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A suburban-scale lawn on the 17th floor; creating a riotous pink extravaganza for Mom; a renovation scaled to dinner for 40; and a designer who’s replicating his apartment four floors higher in the same building.

Where do you start when you’re hiring a contractor or craftsman? Briefings from five top professionals, from landscape architect to upholsterer, ofer advice and talking points.

Who sells the best table linens? How about art books? What’s your go-to hostess gift? Where’s the best dry cleaner, florist, wineshop? Five discerning New Yorkers give their (forceful) opinions.

ON THE COVER: The artist Clarina Bezzola’s Gowanus house, designed with RAAD Studio’s James Ramsey. The livingroom wall was fabricated by Bezzola herself. Photograph by Annie Schlechter for New York Magazine.

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p.62 Sanctuary spaces to covet, whether for bedtime or the backstroke.


New York Design Hunting design editor Wendy Goodman editor Christopher Bonanos art director Randy Minor


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Cecil Beaton’s showplace New York hotel suites, gone but not forgotten.

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designer Aaron Garza copy editors James Camp, Carolyn Weaver reporters Malcolm Nicholson, Matt Stieb contributors David Hay, Trupti Rami, Maura Kutner Walters, Kat Ward

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A sculptural wall that practically demands that you climb in and stay; a Nyack house full of art, furniture, and spirits; and a sleek Art Deco apartment that’s curvy without curlicues.

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p.164 See if you can identify who created this bright, bold tile bathroom for his neighbor.

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To Dream & to Do THIS IS A CITY OF madly inventive visual style right now, and in the sixth edition of our Design Hunting guide, editor WENDY GO ODMAN has chased down 12 new examples of breathtaking range. Some of these New Yorkers cozy up inside their own walls p. 94; others have turned a 17th-floor condo into a house with a full backyard p. 22, or reimagined a pair of ancient tenement floor-throughs as a dinner-party showplace p. 28. Pull up a chair. “Menagerie� wallpaper, $500 per panel, 4.33 by 15 feet, at Voutsa Showroom, 154 Eighth Ave., nr. 18th St., Ste. 4; 646-892-7797; by appointment only

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The dining room: Vintage Paul Evans chairs, vintage Jacques Quinet light fixtures. The table is custom, fabricated (like much of the woodwork) by Mack Custom Woodworking.

Photographs by Albert Vecerka

The staircase: Practically a sculpture, it is freestanding steel and bronze, and was brought in by crane. The slabs are walnut, from western Oregon.

The living room: Straight off the rack from the developer.


The InsideOut Duplex Everyone loves a terrace. So why not turn the whole living room into one? RENOVATION ARCHITECT

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A pair of large but not very distinctive West Side condos.


Cali-style indooroutdoor living, way up in the sky.

you at first thought this was a house in Palo Alto r Sausalito, you could be forgiven your mistake. The living om evokes nothing so much as warm California design: ose earth tones, the walnut ceiling, the monumental eel-and-bronze staircase with live-edge treads, and most f all the porosity between indoors and out. That grassy ackyard—with a full-grown lawn, even!—turns out to be stories up. The clients, explains architect Andrew Franz, had been outdoor space—so much so that they were willing to move from a townhouse they adored to this new condo building, which has far less inherent charm. “I mean, where else are you going to get 2,600 square feet of terrace?” he says. To that end, they combined two units for a total interior The living room: Lamps and space of about 5,500 square feet, chandelier came from forming a dogleg shape. Part of Wyeth. The sofas are architect Franz’s design brief was to create a Andrew Franz’s own design, fabricated by JM Upholstery. progression from the common fall 2016/winter 2017 | new york design hunting



The terrace: The lawn gradually gives way to bluestone slabs that run from the terrace into the living room. When the doors are retracted, there’s barely a boundary between them.


The terrace as it was: A very lonely barbecue setup.

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spaces facing the terrace (which are earthier, with more wood) to the private ones, like the bedrooms and offices (which are more urbane and refined). You can see the difference in those big wooden slabs: The coffee table is an enormous rosewood stump, the slab at the base of the staircase is irregular but smoother, and the one that serves as a desk upstairs is quite mannered. Or as you make your way from the terrace to the interior: Grass gives way to bluestone, which gives way to wood, which leads to an angora carpet in the bedroom. That kind of play among textures seems to extend to every surface in the apartment. The kitchen cabinets are lacquered, but not so heavily that the grain of the veneer disappears. The bronze handrail of the staircase is wrapped in leather, for touchability. There’s silk wallpaper everywhere—“I’ve never seen so much silk in one project,” says Franz. “Everything that isn’t wood.” And of course there’s the grass itself, where the couple and their four children spend a lot of time. “They really do retract the doors, too,” says Franz, “not just for photos. They celebrate the outdoor space.” Wouldn’t you? christopher bonanos

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The ceiling fixture: It’s by Stilnovo.

The rug: Antique Persian Serab, made of camel hair.

In the bedroom: Vintage Jacobsen Egg chair, in leather, from Fritz Hansen.

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The upstairs entry: The wallpaper is Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon pattern. The rolltop area in the cabinetry at right is a docking station for charging phones and iPads.

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The brick walls: The patchy paint is neither a special faux finish nor distressed from age. “When they were painting

Built for big gatherings.

The square sofa: Designed by Duman, it has an upright central cushion that shifts, allowing groups to sit on one side, or for Simon Preston and Duman to push it back and recline while watching TV.

When it’s set up for dinner: The squarish table you see in the photo at upper left becomes one section of this temporary arrangement. The dining table: It also serves as a drawing space for Koray Duman during the day.

he lower east side gallerist Simon Preston likes to throw the occasional dinner party after an opening. When it came time for him and his partner, the Turkishborn architect Koray Duman, to renovate this sixth-floor walk-up around the corner from the gallery, those parties were an inherent part of the plan. “Why go out to a restaurant if we could do this at home?” Preston asks. That would require a giant dining table, and that in turn meant acquiring, and breaking through into, the apartment next door. Still, Duman, who recently renovated a four-story Photographs by Peter Murdock

the bricks,” says Duman, “they first applied this sealer, and I immediately told them, ‘Stop! I like it like it is.’ ”

Both the TV projector and the screen retract into the ceiling.


studio-gallery and sculpture garden in East Harlem for Richard Prince, worried about ending up with a generic white-box look. So no detail went undiscussed. The floor-to-ceiling bookshelves wound up not gallery white but a friendly Kermit the Frog green. (When he chose the color, “Simon even asked one of his artists,” says Duman.) He took pains to highlight the building’s bones, exposing its raw brick. And he pushed the kitchen into a unique side nook, lined on all sides with stainless steel. A previous renovator had installed standardized windows that were too small for the openings, filling in the gaps with framing and Sheetrock; Duman tore it all out

The oak floors: Duman resisted any fancy finishes here as well. “We put a white stain on them, which we wiped off immediately,” he recalls. “Then we applied a natural clear finish.”

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The master bedroom: A slim band of book storage is cleverly worked into the platform bed.

The kitchen: Even the ceiling is stainless steel. It was built mostly for Preston, who’d been the household chef, but Duman liked it so much that he’s cooking more, too.

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and installed right-size windows with nearly 25 percent more glass area (and light). In the opened-up, brightened-up living room, he floated two conversation areas: a square sofa and a nineby-five-foot plywood-topped dining table. Sitting at either would prompt guests to turn to their sides to talk. “I wanted to provoke real intimacy,” Duman says. If it sounds like a fanciful dream for an art-world dinner party, you can’t fault him for trying. But maybe it worked. Last year, even though construction wasn’t done yet, the duo gave the apartment a trial run with a dinner honoring one of Preston’s artist friends, the painter Caragh Thuring. A trip to Chinatown yielded a handsome, inexpensive service for 40. Three four-byten-foot sheets of plywood, with sawhorses underneath, extended the dining table the length of the room. Recalls Duman, “The space and the furniture performed wonderfully, with everyone connecting long into the night.” david hay


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The kitchen: Nothing was custom. The table and cabinets are all from Bulthaup, with Vitra chairs and a Moooi chandelier above. As Nancy says, “If you want a Rolls-Royce, you buy a Rolls-Royce—you don’t get it made.”


The foyer: Sliding gold panels hide more storage. Nick Dine dropped the ceiling slightly to install lighting, adding a cutout to accommodate the swing of the front door.


“He immediately said, ‘Let’s get rid of the walls.’ ”

money.” It also had orangey parquet and too many small rooms. Nonetheless, Nick knew what to do: “He immediately said, ‘Let’s get rid of the walls.’ ” They started with three bedrooms; they ended up with one. The renovation contained a few surprises that slowed things down—like interior columns that hadn’t been on the building’s plans—but some things were a snap. Mother and son did all their shopping in a one-week binge, eschewing custom work in favor of off-the-rack systems and cabinetry. Nick also took pains to eliminate details (like thresholds) that could potentially be a problem as Nancy grows older, and he covered the floor with easy-tomaintain speckled Marmoleum. “It feels very safe,” Nancy notes, “for someone just about to be 80.” Downsizing turned out to be surprisingly painless. Nancy donated piles of clothing and kitchenware, and “sold all of my vintage furniture,” she says, without any pangs of nostalgia. “It felt really good.” The spacious open plan was a considered choice. At an earlier point, Nancy says, she and Nick had intended to include a study with a sofa. Then she realized something: “I thought, Why the hell do I need a study? Somebody will just want to sleep over. They can sleep on the couch. But they can also”—she points across the street with a smile—“stay at the Empire Hotel.” wendy goodman fall 2016/winter 2017 | new york design hunting



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An apartment he loved and its blankslate twin upstairs.


The old apartment reproduced in the new, with a couple of tweaks.

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oe serrins likes almost everything about his apartment. When he moved into this Art Deco building four years ago, he made minimal changes to the floor plan, moving a wall in the kitchen to make his bedroom smaller and revamping the bathroom. “It’s charming, this era of apartment buildings. The scale of the rooms is really pretty, the proportions are great. They have a real sweetness about the details and things, so we kept most of it,” he says. The only a little disappointed was the view (meh) and the light (ditto). This year, when the identical apartment four floors up came on the market, he grabbed it; he plans to move everything upstairs and reproduce the whole place verbatim, with barely a tweak. It’s an eclectic arrangement, whatever floor it’s on. “None of the furniture really matches, or goes together, but the pieces talk to Photographs by Annie Schlechter

The paint: Four colors divide the room into zones, ignoring the moldings completely.

‌ to an identical space four floors above.

The lamp: A Wendell Castle–ish design by Alan Friedman, it was a purchase made with a client in mind. Serrins liked it too much to give it up.

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Old kitchen and bath: The former was grim, the latter charming but worn.

The kitchen: The shelving is custom, made by Wood by Design to Serrins’s specs. The statuarymarble countertop and backsplash add a luxe topping to Ikea cabinetry. The doors on either side of the Bosch oven are Sub-Zero mini-fridges.

The bathroom: It’s the only room that Serrins did over completely. The bisected mirror has one panel in rosy peach. “It’s not a very colorful bathroom,” he says, “but that’s the color—and it makes you look really tan.”

each other in a nice way,” he says. “I like that it doesn’t feel overdesigned. It’s all things that I like, so it feels consistent.” Sentimental pieces inherited from his grandmother live alongside art collected from friends and vintage shops and items bought for clients that didn’t quite work for them (plus one Wendell Castle– inspired lamp that he decided he just couldn’t give up). “It’s a lot of years of accumulation, so it’s been edited in that way.” A modern paint scheme helped pull all that eccentricity together, with a yellow-gray-cream-white system of color blocks that divides the living room into four unique zones. “I wanted it to be four because I liked the idea that the paint had a different logic than the architecture,” 40 n e w y o r k d e s i g n h u n t i n g | f a l l 2 0 1 6 / w i n t e r 2 0 1 7










The light fixture: By Gaetano Sciolari, from the mid-1960s.

The print: By the artist Matt Connors. ”A cool guy,” says Serrins. “I babysit his dog.”

The blue paint: “I liked the relation of that to the carpet, which is my grandmother’s,” says Serrins, “and the curtains, which are pink.”

“The paint was following the logic of the sunlight.” BEFORE

The ceramic lamp: It’s vintage, bought in a shop in New York; Serrins thinks that the painting next to the closet, which he found upstate, might be by the same artist. The curtains: They’re shirting fabric. Serrins made the ombré treatment himself, dunking the bottom in a bucket of pink dye. The bed was designed by Serrins’s own studio.

Serrins says. “The paint was really following the logic of the sunlight. This corner is the darkest, so it’s bright yellow. The paint runs over the molding and ignores the logic of the moldings, breaking that traditional way of painting.” The quad-color treatment won’t be transitioning to the new place, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be something equally bold. “We’re going to do a pattern on the ceiling. I’m thinking of making a big peach-colored oval.” The architectural detail, however, will definitely be retained. “The handrails are part of the building—the little step down [at the entry], which was a thing they did then. My friends love to have a little Evita moment on the stairs.” k at ward 42


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Ask the Experts Matthew Haly Founder, the Furniture Joint How do you know if a piece is worth reupholstering? There’s three reasons why people get things repaired or reupholstered: One, it has sentimental value. Two, it fits their apartment. Three, it’s worth something.

specific fabrics—it’s about how they apply to the piece, and what needs to be done to them prior to using them. It’s okay to pick a silk, but you’ve got to fuse backing to it, because if you don’t, it will split within six months, because it’s not made for sitting on. It’s not thick enough, it’s not strong enough.

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So it depends how much you want it, and whether you’re willing to pay what it costs. Ninety-nine percent of things are repairable. When you get to a point where you’re reupholstering your piece, chances are all the padding and everything on the inside needs to be ripped out and redone as well. You’ll have to get it stripped to the frame and rebuilt. It often is probably more expensive than buying a new piece. Is it usually a better idea to get something new, then? We do a ton of custom furniture, and from my perspective, it’s like getting a suit made. If you’re making a custom sofa, you have to bring your clients in and I need to have them sit down. I can tell within a few minutes how this person sits on a regular basis. I see how they feel comfortable so I know what to ofer them and what works for them. Is it the right height and depth for

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the person that’s going to use it? Some people slouch. Some people sit very upright. I work from a practical standpoint. You can put any kind of fabric on it, but is it going to suit you? But there are probably fabrics that you prefer not to work with, or that are less great to choose. It’s not a matter of not liking or liking

It’s not suited to contemporary life. Exactly. We’re using our furniture every day. People see fancy houses with Louis XIV chairs, but we don’t live the same way we did before, in houses with 23 rooms. That’s why the down cushion is really no longer used—it’s more of a foam-and-down now, because we don’t have servants running around plumping them every time we sit. People will call me and say, “I’ve had this down cushion for eight months and it’s flat.” Well, you’ve got to fluf it every time. We sit on our couches every single day.

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“It’s better if people have strong opinions and strong visions: ‘I love a sea of daffodils in spring’ or ‘I hate places that have hydrangeas.’ It’s about ideas, not just shopping.”

The Landscape Designer Margie Ruddick Founder, Margie Ruddick Landscape; author, Wild by Design A lot of us who have outdoor space have just little slices of backyard—how can you get the most out of a tiny garden? You have to pick plants that are not going to grow too big. Many, many plants that people use in tra-

ditional gardens are actually supposed to be bigger, like the shrubs. If you really want a shrub to stay tiny-garden-size, you have to hack it back every year. Once I did a very small garden that was kind of tropical—even though it’s New York City and not the right zone—

and the plants were more layered vertically. The English garden hedges, and things like that, fill up small space really quickly. If you layer it, you make the space seem bigger. What plants are good for that? I like Mahonia aquifolium [a flowering shrub that looks a little like holly]. A lot of people don’t, but it’s actually great because it stays kind of demure, and it’s ever-

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I see that you often do gardens that are more wild- or naturallooking—is that a diferent job from something more traditional? Wild is actually a lot of work. It’s harder and more timeconsuming to make something look like it’s always been there. So it requires more than just handing things of to someone to just plant. I adore sumacs, even though they have a really bad reputation. One time

a client said, “Those are the plants that grow in the cracks where I grew up in the Bronx.” Those sumacs are scraggly, but there are others that are so beautiful— glossy sumac, shining sumac. What’s something to be wary of—a common problem you run up against? Wanting one of everything. You have to ratchet it back—if you have everything you’re asking for, you’re going to have a little theme park, and it’s not going to look good or feel good. It’s not for lack of skill. It’s just way, way, too much enthusiasm. k.w. margieruddick. com; 212-796-5087

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green. It’s got kind of a weird, prehistoric look to it—it’s a great plant, as opposed to a yew hedge or something huge. Very tight deciduous trees, like fastigiate white birch, can also make a skinnier boundary and give you more space.

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The Carpenter William Armsby Principal, Arm & Leg Furniture

How do you get started with a new client? Inspiration images. Usually I ask if they have anything on Google image search; sometimes we start a private Pinterest board. That allows me to get a sense of what they’re looking for, and allows me then to give them a ballpark estimate of how much it’s going to cost. The best clients are the people who have a very strong idea of what they want before they reach out.

We’ve just been through a hot and humid summer— does that make a diference in how you build? I’ve learned that a lot of people think veneer

“A lot of people like a sprayed finish, but visible brushstrokes are nice. If done by someone who’s good, it’s great.” very uniform. I think the whole psychedelic grain pattern is kind of passé. More and more popular these days is a flat lacquer—a solid, bold color in a flat tone that doesn’t reflect much light. Is there anything to watch out for or be wary of when choosing a inish? There are some that don’t touch up well on-site. It’s important for people to know that. If you choose lacquer, it’s extremely beautiful—but say six months down the road a kid dings it, that would be way more diicult and expensive to repair. Latex paint you can do yourself, at home, rather than chase down the cabinetmaker. k.w. armandleg; 843-364-2347

is cheating, but if you look back, the whole idea of veneer is more about stability than anything else. If you were to build a whole kitchen out of solid wood, in the modern Henrybuilt style, the doors would not close flat. Some people think using an MDF [medium-density fiberboard] with veneer on it is cheap, but it’s

the right material because it’s extremely stable—you want it to remain true. For those veneers, then, what kind of inishes are popular, or your particular favorite? If you’re going to choose a wood grain, my favorite currently would be a white oak. It’s very pretty and

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New York ofers some unique challenges for building. It presents a lot of problems, just with the logistics of doing work in Manhattan. I build everything to fit through not only the front door of the apartment but also the double front doors of a building. You try and measure everywhere, try and anticipate every little possible problem. But you can never really know if it’s going to fit until you try it. I had one installation of a kitchen island, and I had measured everything really carefully, and I thought I’d nailed it. It came down to less than a centimeter! But it got in.



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“Paint the ceiling the same color as the wall, or a little bit lighter, to make an envelope of the space.” Usually, I meet with the designer and try to create whatever it is they envision. If there’s anything I can do to enhance that, I’ll make suggestions where I think it’s appropriate. I want to create a mood space, and I like to work with people who want to create a mood. There was a project in Quogue working with a designer from L.A. two years ago, a house with a library that they wanted to look like limed oak— the whole library! We had to go back

The Decorative Painter Louise Crandell Founder, Serpentine Studio How do you start the process of getting a wall going? I do samples until everybody’s happy, on a board and sometimes with a drawing. Sometimes I say, “This is what it’s going to look like on the first day.” And then we’ll put on another coat and say, “It’s go-

ing to look like this on the second day,” so they can understand the process. Making sure they don’t get nervous. Yes. Sometimes colors change, depending on what’s reflecting in through the window—if there’s a lot of greenery outside, you have to

compensate for that. Or the clients will come in and be like, “Is that what it’s going to look like?” I hold hands a lot. How do you generate your ideas for a piece—are you affected by the room or the light? What I bring to my jobs is the ability to see the whole composition of the space and understand the ambience it is seeking to achieve.

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a few weeks ago to touch up. Should people count on that? It depends. We just did a round of touchups in an apartment on the Upper West Side where they have a lot of children, and I was amazed at what good shape it was in. Plaster is a good, sturdy surface, but a lot of times—in the city and the country—leaking pipes and burst pipes cause damage. k.w.; 212-674-7235

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“Take kitchen cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. Anyone who cooks has platters or cake plates you don’t use every day—storage up there is great.”

The Interior Designer Wesley Moon Principal, Wesley Moon, Inc.

What if you have that lessthan-ideal space, the postwar apartment? In New York, everyone talks about “postwar” like it’s such a bad thing. But there are a lot of good things about a postwar apartment, and a lot of times the rooms in those apartments are very gracious. You’re battling against low ceilings.

What can you do about that? Proportion is always a big thing. It’s about having contrast. When you create contrast, you create depth. Keep some things lower, and some things higher. Everything in the room shouldn’t be the same height. I like to keep most of the furniture low, but when you have tall pieces, go really high.

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What about hiding the electronics and TVs that run our lives these days? So much ugliness. I’ve started remotely locating everything. I just do an AV closet, or if it’s something that’s local in the bedroom, I’ll run it to the closet in that room. No one’s doing DVDs anymore. A lot of times I’ll use Stealth speakers and put them in the wall, and they can be plastered over, and you can paint or wallpaper over them. You can put them in a weird place without it looking weird. How do clients access it all, if it’s hidden? Everything can be done by remote control and put onto your iPad or a little touchscreen. There’s more stuff, but it’s easier to condense into one location. Sometimes I’ll wallmount a small iPad in the kitchen. I had one client who’s a big cook, so we put it near the range so she can pull up recipes while cooking, but also control other things in the house, or even answer the door. k.w.; 212-785-0392

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How and what you paint can trick the eye, I guess. People always say if you paint a ceiling dark, you bring a ceiling down, but that’s not always true. If you have it contrast with the wall, it will make it feel higher. And it adds richness, too: It’s the biggest surface in the room, so having it be a little bit unexpected, they’ll suddenly be like, ‘Wow.’





My Favorite Things

“Where’d you get that?” We asked, they answered. By Maura Kutner Walters the custom options are amazing. 335 Greenwich St., nr. Jay St.; 646-613-0497

For furniture, I love a project, so I mostly buy vintage at auction or from dealers. Rago auctions have the best unreserved sales and deals, and Wright is the house for Modernist masterpieces. Rago,; Wright, wright20 .com, showroom at 980 Madison Ave., nr. 77th St., third fl.; 212-585-0200 IDEA at Dover Street Market is the place to find the most extraordinary books—new, rare, vintage, you name it. Their Instagram account is genius and keeps me dangerously aware of the latest inventory in NYC, London, and Paris. Currently, I’m pining for Furniture Retrospective, by Donald Judd. 160 Lexington Ave., at 30th St., second fl.; 646-837-7750

I love a gallery where I can linger, see great work, and watch people respond to it. The Frick Collection

serves all those agendas exceedingly well. 1 E. 70th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-288-0700 Putnam & Putnam

does flowers to perfection. Everyday options are tightly edited but always on point, and for a splurge or event, the execution is unparalleled. 160 Fifth Ave., nr. 21st St.; 917-671-6847 Meurice Garment Care is the fixer of

so many late-night spills. My wardrobe wouldn’t be the same without them. 245 E. 57th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-759-9057 Joseph Carini Carpets

has beautiful handknotted rugs, made with integrity. The inventory is vast and

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Apparatus Studio

makes the most exquisitely modern lighting. I recently bought a pair of horsehair sconces there to use as bedside lamps. The design is romantic, detailed, and incredibly well finished. 124 W. 30th St., nr. Sixth Ave., fourth fl.; 646-527-9732; by appointment only TRNK, founded by

Tariq Dixon and Nick Nemechek, is a fantastic retailer of smart and handsome things for the home—bed, bath, and table linens, as well as dinnerware. Beyond the goods, they’ve developed a strong editorial section, with stories, interviews, and style guides.

