"Naked" means you ain't got no clothes on. "Nekkid" means you ain't got no clothes on and you're up to somethin'. - Lewis Grizzard
We'd gotten a call last year from a fellow who had opened a store in Winston-Salem, NC. It was called Nekkid Dave. I decided that it was prolly better not to ask about the name (momma would tell me to mind my own beeswax) and just ship the man what he was looking for.
But then, of course, curiosity got the best of me and I started searching online to find out what Nekkid Dave was all about. I found pictures and my mouth about fell open. What I was looking at was an amazing collection of wares in a beautiful old former dairy barn at Reynolda Village. Packed out and beautifully done. Woods and glasses and metals all living there, in harmony, picking up the afternoon light coming in through the trees.
David Hatcher is the man behind the whole operation. He's an award-winning designer who has dabbled in all kinds of spaces and materials, and I think, if I heard right, that he got his start over in High Point in the family furniture business. And as his influence and skill grew he kept on dreaming bigger and better things, and now he's got an office and workspace that just so happens to double as the coolest home wares store I've seen in a minute.
We had to stop by on our Christmas roadtrip, and I'm darn glad we did. We met Dave. And his son, who'd found us online, and who got us into the shop. We had a great chance to chat. I wish we could've stayed longer, but Atlanta called, so we had to hit the road. But I left inspired. And I'd encourage you to get over there and give it a look next time you are near the old Reynolds Farm. You'll be glad you did.
Nekkid Dave's page can be found right over here.