar oyster happy hour” (一塊錢一個生蠔的“開心時間)

*Oyster happy hour | 4 -7pm 平日 | 10-1pm 假日 | 12+ 生蠔種類任選


Poached eggs with oysters & periwinkles | Bread basket with garlic butter | Fresh uni and oysters

Maison Premiere  [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]
298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211