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George Venson’s atelier Voutsa creates a series of handpainted lampshades that are phenomenal. Each is unique and full of life. 154 Eighth Ave., nr. 18th St., Ste. 4; 646-892-7797

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Book Culture is one of my favorite stores: cute and family-friendly, and the recommendations are great. 536 W. 112th St., nr. Broadway (various locations); 212-865-1588 Manhattan Art and Antiques Center

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I try to go to a nontoxic dry cleaner that either uses wet cleaning or CO2 cleaning—I like Green Apple Cleaners. 8 Spruce St., nr. Gold St. (various locations); 212-601-9702 They aren’t giving anything away, if you know what I mean, but ABC Carpet & Home is incredible

when it comes to variety and quality. And if you get the right employee, you can do a little bargaining! 888 Broadway, nr. 19th St.; 212-473-3000 Unless you truly know someone’s taste, give them flowers. I love Barbara’s Flowers in Harlem—the attention to detail does not go unnoticed. I also splurge on orchids, my favorites, at Banchet Flowers.

Some of theirs go up to $1,500, though, so be careful! Barbara’s Flowers, 2522 Frederick Douglass Blvd, nr. 135th St.; 212-234-3211; Banchet Flowers, 447 W. 16th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-989-1088 I’m a person who’s sensitive to smells, and Soapology is pretty much my version of heaven, because you can design your own custom skin-care products. 67 Eighth Ave., nr. 13th St.; 212-255-7627

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There’s nothing better than getting lost at the Strand. It’s so massive, especially when you get to the basement, but it feels like home. 828 Broadway, at 12th St.; 212-473-1452. I love and appreciate any galleries that truly strive for an ethnically diverse roster of talented artists, like Jack Shainman, Alexander Gray Associates, Project for Empty Space, and Long Gallery Harlem. When it comes to buying, I usually refer to independent dealers like Alaina Simone and Lizanne Merrill.

Collette and Darling

are my go-tos for consignments and sample sales. Both are hidden gems that are never overcrowded. Collette, 153 E. 70th St., at Lexington Ave.; 212-348-9800; Darling, 1 Horatio St., at Eighth Ave.; 646-336-6966 I buy almost everything online to avoid crowds, but for unique knickknacks I go to Ode.

For cleaning, I refer to It’s a really comprehensive aggregated list of home services. When I go to dinner parties, I pick up a good bottle of dry rosé. Lately, the best I’ve tried is MiP (Made in Provence). They carry bottles by the boatload at East River Wines & Spirits.

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The “Off the Floor” section on Donghia’s website is a great way to get beautiful pieces that are perfectly made at a nice discount. I’ve found a limestone table, lamps, lampshades, and a console table there. People hear “sample” and assume something’s going to be defective, but because Donghia updates the showroom so often, certain pieces just get taken out of rotation. For rugs, I love the Milliken “inspiredesigner” series. This program (which lets buyers order from a large menu of patterns in custom colors) allows me to produce perfectly sized and colored patterned carpet affordably.

Everyday flowers should be fresh and easy to access, so I’m partial to my local Whole Foods floral department.

The selection is usually very good if you’re just looking for a simple, do-ityourself arrangement for your kitchen counter. Nice orchid plants, too. 226 E. 57th St., nr. Second Ave. (various locations); 646-497-1222 I like to have my lampshades custom made by Stonegate Designs. I get the exact size, color, and shape for a comparable price to high-quality, offthe-shelf shades.

Demolition Depot

is the best place for architectural artifacts and antique garden ornaments. Even the salvaged pieces are from building exteriors, or intended for gardens. I love to use them inside to lend instant soul to brand-new interiors. Plus, it’s great fun to walk through the yard. 216 E. 125th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-860-1138

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Sikkema Jenkins & Co. My partner,

Greg, and I share a mutual passion for fine-art photography and never cease to get joy out of having it in our homes and experiencing it on our walls. When you find art that resonates with you, you never tire of it. For me, art is the primary layer in every space. 530 W. 22nd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-929-2262 I love crystal items from Baccarat. As hostess gifts, the Flora Biseau vase or the Harcort 1841 small bowl feel special and elegant, and easily blend into anyone’s décor—they manage to be both functional and decorative when you may not know someone’s exact aesthetic. 635 Madison Ave., nr. 59th St.; 212-826-4100 I’m not a fashion guy, I’m not a watch guy, and I’m not a car guy. But I am an art guy, and Dashwood Books has an incredible selection on contemporary photography. I feel like it was made just for me. 33 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-387-8520

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affordable online gallery that represents independent artists in various forms of media. They often have pop-up exhibitions and are always showcasing artists you’d find at major national art fairs. You can lease to buy, make custom requests, and get recommendations on pieces for your space, style and budget. Greenlight Bookstore

in Brooklyn has an amazing selection and diversity of authors and genres. The shop also has great events, including book readings and signings by celebrated authors. 686 Fulton St., nr. S. Portland Ave., Fort Greene; 718-246-0200 We love the custom clothes at Epperson, where there’s a wonderful fashion and costume designer (named Epperson). His signature style of raw edges and shape-shifting garments adds

anishka: The beautiful safetyrazor-and-organicneroli-oil set from Oui Shave makes for a great unisex gift that lasts forever. And it looks incredibly sexy in a bathroom. The selection of gorgeous, everyday flowers at DNY Natural Land has more than saved

our day for lastminute events and photo shoots. 322 Flatbush Ave., nr. Carlton Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-783-0038 We call on Brooklynbased restorer Burnett Coburn for flooring and installation work. He can do anything, he’s meticulous, and he’s very transparent about his process. 917-754-9680 Wesley Daniels, owner of 33 Woodwork, Inc.,

does all our custom millwork, furniture, and restorations. Originally from Guyana, he has decades of experience at home and in New York. We return to his shop time and again. 693 Mother Gaston Blvd., nr. Riverdale Ave., Brownsville; 917-609-5683 niya: When it comes to hostess gifts, Tsé & Tsé Associées creates beautiful porcelain tabletop pieces that are also functional conversation pieces. I especially love the Thirsty stemware—white porcelain with gold interiors. You can get them at H.P.F., Christopher

in Manhattan. 98 Christopher St., nr. Bleecker St.; 212-807-0140 Our go-to for hardware is Simon’s Hardware & Bath

on Third Avenue. The guys at the counter are remarkably knowledgeable and friendly and the range of products they supply is just perfect. 421 Third Ave., nr. 30th St.; 212-532-9220

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Five spaces that take their occupants from morning sun through evening drinks.

Eat, Sleep, Swim, Grow, Drink

The cabinets are custom Bulthaup; the concrete work surfaces were poured by Counter Culture.

Photograph by Regan Wood

The island is one of a kind, ordered from

The backsplash: The client loves peonies, says Elizabeth Bomberger. “So since we had a large cabinet-free wall space, we decided to go with a climbingvine effect.” The staff at Sicis tile worked with her to fabricate it after she’d viewed hundreds of samples and dozens of drawings.

The light fixtures came from Arteriors Home.


The windowtreatment fabric is from Designers Guild.

The stove, by BlueStar, was initially going to be the only pink note in the room besides the tile flowers. Gradually, designer and client decided to extend the palette to the big work island.


Peonies and vines led to a kitchen with a rare pink center (that’s very well done).

“my client told me she wanted a fun, urban tree house,” says Homepolish designer Elizabeth Bomberger. “Bold colors, florals, and organic movement.” Usually an exuberant wish list calms down by the time the kitchen is addressed, but in this case the fire was turned up. The pink peonies on the backsplash and the BlueStar stove ignited the desire for more, and before long designer and client were ordering a color-matched kitchen island. “I was very nervous, as they were done by two different companies,” Bomberger says, “but the vibrant pinks ended up matching perfectly.” wendy goodman fall 2016/winter 2017 | new york design hunting


Pool “we did a total demolition,” Brian Sawyer of Sawyer Berson says of the work that went into renovating this Village townhouse. The excavation underneath went so deep that it reached a primeval forest stream. To keep the basement dry, “we had to build a massive concrete bathtub to hold the foundation.” So then, naturally, they promptly filled part of it up with water again. The swimming pool you see here looks out on the house’s lower-level garden. It’s not on the lowest level; downstairs is yet another floor containing a study (with windows that look into the pool itself), a gym, a bar, and a wine room. This house is as self-sufficient as a medieval castle, and when you are taking a dip or resting at poolside, it would be easy to convince yourself that you are in a riad in the medina of a Moroccan city instead of doing your laps in the general direction of Union Square. DD Allen, founding partner of Pierce Allen, decorated the house, including this over-the-top-yet-relaxed interior with mosaic-tiled walls and carved-wood screens covering windows that overlook a cozy banquette. The lighting was important, she says: “It had to be sexy and exotic. I wanted to create a place you want to settle in to.” Even come high water. w.g. The swimming pool, six and a half feet by 36, is used by the family yearround. When you’re in the study below this floor, windows into the sides of the pool allow you to come face-toface with anyone who’s swimming.

Photograph by Eric Piasecki

A Moroccan-themed Village den where they come for the waters. The traditional tadelakt painted plasterwork was executed by Art in Construction.

The tile on the walls is from Mosaic House. “It required precise calculations and many layouts,” Allen says.

The hanging lanterns are Ars Cenedese â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cesendelloâ&#x20AC;? lights.

The curtain portières are Fortuny fabric; the ones on the French doors are Donghia fabric.

The Moroccan poufs are from Serena & Lily, the Berber rug is from F.J. Hakimian, and the pillows are covered in Oscar de la Renta fabric.

The custom-made slipper chairs are covered in Stark fabric with Penn & Fletcher custom embroidery.

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Pod people? Not these kids.

Marlon’s room: He’s 3.

Photographs by Annie Schlechter

Over the top: A little private space for Max, with an opening that allows him to climb over and visit his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room.

Maxâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s room: Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 13.

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The pure wall: Meyers and Cahill didn’t hang any art in the living room, instead treating the big wall itself as a graphic piece. And inside it: “The approach pays homage to Joe Colombo’s Living System Box1 and the densely packed, modular furniture he designed,” architect George Switzer says. The blue dresser rolls into the play space under the bed.

u r e , george s w i tzer , fou n di ng principal of Swis.Loc Architecture, could have built two regular bedrooms for his client’s two kids. But Switzer didn’t have a ton of space to work with—this is a 1,300-square-foot loft for a family of four. Fortunately, the clients were a family open to something idiosyncratic: Zesty Meyers, co-founder of the great 20th-centurydesign gallery R & Company, and his wife, Maureen Cahill. “We treated this like a work of art,” Meyers says, standing in front of a white wall punctuated by rounded doorways that peek into wonder-world pod bedrooms. There is no art on the wall here, because the wall itself has its own graphic beauty, especially when the northern light pours in. “It’s an approach to kids’ bedrooms that was widely seen in New York City in the 68


1980s,” Switzer says. “The inspiration for the kids’ rooms came from many fronts,” including sci-fi-movie sets and nasa concept drawings of the 1970s. Also from furniture by Joe Colombo and Verner Panton; Meyers is an avid collector of the work of both designers, and has put pieces by them in both rooms. Marlon, who is 3, has the unit closest to the windows, fitted out with mobile storage units on casters that can be moved to anywhere he has spread out his toys. His brother, Max, is 13, and a passionate collector himself, so his room has lots of display space and the added feature of a smartphone-controlled color-changing LED system, incorporating UV LEDs that illuminate his collection of fluorescent rocks. There’s also a panel in his room—secret, at least until now—that opens to reveal a piece of the loft’s history, showing part of an original baluster of the stairway and a cache of bottles and letters from its many years as a perfume factory. Form follows function here, but it also follows fun. w.g.

The beds: Max (on top), with Marlon on his bed, which is accessed by built-in steps.

The glow: Max can adjust the color of the illumination (and switch to UV) through an app on his smartphone.


For a French-born New Yorker, trees he knew from his youth meant time regained.

For the fountain, the artist Serge Besançon created this copper relief of two water maidens. The outline of the Alps in the background, lined up precisely with the Empire State Building, evokes the view Dr. Casanova has from his home in Southern France. The pink marble slabs came from the same quarry that supplied Versaillesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grand Trianon in 1687.

Down below: The ground cover is laid down on four inches of lightweight organic planting medium.


On this side of the penthouse rooftop, the trees include purple beech, swamp oak, paper birch, blue Atlas cedar, European larch, and Swiss pine.

new york garden designers often face difficult constraints: too much shade on a narrow terrace, old structures that canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle the load. But when creating this Chelsea rooftop green space, Christian Duvernois worked under an unusual one: sense memory. His client, Dr. Jean-Laurent Casanova, had a Proustian requirementâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a remembrance of greenery past, if you will. He asked Duvernois to plant several species of tree that he had known as a boy in France, the ones that he remembered from visits to his grandparents in the French Alps and Normandy. And he also Photographs by Annie Schlechter

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garden The trees on this side are willow oak, Corsican black pine, river birch, and male ginkgo. Next year, the edges of the roof garden will be planted with vines, so they can climb and cover the bare masonry.

The little white table is a classic by Eero Saarinen for Knoll. The sculpture is by Rudolph Serra.

envisioned a waterfall over a sculpture to symbolize the many cultures in which heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lived, including that of the country he made his second home. Three summers ago, the trees and their planters were lifted atop the house by crane and set in place. Since then, a creeping ground cover of sweet-smelling chamomile flowers, mixed with bugleweed and varieties of sedum, has grown and flourished. The rooftop, planted with wild grasses and edged with an ipe-wood fence, both acts as a noise bufer and conjures up a beach bungalow. The two gardens hum with bees and avian guests, on what were w.g. once slabs of concrete.

The glass-topped table is by the artist Ivan Stojakovic; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s titled Green Stage 1 and contains preserved plants.

Cellar Under a Park Slope townhouse, a cool cave for family and friends.

The Eastern-redcedar planking on the ceiling looks luxe but came from Home Depot.

This carved medallion is a cask top. “We bought two of them at an antique fair roughly 25 years ago,” says Jessika Auerbach, “and we’ve kept them in storage since then, waiting for the perfect wine cellar. We have it now!”

The wine racks are a mix: stock products from Wine Cellar Innovations, mixed with some custombuilt ones that had to fit around plumbing lines.

The exposed brick arches, original to the Park Slope house, were stripped and repointed. The floor in the wine room is brick tile, and the doors and windows are custom steel with insulated glass.

the townhouse standing above this wine cellar is a well-preserved beauty, with richly detailed intact woodwork. When the owners, Jessika and Jonathan Auerbach, hired the firm Delson or Sherman Architects to renovate, everyone wanted something a little more rustic downstairs. “We didn’t want to make anything too perfect,” partner Jef Sherman says, showing where new brickwork blends in with the old. The cellar is built to hold 1,500 bottles, a sizable number of them containing Chianti produced by the couple’s own Ca’ di Pesa vineyard, which they purchased in 1998.

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You reach this cool enclave through a basement screening room, the walls of which show of the building’s rubblestone foundation, giving the atmosphere of a castle with a mysterious wooden door set into the masonry. (No, there’s no cask of amontillado back there.) That door is new but made of salvaged wood and an old fireplace grille, and serves to disguise a returnair vent and provide access for the airconditioning equipment. The atmosphere is chill; so is the wine. w.g. Photographs by Annie Schlechter

A retractable movie screen drops from this slot.

The exposed foundation walls of the house are local rubblestone. Recessed LED lighting highlights their texture and gives the illusion of a higher ceiling.

The scroll-legged coffee table is from Singapore.

After Cecil Beaton checked into a hotel room, it never looked the same.

Beaton in 1966.


cecil beaton hated hotel roomsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at least, as they looked when he checked in. But by the very nature of his work, the great interior designer, costumer, photographer, and artist spent a lot of time away from his home in England, and that meant staying in hotels, especially in New York. So, of course, he did what any self-respecting worldclass aesthete would: change everything. In his early years, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d merely accessorize his room with (as Andrew Ginger explains in his new book, Cecil Beaton at Home) trunkloads of baubles, hauled from England and kept in storage in New York between hotel stays. A bowl of Christmas ornaments might occupy a table, regardless of season, if it pleased him; lamps might get wrapped top to bottom in red fringe, and be set alongside a small tasteful Picasso. Once he was done, the room would regularly become an impromptu photo studio, with those lamps rearranged to provide artful naturalistic lighting. Beginning in 1945, though, these ad hoc redecorations got stepped up, and he turned pro. The Plaza Hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new 76

1966 THE ST. REGIS Beaton felt the need for each hotel-room project to outdo the last. This suite on the 18th floor of the St. Regis was his final one, and his most outrageous: These spatter-paint draperies and rugs share a room with other, relatively conventional window treatments in tangerine velvet. “If I were younger,” wrote Beaton, “I’d go whole-hog hippy.”


1945 THE PL A Z A The painting is Fernand Léger’s Divers, Blue and Black, now owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The strong colors in the screen and curtains, said Beaton, were inspired by a visit to Pablo Picasso’s drawing room.

1949 THE SHERRYNE THERL AND Greta Garbo posed for one of Beaton’s portraits in the sitting room, seen here. The little paintings in the foyer are all red playing cards; Beaton dealt his guests a royal flush.

public-relations director—an honest-to-God prince, Serge Obolensky, who was trying to perk up the aging property—asked Beaton to redecorate a room completely. (He was paid for his work with a deep discount at the hotel and its restaurant and bar.) He raided the Plaza’s storehouse of antique furniture for its best pieces, added bright strong textiles and a great big Léger painting, and instantly turned Suite 249–251 into a destination. It was the beginning of a great run. In 1949, Obolensky moved to the Sherry-Netherland and invited Beaton to try his hand again, this time in a duplex suite. There the result was even more dramatic: black doorframes, heightened color downstairs, monochrome upstairs in the bedroom. Then came rooms at the Ambassador (now gone, it was on Park Avenue at 51st Street), the Drake (at Park and 56th), and finally the St. Regis in 1966. Every one topped the last; the St. Regis room, especially, looks years ahead of its time, covered in bursts of yellow and purple that still seem avant-garde. None of these rooms was meant to be permanent, and none was preserved. “The most they ever lasted was five or six years,” says Ginger, “and [the work] wasn’t treated with any sense of respect in that way. When fashion changed or the hotel changed hands, they were dismantled.” (Beaton, for his part, spoke about them as designs that were casually put together, and in fact each was done in a couple of months or so.) But, after all, Beaton’s motivation was partly to provide himself with somewhere to stay, and once he 1954 moved on, the room’s reason THE AMBA SSAD OR The Art Nouveau wicker for being went with him. “It furniture came from mattered so much to him a closed-down spa resort that he lived in an environin Saratoga Springs. The wallpaper and other details ment that he created,” Ginwere heavily adapted ger says. “He seemed to live from Asian designs; Beaton in the moment that way.” puckishly called the whole treatment “bogus Japanese.” c.b.




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“Traversal I” rug, $67 per square foot at Tai Ping Carpets, 860 Broadway, nr. 18th St.; 212-979-2233

Maison Lacroix chair, design by Christian Lacroix Maison for Roche Bobois, $1,470 at Roche Bobois, 200 Madison Ave., at 35th St.; 212-889-0700

“Geometric Bright” bedcover by Lisa Corti, $780 at John Derian, 10 E. 2nd St., nr. Bowery; 212-677-8408

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Striped “Losange” chair, $998 at Anthropologie, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., at 15th St.; 212-620-3116

“Le Roi Soleil” chandelier by Marcel Wanders, from $87,000 at Baccarat, 635 Madison Ave., at 59th St.; 212-826-4100

“Puddle” side table, $17,000 at Cristina Grajales Gallery, 152 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., third fl.; 212-219-9941

Georg Jensen “Urkiola” vase in polished stainless steel, $305 at Georg Jensen, 698 Madison Ave., nr. 62nd St.; 212-759-6457

“Tortoise” vase, from $530 at Ted Muehling, 52 White St., nr. Broadway; 212-431-3825

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Cappellini “Embroidery” chair, $9,580 at Cappellini Soho, 152 Wooster St., nr. Houston St.; 212-966-0669

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Stackable platform bowls, $32.50 at Beam, 240 Kent Ave., nr. N. 1st St., Williamsburg; 646-450-1469

Mohair checked throw by Ivan Pratt, $200 at Design Within Reach, 957 Third Ave., at 57th St.; 212-888-4539

“Geometric Vase” by Turi Heisselberg Pedersen, $4,000 at

“Kumiseva” tray, $160 at Marimekko, 200 Fifth Ave., nr. 24th St.; 212-843-9121

“Babou 3 Neon Pink” shelves, $95 at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, nr. 19th St.; 212-473-3000

Softline orange “Noomi” swivel chair, $1,695 at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, nr. 19th St.; 212-473-3000

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B&B Italia “Oskar” table by Vincent Van Duysen, from $7,758 at B&B Italia, 135 Madison Ave., nr. 31st St.; 212-889-9606

“Alchemy” wool rug, $7,500 at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, nr. 19th St.; 212-473-3000

“Shift” dining chair, $606 at Moooi, 36 E. 31st St., nr. Park Ave.; 646-396-0455

“Warp” bowl, from $100 at the Shop: Tom Dixon, 19 Howard St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-228-7337

Lobmeyr + Anabela Chan’s “Hummingbirds I” candy dish, from $1,400 at Les Ateliers Courbet, 175 Mott St., nr. Broome St.; 212-226-7378

Agape “Cuna” bathtub, $8,252 at DOM Interiors, 66 Crosby St., nr. Spring St.; 212-253-5969

“Jetlag” sofa by India Mahdavi for Ralph Pucci, $16,080 at Ralph Pucci, 44 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-633-0452

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Schaub “Octopus” drawer pull, $40.95 at Gracious Home, 1220 Third Ave., nr. 70th St.; 212-517-6300

“Parts High” vessel, $15,000 at ddc, 134 Madison Ave., nr. 31st St.; 212-685-0800

“Siam” tile, $85 per square foot at Artistic Tile, 38 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-727-9331

Ronel Jordaan sculptural bowl in metallic felt, from $400 at R & Company, 82 Franklin St., nr. Church St.; 212-343-7979

“Cherry Bomb” sconce, price upon request at Lindsey Adelman Studio, 1 Great Jones St., nr. Broadway; 212-473-2501

Blue Hill Steel knife, $125 at Blue Hill Market; 914-3669606, ext. 232;

Lee Broom desk lamp, $1,690 at the Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery; 212-473-2500

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“F/K/A” table lamp by Jonah Takagi for Matter Made, $795 at Matter, 405 Broome St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-343-2600

Sambonet “Terra Cotto” cast-iron casserole with lid in anise, $340 at the Primary Essentials, 372 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill; 718-522-1804

“American Modern” salt and pepper shakers, $35 at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., 27 Vestry St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-226-6113

“Passion” chair by Philippe Starck, from $1,605 at Cassina, 155 E. 56th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-245-2121

“My Fusion” bowls, $25 at MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring St., at Crosby St.; 646-613-1367

Bertazzoni Professional Series range in Azzurro finish, $9,099 at Pirch, 200 Lafayette St., at Broome St.; 212-951-0696

“Dust Pan” serving tray, $29 at Fishs Eddy, 889 Broadway, at 19th St.; 212-420-9020

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“Tiger Tops” wool rug, $4,500 at Madeline Weinrib Atelier, 888 Broadway, nr. 19th St., sixth fl.; 646-602-3780

Poltrona Frau “Ming’s Heart” chair, $3,720 at Poltrona Frau Soho, 145 Wooster St., nr. Houston St.; 212-777-7592

“Insecta II” plate, $495 each at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., nr. 58th St.; 212-872-2866

Suzanne Sullivan porcelain wine cup, $50 at Love Adorned, 269 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St.; 212-431-5683

Thick knit throw in ivory, $1,395 at Calvin Klein Collection, 654 Madison Ave., at 60th St.; 212-292-9000

“Icing” bowl, $79 at BoConcept, 144 W. 18th St, nr. Seventh Ave.; 646-336-8188

“Alastair” arm chair in mahogany, from $2,475 at Ralph Lauren, 888 Madison Ave., nr. 72nd St.; 212-434-8000

“Divano 067” sofa, from $14,700 at the Future Perfect, 55 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery; 212-473-2500

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Ceramiche De Simone Filicudi hors d’oeuvre tray, $47.80 at Eataly NYC, 200 Fifth Ave., nr. 24th St.; 212-229-2560

“Staccato” rug by Kelly Wearstler, $209 per square foot at the Rug Company, 88 Wooster St., nr. Spring St.; 212-274-0444

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“George Chinoiserie” wallpaper, $500 per panel at Voutsa Showroom, 154 Eighth Ave., 18th St., Ste. 4; 646-892-7797

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INT In the living room: Artist Clarina Bezzola, seen here, brushed up on the old-fashioned plastering techniques she learned in school to make the white sculptural wall.


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THE A seamless collaboration between a free-spirited artist and the Lowlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rising-star architect. Photographs by A N N I E S C H L EC H T E R


James Ramsey had designed a speaker console similar to this one for his own apartment. Bezzola saw it and asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Can you make it bigger?â&#x20AC;?

Inside the wall: Bezzola created a nook with a flat-screen and built-in shelves.

A custom mattress cushions the niche.

To offset the curvilinear wall, Ramsey designed an L-shaped banquette.

larina bezzola didn’t get her wish. “I would rather have taken something with more charm,” the Swiss-born artist says, describing the Brooklyn house she purchased in 2011. “I mean, this place had not only zero charm; it had minus charm,” mostly owing to a ham-fisted renovation that involved a lot of different kinds of marble. “I would rather have bought a decrepit house where an old woman had lived her entire life.” But if she had found that lovely fixer-upper, would she have ended up creating the spectacular moonscape wall in her living room? Besides, the house is around the corner from the studio Bezzola purchased in 2008. (Back then, she was living in an East Village duplex with her now-ex-husband and commuting to Brooklyn for work. It’s one of those realestate-jackpot stories; the couple bought the apartment

in 1997 for $80,000, renovated it, and sold it for $960,000 when they split up in 2010.) So there she was, with a minus-charm house that had to be gut-renovated and a handsome carpenter boyfriend who told her he would set up an office in her house and do all the work. “After a while I realized, He’s never going to finish, and he’s never going to move out!” she says, erupting into laughter. She eventually broke up with him and fired him. So she Googled “architects and new york” and coldcalled the principal of the first firm that came up. Improbably, that happened to be James Ramsey, whose raad Studio is now in the news for creating the Lowline, the underground park in Manhattan. But back in 2011, his office was a hole-in-the-wall with two desks. “It was the smoothest, most beautiful collaboration ever,” Bezzola says, beaming. “Collaborating with Clarina was such a treat,” Ramsey agrees. “Designing and envisioning these architectural versions of her work basically turned the entire building into an experiential art piece.” “I really wanted to make a space that felt ‘her,’ ” he continues. “Her art is very provocative and biomorphic.

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Bezzola Googled â&#x20AC;&#x153;architects and new yorkâ&#x20AC;? and cold-called the first firm that came up.

The open staircase leads to Bezzola’s painting studio and bedroom.

But if we went for that vibe for the whole place, it would look like a mess, and would do the work a disservice. So creating a space that was clean-lined enough to highlight the work while actually also having it be a functional artist’s space was an important balance to strike.” Their collaboration was a rapid-fire exchange of ideas between artist and architect. Bezzola now thinks she was drawing on a favorite book from her childhood, Barbapapa, about sweet creatures that could change shape depending on what they wanted to express. “They lived in a house that was like this bubble house,” she explains. “It was one of my favorite books when I was 6 years old, and it still is!” She has also recently discovered the Swiss architect Peter Vetsch, who built earth houses whose similarly curved shapes seem to grow out of the ground. “Swiss people … ” she muses. “I don’t know how many you have met, but they are so repressed. The society is so tight and structured that everyone kind of swallows everything until, by the time something actually comes out, it’s really weird. The weirdest people I have met in my life are all from Switzerland.” wendy goodman

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The bathroom: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an open wet room, with a shower, a drain in the floor, and lots of thriving plants.

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The breakfast-room furniture is low to the ground, with Chiclet seats that Molly Findlay designed. Made of stacked pillows, it’s upholstered in “Dropcloth,” by Martyn Thompson.

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The small mirrored art piece came from the Williamsburg shop Mc & Co., now closed.

Findlay made the colorful blocks piled in the window corner: “They’re called Anxiety Cubes—they cause and relieve anxiety simultaneously” as you handle them.


The paint color is “Borrowed Light,” by Farrow & Ball.

Can a Nyack house be as avant-garde as a Williamsburg apartment? Molly Findlay made it so. Photographs by M A RT Y N T H O M P S O N

The low marble table was a gift from her friend Carl Chaffee, who had a store in Williamsburg.

olly findlay and her husband, Everard, and their two daughters, Isadora and Eleanor, were torn about leaving Brooklyn. But once they made up their minds— “we wanted to try a new adventure,” Findlay says, and a favorite café, Zebulon, had just gone out of business— they decided to seize the opportunity to “invent a world of our own making, à la Team Zissou.” You do get the feeling that the family of hero-creatives in Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic might have gone for the house that the Findlays ended up with: a 1918 seven-bedroom in Nyack with multiple porches where no two rooms are alike. “We both loved it immediately,” Molly says. After they fixed a lot of broken windows, refinished the floors, and began hacking away at the overgrown grounds, it was basically fine. Soon enough, though, they decided to intervene in the house a little more deeply, on the advice of a Thai Buddhist–monk friend who briefly lived with them. “He advised us to help all the spirits move along and make space for the new inhabitants,” Molly says. (Another friend, a shaman, “came along astrally to help them move to the light.”) The new décor took the form of neither quasi-period furniture nor hard modernist geometry. Instead, everything’s soft. The rooms have washes of sherbet color on the walls and squishy, family-friendly

The ottoman: Covered in woven fabric and vinyl, it’s by Ryan Schaefer.

The painted screen is by the artist George Venson.

On the kitchen wall, art by the kids.

The glass sculpture on the mantel is by Chris Wolston.

The blue tiles surrounding the fireplace are original to the house. The blue ceramic cubes on the table are by another artist friend, Courtney Smith.

The Parterre table was designed by Molly and fabricated by Gregory Rukavina. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We made it from extra parquet so it appears to extend from the floor.â&#x20AC;?

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The artwork is by Chris Gentile, who makes sculptures and then photographs them.

The painted polka-dot drum is by Olaf Breuning, created for a Trinidadian benefit project that Everard runs.

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That pink neon glow comes from the Chris Wolstonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; designed lamp by the door.

The two sofas are from Pace. A junk-shop sculpture Findlay had replated.

The big knot at the center of the room is called Mrs. Noodle Pillow, designed by Findlay and configurable in any manner of shapes.

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The paint colors are appropriate to 1918, when the house went up. “Apparently Charles Lindbergh once landed his plane in our meadow,” Findlay says. “And before the house was here, the land was home to a small abbey.” i - ill us us wa a ass ma ma e an ar artist i t f end fr d, i ha h Kahn..

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Vintage chair by Alvar Aalto for Artek.

The geometry of the architecture is enough design for the winter bedroom, with a simple bed and a Berber wool rug the couple bought in Marrakech.

Another Wolston piece, this one in terra-cotta.

décor. In the living room, pink neon lighting glows over Mrs. Noodle Pillow, a set of upholstered soft tubes (of Findlay’s own design), 90 feet long altogether, that can be configured in myriad ways. (It holds the center of the room, with two more-conventional couches nearby.) Certain aspects of suburban life took adjustment. The upkeep of the five-acre grounds was more than they were used to. But it’s become a family activity: Molly and Everard’s eldest daughter, Isadora, has become an avid beekeeper (très Brooklyn!), and the trees on the property have become members of the family, as everyone has studied up on the various types and their properties. Their appreciation of the creative community in Nyack even encouraged the Findlays to establish an artists’ organization called Mother of Thousands. (Everard describes it as “doing infrastructural advocacy,” meaning that it brings artists and scientists and people in other lines of work together for special projects, akin to artistic Happenings.) Leaving town also had one unexpected effect: “The move has invigorated our relationship with New York in a way. We actually go out more in New York City now to specific events, and friends come here for sleepovers.” Spirits out; guests in. w.g. 108 n e w y o r k d e s i g n h u n t i n g | f a l l 2 0 1 6 / w i n t e r 2 0 1 7

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The artworks are Paintstik oils from Richard Serra’s “Reversals” series.

“The fluid sensation of space and light is amplified through the erasure of right angles in the apartment’s custom-built architectural elements,” Ghiora Aharoni explains.

The silver leaf reflects light within the space, eliminating the need for freestanding lamps. Recessed cove lighting does the job, discreetly.

SWING TIME A jewel-box one-bedroom that pares Art Deco down to its most elegant moves. Photographs by AV I A D BA R-N E SS


The extra-wide (20-inch) oak planks in the floor cascade down the two steps in the living room, and their seams are lined up with those on the wall. “I mean, maybe you wouldn’t notice that,” Aharoni says, “but it creates a sense of harmony, even if you don’t know why.”

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s a machine for living, his is silver leaf, hand-applied, each square,” Ghiora Aharoni says, in the entrance of this Chelsea pied-àe client, he says, “wanted something omething small and spectacular. He ioned this as a work of art.” If you beLe Corbusier’s dictum that “a house machine for living,” think of this as the ple Watch version: the most streamnt, seamless possible version of itself. It’s Art Deco form without the jazzy-fussy patterns: simplified and timeless. The apartment is itself in a 1939 Deco building, modest looking from the street but immaculately

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maintained within. The space Aharoni’s client purchased was a one-bedroom, built in the prewar vernacular with a foyer leading into each room, creating a lot of dark, unnecessary spaces. It took a year and a half to rebuild, from totally gutting the space to laying in the final details, and entailed a research trip to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The result is a glowing, intimate universe of free-form space, a hybrid of conventional apartment and loft. The kitchen, dining, living, and sleeping areas aren’t blurred together, but they are open to one another. Once you have adjusted to the palette of soft, glowing, silver reflective light, you realize there is nary a right angle in the place, nor a light fixture, for that matter. The design of the kitchen—wait, is that area the

The rounded edges continue in the living-room furniture. The coffee table is Aharoni’s own design; the couch is a Vladimir Kagan “Swan.”

this is the Apple Watch version. The room divider contains storage space, a fireplace that opens through to the bedroom, and a nifty pivoting TV that faces couch or bed.

kitchen? It has a counter, and curved-glass-encased shelving, but it’s nearly invisible until you are on top of it, when you can see that it’s equipped for a real chef. A custom-designed divider gives the bedroom some privacy and contains a fireplace open to both the living room and the bedroom, as well as a pivoting flat-screen TV that can face either area. Most remarkable is the bathroom vanity counter, which runs like a satin ribbon from the bathroom wall on through the bedroom, flows into a sink, and continues on to form bedside tables. It is made of one unbroken piece of black Corian, a material, Aharoni notes, “that is very hard to do;

The bedside lights flip down into the wall; they’re made by the British company Astro Lighting.

The rest of the furniture is all built-in and custom.

The “Zig Zag” chair is a classic by Gerrit Rietveld, first produced in 1934.

The glass in the bathroom door shifts from opaque at the bottom to clear at the top, allowing in light while providing privacy.

The counter is black Corian, running from the bathroom through the bedroom wall and then meandering down to become the side tables in one continuous line. Like all the silver leaf, the titanium tiles in the shower are meant to reflect light into the room and add shimmer. The tiny but powerful handheld shower is from Dornbracht.

it is such a diva. It is not friendly at all.” (He makes a point of adding that he’s highly dependent on the contractors F&N Solutions, who have worked with him for more than a decade and match his level of attention to detail.) Inside the bathroom, light reflects off titanium tiles—smaller than the average bathroom penny tiles, more like dimes— and the pocket door, when closed, has a Deco motif within the glass. That’s about the only classic Deco element in the apartment. The rest is about form and material. “All these details were handcrafted,” he says, running his hand over a silver-leaf wall, explaining how each square was laid down. “These were caressed for, like, two weeks.” w.g.

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8 The Listings


Retailers ... 118

About the Listings

Services ... 144

Interior Designers ... 154

Architects ... 158

This roster of over 900 contractors, painters, plumbers, furniture stores, antiques dealers, architects, designers, and more has been vetted by New York editors in consultation with top style and design professionals. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t intended to be comprehensive, but we hope it will be a helpful starting point and useful resource, whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gut-renovating a home, reupholstering a sofa, or merely replacing the backsplash in your kitchen. As always, with services, architects, and interior designers, ask for references before committing.

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Accessories & Décor ABODE NEW YORK

179 Grand St., nr. Bedford Ave., Ste. A, Williamsburg 718-388-5383; $$–$$$ This inviting space resembles a well-decorated living room, with contemporary clocks on the walls, vibrant accent rugs, and sleek decorative objects topping shelves, desks, and coffee tables. A&G MERCH

111 N. 6th St., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg 718-388-1779; $$ The focus here is on reasonably priced wares from upand-coming designers; the aesthetic is industrial and offbeat. Small items like mugs with animal faces co-exist with big-ticket pieces like sofas and coffee tables. ANNIE’S BLUE RIBBON GENERAL STORE

232 Fifth Ave., nr. President St., Park Slope 718-522-9848; $$ Floor-to-ceiling shelves line the store’s walls, displaying party supplies, children’s items, pet products, and kitchenware. Quirky finds such as American-flag spatulas are also part of the motley inventory. ANTHROPOLOGIE

1230 Third Ave., nr. 71st St. (various locations) 212-288-1940; $$ The crack team of designers at this Urban Outfitters owned brand has mastered the French-flea-market aesthetic. Affordable bohemian homewares seem to come pre-lived-in. ATELIER COURBET

175–177 Mott St., nr. Broome St. 212-226-7378; $$

Adapted from a photograph in Time and Place, by Steven Gambrel (Abrams, 2012).

Melanie Courbet’s shop-cum-gallery blends contemporary pieces, like bicycles made by Renaissance man Pharrell Williams, with delicate crystal from glassmaker Saint-Louis. Old-school craftsmanship is the common denominator in the exquisite collection of objects, furniture, and home accessories. BEAM

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KIDS’ FURNISHINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 KITCHEN & BATHROOM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .135 LIGHTING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136 MUSEUM SHOPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .137 ONE-STOP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .138 PAINT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 RECL AIMED & SALVAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .139 TABLETOP & KITCHENWARE . . . . . . . . . . . . .140 THRIFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 TILE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 WALLPAPER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142 WINDOW TREATMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .142

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240 Kent Ave., nr. N. 1st St., Williamsburg 646-450-1469; $$ As the name suggests, this Williamsburg storefront stocks home-brightening accents like geometric leather trays and neon Pendleton blankets. The cheery team also offers interior-design services spanning home organizing, paint selection, and accessory styling ($50 for a one-hour introductory in-home consultation). BEST MADE CO.

36 White St., nr. Church St. 888-708-7824; $$

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This outdoorsy shop stocks beautiful handcrafted axes, compasses, and flashlights that look equally appropriate in a city living room or on a campsite.

Nepal, and beyond. Plus, there’s a green slant: Vases are fabricated from old magazines, and Engage Green’s sturdy totes are woven from recycled paper.



426 Broome St., nr. Crosby St. 212-372-7706; $$$

250 W. 26th St., nr. Eighth Ave., second fl. 212-242-1485; $$$

Urbanites looking for a rustic aesthetic flock to this store for artisanal ecoconscious ceramics, textiles, and accessories. The company prioritizes sustainable materials and fair-trade products whenever possible.

No chimney, no problem: This company makes goodlooking and ingenious ventless fireplaces that burn gel cartridges instead of logs.


653 Fifth Ave., at 52nd St. (various locations) 212-457-3202; $$$$

691 Madison Ave., at 62nd St. 15 Broad St., nr. Wall St. 212-751-3181; $$$–$$$$

It’s back in the sparkling landmark Fifth Avenue shop (as of September 6) that shows off all of Cartier’s classic fare, with featured home décor like finely crafted timepieces and sycamore boxes.

Beyond the signature leather handbags and luxe silk scarves, Hermès carries elegant housewares, bedding and bath linens, tableware, and a limited selection of furniture.



979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1119 in the Decoration & Design Building 646-840-0609; $$$$

88 Tenth Ave., nr. 15th St., in Chelsea Market 212-675-9700; $$


347-689-9143; $$ This concept shop has home goods for creative 20-somethings with limited budgets. Start with balloon-dog bookends or a chic chevron picture frame. LOTTA JANSDOTTER

131 8th St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 2, Gowanus 718-755-9945; $$ Jansdotter translates cheery textiles into tote bags, napkins, table runners, paper goods, and framed prints. The aesthetic is Scandinavian, but with a breezy organic twist. LOVE ADORNED

269 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St. 212-431-5683; $$–$$$ This well-curated shop offers a treasure trove of handcrafted jewelry, tableware, and home goods. Score out-of-the-ordinary pieces like Shibori-dyed duvet covers or Afghan peace rugs. M. CROW

16 Howard St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-625-1797; $$

For its luxury fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, Chesney’s finds limestone from Portugal, Turkey, and England; marble from Spain; and coral stone from Italy.

Avid travelers thrill to this store’s charming designs by Moroccan artisans, including custom tiles, hardware, rugs, and more. For those who want to browse a more extensive selection, make an appointment to visit the warehouse in New Jersey.



131 E. 70th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-327-4281; $$$

53 Greene St., nr. Broome St. (various locations) 212-941-8950; $$–$$$

This natural-wonders emporium is full of ephemera for eccentric and chic homes. Find sophisticated stone boxes, selenite logs, and the store’s signature silverdipped shells.

This designer of playful yet tasteful furniture and accessories is practically a New York institution. Adler’s deep inventory includes his classic peeling-banana sculptures and vases modeled after shapely women as well as parlor games and needlepoint pillows.

This playful shop sells one-of-a-kind toys and home accessories with a glam twist: Hello Kitty LED lamps, and a mirror with a scabrous message addressing “the easily offended.”



1262 Third Ave., nr. 73rd St. 212-843-9121; $$

27 Howard St., at Crosby St. 212-343-0033; $$$–$$$$

A boutique specializing in the legendary Finnish house of graphic color, Marimekko. Gussy up your midcentury-modern décor with linens and table settings designed in the ’60s and ’70s or opt for some of the more contemporary prints.

What began as a store for handmade pillows now includes lighting, furniture, wallpaper, and decorative objects both vintage and contemporary. Items like an industrial rolling bar or a copper pendant lamp reflect a refined simplicity that still feels handmade.



609 Madison Ave., nr. 58th St. 212-355-6550; $$$–$$$$

519 Broome St., nr. Thompson St., second fl. 212-719-2338; $$$

Sparkle seekers come here for crystal accents in all forms: jewelry, home décor, mirrors, door handles. There’s a six-tier chandelier overhead and a fountain afloat with swan figurines.

The Italian fashion company’s New York showroom boasts a sumptuous home collection that includes towels, dinnerware, and more in its signature bright patterns and stripes.



66 Ave. A, nr. 5th St. 212-475-6851; $$

246 Smith St., nr. Douglass St., Carroll Gardens 917-671-7696; $$–$$$

This intimate, well-stocked shop has linens and kitchenware as well as quirky furnishings for the space-conscious.

Mongo’s accessories and home décor are sourced from a host of local designers, with a focus on environmentally friendly recycled and reused materials.



27 E. 3rd St., nr. Second Ave. 212-780-9113; $$

172A Ninth Ave., nr. 21st St. 212-337-3441; $$$

Fantasy and folklore are vividly embodied by this store’s Mexican accessories, art, and home furnishings. The shop stocks a vast array of items ranging from museum-quality collectible pottery to obscure Mexican wrestling memorabilia.

At this small boutique, handblown glasswork, vintage and contemporary furniture, decorative pillows, and lighting pieces make up the bulk of the stock (some of which comes from New York artists and designers).



186 Grand St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg

326 Wythe Ave., at S. 1st St., Williamsburg


353 W. 47th St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-333-7732; $$ The front of this packed-to-the-gills accessories shop holds clocks and picture frames. In the back, find high-end bathroom products, kitchenware, and an anything-goes section of candles and barware. DOMUS


413 W. 44th St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-581-8099; $$–$$$ This small, unaffected space caters to those looking to accessorize upscale homes with distinctive exotic goods. Much of what the owners bring back from their yearly buying trips overseas is handmade, equitably and sustainably. FUEGO 718

249 Grand St., nr. Roebling St., Williamsburg 718-302-2913; $–$$ This store’s colorful handmade goods are from Brooklyn as well as far-flung places like Peru, Italy, Mexico,

By appointment only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consulting services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Made in N.Y. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . K E Y

Ecofriendly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Budget. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ Mid-range. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $$ High-end. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$$$ Very high-end. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$$$$ New listings in red.

Tyler Hays opened this offshoot of his store BDDW in 2013, stocking it with a gorgeous array of handmade home, kitchen, and clothing designs. Plenty of pleasing little surprises here, like the hand-painted jigsaw puzzles and ceramic butter dishes with little animal tops. MAISON 24

470 Park Ave., at 58th St. 212-355-2414; $$–$$$$

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718-388-4884; $–$$ Free spirits and world wanderers shop here for an eclectic mix of Native American– and Japanese-inspired items. Striped ceramics by Paula Greif are particularly sought after. There are books, quilts, and candles, too. THE PRIMARY ESSENTIALS

372 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill 718-522-1804; $$ The prevailing aesthetic at this new Brooklyn boutique is minimalism. You’ll find a well-curated selection of housewares and decorative objects by Toyo Sasaki, Terrapin Stationers, and many other designers. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

611 Fifth Ave., nr. 49th St. 212-753-4000; $$$ The famed department store stocks agate bookends from cult favorite RabLabs, classic Alessi tools, and Baccarat serving pieces. There are also home lines from designers like Donna Karan. SARAJO

31 Howard St., nr. Broadway 646-370-6801; $$$ September 21 marks the return of this warmly remembered shop, which opened in Soho in 1989 and closed a decade ago when the owners moved back to Portland. They’re now on Howard Street, with the familiar eccentric, beautiful mix of fashion and home décor: Chinese court robes, inlaid furniture from the Islamic world, and lots and lots of textiles. THE SHOP AT THE STANDARD, HIGH LINE

444 W. 13th St., nr. Washington St. 212-784-5520; $$


705 Greenwich St., nr. 10th St. 160 Mercer St., nr. Houston St. 212-206-3999; $$$ This retail offshoot of the Urban Zen Foundation offers papier-mâché accents, scattered Buddha statues, and chunky minimal wooden furniture. The accessories, culled from founder Donna Karan’s travels, range from Haitian decorative objects to small leather goods. VERSACE BOUTIQUE

647 Fifth Ave., nr. 52nd St. 212-317-0224; $$$$ The va-va-voom clothing brand is also renowned for home goods and tablewares, designed and crafted in true over-the-top Italian style. Bright colors and vivid patterns define the various collections, as does the liberal use of gold.

181 Mott St., nr. Kenmare St. 212-925-1200; $$ This thoughtfully curated shop stocks hard-to-find pieces that will make any home that much cozier. Find ceramics by Eric Bonnin, soaps by Saipua, and handblown glass by Warm owner Rob Magnotta.

846 Lexington Ave., nr. 64th St. 40 University Pl., nr. 9th St. 212-737-8934; $$ The social set relies on William-Wayne for its large selection of tasteful items for upscale old-school homes. Choose from Raynaud porcelain, Mottahedeh tea sets, and specialty items like platinum caviar buffet plates and an elegant magnifying glass for your desk.

This smallish space is so crammed with goods (pillows, ceramics, candles) that it may take a few moments to notice the antique furniture—a mix of traditional and midcentury styles. Some of the design-forward, handcrafted objects on display here are made by Brooklyn artists.

117 E. 7th St., nr. Ave. A 212-539-0200; $$ Simple items like blown-glass vases and bronze bat skulls are crafted with a minimalist touch at this store, which carries Zenlike home furnishings made from natural materials. THE STUDIO AT ONE KINGS LANE

315 Hudson St., nr. Vandam St., eighth fl. 212-430-7800; $$ Online flash-sale pioneer One Kings Lane has expanded into the physical world, with a new showroom of meticulously curated vignettes featuring a mix of vintage pieces and products from designers who sell on the site. Consultants are on hand to offer free design guidance. SUNDIAL NYC

1050 Second Ave., nr. 56th St., Gallery 54 in the Manhattan Art & Antiques Center 212-593-2323; $$$$ Indulge your inner explorer by raiding this trove of antique clocks and timepieces from England, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

These Pratt-educated industrial designers practice welding, jewelry-making, and woodcarving in their Brooklyn studio. The marble-and-aluminum Wrenn desk and a chunky stone bangle are just a few of their inventive offerings. DOT & BO $$ Mostly furniture and tableware, plus accessories. A little mid-century, a little mod, a little industrial chic, nearly all well-made for the price. MAN OF THE WORLD $$-$$$ Man of the World began as a quarterly magazine for Dos Equis Guy types, but it’s branched out with an eclectic online store, carrying red-white-andblue bocce sets and bar-cart essentials that would make Donald Draper red with gin and envy.

212-752-3590; $$$ This spacious midtown shop attracts collectors from around the world with its antique sterling-silver, enamel, and crystal pieces. Large glass cases around the perimeter hold a carefully curated selection of cocktail, bar, and vanity accessories from brands like Tiffany and Cartier. ANTIQUERIA TRIBECA





Find a meticulously curated selection of clean, minimalist homewares, like blankets by Khadi and Co. and ceramics by Eric Bonnin.



This store is a playground of delightful bric-a-brac. In the mix are cashmere throws and Martone Sweeter bikes, with nary a shot glass in sight.

373 Atlantic Ave., at Bond St., Boerum Hill 929-295-9124; $–$$$


15 Greene Ave., nr. Fulton St., Fort Greene 718-237-5878; $$–$$$

129 Duane St., at Church St. 212-227-7500; $$$–$$$$ This gallery of French Art Deco pieces has desks, dining-room suites, lighting, accessories, and more. Parisian distressed-leather club chairs start at $7,500 a pair. Check out the website in advance to get first dibs on new stock, which arrives every few months. AREA ID

Antiques & Vintage ABINGDON 12

613 Hudson St., nr. Jane St. 212-206-6845 $$$ In this pre–Civil War townhouse in the West Village, you can browse a trove of art objects that span time and tastes, including unusual glassware, industrial furniture, and a few dumbbells. Abingdon 12 is a primary source for the work of artist Rodger Stevens. ADELAIDE

702 Greenwich St., at 10th St. 212-627-0508; $$$$ This store is an Art Deco dream, with rosewood bar consoles, clean-line sofas, glass cocktail shakers, and high-back club chairs. Stock—including furniture, design objects, and art from the ’30s through the ’50s—is replenished weekly, so swing by often. ALICE KWARTLER ANTIQUES

445 Park Ave., nr. 57th St.

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262 Elizabeth St., nr. Houston St. 212-219-9903; $$$–$$$$ This high-end Nolita shop features an enviable collection of original mid-century-modern furnishings from the United States, Italy, France, and Sweden as well as reproduction sofas, club chairs, and chaises longues in similar styles, all upholstered in buttery washable ultraleather. ARKITEKTURA

1324 Lexington Ave., at 88th St., Ste. 250 212-334-5570; $$$ Shop here for mid-century modern’s greatest hits and terrific reproductions, like chairs and tables by Eliel and Eero Saarinen, plus some by Edwin Lutyens. Bring an architect friend if you can: Arkitektura offers its own classically designed furniture and table lighting (plus a 40 percent general discount) to those in the trade. ASH NYC

143 Roebling St., nr. Metropolitan Ave., second fl., Williamsburg 347-422-0078; $$–$$$ This gem-packed home-décor shop stocks a singular mix of high-quality vintage pieces—from designer furniture to wall decorations—sourced from an array of dealers, estates, and auctions.


16 Crosby St., nr. Grand St. 212-431-6151; $$$$ Twentieth-century European furniture, objets d’art, lighting, and rugs fill this converted warehouse. Scandinavian design is well represented, and the owner’s passion for French furniture is evident in his handpicked array of tables and chairs. BAXTER & LIEBCHEN

50 Laight St., nr. Hudson St. 212-431-5050; $$–$$$ This vintage dealer moved their extensive trove of pieces, including a wide range of Danish modern furniture, from Dumbo to Tribeca. Chairs and benches by designers Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen are especially popular.

212-717-6600; $$$$ Dalva Brothers specializes in French antiques for modern-day Josephines: sumptuous and of the highest quality, including a selection of Sèvres porcelain and clocks from Louis XIV to Charles X.


247 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-688-0666; $$ Duncan has been in the trade for more than two decades, with a specialty in lighting—both contemporary and modern makers and 19th- and 20th-century examples by Baguès and Caldwell—though you’ll find many fine furnishings and objects here. DAVID STYPMANN CO.

36 E. 2nd St., nr. Second Ave. 212-414-8821; $$$$

40 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Gallery 112, lower level in the Showplace Antique + Design Center 212-226-5717 $$

David Cafiero runs his interior design firm from this shop, filled with an eclectic array of furniture, lighting, tabletop goods, and art that’s constantly replenished as he travels.

Stypmann has a superlative eye for all kinds of pottery, glass, and bibelots that you won’t find anywhere else. He also specializes in converting banisters and salvaged wood items into lamps.



32 Greene St., nr. Grand St. 212-431-7272; $$$$

1 Crosby St., at Howard St. 212-625-0838; $$$$

The distinctive contemporary furniture in this shop includes Italian Cecchini custom pieces and exclusive collections from Maruni, Palau, Kontextür, and many more. The Maruni chairs provide a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous plastic Ghost chairs you see around town.

Browse a dreamy array of European and Asian antiques, contemporary pieces, and jewelry created by Federico de Vera from a combination of old and new materials. The selection is wide-ranging and includes vintage Venetian glass and 19th-century Santo figures from the Philippines.



365–367, 369 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill 718-923-1786; $$$


Sohrab Bakhshi’s impeccably curated shop has expanded to a chain of three storefronts on Atlantic Avenue packed with industrial and mid-centurymodern furniture, objects, and lighting.

Moon Rhee and Heyja Do mix high-end pieces with antique finds and retrofitted looks in both their clothing and homeware sections, which feature industrial items and whimsical knickknacks. They’ve also been building their vintage fabric archives for 20 years.

37 Great Jones St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-673-3494; $$$


30 E. 95th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 5B 212-517-5879; $$$$ English antiques and decorative arts approached with pomp and circumstance are available here. Gilding, crystal, mahogany, and ivory are all well-represented in elegant cabinets, frames, furniture, and an extensive collection of mirrors.


969 Madison Ave., nr. 76th St., fourth fl. 212-249-7575; $$$$ Haute-French design reigns here. Find exceptional Art Deco pieces by masters like Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Jean Dunand. DIDIER AARON


59 E. 54th St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 62 212-751-8135; $$$$ Dealer Richard B. Arkway gave his cartography collection to his former partners following his retirement in 2009. They have continued to operate the showroom under a new name, maintaining Arkway’s level of scholarship and commitment to discovering fine and rare maps from the 15th through 19th centuries. CRAIG VAN DEN BRULLE

192 Elizabeth St., nr. Spring St. 212-925-6760; $$$$ Designs by legends like Barovier & Toso, T.H. RobsjohnGibbings, and Giò Ponti fill this sophisticated showroom. You might find a Silas Seandel Brutalist mirror or vintage lamps from ’30s France or ’40s Sweden.


32 E. 67th St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-988-5248; $$$$ This group deals in fine art and drawings as well as furniture and objects from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Aaron regularly sells to museums and cultural institutions in addition to private clients. DIENST + DOTTER ANTIKVITETER

411 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St. 212-861-1200; $$$ This exquisite spot is Scandinavian in every way, from its offerings to its existential vibe. The stock is primarily 17th- to mid-20th-century antiques, plus a large collection of lighting from modern designer Poul Henningsen. DONZELLA


17 White St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-965-8919; $$$$

53 E. 77th St., nr. Madison Ave.

A mecca of mid-century design (it’s located in Pop artist

20 Rockefeller Plz., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-636-2000; $$$$ The famed auction house does periodic sales of interior and decorative arts items as well as the estate sales of private collectors. It also offers art storage and appraisal services. DOYLE NEW YORK

175 E. 87th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-427-2730; $$$–$$$$ This auction house is all about the client, offering everything from the usual estate and appraisal services to online personal shopping. Its specialities are jewelry and fine art, as well as celebrity estates. KENO AUCTIONS

127 E. 69th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-734-2381; $$$$ One of the city’s newer auction houses (founded 2009), Keno has a particular focus on items from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Appointments are recommended. PHILLIPS

450 Park Ave., at 57th St. 212-940-1300; $$$$ This trendsetting contemporary outfit hosts design, fine art, photography, and jewelry auctions. Its professionals also work with clients on private sales. ROLAND AUCTIONEERS & VALUERS

80 E. 11th St., nr. Broadway 212-260-2000; $$$ Specializing in 20th-century modern antiques, furnishings, pianos, and Oriental rugs, this small family-owned house offers appraisals, auctions, and estate liquidation to the trade and the public. Appointments are recommended. SOTHEBY’S

1334 York Ave., nr. 72nd St. 212-606-7000; $$$$ Industry heavyweight Sotheby’s holds sales in a variety of furniture and decorative-arts categories, including 20th-century design, silver, timepieces, and objects of virtu. Like many such auction houses, it also offers appraisal services and holds private sales. Appointments are recommended. Jim Dine’s old studio), Donzella is packed with furniture, lighting, and an array of objects that range from Giò Ponti tiles to walnut armchairs by Vladimir Kagan. DUANE MODERN

306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., second fl. 212-625-8066; $$$–$$$$ A well-edited shop, Duane sells an interesting mix of mid-century European and American furniture and objects as well as its own custom line of contemporary furniture. You might find a pair of American tufted slipper chairs or etched egg-shaped ceramic lamps or cerused-oak side tables by Vestry.

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236 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-475-2988; $$$ A staple since the ’80s, this showroom moved uptown six years ago. It specializes in antique Swedish furniture and alabaster lighting fixtures. There are armoires, sideboards, and armchairs crafted from luminous blond birch with black details, plus polished chandeliers hanging from silk ropes. ELIZABETH STREET GALLERY

209 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St. 212-941-4800; $$$$ Come here for an atmospheric mash-up of architectural and antique objects, including second-century Greek and Roman carved-stone vessels, 16th- to 19thcentury architectural elements and statuary, and 20th-century folk art and curiosities. 1STDIBS

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., tenth fl. in the New York Design Center 646-293-6633; $$$–$$$$ The online antiques auction house has its own dedicated showroom at the New York Design Center. The space covers the entire tenth floor of the massive building, boasting 33,000 square feet of vintage and antique goods culled from all over the world. FLAIR

88 Grand St., nr. Greene St. 212-274-1750; $$$–$$$$ Flair has vintage, antique, and contemporary furniture from the United States and Europe that dates from the 20th century. In contrast, the Flair Home collection offers modern accessories such as throw blankets and vases. FORK + PENCIL

18 Bergen St., nr. Court St., Cobble Hill 718-488-8855; $$ The warm, old-fashioned atmosphere here is more Cape Cod than Cobble Hill, and all profits are donated to charity. The stock is a pleasant mix of high-end and affordable finds, from housewarming gifts to investment antiques. A back alcove is packed with children’s books and educational games. FRANK ROGIN, INC.

212-431-6545; $$$ Make an appointment at this Chelsea shop to browse European 20th-century furniture from the designers who defined that time and place. Rogin has also started crafting reproductions of pieces by designers like René Gabriel. FRED SILBERMAN


1261 Broadway, nr. 31st St., Ste. 309 917-583-9051; $$ At Furnish Green, estate-sale modern and midcentury classics have been refurbished in environmentally friendly lacquers and paints. Rustic farm pieces round out the inventory. GERALD BLAND

232 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., sixth fl. 212-987-8505; $$$–$$$$ Although it began primarily as a source for 18th-century antiques, the store’s collection has evolved to include late17th- to 21st-century pieces, all assembled with a contemporary sensibility. There are also one-of-a-kind designs made by melding antiques with new items. GREENE STREET ANTIQUES

210 E. 60th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-274-1076; $$$–$$$$


68 34th St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. C403, Industry City 718-388-8008; $$$–$$$$ Make an appointment to look at this dealer’s high-end vintage and mid-century-modern furniture and accessories. Milo Baughman and Grete Jalk are just two of the designers that can be found in the mix.


306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave. $$$–$$$$ This 110-year-old structure is home to numerous dealers in antiques, art, and lighting. Its seven floors hold spaces dedicated to vendors including Liz O’Brien, Lee Calicchio, and many more. JONATHAN BURDEN

47-20 33rd St., nr. 47th St., Long Island City 212-941-8247; $$$–$$$$ This well-edited showroom of antiques and curiosities is gallerylike in its reverence for form and craftsmanship. Works come from all periods and genres, including contemporary pieces designed by the owner.

Check out investment-quality finds from the Biedermeier, Art Deco, and Jugendstil movements in European furniture design, from the early-19th century to the middle of the 20th. Restoration, upholstery, and custom services are also available.



Kemp’s mother was an avid collector, and her legacy and taste still guide his selection of neoclassical and Biedermeier pieces from the early through the late-19th century.

86 34th St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. D602, Industry City 718-384-2499; $$$ With a warehouse in Brooklyn, a booth at the New York Design Center, and an online gallery, this dealer provides any number of ways to buy its mid-20thcentury European antiques. HADLEY ANTIQUES

1026 Lexington Ave., nr. 73rd St. 212-535-7002 $$$ Come here for English and French wares from the first half of the 20th century, including Art Deco English barware from the ’20s to the ’50s, intricate Victorian desk accessories, and figurative mantel accessories. HORSEMAN ANTIQUES

351 Atlantic Ave., at Hoyt St., Boerum Hill 718-596-1048; $$$

36 E. 10th St., nr. Broadway 200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., tenth fl. in the New York Design Center 212-254-1877; $$$$


36 E. 73rd St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-517-9176; $$$$ The Connoisseur gallery was founded in 1935 by Countess Ruth Costantino, the first female fine-art dealer in America, who furnished homes for families like the Vanderbilts, Rockefellers, and Kennedys. It merged with L’Antiquaire in 1982 and is now one of the city’s finest purveyors of European decorative arts and antiques. LAS VENUS

888 Broadway, nr. E. 19th St., second fl. 212-358-8000; $$$–$$$$ In this hodgepodge of ’60s, and ’70s mod furniture and lighting, determined hunters will also come across custom design and classic upholstery.

Beware of falling objects at this jam-packed emporium. Horseman’s five floors hold tons of mid-century and antique furniture, lighting, and decorative objects, plus one of the largest stained-glass collections on the East Coast.



This showroom offers an ever-changing array of furniture, lighting, and objets d’art from the past 300 years. Recent finds include a Belgian Atilla desk and a 19thcentury mahogany guéridon from France.

51 E. 10th St., nr. Broadway 212-343-0471; $$$–$$$$

306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., second fl. in the Interior Design Building 212-588-0841; $$$

This massive gallery is filled with 20th-century ScanLILLIAN NASSAU, LLC

36 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-924-6330; $$$ This store made a specialty out of selling Italian furniture and lighting from the mid-’20s to the ’60s before anyone else was interested in Fontana Arte and Paolo Buffa. Silberman still makes regular buying trips to Italy.

dinavian furniture and ceramics. Highlights include Josef Frank furnishings, vases by Berndt Friberg, and chairs by Finn Juhl.


159 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-488-4977; $$$ This store, which sells new and vintage furniture, accepts items on consignment from high-fliers who have tired of their (barely used) designer décor. It takes only upmarket pieces, unsoiled and in good condition, and offers them at reasonable prices.

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220 E. 57th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-759-6062; $$$–$$$$ Nassau is a specialist in the world of Tiffany: lamps, glass, pottery, and even Louis Comfort Tiffany’s lesserknown paintings. The shop also carries a selection of pieces of Steuben Glass as well as American and European furniture and ceramics from the 20th century. LINDA HORN

1327 Madison Ave., at 93rd St. 212-772-1122; $$$$ This store has an extensive stock of furniture, mirrors, and decorative accessories, all chosen with a stylish, discerning eye. Specializing in 19th-century European antiques, it’s also known for English and French majolica earthenware.


306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave. 212-755-3800; $$$

212-206-1494; $$–$$$$

Specializing in furniture, lighting, and textiles from the ’30s through the ’70s, this store offers European and American pieces by Samuel Marx, Gabriella Crespi, and Maison Jansen.

Four thousand square feet brimming with industrial artifacts from the Machine Age to the mid-’80s and works by ’50s French designers, chrome furniture, and one-offs like a giant Imhof clock shaped like a wristwatch. The furniture is complemented by Depressionera art and Lucite-skull bookends.



200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 915 in the New York Design Center 212-242-9075; $$$$

70 E. 55th St., nr. Park Ave., sixth fl. 212-308-0018; $$$$

This design gallery trades in collectible mid-century furniture, lighting, and art from the ’40s through the ’80s. Most of the items were originally made-to-order pieces from furniture designer Karl Springer and Murano-glass designer Anzolo Fuga. Lobel also works with clients to refinish and reupholster tables and seating to match any décor. LOST CITY ARTS

18 Cooper Sq., at 5th St. 212-375-0500; $$$ In this airy shop, browse restored and original midcentury Scandinavian and American furniture and fixtures—including works by George Nakashima—as well as Italian lighting.

Find antique maps of all shapes and sorts: atlases, globes, and individual sheets as well as rare books from the 15th through 19th centuries. For serious collectors with serious means. METROPOLIS MODERN

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., tenth fl. in the New York Design Center 917-669-4540; $$$ This is a full-service antiques-furniture showroom: Not only will Metropolis Modern experts sell you a pair of vintage andirons, they will source the midcentury sofa of your dreams, rent you the perfect decorative vase for your film shoot, and even rewire your grandmother’s lamp. MODERN ANTHOLOGY


306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., fourth fl. in the Interior Design Building 212-343-9005; $$$–$$$$ In search of a gilt mirror from the 1700s? You might find it at Lucca, which boasts an array of fine 18th- and 19th-century pieces as well as reproductions from the Lucca Studio in-house collection.

68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Dumbo 123 Smith St., nr. Pacific St., Boerum Hill 718-522-3020; $$$ The manly vibe here is “fewer beer kegs, more Scotch,” say owners John Marsala and Becka Citron. That ethos translates to tufted leather sofas, vintage woodand-wrought-iron worktables, and antique globes. MODERNLINK


667 Madison Ave., nr. 61st St. 212-644-6400; $$$$ Rare museum-quality finds such as signed Tiffany lamps are the pride of this decorative-arts gallery, which also has Art Nouveau and French turn-of-thecentury pieces. MAISON GERARD

43 and 53 E. 10th St., nr. Broadway 212-674-7611; $$$$ Purveyors of French Art Deco pieces as well as exhibitors of 20th-century European art and furniture, Maison Gerard carries fine wood-, lacquer-, and bronzeware. Recently, it added a slew of pieces from contemporary designers to its collection.

35 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-254-1300; $$$–$$$$ Danish vintage pieces make up about 90 percent of the stock here, but you will also find Pandul lighting and contemporary furniture by Bensen. MODERN LIVING SUPPLIES

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 408 in the New York Design Center 646-373-1579; $$$ Mark Naylon’s shop stocks high-quality wares from the ’50s through the ’70s, as well as examples of his original bench-made pieces. The company also has a workshop in Brooklyn for restoration, repairs, and custom jobs. MODEST DESIGNS


929 Madison Ave., at 74th St. 212-249-8783; $$$$ An antiques dealer since the mid-19th century, Mallett specializes in pieces from the 18th century and the Regency. They’ve supplied some of the most important private collections around the world, as well as those of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., tenth fl. in the New York Design Center 44 Dobbins St., nr. Nassau Ave., Greenpoint 718-384-2799; $$$$ Despite its name, Modest Designs is anything but: Display pieces from the collection of mid-centurymodern finds can be decidedly over the top. Look for superb offerings such as Arne Bang ceramics, a Gabriella Crespi center table, or a rare Art Deco dresser by Gilbert Rohde.


1050 Second Ave., at 56th St. 212-355-4400; $$$–$$$$ This three-floor spot contains dozens of galleries of antiques from Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Some vendors offer repairs and restoration, too. MANTIQUES MODERN

146 W. 22nd St., nr. Seventh Ave.


1050 Second Ave., nr. 56th St., Ste. 58 in the Manhattan Arts & Antiques Center 646-863-5416; $$$–$$$$ This chichi boutique carries sterling-silver candlesticks, jewelry, tea sets, flatware, picture frames, and centerpieces. You’ll also find cut crystal, enamels, and signed jewelry pieces by Cartier.



87 Westchester Ave., nr. Lower Trinity Pass Rd., Pound Ridge, N.Y. 914-764-0010; $$$ This renovated ’50s gas station is a source for charming vintage lighting and furniture with a vibe that’s both organic and contemporary. The owners have a line of bespoke furniture and lighting as well. BEALL & BELL

430 Main St., nr. Central Ave., Greenport, N.Y. 631-477-8239;; $$$ A quiet little antiques shop that entices Hamptonites over to the North Fork, Beall & Bell has everything you need to furnish a beach cottage in a rustic but modern style. New finds come in every Thursday; get there early to beat the decorators. DOVECOTE

56 Post Rd. E., nr. Church Ln., Westport, Conn.; 203-222-7500;; $$$ A chic source for stylish antiques for every corner of the home that are never fussy and always fun, from chandeliers and rugs to vases. EARLE D. VANDEKAR OF KNIGHTSBRIDGE INC.

65 McKinley Ave., White Plains, N.Y. 212-308-2022;; $$$$ Furniture is just one of this store’s specialties— the others being engravings, woolworks, portrait miniatures, and 20th-century ceramics. MCERLAIN ANTIQUES

456 Springfield Ave., nr. Woodland Ave., Summit, N.J.; 908-598-7300;; $$$ The inventory here tends toward the ornate and elegant, with an extensive mix of pieces from Europe and Asia. Lighting is a particular specialty: Crystal and Empire-style chandeliers and grape-cluster lamps from Italian restaurants of old are prominently featured. PRIVET HOUSE

13 E. Shore Rd., New Preston, Conn. 860-868-1800;; $$$ Privet House offers a colorful, eclectic range of products, mixing antiques and vintage, as well as kitchenwares sourced from around the world.


38-15 30th St., Long Island City 212-755-0515; $$$$ The ceiling here is hung with antique chandeliers from France, Italy, Russia, and Austria, many by notable 18th- and 19th-century designers. Nesle also creates reproductions of vintage designs, all made in Europe by expert craftsmen. NEWEL

306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., third fl. 32-00 Skillman Ave., nr. 43rd Ave., Long Island City 212-758-1970; $$$$

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Nine thousand square feet in Manhattan, 55,000 in Queens! In addition to selling an enormous selection of English, French, and Italian antiques from the 17th through 20th centuries (plus smaller collections of rare Moorish and Black Forest antiques), Newel also regularly furnishes TV and movie sets. NICHOLAS BRAWER

28 E. 72nd St., at Madison Ave. 212-772-2664 $$$$ If you’ve seen a pair of giant binoculars in a homedesign tableau recently, there’s a good chance they came from this aviation-centric shop. Brawer deals in chrome and brass antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries, all revolving around the world of gentlemen’s sport. OBSCURA ANTIQUES & ODDITIES

207 Ave. A, nr. 13th St. 212-505-9251; $$ Most of the store’s outré inventory—including taxidermied animals, medical apparatus, and memorabilia from fraternal organizations (think Masonic and Elk Lodge pins and badges)—is fairly priced. Although the stock is dominated by bottles, beakers, books, and brica-brac, you’ll also find some vintage clothing. OLDE GOOD THINGS

149 Madison Ave., nr. 32nd St. (various locations) 212-321-0770; $$$ This overflowing two-story maze of antique furniture, lamps, and hardware offers grandfather clocks and stained-glass windows under a ceiling hung with chandeliers, plus an astronomical number of beautiful doorknobs and delightful odds and ends.

chased from this trendsetting shop. It still has one of the best modern collections around. Greta Magnusson Grossman and Joaquim Tenreiro designs are specialties.



A collector’s playground, this shop features antiques and vintage-inspired pieces, such as a sonokelingwood stool, open-sided mahogany bookshelves, and a pair of museum-worthy 1920s apothecary cabinets that came out of a drugstore in Indianapolis.

232 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., fifth fl. in the Fine Arts Building 212-744-6725; $$$$ This antiques dealer features works by legendary interior designers of the 20th century, such as Elsie de Wolfe, Syrie Maugham, and John Dickinson. A wide selection of items from the 17th to 21st centuries is on offer. REGENERATION

38 Renwick St., nr. Spring St. 212-741-2102; $$$ Home furnishings from the ’50s and ’60s are well priced at Regeneration; upholstered pieces (sofas from $3,500) are an even better bargain. There are also items from Jan Yoors and Pamela Sunday, and the store now sells its own custom line.

43-10 23rd St., Ste. 2A, Long Island City 718-472-2441; $$$$

143 Roebling St., at Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg 718-260-8032; $$ RePOP’s vintage furnishings arrive courtesy of owner Russell Boyle’s road trips along the East Coast. He stocks the shop with Danish and mid-century-modern furniture, as well as cabinetry, industrial tables and chairs, and small curiosities. Interior-design services are also available.

99 University Pl., nr. 12th St. 212-674-0530; $$$–$$$$ Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s strictly period, as is proved by this very current vintage-lighting gallery. The collection specializes in lamps and fixtures from the mid-20th century but also includes furniture, mirrors, and decorative objects.



21 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-966-8954; $$$–$$$$

35 E. 10th St., nr. Broadway 212-673-2213; $$$–$$$$

Open since 1990, this revered antiques shop focuses on American textiles from the 19th and 20th centuries and also has a collection of home décor, photography, and furnishings.

The owner here is a former ad man who started selling antiques in the ’60s, acting on his love of Biedermeier furniture. Now his 7,200-square-foot showroom displays the largest collection of this style of furniture in the United States. There’s also a lower-priced array of “starter pieces” for novice collectors.

311 E. 58th St., nr. Second Ave. 917-692-8855; $$$$ Located in a freestanding 1857 house, this dealer of antique English furniture and art specializes in chinoiserie, mirrors, and screens. PORTER JAMES

116 Franklin St., nr. Noble St., Greenpoint 929-337-9387 $–$$$ Hoop chairs, teak credenzas, and gorgeous emerald couches populate this North Brooklyn store. Owner Kyla Burney also stocks an array of textiles, barware, art, and vintage items along with all the furniture. R & COMPANY

82 Franklin St., nr. Broadway 212-343-7979; $$$$ Long before it was all the rage, furniture from designers like Charles and Ray Eames could be pur-

44 White St., nr. Church St. 212-691-7814; $$$–$$$$ Twentieth-century American and European pieces with simple lines and gentlemanly appeal can be found here. The selection includes refurbished and reconfigured vintage items and offbeat accessories like a French brass lamp with a horse-shaped base. TODD ALEXANDER ROMANO

232 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., fourth fl. in the Fine Arts Building


This vast showroom of tasteful French antiques never gets old. Amid the 19th-century settees and gilded mirrors are Art Nouveau chandeliers and inlaid armoires to make a room truly extraordinary.





363 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill (various locations) 718-797-5667; $$–$$$


38 Washington St., nr. Water St., Dumbo 718-875-1119; $$$ The specialty here is tansu chests—17th- to 20thcentury Japanese storage trunks. They’re designed to hold a variety of goods: kitchenware, clothing, and, of course, swords. Screens, scrolls, ceramics, and textiles are also available. SHOWPLACE ANTIQUE + DESIGN CENTER

40 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-633-6063; $$$–$$$$ Four floors with more than 250 galleries and dealers here, all filled with arts and antiques, including vintage posters and prints, jewelry, and clothing. The third floor is one large showroom, where more than 80 dealers display all manner of items.

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ALAN MOSS $$$$ This dealer carries sconces, ceramics, and decorative objects from the ’20s through the ’60s, but the real stars here are the crystal and metal chandeliers, also products of that era. APTDECO $$–$$$ AptDeco aims to make buying and selling furnishings online hassle-free. Their teams pick up and deliver all products, and can verify the quality of merchandise, taking the guesswork out of buying that new sofa online. FEARS AND KAHN $$$–$$$$ This virtual vintage shop specializes in the kind of sleek kitsch and weird luxury found in a wealthy neighbor’s retro-inspired living room. Furniture comes in wild colors (think coral and orange) and chrome plating; décor items have included a walrus-shaped cooler in aluminum and brass. THE HIGHBOY $$$ This online antiques and fine-art emporium sells intriguing objects from the industry’s most trusted dealers. Browse by style (Art Deco, Country French) or search for a specific piece. The site carries everything from early-20th-century Spanish farm tables to white ironstone sauce tureens. VIYET $$–$$$ This high-end consignment service for buying and selling will visit your home; appraise, move, and store your furniture; and offer you a 50 percent cut of each sale. The focus is on gently used modern pieces, like Eileen Gray–style side tables, but there’s a bit of everything in the mix.

116 E. 62nd St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-421-7722; $$$–$$$$

ranges, and refrigerators all look like they’ve descended from an incredibly sleek flying saucer.

The Romano aesthetic is both modern and classic. Within the wide selection of antiques, furnishings, and artwork, there’s also a custom collection of wool dhurries by Langham and Fine and exclusive fabrics from Bob Collins.

150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., fifth fl. in the Architects & Designers Building 888-327-0053; $$$


80 Lafayette St., nr. White St. 212-673-0531; $$$$ Rare sculptural vintage pieces from the 19th century through the aughts are the highlights at Todd Merrill. The store is known for its collection of large-scale Italian glass lighting fixtures and an array of furniture from mid-century American masters of the decorative arts, including James Mont, Karl Springer, and Paul Evans.

Bring your kitchen designer: This is the New York showroom for the premier maker of built-in refrigerators and restaurant-grade stoves for home cooks. These are heirloom appliances: eternally good-looking and built like tanks.

Bedding & Linens 498 Broome St., nr. W. Broadway 646-964-5020; $$$

This boutique-café offers vintage glassware and furniture along with organic sandwiches and locally roasted coffee.

Founder Motokuni Takaoka was inspired by fishing twine to create the resin fibers inside his company’s mattress toppers that make them cushy, resilient, and breathable. Airweave fans can also find pillows and portable versions of their signature pad.

This Upper East Side home-furnishings and interiors store specializes in vintage mirrored furniture and Murano glass. Recent items have included a pair of threedrawer mirrored ’40s nightstands and a Paavo Tynell ’70s light fixture. WHITE TRASH

304 E. 5th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-598-5956; $$–$$$ Vintage goods at appealing prices with a high turnover of items like an Arthur Umanoff maple-Formica bar and a double-pedestal teak desk from Denmark.

Appliances GRINGER & SONS

29 First Ave., at 2nd St. 212-475-0600; $$$ This old store carries brand-new top-flight kitchen and home appliances from companies such as Miele and Viking, often at a discount. The knowledgeable employees are great sources of product and service information.

This Kickstarter-launched bedding operation offers luxury-quality linens at a fraction of the cost. Their classic cotton percale sheet sets start at $99, down comforters at $199. LIBECO HOME

The Belgian linen masters’ virtual boutique features products for the bedroom, kitchen, and dining room in sophisticated colors and patterns that showcase the natural beauty of the fabrics. SLEEP STUDIO


294 Grand Ave., nr. Lafayette Ave., Clinton Hill 718-783-6045; $–$$

227 E. 60th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-588-9436; $$$–$$$$

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SUB-ZERO/WOLF $$$ Though the Soho shop went online, it still ministers to those who believe life is best enjoyed clear-eyed and well-rested between 600-thread-count Egyptian-cotton sheets.



58 E. 11th St., nr. University Pl. 212-924-7084; $$$

9 W. 20th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 235 E. 58th St., at Second Ave. 212-777-0771; $$$

Create a serene, Scandinavian-feeling home with these fine functional linens for the bedroom, living room, and kids’ room. All products are designed by Anki Spets and manufactured using natural fibers at carefully chosen factories throughout Europe. CASPER

45 Bond St., nr. Bowery, second fl. 888-498-0003; $$ Casper’s memory-foam mattresses with handsome ticking arrive at your doorstep in an implausibly small shipping carton, then expand to size when unpacked. Comfort level is very high for the price. CHARLES P. ROGERS

26 W. 17th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-675-4400; $$$ This bed-and-bedding store has been run by the same family since 1855, selling beautiful frames in iron, brass, leather, and hardwood; headboards, footboards, trundle beds, and daybeds; and a limited selection of linen or 400-thread-count cotton sheets.

In 1924, Duxiana founder Efraim Ljung had a mattress-related epiphany while on a business trip and resolved to manufacture the world’s most comfortable bedding. The signature DUX line includes extra springs and personal comfort zones to fulfill your every sleeping need. E. BRAUN & CO.

484 Park Ave., nr. 59th St. 212-838-0650; $$$ Find table, bed, and bath linens of impeccable quality here. Products are made using classic techniques in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary, and they’re customizable to nearly any color palette. FINE LINENS

1193 Lexington Ave., nr. 81st St. 212-737-2123; $$–$$$ This Upper East Side fixture has been supplying cultivated neighborhood residents with embroidered sheets, monogrammed towels, and table linens for 40 years and makes sheets in any size, even for your boat.


200 Lafayette St., nr. Broome St. 212-951-0696; $$$–$$$$ The San Diego appliance dealer Pirch is of the “try it before you buy it” mind-set, allowing customers to test kitchen appliances or warm up under a row of 30 functioning showerheads. But be mindful of the budget—in the 32,000-square-foot showroom, you won’t find a single price tag. SMEG

150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., seventh fl. in the Architects & Designers Building 212-265-5378; $$$ This Italian maker of kitchen appliances goes way outside the white-and-stainless-steel box. Ovens, cooktop

17 E. 70th St., nr. Madison Ave. 646-649-4806; $$$ Azario, former creative director of Frette, has had a lifelong involvement with luxury textiles. Bedrooms take on a dreamy quality when draped in her bespoke bed linens, whether the space calls for beautiful white textures, decadent embroideries, or a bold color statement. D. PORTHAULT

470 Park Ave., at 58th St. 212-688-1660; $$$ The signature linen designs—screen-printed by hand—stand out against the all-white walls and antique mirrors of this Park Avenue store. Along with their distinctive patterns, the sheets and pillowcases are also known for their wavy or scalloped finishings, embroidery, and appliqué detailing.


42 Greene St., nr. Grand St. 212-941-9101; $$$$ Choose from dozens of frames, mattresses, linens— in short, everything you need to create a sumptuous bed. With a wide range of products, like full-storage bed frames and plaid doggy-pattern bed linens, you can design an ensemble that’s comfortable and suits your style. FRETTE

799 Madison Ave., nr. 68th St. 212-988-5221; $$$ This Italian store is the ultimate in bed-and-bath luxury. Those with expensive tastes may opt for Frette’s impossibly decadent couture bedding, but there’s also a lower-priced Hotel line.

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876 Broadway, nr. 18th St. (various locations) 212-505-8022; $$$$

beach. Most are in soft colors and simple patterns, reflecting a New England aesthetic.




Founded in 1852 and now Sweden’s oldest bed producer, Hästens still sells the same handcrafted beds with all-natural, ecofriendly filling that it has been supplying for 60 years to Swedish royalty. Recently the company released a limited-edition model in a white check, a nod to the enduring significance of Scandinavian design.

508 W. 26th St., at Tenth Ave., Ste. 7C 212-255-8627; $$S

768 Fifth Ave., at 59th St., in the Plaza Hotel (various locations) 212-593-7236; $$–$$$



69 Mercer St., nr. Broome St. 212-343-0333; $$

829 Madison Ave., at 69th St. 212-288-2315; $$$

If buying ecofriendly products helps you sleep better at night, you’ll love Keetsa’s green pillows and mattresses. Hemp, tea, and castor oil all make appearances in the company’s fibers and foams, and they’re easy on the wallet to boot.

The embroidered Tuscan bedding here is first-rate in style and quality. The brand offers multiple lines, but those who want to slumber like kings spring for the high-end Paradise collection.


190 Elizabeth St., nr. Spring St. 212-925-6519; $$$

86 Hoyt St., nr. Atlantic Ave., Boerum Hill 718-222-1933; $$$ Swing by this store for Indian hand-block-printed linens, pillow covers, decorative pillows, and other exotic accents. There’s also a wide array of antique textiles, home furnishings, Indian-inspired clothing, and modern and antique jewelry. LAYTNER’S LINEN & HOME

2276 Broadway, at 82nd St. 237 E. 86th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-724-0180; $–$$ This Upper West Side mainstay has long been a go-to source for affordable bed and bath linens that will stand up to the wear and tear of family life or dorm-room shenanigans. The store offers basic furniture—simple tables, leather sofas, and club chairs—plus a wide selection of home accents and kitchen accessories. LONG’S BEDDING & INTERIORS

121 W. 72nd St., nr. Broadway 212-873-1752; $$–$$$ Whether you need a replacement mattress for a sleeper sofa, an odd-size one for an antique frame, or an L-shaped style for your private jet, you can get it from this 100-plus-year-old family business. MATOUK

118 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave 212-683-9242; $$–$$$ Headquartered in the historic textile city of Fall River, Massachusetts, this third-generation, family-owned company makes high-end linens for the bed, bath, and

Olatz Schnabel studied design in her native Spain. At her Chelsea linens store, she designs all the simple, wide-bordered pillows and sheets herself in bold colors like lime green as well as subdued yellows and blues.


Malaysian-born siblings Yien and Leon Wong design and make simple luxurious bedding in silks and linens. They also turn out beautiful furniture in walnut, maple, and cherrywood. SAVOIR BEDS

54 Greene St., nr. Broome St. 223 E. 59th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-226-3640; $$$ Select from four basic mattress designs, all handcrafted in accordance with long-standing tradition, plus a menu of stylish bed frames, headboards, and options for custom detailing.


66 Post Rd. E., nr. Church Ln., Westport, Conn. 203-227-8669; $$$ Luxury linens from Sferra, Pratesi, and Matouk are the specialty here, but the company also carries coveted décor pieces from designers like Beatriz Ball.


535 Madison Ave., nr. 54th St. 212-751-0011; $$$$ The owners’ love of collecting informs the atmosphere of this renowned store, which carries an unparalleled array of first editions and inscribed volumes from the 15th through 20th centuries. The expert staff knows how to keep serious collectors happy. CLIC BOOKSTORE & GALLERY

255 Centre St., at Broome St. 212-966-2766; $$–$$$$ The gallery portion of the store displays rotating monthly photography exhibits, ranging from New York street style to conceptual posed portraits. The book selection includes colorful coffee-table tomes comprising portraits, landscapes, and voyeuristic paparazzi shots. DASHWOOD BOOKS


33 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-387-8520; $$

1132 Madison Ave., nr. 84th St. (various locations) 212-249-8361; $$

Dashwood Books is devoted almost exclusively to contemporary photography, including a particularly impressive international selection from Japan and Europe. Books are organized by country and subject.

Find the kinds of items a demure uptown bride would want for her trousseau—full-length lacy nightgowns and tidy terrycloth slippers, plus intricate scalloped dust ruffles and duvet covers. Embroidery and customization services are also offered. STELLA

184 Duane St., nr. Greenwich St. 212-233-9610; $$$ This Tribeca shop, owned by decorator and designindustry alum Mischelle Arcus, has customizable bedspreads and pillows as well as linens from highend lines like Sferra, Matouk, Legna, and Leitner. TEXTURES 101

454 Ave. U, nr. 5th St., Gravesend 718-627-3872 $$–$$$ O U T O F TOW N

Look for books on icons like Christian Dior and Coco Chanel and browse the design and architecture sections for luxurious monographs on greats like Oscar Niemeyer and Valentino. Assouline’s Plaza boutique offers custom leather bookbinding.

Specializing in linens for the bedroom and bathroom, including lines from Missoni Home and Ankasa, the store’s stock is mostly upscale-contemporary, with a few lower-priced items from brands like Bliss Living and Jonathan Adler. YVES DELORME

985 Madison Ave., nr. 76th St. (various locations) 212-439-5701; $$$ In operation since 1845, this French house of luxe is known for its plush towels and silky pillowcases, but it also carries a full range of home accents and products for bed and bath. Provence-inspired bedding and a range of consoles, tables, and chairs are also for sale.

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1 University Pl., nr. Waverly Pl. 212-677-3985; $$$–$$$$ Find rare and out-of-print titles, plus books on design, architecture, and the decorative arts. Email is the best way to set up an appointment to peruse their extensive collection of works on modern design. GAGOSIAN SHOP

976 Madison Ave., nr. 76th St. 212-796-1224; $$–$$$ A Pop Art boutique and bookstore from arguably the most powerful art dealer in the world, Gagosian Shop focuses on art books and monographs. It also sells a small selection of jewelry and art pieces for the home. OPEN AIR MODERN

489 Lorimer St., nr. Powers St., Williamsburg 718-383-6465; $–$$ This trove of rare and used art, photography, and design books is carefully selected by the owner. Mid-century lamps and Scandinavian chairs evoke a living-room setting for browsing; the furnishings are also for sale. POTTERTON BOOKS

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste 431 in the New York Design Center 212-644-2292; $$$ This London-based seller of design and art books boasts a wealth of rare and out-of-print materials.

Subjects include architecture, interior design, and landscape gardening. PRINTED MATTER

231 11th Ave., at 26th St. 212-925-0325; $$–$$$ This nonprofit, headquartered in Chelsea, is dedicated to promoting the book as an art medium. It maintains a retail operation with works by over 15,000 artists and hosts book launches and events for artists like Yoko Ono, Tom Sachs, and Sonic Youth. STRAND BOOK STORE

828 Broadway, at 12th St. 212-473-1452; $–$$ Going strong as it nears its 90th year, the Strand today does nearly as much business in new books as in used ones. Either way, its design- and art-book departments are the biggest in town, and even though everything in the store is now bar-coded and (semi-)findable, it’s still a place where you can drift off and get a little lost in the stacks. An honest-to-goodness New York treasure. TASCHEN

107 Greene St., nr. Prince St. 212-226-2212; $$–$$$ Aesthetes flock to this coffee-table-book mecca for arty-edgy titles like The Big Book of Breasts. The selection also boasts monographs from contemporary artists like David LaChapelle and pocket-size guides to subjects like vintage cars.

Carpets AELFIE

61 Greenpoint Ave., at Franklin St., Ste. 103, Greenpoint 631-603-5574; $$–$$$ Aelfie Oudghiri’s showroom is packed with hundreds of antique, vintage, and modern rugs from around the world, including her own line. And if you’re in search of the trendy overdyed look, this is the place: Choose from one of eight colors or create your own hue, and then sit back as Aelfie takes your rug from bland to ultrabright. CLASSIC RUG COLLECTION

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1805 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-832-3338; $$$ If you’ve got a specific request, Barbara Barran can create a custom rug to suit any environment. Barran also offers a widely varying collection including subtle abstractions, cool geometrics, and elaborate motifs inspired by her travels. DORIS LESLIE BLAU

306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., seventh fl. in the Interior Design Building 212-586-5511; $$$$ In this collection of antique and new carpets from far-off places such as Turkey, Russia, and Central Asia, there isn’t a single ordinary (or inexpensive) piece. Prices range from $5,000 to $300,000. Each carpet, like a 1920s Persian beauty from Tabriz, comes with a history and detailed explanation. EDWARD FIELDS

150 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave., 11th fl.

in the Architects & Designers Building 212-310-0400; $$$–$$$$ Fields coined the term area rug in 1953. Every Fields rug is customized per the client’s vision and expertly sheared, trimmed, and carved by hand. The showroom sells to the trade only, so bring your decorator along. ELIZABETH EAKINS, INC.

654 Madison Ave., nr. 60th St., 14th fl. 212-628-1950; $$$–$$$$ Society ladies come here for custom-designed traditional, contemporary, wool, linen, woven, hooked, and tufted rugs as well as simpler cotton ones. Appointments are recommended. FLOR

142 Wooster St., nr. Houston St. (various locations) 212-253-2164; $$$ This innovative company makes rugs in small modular squares that fit any room. Choose one pattern or several to create a traditional carpet or a lively patchwork. Their trademark FLORdots (nontoxic adhesive stickers on the corners of each square) hold their creations together—no glue or tacks required. FORT STREET STUDIO

22 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave., Ste. 5N 212-925-5383; $$$ The gorgeous wild-silk rugs in this gallery are based on contemporary and abstract watercolor designs by the owners, husband-and-wife team Brad Davis and Janis Provisor. The Modern Textures collection includes a rug that evokes the cross section of a tree trunk and another that looks like gauze. INIGO ELIZALDE

115 W. 30th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 409 917-436-7058; $$$ This store specializes in hand-knotted Nepalese rugs, flat weaves, and Indian dhurries in bright colors and energetic patterns. The staff can also create custom patterns and weaves based on clients’ ideas.


126 Fifth Ave., nr. 18th St., second fl. 888 Broadway, nr. 19th St., sixth fl. 212-675-4212; $$$–$$$$ Practically a New York institution after 18 years in the business, Weinrib makes carpets that are bright but not cartoony, many with Tibetan-inspired patterns. They have a knack for looking equally good in hardedged modernist rooms and traditional spaces. MARK SHILEN GALLERY

626 W. 28th St., nr. 11th Ave. 917-843-2559; $$$ Simple stylish kilims, tribals, dhurries, and Oriental rugs from all parts of the world are the stock-in-trade here, but there are antique and new styles from Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Tibet, too. PATTERSON FLYNN MARTIN

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 632 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-688-7700; $$–$$$ Since 1943, this firm has produced bespoke floor coverings: Oriental carpets, historic reproductions, and dozens of contemporary styles made from New Zealand wool using green production methods. Its chic Mary McDonald collection includes a number of neutral-toned wooland-silk designs made in Nepal and Indonesia. RUG-ART

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1518 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-207-8211; $$–$$$$ This contemporary-leaning store sells to the trade only, offering custom-made, hand-knotted and -tufted rugs and pillows in natural hides and skins. It also creates made-to-order flat weaves in New Zealand wool in a sumptuous variety of designs ranging from botanics to moody abstracts. THE RUG COMPANY


88 Wooster St., nr. Spring St. 219 E. 59th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-274-0444; $$$

335 Greenwich St., at Jay St. 646-613-0497; $$$

This showroom displays various collections, which make use of high-quality Tibetan wool. Designer collaborations are frequently on display.

Designs run the gamut from simple (a beige camellia motif) to bold (a glowing, green-and-orange silk fishscale pattern). Custom orders are welcome but take four to six months because of the intricate handiwork. KEA CARPETS AND KILIMS

477 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St., Boerum Hill 718-222-8087; $$$ An enormous rug gallery with handwoven rugs from Central Asia, Morocco, and Turkey, Kea also carries a line of luxurious rugs designed and customized inhouse. The Alternative runner and the Loop de Loop area rug are particularly beautiful. LIORA MANNÉ

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1811 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-989-2732; $$–$$$ Piles of handmade rugs come in sizes of two by three feet to nine by 12 feet, and there are also throw pillows for the floor or sofa. It’s all about pattern and color here—circles, stripes, swirls—and the prices are reasonable, considering the level of labor involved. Manné will happily work with clients to develop and execute custom designs.


147 Wooster St., nr. Houston St. 212-466-0400; $$$ This Soho branch of the Turkish carpet company carries contemporary luxury rugs that put a fresh spin on traditional Turkish craftsmanship. Custom designs are available. STEPHANIE ODEGARD COLLECTION


200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 1209 in the New York Design Center 212-545-0205; $$$ This showroom displays Tibetan-style rugs in soft yet saturated colors and is a favorite of designers and celebrities like Madonna. Odegard also carries a collection of Indian furniture from Viya Home. STUDIO FOUR NYC

900 Broadway, at 20th St., Ste. 201 212-475-4414; $$–$$$ A rich resource for artisanal and custom carpets, fabrics, and wallpaper, Studio Four represents various local and luxury designers, and an in-house weaver creates selvage textiles by hand in the back of the showroom.

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860 Broadway, nr. 17th St., fourth fl. 212-979-2233; $$$ This international carpet purveyor outfits casinos, yachts, and private jets in addition to homes. Its luxurious home collection includes more than 20 lines of statement-making contemporary carpets. The Haiku line, which comes in a variety of earthy shades, boasts hand-tufted designs made of wool blended with silk, cashmere, or cotton lace. TUFENKIAN ARTISAN CARPETS

919 Third Ave., nr. 55th St. 212-475-2475; $$$ Carpets here are inspired by the ancient traditions of Nepal and Tibet. Owner James Tufenkian is a philanthropist, and a portion of sales goes to the Tufenkian Foundation, which provides funding for education, health, and environmental projects in Armenia and Nepal.

Sakano seamlessly commingles glass with unexpected materials (nylon netting, false hair) in her designs. Pendant lamps and decorative vases incorporate bubbles and dyes. ORREFORS KOSTA BODA

41 Madison Ave., nr. Third Ave., ninth fl. 200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 602 in the New York Design Center 212-684-5455; $$$ This Swedish glassware company makes products that are both high-tech and old-fashioned. Choose from classic stemware, tabletop items, colorful serving bowls, and playful figurines, like a pouty pair of lips rendered in hand-painted red glass.


Ceramics & Glass COCOBOLO DESIGN

195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 402D 212-982-9288; $$$ This gallery is dedicated to decorative and sculptural ceramics. Custom projects are its specialty, but clients can also browse tile, lighting, and tabletop designs. KLEINREID

51-02 21st St., nr. Borden Ave., seventh fl., Long Island City 1205 Manhattan Ave., nr. Commercial St., Ste. 319, Greenpoint 718-937-3828; $$–$$$ The whimsical handmade porcelain at this 23-yearold institution is suitable for both use and display. Don’t miss the Prime collection of porcelain and hand-turned walnut vessels.

525 Seventh Ave., at 38th St., second fl. 212-354-8150; $$–$$$ Thousands of fabrics are meticulously organized by type (silks, Liberty of London cottons, tweeds), print (geometric, animal, floral), and color. With a focus on European fabrics and high-end natural fibers, the store is popular among everyone from amateur sewers to top interior designers. THE CITY QUILTER

133 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-807-0390; $–$$ Quilter has more than 4,000 bolts of fabric in all, focusing on cotton prints and ranging from traditional florals to hand-dyed batiks. Quilting patterns and embellishments are also on hand. JOE’S FABRICS

102 Orchard St., nr. Delancey St., second fl. 212-674-7089 $$–$$$ The draw here is the good deals on opulent fabrics, trims, and tassels from the United States, Europe, and Asia. Joe’s also offers custom upholstery, drapery, and pillows.


232 3rd St., at Third Ave., Ste. E001 in the Old American Can Factory, Gowanus 917-783-0893; $$$



245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1501 212-594-6006; $$$ The Indian-inspired textiles, furniture, and accessories in this souklike showroom are all handmade. Block-print wall hangings adorn the space, and there’s a selection of colorful bedding. LES TOILES DU SOLEIL


508 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 12C 212-807-6316; $$$ Ellner’s small team specializes in the art of verre églomisé, a complicated technique by which precious metals are gilded on the reverse side of glass. Her custom overlays can be affixed to any surface—walls, ceilings, tables, glass paintings, mirrors, and even elevator cabs—to evoke a stately, old-world feel. Ellner prefers to work through designers and architects, but will deal directly with the public as well.


261 W. 19th St., nr. Eighth Ave. 212-229-4730; $$ Rainbow-colored stripes abound at this French fabric shop, which stocks custom home furnishings as well as a cheery array of pillows, vivid table linens, and beach-ready espadrilles. MARTYN THOMPSON STUDIO

88 Prince St., nr. Mercer St., Ste. 9C 917-374-1764; $$ Thompson’s fabrics begin with his photos, which are replicated by weaving on a jacquard loom to create wall-hangings, upholstery, and other soft goods.

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Bring your interior decorator to these trade-only resources. CHELSEA TEXTILES

232 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-758-0005; $$$ Newer isn’t always better. With that mantra in mind, this luxury fabric company began creating handmade reproductions of textiles from the 17th and 18th centuries for antique pieces and traditional homes. Since its founding, the company has expanded into more current fabric designs and midcentury-modern furniture. CLAREMONT FURNISHING

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1405 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-486-1252; $$$ Although all of its textiles are new, Claremont specializes in fabrics made by small companies on old looms to avoid a mass-produced feel. Most are available in custom colors. CLARENCE HOUSE

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 205 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-752-2890; $$$ Art director Kazumi Yoshida oversees the production of the elegant in-house line, from design to manufacture to display. Additional lines from Etro, Toiles de Jouy, and Neisha Crosland are available. DONGHIA

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 700 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-935-3713; $$$ At this location, Donghia sells only what it makes: chic, sharp designs that speak to both modern and traditional tastes. Indian silks, Scottish woolens, and Belgian linens are prominent in its collections. The Bond Street series of upholstered seating includes a sofa, an ottoman, and a club chair. KRAVET

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., fourth fl. in the New York Design Building 979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 324 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-725-0340; $$$ A leader in to-the-trade fabrics and a favorite of high-end shelter magazines, Kravet produces a full line of fabrics for windows and upholstery as well as wallpaper, furniture, and carpets. PIERRE FREY

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1611 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-421-0534; $$$ This French house of fabrics and wallpaper also sells a small selection of furniture and accessories that is tasteful, clean, classic, and high quality.


225 W. 37th St., nr. Seventh Ave., third fl. 212-730-5003; $$ Mood has one of the city’s most extensive selections of designer upholstery and trims. It’s a go-to source for budget-stretched Parsons and F.I.T. students, bigname designers, and everyone in between.

212-206-1730; $$–$$$ Here you can browse architectural stock as varied as wood paneling, flooring, and artisanal glass. Many sustainable materials are available, and the in-house experts will help you make an informed decision about which materials will enhance your space. ARONSON’S FLOOR COVERING


1019 Lexington Ave., at 73rd St. 176 Duane St., nr. Hudson St. 212-772-7200; $$$ This line of hand-blocked fabrics, an offshoot of owner Roberta Freymann’s apparel company, was named after an Indian fable and channels all the warmth and whimsy of a Hamptons summer. Expect bright colors, bold graphics, and impeccable craftsmanship.

135 W. 17th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-243-4993; $$–$$$ Dating back to 1867, Aronson’s is also totally up to date, offering contemporary flooring options such as bamboo, cork, rubber, and natural fiber. Also check out its colorful area rugs to liven up your space. CHELSEA FLOOR COVERING

139–41 W. 19th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-243-0375; $$ O U T O F TOW N


150 Bay St., nr. Marin Blvd., Ste. 802, Jersey City, N.J. 917-796-1585; $$-$$$ “Clean, elegant, and witty” is how Swiss-born artist and designer Favaro describes her silk-screen-printed textiles. Her modernist aesthetic is evident in her bright-color geometric prints, which she applies to pillows, home accessories, totes, and pouches.

This business provides wood, carpet, and resilient flooring for commercial and residential spaces. Each client is partnered with a dedicated specialist who oversees the project from design to installation. DOWNTOWN FLOOR SUPPLIES, INC.

153 W. 27th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-982-2600; $$ Find everything you need to install and maintain your flooring system, except for the flooring itself. The company offers waxes and cleaners as well as glue, tacks, sandpaper, and equipment rentals.


109 Franklin St., nr. Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint 347-529-5889; $$–$$$ In Greenpoint’s growing homewares district, Kyla Burney’s pleasantly cluttered and plant-heavy storefront offers West Coast alternatives to Ikea furniture, like caramel velvet sofas, ’70s-inspired record cabinets, and bamboo and wicker chairs. AERO STUDIOS

200 Lexington Ave., at 33rd St., Ste. 1500 in the New York Design Center 212-966-1500; $$$ Thomas O’Brien’s new space is fitted out in his signature warm modernist aesthetic, with mid-century pieces (some reupholstered) plus contemporary lighting and accessories. ANDRIANNA SHAMARIS

261 Spring St., nr. Varick St. 212-388-9898; $$–$$$ Shamaris gained a cult following by sourcing huge slabs of reclaimed teak from exotic locales like Sumatra, Sumba, and Borneo and retooling them into oneof-a-kind pieces. ANTONY TODD


44 E. 11th St., nr. University Pl. 212-529-3252; $$$–$$$$


150 E. 58th St., at Third Ave., ninth fl. in the Architects & Designers Building 212-355-7990; $$$–$$$$

649 Morgan Ave., nr. Nassau Ave., Bushwick, Ste. 4G-6 718-388-6424; $$$

Todd’s contemporary creations—simple, lacquered coffee tables, X-leg stools, and Lucite chandeliers— are interspersed with restored antique sofas, carpets, and objets d’art from around the world.

Come here for rare fireplaces and oak flooring salvaged from French country estates. In addition to reclaimed materials, Exquisite also offers stone, terracotta, wood, and tile from locales as diverse as Italy, Spain, and Belgium.

The loom-literate will recall that it’s the warp, not the weft, that acts as the structural foundation for a piece of fabric. This shop offers upholstery in designer fabrics and made-to-order drapes and throw pillows. ZARIN FABRICS

69 Orchard St., nr. Grand St. 212-925-6112; $$–$$$ If you’re feeling do-it-yourself-y, the store will supply you with hardware and trims; if you’d rather leave it to the professionals, the staff will step up to help with custom projects.


881 Broadway, nr. 19th St. 1055 Bronx River Ave., nr. Bruckner Blvd., the Bronx 646-602-3455; $$–$$$$ Avedis Duvenjian’s custom-woodworking outfit specializes in flooring, implementing both traditional hardwood techniques and cutting-edge production processes. Duvenjian also volunteers as a teacher for fledgling woodworkers. ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS, INC.

150 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., eighth fl.


191 Plymouth St., nr. Jay St., Dumbo 845-848-3040; $$$–$$$$ Reclaimed wood is the specialty here; discarded or found materials are given a new life at the company’s upstate mill. They also offer selected harvested woods. LUMBER LIQUIDATORS

30 E. 18th St., nr. Broadway (various locations) 212-352-1111; $$


410 W. 13th St., at Ninth Ave. 212-337-9853; $$–$$$ For those in search of an upscale aesthetic at affordable prices, Arhaus is a good bet. Dining tables are done in oak and walnut, and upholstered bed frames are attractive and classic. ARMANI/CASA

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1424 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-334-1271; $$$$

Well-priced flooring in a vast number of variations, with lots of samples at showrooms in all five boroughs.

Giorgio Armani’s home-décor line takes the designer’s minimalist style to the next level. Furnishings, like a forest-print dressing screen or a sculptural bed, are a nod to Near and Far Eastern traditions (especially Japanese). There are tableware and textiles, too.



24 W. 20th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 212-627-9663; $$$ As flooring stores go, this one’s notably chic. Reclaimed and oiled plank floors are both available, as are custom patterns like chevron and herringbone. LV’s specialty is its bespoke service, which produces floors plank by plank to your specifications.

476 Broadway, nr. Broome St., Ste. 2F 212-647-8900; $$$–$$$$ This Italian firm offers office and home furniture inspired by mid-century design and brought to life by bold accent colors, all while stressing ecofriendly responsibility and sustainability. ATELIER INTERIOR DESIGN

129 E. 124th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-427-6262; $$–$$$

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 202 in the New York Design Center 212-696-0211; $$$

In the business for 80 years, this family-owned outfit installs, maintains, and refinishes hardwood flooring. Also available are custom parquet designs and decorative Brazilian-cherrywood floor borders.

This ecofriendly company’s selection of European furniture, lighting, and accessories proves that impeccable design can be both sustainable and luxurious. The experienced team will show you how to tie a room


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together using their Italian-made chests of drawers and modular sofas.

everything from furniture and linens to specialty items like silver frames, glass vases, votives, and rugs.



135 Madison Ave., nr. 31st St. (various locations) 212-889-9606; $$$$

152 Wooster St., nr. Houston St. 212-966-0669; $$$–$$$$

This Italian company (opening its new Madison Avenue flagship on September 6) draws from design talent worldwide, stocking seating from Patricia Urquiola and bookshelves by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Prices may be steep, but the wares are top quality. BDDW

5 Crosby St., nr. Grand St. 212-625-1230; $$$$ The simple high-end design here embraces American heritage. Solid woods are treated by hand with natural oils and finishes, resulting in heirloom-quality pieces that the next generation will be thrilled to inherit. BLATT BILLIARDS

330 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-674-8855; $$–$$$$ Billiard tables are built or refurbished on-site at this cavernous store, which also displays antique and highend tables. Accessories like cue tips, darts, chess sets, and playing cards complete the mix. BLU DOT

140 Wooster St., nr. Prince St. 212-780-9058; $$ A slew of New York shops carry Blu Dot products, but the 2,500-square-foot Soho flagship has the best selection of playful modern chairs, tables, desks, beds, and shelves. Modular and space-saving products are available as well. BOCONCEPT

220 E. 57th St., nr. Third Ave. (various locations) 212-355-8188; $$–$$$ Almost all of the furniture at this Danish design mecca is modular and customizable. If the piece you want isn’t in the store or its California warehouse, BoConcept can order it from Denmark. BRUETON

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 910 in the New York Design Center 212-838-1630; $$$ The Brueton showroom attracts those looking for contemporary furniture with a capital C. Low, long sofas with steel legs, chairs with dramatic angles, and geometric tables are all spiced up with Art Deco embellishments. BUNNY WILLIAMS HOME

232 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., third fl. in the Fine Arts Building 212-935-5930; $$$$

The Italian manufacturer’s Soho shop is bursting with clever modern designs in bright colors. Look for the asymmetrical Adaptation sofa, which looks like it’s reclining with its leg cocked. CARLYLE

1056 Third Ave., nr. 62nd St. 212-838-1585; $$–$$$ If you can sit, sleep, or lounge on it, Carlyle carries it. Designs are made to order with a huge array of customizable options when it comes to color, fabric, size, and design.

151 Wooster St., nr. Houston St. 155 E. 56th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-228-8186; $$$$ This company owns the rights to the designs of masters like Le Corbusier, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Charlotte Perriand, but it has contemporary products, too.


200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 702 in the New York Design Center 212-353-2600; $$$–$$$$ Desiron’s airy space perfectly complements its midcentury-modern designs in steel, glass, and a variety of wood finishes. Substantial pieces and handcrafted, tailor-made mirrors showcase the company’s clean lines and commitment to functional luxury.

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 100 in the New York Design Center 212-925-6171; $$$$ This shop sells stylish furniture and accessories from cutting-edge designers like Tom Dixon, Nick Dine, and Dune founder Richard Shemtov. Recently spotted: a Climate tufted-wool sofa and the Flip Flap, a lounge with an adjustable cushion.


34 E. 61st St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-201-2338; $$$ This NYC flagship—Liaigre’s first store in the United States—occupies a three-story townhouse and offers the designer’s refined handcrafted furniture, lighting, textiles, leather, and accessories. COOLHOUSE

211 W. 19th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-254-4790; $$$$ This gallery has a broader mandate than most, with pieces spanning the 19th to the 21st centuries, some of Italian or French provenance. Art and photography are also for sale. CRISTINA GRAJALES GALLERY

152 W. 25th St., nr. Seventh Ave., third fl. 212-219-9941; $$$$ An important figure in the city’s contemporary-design universe, Grajales always surprises with her mid20th-century vintage pieces, and she’s become an advocate for rising talents in the field. DDC


979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 903 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-758-5000; $$$ Edward Ferrell and Lewis Mittman take meticulous care with their home furnishings, hand-applying veneers for cabinets and hand-tying steel coil springs. The result is an ornate and deep catalogue, filled with highly decorative chairs, tufted-leather barrister sofas, and gilt armoires. ERNEST

255 Fifth Ave., nr. 29th St., sixth fl. 212-3345045; $$$–$$$$ With a focus on Belgian firms, this new design collective gathers the vanguard of European architectural and design products in its NoMad showroom. Featuring minimalist outdoor furniture and an array of creative lighting, Ernest stocks elegant pieces from partner brands Royal Botania, Renson, and Delta Light. ESPASSO

38 N. Moore St., nr. Hudson St. 212-219-0017; $$$

134 Madison Ave., at 31st St. 181 Madison Ave., at 34th St. 212-685-0800; $$$$

Espasso is a sexy showroom dedicated to exquisite 20th-century Brazilian design. Expect lots of wood, leather, clean lines, and modern forms.

This sleek, well-appointed pair of shops—the 34th Street one designed by Philip Johnson—specializes in contemporary European functional-chic furniture, linens, and accessories, including a large space devoted to the Minotti line. Appointments suggested.

1010 Third Ave., nr. 61st St. 212-888-2384; $$$



Architect Miller carries a collection of strong contemporary furniture. Recent finds include a Wendell Castle armchair and a T-shirt sofa by Clodagh.

The lower level of Calvin Klein’s Madison Avenue flagship has an extensive housewares department, encompassing

If you yearn to outfit your space with designs from modern masters like Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Jean Prouvé, DWR is an essential stop. In addition to carrying licensed versions of the classics, it also has items from newcomers like Shin and Tomoko Azumi.


In this showroom, Williams brings together her lines of furniture and home décor, collections that bring to life pieces the legendary decorator admired or wished to find on her design hunts, and mixes them with antiques and one-of-a-kind pieces.

654 Madison Ave., at 60th St. 212-292-9000; $$–$$$

212-475-0001; $$–$$$

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 1210 in the New York Design Center 212-684-0070; $$$$


Contemporary-casual coordinates for the living room, bedroom, and den are the focus at this large reliable chain. Queen sleigh beds are $2,000 and media cabinets start at $949. FLEXFORM

155 E. 56th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-355-2328; $$$ Buoyant, cheery Italian furniture, bold in shape and color. The A.B.C armchair-ottoman combo is a classic.



110 Greene St., nr. Prince St. (various locations)

22 Wooster St., nr. Grand St.

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212-219-3226; $$$ This Danish house has classics you’ll recognize—the Egg chair, for instance, which balances like a half-shell on a swivel base—and more. THE FUTURE PERFECT

55 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery 212-473-2500; $$$–$$$$ The Future Perfect’s idea-driven décor pieces are always witty and fun. It is the exclusive U.S. dealer for popular recycled-wood cabinetmaker Piet Hein Eek. GREENHOUSE & CO.

387 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill 718-422-8631; $$–$$$ This store is part of a growing movement toward ecofriendly products that don’t lack for style. It stocks reclaimed and vintage furniture, and accessories.

Noteworthy items include e15 solid-oak dining tables and Karkula’s own industrial-chic desks.

TRADE-ONLY FURNITURE Bring your interior decorator to these trade-only showroom complexes. ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS BUILDING

150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-644-2766; $$$ The A&D Building is New York’s ultimate showroom resource for the entire home, featuring 35 rooms (spanning 200,000plus square feet) that specialize in kitchens, baths, tile, stone, appliances, and fixtures. Brands include Poggenpohl, B&B Italia, SieMatic, Poliform, and Sub-Zero/ Wolf Appliances, among others. Open to the public and the design trades.

The Holly Hunt Studio collection is designed specifically with New Yorkers in mind: Pieces are simple, sophisticated, and versatile. In addition, the store stocks chairs by Paul Mathieu and sconces by Alison Berger that are clean, stylish, and discreet.


979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St. 212-759-5408; $$$ The D&D Building houses more than 100 showrooms and product lines and is one of the city’s richest resources for designers looking for high-end furniture, fabrics, and light fixtures. It also offers exhibitions and seminars that are open to the public. FORTY ONE MADISON


56 University Pl., at 10th St. 212-744-7705; $$$ Streamlined tables and Venetian-glass vases are all displayed in this gallerylike setting. You also have access to its vintage collection and a range of sale items, such as a table lamp made of brown leather with a stainless-steel shade.

41 Madison Ave., at 26th St. 212-686-1203; $$–$$$ Also known as the New York Merchandise Mart, this spot is home to over 80 designer showrooms and a host of trade shows throughout the year, including the spring and fall New York Tabletop Shows. NEW YORK DESIGN CENTER


89 Seventh Ave., nr. 16th St. 969 Third Ave., at 58th St. 212-929-4880; $$$ This purveyor of contemporary home décor, furniture, and sleek accents has become a neighborhood fixture in Chelsea and beyond. The stock of Europeandesigned and American-made pieces changes regularly but always maintains a mod linear style. JOHN DERIAN DRY GOODS

10 E. 2nd St., nr. Bowery 212-677-8408; $$$ Two doors down from Derian’s original découpage palace, this offshoot focuses on 18th- and 19th-century-inspired furniture and imported textiles with a rustic touch. JOHNSON TRADING GALLERY

47-42 43rd St., Woodside 212-925-1110; $$$ Here, find pieces that walk the line between sculpture and furniture. There’s vintage by Frank Lloyd Wright and George Nakashima and contemporary by Rafael de Cárdenas and Simon Hasan. KARKULA

98 S. 4th St., nr. Berry St., Williamsburg 200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 436 in the New York Design Center 212-645-2216; $$$$ Parsons alum John Erik Karkula sells sexy contemporary furnishings with an emphasis on natural materials.

39 Greene St., nr. Grand St. 212-966-6665; $$$ Virtually everything in this store is made from synthetic polymers in a variety of durable forms. Find the ever-popular, transparent, single-mold Louis XV Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck alongside batch-dyed polycarbonate sofas. KNOLL

1330 Sixth Ave., nr. 54th St., second fl. 212-343-4000; $$$–$$$$ For its residential KnollStudio collection, the company reproduces the work of mid-century masters like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Isamu Noguchi, Harry Bertoia, and Eero Saarinen. LIGNE ROSET


150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave. in the Architects & Designers Building 979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Stes. 503 and 605 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-891-2500; $$$$


200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St. 212-679-9500; $$$ This to-the-trade mall is an industry fave with more than 100 showrooms featuring 300 lines of furniture, lighting, floor and wall coverings, fabric, and decorative accessories. The center also offers Access to Design, a consumer-designer matchmaking service of sorts: For a fee, a certified in-house designer can provide showroom access, design advice, and special pricing. THE TEXTILE BUILDING

295 Fifth Ave., nr. 31st St. 212-685-0530; $$–$$$ This hub has more than double the number of textile showrooms of any other outlet in the city, including Mohawk Home and S. Lichtenburg & Co. It hosts two market weeks per year (in the spring and fall). 230 FIFTH AVENUE NEW YORK MARKETCENTER

230 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St. 212-689-4721; $$$ Originally known as the Lighting Building and built in 1914, this showroom space for home-industry wholesalers operates primarily in the value category and also has vendors selling general merchandise, toys, dolls, and gourmet food.


250 Park Ave. S., nr. 20th St. 155 Wooster St., nr. Houston St. 212-375-1036; $$$ Best known for sleek contemporary sofa beds and storage systems, this French furniture company also makes dining sets, accessories, and lighting. LILLIAN AUGUST

12 W. 20th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 212-206-1883; $$–$$$ This showroom of all-American furnishings is still overseen by August, who has been in the business for three decades. The aesthetic is clean, traditional, and a tad preppy—perfect for your uptown abode or Hamptons beach retreat. LUCCA & CO.

306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., second fl. 212-593-0117; $$$–$$$$ Find antiques, decorative and fine-art pieces, and made-to-order furniture under one roof here, all in the spirit of the brand’s namesake town in Italy. The company uses Belgian linens for its made-to-order pieces and has a selection of Flemish furniture as well. MAGEN H GALLERY

54 E. 11th St., nr. University Pl. 212-777-8670; $$$–$$$$ This gallery specializes in 20th-century sculpture, decorative arts, architecture, and ceramics, with an emphasis on postwar French designers. Magen has lent pieces from the collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim. MATERIAL LUST ANNEX

195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., ninth fl. 212-920-0412, $$$ Designers Christian Lopez Swafford and Lauren Larson hope to reimagine the place of textiles in the home—at their annex opened earlier this year, the “Tumor I” piece hangs prominently, a Rorschach blot made of alpaca, wool, rope, cotton, and leather. Somewhat more conventional items include a black-andwhite chair shaped like an ibis and pagan pentagram chairs and candelabras. MATTER

405 Broome St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-343-2600; $$$–$$$$ The bounty of minimalist furniture, objets d’art, and understated jewelry here includes the company’s line of ecofriendly, locally sourced furniture, Matter Made.

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962 Lexington Ave., at 70th St. 212-249-5301; $$–$$$

51 Mercer St., nr. Broome St. 212-274-1552; $$$

The home-goods offshoot of a Southampton-based gardening empire, Mecox outfits the sitting rooms, patios, and decks of Manhattanites at play. New and vintage goods are in stock, some from Europe and Asia.

Find stylish seating at this sofa store, where the inventory encompasses love seats, chairs, ottomans, and sleeper sofas in 40 styles, all customizable and made from biodegradable materials.



200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 711 in the New York Design Center 212-729-1938; $$$

36 E. 31st St., nr. Madison Ave. 646-396-0455; $$$

212-421-1800; $$$ This Italian brand carries an extensive array of highend streamlined pieces for every room in the house. Its walk-in-closet solutions are particularly useful for urban dwellers who want to maximize space, and it offers full turnkey design services. POLTRONA FRAU

Stylish Italian pieces made for New York: This firm specializes in space-saving pieces of every kind, from sleep sofas to kids’ bunk beds to slide-out dining tables.

The Dutch brand, founded by interior- and productdesigner Marcel Wanders, has opened its first U.S. store, a 3,800-square-foot showroom that features the store’s eclectic modern furnishings, as well as its inventive collection of lighting.


210 Lafayette St., at Kenmare St. 212-431-2575; $$$ Look here for a classic American aesthetic and a quick turnaround time (averaging two to three weeks for in-stock items and six to eight for custom orders). Modern sofas, nickel-plated lighting, and ’30s-style easy chairs are among the company’s specialties.


146 Greene St., nr. Houston St. 212-334-7222; $$$ At this store, the brand’s first retail outlet, you’ll find products by international contemporary designers like Patricia Urquiola, Ron Arad, and Marc Newson.

145 Wooster St., nr. Houston St. 212-777-7592; $$$$ This international lifestyle label offers contemporary Italian designs that are both stylish and approachable. The luxury here is subtle but present in the fine leather and handcrafting of each piece. PROPERTY

57 Walker St., nr. Broadway 917-237-0123; $$–$$$ A playful modernism pervades Property, where sleek, bare-bones pieces such as indoor/outdoor molded plastic chairs co-exist with curved plywood bookcases. Most items are the work of contemporary Italian and British designers like Tom Dixon, Ferruccio Laviani, and Achille Castiglioni.


60 Greene St., nr. Broome St. 212-673-7106; $$$–$$$$ An Italian home-furniture company, Molteni & C creates modular systems for all rooms and needs, including closets and shelving. Designers in its stable include Jean Nouvel and Patricia Urquiola.

105 Madison Ave., nr. 30th St. 212-346-9760; $$$ This prolific Italian furniture company has spent 57 years perfecting the ecofriendly leather sofa. Options include reclining headrests, extra-wide arms, touch-powered adjustable backrests, bases in wood or metal, and customizable fabrics and finishes.


62 Grand St., nr. Broadway 1031 Lexington Ave., nr. 74th St. 212-334-3500; $$$ Think cozy chintz sofas stuffed with goose down, painted vintage wooden furniture, and comfy poplin bedding in an array of English-garden-inspired florals.


BIRCH LANE This décor site from Wayfair offers crisp duvets, leather ottomans, and natural-fiber rugs meant to be layered with other finds. Larger items like sofas and cherry-veneer sideboards are also for sale, and can be personalized using the online shop’s custom-upholstery service. FAB.COM

$$–$$$ This huge online hub peddles a vast selection of contemporary furniture, art, and home goods— often at deep discounts. New wares are added regularly, so there’s always plenty to browse. DERING HALL

917-512-6900; $$$–$$$$ This online marketplace cuts out the middleman by letting designers sell directly to consumers. It boasts a variety of one-of-a-kind, limited-edition products, and there’s a special feature that allows you to track the designers you’re particularly interested in. HORCHOW.COM

$$–$$$ This furnisher carries all manner of classic and contemporary goods for the tasteful home. Stock up on everything from handcrafted furniture and silk rugs to ornate bedding and chic desk accessories. Though the aesthetic tends toward the traditional, there are plenty of trendy items, such as a stacked-crystal lamp, to provide flair.

349 Suydam St., nr. Wyckoff Ave., third fl., Bushwick 212-470-6796; $$$


The furniture here is built according to a family tradition of craftsmanship, but with an eye toward modern city life. All pieces are customizable, and commissions are accepted. The designer works with environmentally friendly materials upon request.

As Ralph Lauren is to chic clothing, so he is to chic furniture. The designs are Americana at its best, well made and timeless.


36 Waverly Ave., nr. Flushing Ave., Clinton Hill $$ Using salvaged wood and sample fabrics like canvas and muslin, this shop creates furniture with a rustic, worn-in aesthetic. The result is a mix of comfy pieces that work as well in big-city lofts as they do in upstate ski chalets. OCHRE

462 Broome St., nr. Mercer St. 979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1109 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-414-4332; $$$$ Living-room and bedroom furniture in subdued colors and sumptuous fabrics fills the space, along with eclectic home accessories and innovative light installations.

888 Madison Ave., nr. 71st St. 212-434-8000; $$$


44 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 12th fl. 212-633-0452; $$$$ Pucci’s gallery showcases some of the finest, most stylish contemporary furniture from the 20th century to the present day. He stocks full collections from Chris Lehrecke, Paul Mathieu, and Patrick Naggar. RAUL CARRASCO

200 Lexington Ave., at 33rd St., Ste. 511 in the New York Design Center 212-966-6112; $$$–$$$$ This showroom carries pieces from Miami transplant Carrasco’s own line of modern leather, metal, and wood-based furniture, as well as art and furniture from other designers, vintage pieces, and objects sourced from around the world. RESOURCE FURNITURE


50 Lispenard St., nr. Church St. 212-219-9244; $$$ An ode to modernism, this thoughtfully curated shop favors vintage and contemporary modern furniture. While the inventory includes works by major designers like Pierre Jeanneret and Ward Bennett, lesser-known and anonymous artisans are also represented.

969 Third Ave., at 58th St., fourth fl. 212-753-2039; $$$$ Resource has the finest in European space-saving solutions: coffee tables that bloom into dining tables, ottomans that deconstruct into five individual stools, and sleekly designed wall beds that put the traditional Murphy bed to shame. RESTORATION HARDWARE


112 Madison Ave., at 30th St. (opens Sept. 29) 150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., sixth fl. in the Architects & Designers Building

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935 Broadway, nr. 22nd St. 131-07 40th Rd., nr. College Point Blvd., Ste. C-305, Flushing 212-260-9479; $$$ Outfit your urban chateau with tasteful upmarket furnishings from this mainstay. Couches, patio and garden furniture, and throw pillows evoke an old-world aesthetic.




546 Third Ave., nr. 14th St., Gowanus 718-797-2077; $$ Designer Rico Espinet’s store offers contemporary lamps and fixtures, including his own designs for Robert Abbey. You will also find furniture by American Leather, BDI, DellaRobbia, and LEE Industries. ROCHE BOBOIS

200 Madison Ave., at 35th St. 207 E. 57th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-889-0700; $$$–$$$$ This is a thoroughly European high-design furniture company, with every piece (including collaborations with Jean Paul Gaultier) customizable to your contemporary heart’s content. ROOM & BOARD

105 Wooster St., nr. Spring St. 236 W. 18th St., nr. Eighth Ave. 212-334-4343; $$–$$$ This chain succeeds in the tiny market niche between Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, selling simple, contemporary, relatively affordable designs. It offers 41 different collections in fabrics and leather. SAFAVIEH HOME FURNISHINGS

902 Broadway, nr. 20th St. 238 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-477-1234; $$–$$$ What started as a rug gallery has now become a full line of home furnishings and accessories. The price point is reasonable and the designs are casual, comfy, and versatile.


233 Norman Ave., nr. N. Henry St., basement level, Greenpoint 917-402-7689; $$$ Custom cabinetry here is made from wood, metal, glass, and plastic and is available for both residential and commercial projects. Some of the work is done in-house, some by outside designers.

504 Park Ave., nr. 59th St. 212-755-2590; $$$ Looking to outfit your smoking room? Old-school luxury seekers flock to this store for its huge selection of sophisticated sofas, table linens, clocks, and flatware. In-store full-service interior design is also available. SHIMNA

The selection here encompasses hand-built furniture designed in the company’s Brooklyn studio and produced in Indonesia. The store prides itself on the use of gorgeous woods that are either plantation-grown or reclaimed from abandoned projects. Custom orders take 12 to 14 weeks, but for those in a rush, stock pieces can be custom-modified in two to three. HENRYBUILT

12 Crosby St., nr. Grand St. 212-966-5797; $$$ Henrybuilt unites artisanal quality and modular flexibility, creating traditional pieces for modern homes. All kitchens, bathrooms, and office systems are tailored in design and build for the client; furniture pieces are made-to-order.

34 Howard St., nr. Broadway, third fl. 212-925-5506; $$$ This Scandinavian-style furnitureand-décor showroom specializes in custom pieces and lighting for hotels, bars, restaurants, and the home. Inventive hanging lamps co-exist with asymmetrical shelving units. Appointments recommended. ROOM

276 Greenpoint Ave., nr. Jewel St., Bldg. 9, fifth fl., Greenpoint 718-349-6616; $$$–$$$$

25 N. Moore St., at Varick St. 212-226-1045; $$$$

The minimalist furniture here showcases wood at its finest. Most pieces are made to order from American hardwood that has been sustainably harvested in the Northeast.

Room started as a catalogue of stylish minimalist furniture and accessories before opening a brick-and-mortar shop that features emerging designers and an in-house line. All original pieces are customizable in a range of fabrics, leathers, and finishes.


150 Randolph St., nr. Varick Ave., Williamsburg 347-687-7278; $$ In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this Brooklyn woodworker began hand-selecting pieces of fallen sugar maple and walnut, resulting in one-of-a-kind stools with hidden drawers and butterfly-key inlays. STYLE BY ANNICK DE LORME

236 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St., Ste. 422 212-219-0447; $$$$ Francophiles flock here for classic Paris bistro chairs by Maison Gatti. You can spot them around town at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s restaurant and the scenic River Café under the Brooklyn Bridge.

Post WorldWarIIEuropeanfurnituredominatesatSuite NewYork.High-endmodernclassicsfromDanishdesigners such as Hans J. Wegner and Arne Jacobsen stand out, but pieces from Italy and Germany are also available. THE SHOP: TOM DIXON

19 Howard St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-228-7337; $$–$$$ Relocated from Soho to Little Italy, Tom Dixon’s showroom displays the brand’s full range of lighting, furniture, and accessories. Inventive coat stands and wingback dining chairs are highlights, as are the Y-base enamel tables and solid-copper Champagne buckets.


69 West St., nr. Noble St., Greenpoint 104 W. 17th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 718-532-1671; $$$


419 Park Ave. S., nr. 29th St., 17th fl. 212-421-3300; $$$$


302A W. 12th St., nr. Eighth Ave., No. 286; 917-622-4383 $$$$ Industrial designer Stephen Burks’s furniture is playful, colorful, and always memorable. His vibrant Dedon Dala collection includes lounge chairs, tables, and stools handwoven from bright polyethylene cord. He also creates lighting and home accessories, and has designed wares for Harry Winston, Roche Bobois, and Swarovski, to name a few.


200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 425 in the New York Design Center 212-871-9075; $$$–$$$$ This store stocks sumptuous contemporary furniture imbued with historical references. The magic is in the details: Upholstered seating has hand-tied springs, and the intricate marquetry patterns on tables and cabinets are laid by hand, too. UHURU DESIGN

74 Franklin St., nr. Broadway 212-882-1581; $$$ Founded in 2004, Red Hook-based Uhuru has quickly made a reputation, with pieces in the Smithsonian and Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection. Walnut and hand-blackened steel dominate, with pieces elegant and simple enough for classic or contemporary homes. USM MODULAR FURNITURE

28-30 Greene St., nr. Grand St. 212-371-1230; $$–$$$ To create modular storage units of varying size and complexity, check out this shop’s Swiss-designed system of tubes, ball joints, and panels. It carries the original Haller 1963 furniture system that is in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. VITRA, INC.

29 Ninth Ave., nr. 13th St. 212-463-5750; $$$ Vitra makes clean, iconic office and home furniture, plus a range of accessories and lighting. Its lines are unmistakably modern, featuring designs from Jean Prouvé and Verner Panton as well as newer pieces by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec and Jasper Morrison. VITSOE

33 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St. 917-675-6990; $$$ This company was created around industrial designer Dieter Rams, whose credo was “less but better.” Vitsoe follows with minimalist pieces that are maximally functional, including its well-known shelving system, in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. VOOS

41 Belvidere St., nr Beaver St., Ste. 106, nr. Harrison Pl., Bushwick 917-826-5586; $$–$$$ A hub for green-minded furniture, Voos predominantly carries items from New York designers. All the pieces have a contemporary aesthetic, from geometric shelving units to boxy sideboards, plus a smaller selection of home accents, lighting, and tableware. Custom designs are also available.

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70 N. 7th St., nr. Kent Ave., Williamsburg 88 Tenth Ave., at 15th St., in Chelsea Market $–$$ The testing ground for at least half a dozen now-independent retailers, including Mast Brothers chocolate and Erica Weiner Jewelry. BROOKLYN FLEA

(various locations) $$ The popular market draws more than 100 vendors of new and used goods every weekend of the year. Participating businesses include Windsor Place Antiques and Birdhouse Jewelry. ECLECTIC COLLECTIBLES & ANTIQUES

285 Metropolitan Ave., nr. Roebling St., Williamsburg 646-657-8122 This antiques marketplace in the heart of Williamsburg is a treasure trove of reasonably priced vintage knickknacks like gilded mirrors and stained-glass table lamps. GREENFLEA

100 W. 77th St., nr. Tenth Ave. 212-239-3025; $$–$$$ Find old maps, ethnic crafts, and antique furniture at this indoor-outdoor emporium. HELL’S KITCHEN FLEA MARKET

W. 39th St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-220-0239; $$ Running every weekend between Ninth and Tenth Avenues on 39th Street, this flea market is a nice mix of antiques sellers, vintagehousewares hawkers, local-produce stands, and street-food vendors, all improbably situated near the Port Authority’s bus ramps. HESTER STREET FAIR

Hester St., at Essex St. 917-267-9496; $–$$ Although the small space makes furniture a rare find at this Saturday-only seasonal market, the accessories selection is outstanding. Most, if not all, of the items from vendors like American Collectibles and Hazel Village Toys are vintage, handmade, and ethically sourced. MALCOLM SHABAZZ HARLEM MARKET

52 W. 116th St., nr. Malcolm X Blvd. 212-987-8131 $ This vibrant Harlem market is full of fabulous traditional African crafts and textiles. Standouts include the large selection of carved wooden figurines and the handmade Africanstyle clothes for men, women, and children. WEST 25TH STREET MARKET

W. 25th St., nr. Broadway 212-243-5343; $–$$$ This scrappy outdoor emporium focuses on antique novelties from the 20th century. Prepare to sift, dig, and fight for your finds.

333 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., tenth fl. 212-244-5008; $$$

212-421-6701; $$$$

This retail store is run by renowned interior designer Vicente Wolf. Pieces reflect his airy and comfortable trademark style and his travels.

The contemporary outdoor furniture here would be right at home in a Monaco manse, but it’s just as appropriate on your roof deck or in your Brooklyn backyard. Don’t miss the line of “spaces,” structures tailored to foster serene outdoor environments.



1870 Broadway, nr. 62nd St. (various locations) 212-247-8077; $$

103 Hoyt St., nr. Pacific St., Boerum Hill 718-797-3628; $$

This chain’s Upper West Side store is so cavernous that a portion has been set up and subdivided into two fully furnished loft apartments. Score decorative pillows, basic bed frames, contemporary modular seating, and a wealth of accessories for every room in the house. WHITE ON WHITE

85 White St., nr. Lafayette St. (various locations) 212-966-6711; $$ These stores specialize in low-priced reproductions of mid-century furniture. Check out the Organic Modernism line (which has a dedicated outpost in Williamsburg) for pieces made mostly of wood, bronze, and brass, like the Bling sofa in hand-forged bronze with a Japanese patina finish. WILLIAMS-SONOMA HOME

10 Columbus Cir., nr. 58th St., in the Time Warner Center (various locations) 212-581-1146; $$–$$$ This particular branch hides an added bonus: Up a staircase in the back is a large showroom containing the company’s home-interiors collection. There’s also a design center with consultants who will plan rooms and conduct free at-home consultations. WONK

27 Knickerbocker Ave., nr. Ingraham St., Bushwick 718-218-7750; $$$ Wonk’s pieces are made to order in Brooklyn and can be tailored to the varied space constraints and storage needs of small urban apartments. Flush fronts keep things streamlined, and clients can choose from a variety of finishes, including natural wood, lacquers, and veneers. YORK STREET STUDIO

89 Fifth Ave., at 16th St., Ste. 906 800-967-5811; $$$ YSS products include fine furniture, decorative hardware, architectural detailing, and tabletop accessories, all made in the United States.

Garden & Outdoor

There are plants of all kinds, plus high-end, aesthetically pleasing tools and accessories, like Ben Wolff and Campo de’ Fiori terra-cotta pottery. GREEN DEPOT

1 Ivy Hill Rd., nr. Rewe St., Williamsburg 718-782-2991; $$ This ecosuperstore supplies a range of organic, recycled, and sustainable options for the home. Most of the store’s offerings combine practical and artistic sensibilities, like hand-loomed rugs in vibrant patterns made from natural fibers and low-impact vegetable dyes. JAMALI FLORAL & GARDEN SUPPLIES


149 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-244-4025; $$ Jamali stocks a wide variety of garden products, from planters and bamboo fencing to the little shells you add for a bit of flair. MCGUIRE FURNITURE COMPANY

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 101 in the New York Design Center 212-689-1565; $$$ McGuire sells a line of high-quality rattan and hardwood outdoor furniture with a California-casual vibe. It comes in dozens of colors and finishes, from oxblood to gold leaf. SPROUT HOME

59 Grand St., nr. Wythe Ave., Williamsburg 718-388-4440; $$ A garden store for urbanites, Sprout specializes in space-saving planters and city-friendly plants to brighten up any indoor corner or available green patch. Home accessories like porcelain bowls and a lamp in the shape of a bunny round out the mix. STUDIO-TAG

321 W. 44th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 200 212-354-9255; $$$–$$$$ Studio-Tag builds detachable glass partitions and LEED-certified wall systems, manufacturing all material within 500 miles of New York. Their hydroponic Greenwall series offers stunning living walls, maintained by automatic irrigation and water-reclamation systems.



979 Third Ave., nr. 59th St., Ste. 1115 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-334-3345; $$$ This leader in bold outdoor-furniture design is especially famous for its “nestrest,” a hanging teardropshaped basket that’s filled with cushions and perfect for summer-afternoon naps. GANDIA BLASCO

52 Greene St., nr. Broome St.

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167 6th St., nr. Third Ave., Gowanus (various locations) 718-624-3350; $–$$ Dykes is a trusted option for urban home improvement. From big-picture items like door frames and windows to curated details like ceiling medallions and decorative pieces, trained staff will guide you through the purchasing process, and even make custom orders if they don’t have what you need on hand.


55 Prince St., nr. Lafayette St. 212-925-3565; $$$ It’s worth dragging your decorator to this trade-only fixtures showroom: The wares here run the gamut from simple brass handles to decorative porcelain birds, with a collection of glass doorknobs to boot. Some items are hand-detailed or plated with gold. GARBER HARDWARE

710 Greenwich St., nr. Charles St. 212-242-9807; $$ An old-style hardware store that’s kept up with the times: Here, New Yorkers can find American Psycho– size axes alongside bike locks and plumbing valves. There are electrical supplies and kitchenware in the store’s main warehouse-style showroom; a separate room to the left holds the more heavy-duty stuff. M&D SHAPIRO HARDWARE

63 Bleecker St., at Lafayette St. 212-477-4180; $ Need paint to liven up a studio apartment? Or tools to adjust a fixture or hang frames on the wall? Shapiro has the goods and the staff for small DIY projects. NUÑEZ HARDWARE STORE

4147 Broadway, nr. 175th St. 212-927-8518 $

dening and painting, all at low prices. The key department makes copies for less than the neighboring locksmiths, and the store now sells plants from the back garden.

Kids’ Furnishings


85 Fifth Ave., at 16th St., second fl. (various locations) 212-337-1000; $$–$$$ Blackman’s Manhattan location, one of 15 in the New York area, is one of the largest designer-bath showroom in the city. Nickel, chrome, and stainless steel dominate the selection, which features more than 75 brands, including giants like Kohler and the sleek German brand Hansgrohe.



1305 Second Ave., nr. 68th St. 212-517-9233; $$$

31 1/2 Greene St., at Grand St. 212-431-8282; $$$

Bellini has choices galore. Choose a name, pattern, or theme, and you can blitz an entire room with it using the store’s in-house design service. You’ll find everything from nursery and preteen furniture to bed linens, lamps, hand-painted tables, and frames.

Interior designers shop here for elements that can transform a bathroom into a veritable spa, but design novices are more than welcome to browse. Don’t be put off by the gallerylike atmosphere (or the absence of price tags).


158 Wooster St., at Houston St. 212-966-7183; $$$$

106 Ferris St., nr. Van Dyke St., second fl., Red Hook; 718-694-0272; $$$ Featured in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and previously sold at MoMA, architect Roberto Gil’s birch-plywood pieces for kids are painted in a variety of colors and easily assembled. His sawdusty atelier is full of custom-made loft beds, computer desks, and bunks.


This outpost of the award-winning German manufacturer offers architecturally inspired kitchens for those looking for high functionality with a minimalist aesthetic. Plumbing and other potential eyesores are smartly hidden, leaving clean lines, slick surfaces, and bright finishes. COSENTINO

At this narrow, merchandise-packed shop, the staff is quick to help you locate what you need—be it painting supplies or hard-to-find nuts and bolts.



If your child is showing an early proclivity for modern design, outfit her room with pieces from Mini Jake, the little brother to the recently closed Two Jakes furniture store. The shop stocks stylish child-rearing supplies for modern parents: cribs, strollers, high chairs, and a sleek new spin on the baby carrier.

A global Spanish firm that opened its 4,000-squarefoot New York City flagship showroom in September 2015. There, architects and designers can see a variety of beautiful materials and play with project ideas in a custom computer program.


66 Crosby St., nr. Spring St. 212-253-5969; $$$–$$$$

202 E. 29th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-545-1447; $–$$ Nuthouse takes up three floors plus the basement of a sizable building, and stocks not only the usual bolts and springs but also rare valves and specialized tools. Bonus: It’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. P.E. GUERIN

23 Jane St., nr. 4th St. 212-243-5270; $$–$$$$ According to its self-recorded history, P.E. Guerin is the oldest decorative-hardware company in the United States and the only metal foundry in New York City. For incredible custom hardware, this should be your first stop. SAIFEE HARDWARE & GARDEN

114 First Ave., at 7th St. 212-979-6396; $ Saifee is a neighborhood hardware store with big-boxlevel inventory. In the warmer months, the gardening area carries daffodil bulbs and dwarf Alberta spruces—as well as the shovels needed to plant them. SIMON’S HARDWARE AND BATH

421 Third Ave., nr. 29th St. 212-532-9220; $$–$$$ The broad inventory showcases imported and domestic hardware for the home, including a huge display of kitchen cabinets, locks, door fixtures, and decorative hardware like engraved knobs and refrigerator pulls. TARZIAN HARDWARE

193 Seventh Ave., nr. 2nd St., Park Slope 718-788-4120; $$ Shop here for tools, plumbing, ladders, mini-blinds, vacuum cleaners, Weber grills, and supplies for gar-

178 N. 9th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg 718-782-2005; $$

439 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A (various locations) 212-780-0036; $$ Coo over this store’s adorable children’s items and browse books like Gemma Correll’s Little Pocket Book of Pug Wisdom. There are also useful knickknacks for the adults in the house, including recipe boxes and custom stationery.

Kitchen & Bathroom ART ET MAISON

150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 399 in the Architects & Designers Building 646-891-3653; $$$$


The contemporary, Italian-designed kitchens here are sleek, spacious, and perfect for minimalist lofts. The large open showroom displays items like ultrasexy Rimadesio architectural doors. ELGOT

1296 Third Ave., nr. 75th St. 212-879-1200; $$$ Its inventory may be small compared to those of some chain stores, but Elgot makes up for it with personal attention. The staff is experienced in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms within the constraints of New York City apartments. GRANDE CENTRAL SHOWROOMS

12 W. 29th St., nr. Broadway 212-226-3665; $$$

141 E. 56th St., nr. Lexington Ave. (various locations) 212-588-1997; $$–$$$

Though they moved from Tribeca to NoMad, Art Et Maison’s dedication to contemporary design and high-end products from Italy continues the same. They offer everything from furniture pieces to closet systems to full kitchens and bathrooms.

Start your hunt at this flagship showroom. It carries a wide variety of high-end decorative fixtures and hardware for your kitchen and bathroom from brands like Duravit, Lacava, Hansgrohe, Villeroy & Boch, and KWC, to name a few.



29 Ninth Ave., nr. 13th St. 212-463-5790; $$–$$$

1663 Coney Island Ave., at Elm Ave., Midwood 718-787-1000; $$–$$$

Hansgrohe’s New York showroom doesn’t just have a few faucets stuck on a wall; they’re plumbed in and testable, in stylishly built-out living spaces stocked with furniture from Vitra (which shares the space).

This Brooklyn bath-and-kitchen showroom rivals Manhattan’s best in quantity and quality. Personal shopping appointments are also available.

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41 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-995-0500; $$$ A destination for architects and designers, this sprawling showroom features cabinetry and appliances as well as countertops, hardware, stones, and tiles. The long roster of brands available includes Cesar, Dornbracht, Grohe, and many more. NY LOFT KITCHENS & INTERIORS

6 W. 20th St., at Fifth Ave. 212-206-7400; $$$ In this showroom, you find the company’s own highend cabinetry along with the green-friendly Bazzeo line for kitchen and bath. If you hire NY Loft to custom-design your kitchen, the staff can arrange special deals on appliances. POGGENPOHL

270 Park Ave. S., at 21st St. 150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave. in the Architects & Designers Building 212-228-3334; $$$ European kitchen design in both classic and minimalist styles is the focus here, but everything is thoroughly modern. The company’s attention to form and innovative use of materials—be they synthetic or natural— make these sleek products stand out. PORCELANOSA

202 Fifth Ave., nr. 25th St. 646-751-1180; $$$ In 2012, this Spanish company bought a building overlooking Madison Square Park for its flagship location, hiring Pritzker-winning architect Sir Norman Foster for a ground-up overhaul. Opened late last year, Porcelanosa displays a mosaic of tile, bath, and kitchen offerings across six floors of stunning architecture and interior design. SCAVOLINI

429 W. Broadway, nr. Prince St. 212-219-0910; $$$ A mainstay of the Italian design community, Scavolini began masterminding kitchens in Italy some 55 years ago and now creates sleek, modern high-end kitchens as well as bathrooms and other living spaces. STUDIO ANISE

21 Greene St., nr. Grand St. 212-933-1406; $$$ Studio Anise also carries Acheo, Rolf Benz, Freistil, and other high-end European brands. Merchandise is displayed in situ. URBAN ARCHAEOLOGY

239 E. 58th St., nr. Second Ave. 43-34 32nd Pl., nr. Skillman Ave., Ste. 2R., Long Island City 212-371-4646; $$$ Items like bathtubs, tables, and chairs come readymade but can be customized with your choice of fixtures. The store’s vast selection of tile and stone can be ordered through the showroom. WATERFRONT KITCHENS

396 Van Brunt St., nr. Dikeman St., Red Hook 718-576-2003; $$–$$$ Kitchen designs for a comfortable modern lifestyle are the name of the game here; everything from cabinets to countertops has an easy adaptable style.



215 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave., (various locations) 212-371-9266; $$

46 Greene St., nr. Broome St. 212-925-1588; $$$

Even if you’re not ready to buy, come to this showroom to get inspired. In addition to fittings, spigots, towel bars, and even bathrobes, the store carries out-of-thisworld fixtures, such as the unbelievable, egg-shaped matte tub in the .25 Collection. Designers rave about the depth of stock, service, and in-situ tableaux that bring pieces to life.


Located in the heart of Soho’s design district, this Italian outfit showcases sleek lighting fixtures, from task, table, and floor lamps to sophisticated track and suspension systems. CL STERLING & SON

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 400 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-355-5355; $$$ CL Sterling makes interior and exterior lighting with an architectural feel, and it can modify existing designs per the customer’s request. FILAMENTS OF NEW YORK


600 Madison Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 104 212-879-6161; $$$ This Danish brand’s minimalist upmarket stereo systems are designed to hang on your wall like art. Inquire about the BeoLink service to sync up all your home electronics or lock your doors and turn on your TV with a single remote. P.C. RICHARD & SON

53 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave. (various locations) 212-924-0200; $–$$ Though you might know of this chain for its huge selection of appliances (washers, dryers, microwaves), its stores also have an array of reasonably priced electronics, including laptops and flat-screens. STEREO EXCHANGE

627 Broadway, nr. Bleecker St. 212-505-1111; $$–$$$ A best bet in sound systems, this mid- to high-end store also stocks the latest video equipment and flat-screens. Custom installations are available, too. STERLING ELECTRONICS

369 Kingston Ave., nr. Carroll St., Crown Heights 718-756-9840; $$ Sterling is your all-purpose neighborhood electronics store, with small home appliances and a selection of digital cameras and (of course) cell phones. Kill two birds with one stone and sit for a new passport photo while you’re here.


78 Grand St., nr. Wooster St. 212-219-9922; $$$–$$$$ This unusual store aims to brighten up serene natural spaces with conceptual pieces inspired by the ocean. Wall-mounted lamps cling to surfaces like sea anemones; hanging fixtures sway gently when touched as if buffeted by invisible currents.

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799 Broadway, at 11th St. 212-924-3575; $$–$$$ Owner Randy Howard can make a lamp out of almost anything, but his main business is the restoration of vintage pieces from the turn of the 20th century through the ’60s. If there’s nothing you want lampified, choose from the rotating selection of about 250 one-of-a-kind lamps on offer. FLOS

152 Greene St., at Houston St. 212-941-4760; $$$–$$$$ Come here for recognizable high-design lamps and fixtures from the likes of Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola, including her Tatou lamp series; its shades resemble honeycombs. FONTANAARTE

45 Greene St., nr. Grand St. 212-334-3295; $$$$ Founded by the famed architect and designer Giò Ponti, this shop is dedicated to the use of glass-focused design. FontanaArte makes vibrant architecturally inspired lighting for the home. Choose from sleek floor or table lamps, or find styles to mount on walls or in ceilings. ILLUMÉ

223 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-308-1400; $$$ All of the lampshades at Illumé are handmade, some imported from Paris and Montreal and others custom-made in-house from Italian silk. The company also operates a repair shop for shades and the lamps they adorn. INGO MAURER

89 Grand St., at Greene St. 212-965-8817; $$$–$$$$ This store displays the legendary designer’s inventive lighting pieces for bold interiors. Staff can work with you to come up with the concept that best suits your home, including one-of-a-kind creations. JUST BULBS

220 E. 60th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-888-5707; $ You’ll find numerous variations on Edison’s creation here, from everyday GE soft whites to hard-to-find specialty bulbs. There’s an extensive assortment of energy-efficient bulbs and color- changing lights, plus full-spectrum natural lighting that helps ease the winter blues.


21 Spring St., at Elizabeth St. 212-966-2757; $$ As the name suggests, this is just the spot to find a lid for your lamp. There are more than 300 shades—in silk, linen, and paper. The store does custom work, too.

718-387-6132; Owner-designer Jason Miller and his team assemble each custom piece in his studio in Sunset Park. Mid-century-inspired table lamps commingle with sculptural fixtures made of handblown glass and knotted rope. SCHOOLHOUSE ELECTRIC & SUPPLY CO.


38 White St., nr. Church St., first fl. 212-226-4883; $$ Always dreamed of seeing your name in lights? This custom-design studio can make it happen. Everything from fabrication to glass-bending is done in-house in the shop’s production area.

27 Vestry St., nr. Hudson St. 212-226-6113; $$$ At the New York outpost of this supercool Portland brand, light fixtures take inspiration from designs used in early-20th-century schools and libraries. The stock is fresh and eclectic, ranging from metal-industrial to colorful painted options.


158 Bowery, nr. Delancey St. 150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave. in the Architects & Designers Building 212-226-1276; $$ There’s something here for even the dimmest corners of the home, from piano lamps to five-figure chandeliers, as well as a wide selection of ceiling fans and, of course, lightbulbs.

For a fun throwback, come here to score wall sconces from the Met’s original 1966 opera house. A wide assortment of other home items and opera-themed gifts are also available. THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART STORE

1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St. W. 49th St., at Fifth Ave., in Rockefeller Plz. 212-570-3894; $$ The original main shop located off the Great Hall spans two levels, selling everything from coffee-table books to reproductions of iconic works. If a trip to the Upper East Side isn’t on your list, off-site stores, such as the one on Rockefeller Plaza, carry a pared-down selection of the popular inventory. MOMA DESIGN STORE


59 Walker St., nr. Broadway 212-925-5863; $$$ The overall aesthetic at this studio workshop is serene and organic, though the materials vary from natural clay to silicone. The company’s original work is on display alongside designs from collaborating artists.

44 W. 53rd St., nr. Sixth Ave. 81 Spring St., at Crosby St. 212-767-1050; $$ Sleek, utilitarian home furniture and décor inspired by design greats such as Harry Bertoia and Charles and Ray Eames are stocked alongside framed museum prints and books. The store doubles as a gift emporium and high-design Hall of Fame. THE MORGAN SHOP


14 Wooster St., nr. Canal St. 212-334-7307; $$$ Super-sleek light fixtures designed by Luceplan’s Milanese founders set this shop apart. It’s a perennial favorite of modernist interior designers, architects, and avid home decorators. O’LAMPIA STUDIO

155 Bowery, nr. Broome St. 212-925-1660; $$$ Lighting designer Kwang Lee’s background as a fine artist is apparent in his showroom’s selection of sleek geometric prototypes, including chandeliers, pendants, and sconces. All designs are made to order on the Lower East Side. ORIENTAL LAMP SHADE COMPANY

223 W. 79th St., nr. Broadway 212-873-0812; $ You find both mass-manufactured and customized lampshades here, along with an impressive selection of tabletop and hanging lamps. Custom orders using your own fabrics or the store’s in-house offerings can also be fulfilled. Lamp styles run the gamut from traditional to retro to contemporary. REMAINS LIGHTING

130 W. 28th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-675-8051; $$$ This shop carries a full range of lighting options, including formal sconces and chandeliers. Sconces start at $600 a pair. Recent finds include a modern satinbrass chandelier from the ’50s and brass baluster table lamps from the ’60s. RICH BRILLIANT WILLING

37 W. 20th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 707 212-388-1621; $$–$$$ The Brooklyn-based retailer has now opened a showroom in Manhattan. Here, industrial-inspired lighting is passed through a minimalist filter, landing somewhere between Bauhaus and Brutalist. ROLL & HILL

3 Mercer St., nr. Howard St.

Museum Shops ASIASTORE

725 Park Ave., at 70th St. 212-327-9217; $$ Located on the first floor of the Asia Society, AsiaStore carries a wealth of gift items, including jewelry from emerging Asian designers, hand-painted tea sets, and men’s and women’s apparel inspired by the museum collection. The selection changes with the exhibits, but it always includes books on Asian arts and culture. BROOKLYN MUSEUM SHOP

200 Eastern Pkwy., at Washington Ave., Prospect Heights 718-501-6258; $$ What began as a humble gift stand in the 1930s has morphed into a spacious shop off the museum’s lobby. Find items by local designers and artisans; Brooklynthemed souvenirs and textiles; prints; and other wares from around the world. THE FRICK COLLECTION MUSEUM SHOP

1 E. 70th St., at Fifth Ave. 212-547-6848; $$ The goods for sale in this museum shop are as stately and traditional as the mansion that houses them, with items and patterns inspired by the decorative arts on display. There’s also an extensive array of art reference books and exhibition catalogues. GUGGENHEIM STORE

1071 Fifth Ave., nr. 89th St. 800-329-6109; $$ Expect museum-inspired merchandise, including ties that reference Jackson Pollock and Vasily Kandinsky and tchotchkes echoing Frank Lloyd Wrights’s iconic spiral. A wide selection of exhibition catalogs and photocentric tomes featuring New York imagery is also available. METROPOLITAN OPERA SHOP

Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center 212-799-3100, ext. 2399; $$

225 Madison Ave., nr. 36th St., at the Morgan Library & Museum 212-590-0390; $$ After touring J.P. Morgan’s personal collection of original Shakespeare folios and medieval manuscripts, you can start a library of your own with gift books (and gorgeous jewelry). SHOP OF THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK

1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St. 917-492-3330; $$ This shop has the usual selection of gifts based on the museum and its exhibits, but its real treasure is its collection of prints of the museum’s unparalleled images of New York. THE MUSEUM SHOP AT THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS

128 E. 63rd St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-838-2560; $–$$ The store contains an excellent assortment of books and hard-to-find magazines about illustration, including Juxtapoz, ILLO, and 3x3. Offbeat wares such as toy cars made of recycled pesticide cans and “Dali Llama” mugs are also available, as is an assortment of sketching supplies. NEUE GALERIE DESIGN SHOP

1048 Fifth Ave., at 86th St. 212-994-9496; $$–$$$ This is the place to go for reproductions of famous pieces from the Vienna Secession and Bauhaus schools by the likes of Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, and Eva Zeisel. NEW MUSEUM STORE

235 Bowery, at Prince St. 212-343-0460; $$ The main attraction here is the eclectic collection of coffee-table books on figures both mainstream and niche, including tattooists and graffiti artists. You’ll also find offbeat jewelry and glassware, like the porcelain mugs printed with an image of Jim Shaw’s The Golden Age.

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9-01 33rd Rd., at Vernon Blvd, Long Island City 718-721-2308; $$$$ Isamu Noguchi is without a doubt one of the most renowned artists of the mid-20th century, and his entire line of furniture and lighting is available at the shop of the Noguchi Museum. To impress your design-savvy friends, pick up his paper-lantern light sculptures or famous free-form sofa. READERS & WRITERS SHOP AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Fifth Ave., at 42nd Street 212-642-0102; $$ Browse a selection of stationery, bookends, and home accessories. Items like a library checkout card–tote and a set of New Yorker–cover postcards riff on concepts of erudition and learning. RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART SHOP

150 W. 17th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-620-5000, ext. 350; $$ Spiritually inspired wares from Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, and Kashmir fill this shop. For kids, there are Himalayan children’s books and toys; the store also offers decorative pillows.

at the museum. There is plenty of hand-crafted jewelry and work by contemporary artists, as well as home accessories from the United States and Europe. You’ll find eye-pleasing lamps, sun-catching vases, understated jewelry, DIY dolls, and other gifts for home and office. THE STORE AT THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

144 W. 125th St., nr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. 212-864-4500, ext. 237; $–$$$ Limited-edition prints and glossy coffee-table books (e.g., Harlem: A Century in Images) are just a few of the home-enhancing offerings available at this shop. Exhibition catalogues are sold as well. THE WHITNEY MUSEUM SHOP

99 Gansevoort St., nr. Washington St. 212-570-3614; $–$$$ In the lobby of the new Renzo Piano designed museum, you can find a range of new artist-inspired products, whether it’s plates adorned with Calder mobiles, or flip-flops bearing Basquiat scrawls.




58 Park Ave., at 38th St. 212-847-9737; $$

881 and 888 Broadway, at 19th St. 212-473-3000; $$$–$$$$

Carrying more than 100 different Scandinavian brands, this store also hosts occasional trunk shows where you can meet the designers face-to-face. Big names like Marimekko are represented alongside smaller regional labels. Pick up candlesticks by Bengt and Lotta as well as Orrefors crystal. THE SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM BOOKSTORE

39 Battery Pl., nr. West St. 212-945-6324; $$ Lovers of cities come to this architectural bookshop for analytical and image-filled tabletop tomes. Fittingly, New York is the dominant theme. A small section is devoted to sustainable architecture, while photographic prints, children’s titles, and 3-D puzzles complete the collection.

In business for over 100 years, ABC is New York’s preeminent destination for everything from luxury oneof-a-kind vintage pieces to contemporary items by top designers. The helpful staff is on hand to guide you through the multilevel maze of furnishings, rugs, and piles of cashmere bedding.

Atop the luxury department store’s Fifth Avenue flagship, you’ll find a sunny aerie replete with crystal by Baccarat, traditional china, and decorative items from Europe and Asia in styles that range from classic to contemporary. BLOOMINGDALE’S

1000 Third Ave., at 59th St. 212-705-2000; $$–$$$ This East Side Art Deco landmark has been serving New York shoppers since 1886. Home décor is on the sixth and seventh floors, with a democratic array of products like Cuisinart kitchen gadgets, Wedgwood dinnerware, and a selection of furniture, bedding, and bathroom accessories. CB2

451 Broadway, nr. Grand St. 979 Third Ave., at 58th St., in the Decoration & Design Building 212-219-1454; $$ Crate & Barrel takes its contemporary content up a notch with this edgier offshoot. Items with vivid colors and sleek designs cater to hip young customers who want more bang for their buck. Inexpensive glassware, modular furniture, and sexy decorative items abound.

629 Sixth Ave., nr. 19th St. 725 Lexington Ave., at 58th St. 212-366-4200; $$

Los Angeles transplant Analisse Taft-Gersten stocks her Flower District showroom with sleek wooden furniture, statement-piece pillows, and rugs treated with a wash finish to give the impression of a wellloved family heirloom. Her in-house Living Vintage textile line favors muted colors and repeating patterns on silk, matka, and linen.

12 W. 29th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 212-226-3665; $$–$$$

The selection at this shop complements each exhibition

In its new 2,000-square-foot showroom, this fullservice home-furnishings firm offers kitchen, bath, furniture, lighting, and closet systems. Favoring Italian brands including Toscoquattro, Maistri, and Casamilano, Art et Maison also offers residential and office consultations. BARNEYS NEW YORK

It’s closing later this fall, but for now this warehouse has much the same eclectic selection as ABC Carpet & Home merchandise at marked-down prices.

754 Fifth Ave., at 58th St. 212-753-7300; $$$



1055 Bronx River Ave., nr. Watson Ave., the Bronx 718-842-8772; $$$


148 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 234 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-431-1000; $$–$$$$

2 Columbus Cir., nr. Broadway 212-299-7700; $$


True to its name, the store stocks everything you need for the bedroom, bathroom, or any other part of the house. Perennial go-to items are DKNY bathroom accessories, Wamsutta sheets, De’Longhi toasters, and all manner of easy-to-install window treatments.




212-255-3550; $$

660 Madison Ave., at 61st St. 212-826-8900; $$$$ Looking to up your home’s chic factor? The edgiest of the city’s major luxury department stores, Barneys’ home section has a limited selection of furniture from design gurus like Madeline Weinrib and Venini. There’s also an assortment of smaller items in the tabletop and décor categories. BED BATH & BEYOND

620 Sixth Ave., at 18th St. (various locations)

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This go-to retailer provides an unparalleled range of storage solutions and accessories. Reps of shelving company Elfa are available for free consultations. CRATE & BARREL

611 Broadway, at Houston St.



1414 Willow Ave., nr. 15th St., Hoboken, N.J. 201-798-1122; $$$ This full-service home-goods store has products for the kitchen, the living room, and the bed- and bathroom. The staff can advise on everything from design to knife sharpening. WALMART

77 Green Acres Rd., Valley Stream, N.Y. 516-887-0127; $ The deal that would have brought Walmart to Brooklyn never quite happened, but you can still head to Long Island for the chain’s famously low prices.

212-780-0004; $$ Myriad offerings include solid-walnut extension tables and chairs that infuse city dwellings with an air of French country living. Contemporary pieces include tufted leather sofas, storage units, and the outdoor furniture for which the company is well known. Smaller housewares are also available.


71 Fifth Ave., at 15th St. (various locations) 212-206-1911; $–$$ Prices here are low enough that you can affordably decorate your first apartment while still infusing it with some worldly flair and sophistication. POTTERY BARN


1220 Third Ave., at 70th St. (various locations) 212-517-6300; $$ The lush-looking beds at Gracious Home’s uptown flagship might make you want to curl up for a nap, but don’t stop there. The store has everything from scented candles and duvet covers to air conditioners and organizers for your closet.

1965 Broadway, at 67th St. (various locations) 212-579-8477; $–$$ Some time spent browsing the contemporary Europeaninspired furnishings at this home-décor titan will make you want to live in its world—where bedspreads are fluffy and bright, rugs are lush and spotless, and knives always find their way into the right kitchen drawer. TARGET


40 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave. (various locations) 212-929-9571; $–$$ This superstore has more than 6,000 items in the appliance category alone—washing machines, ovens, freezers—plus countertops, sinks, and bathtubs. Attention, New Yorkers: plenty of super-narrow stoves and compact refrigerators to be had. HOMEGOODS

795 Columbus Ave., nr. 100th St. 212-280-6303; $ With thousands of bargains for every room in the house, HomeGoods is like a Bed Bath & Beyond with an expanded array of living-room furniture plus some small appliances. IKEA

1 Beard St., at Otsego St., Red Hook 888-888-4532; $ Red Hook is home to the only New York City outpost of the Swedish retail behemoth. Find affordable, DIY-assembly home furnishings and décor, plus tons of other doodads you never knew you always wanted. KMART

250 W. 34th St., at Seventh Ave. (various locations) 212-760-1188; $ This three-story flagship, which can be accessed directly from Penn Station, provides affordable one-stop shopping for food, clothing, and home. MACY’S

151 W. 34th St., at Broadway (various locations) 212-695-4400; $$ The block-long 34th Street location is one of the world’s largest department stores. The inventory of housewares and kitchen gadgets exceeds most other city stores, and its furniture and mattress departments are attractive alternatives to higher-end designer showrooms. MUJI

620 Eighth Ave., nr. 40th St. (various locations) 212-382-2300; $–$$ Cool kids flock to Muji for its minimalist-chic Japanese imports. Simplicity is the guiding principle for the store’s men’s and women’s apparel, office supplies, housewares, and furniture.

517 E. 117th St., nr. FDR Dr. (various locations) 212-835-0860; $–$$ Target has become synonymous with cheap chic. The home-décor items skew toward colors that pop, and the home-electronics section carries good-quality brand-name items. WEST ELM MARKET

50 Washington St., nr. Water St., Dumbo 718-522-3498; $–$$ The chain’s new offshoot is more general store than home-furnishings emporium. Its four sections—kitchen, garden, care and repair, and personal care—contain everything from all-natural laundry products to potting soil to wall clocks and immersion blenders. WEST | NYC HOME

135 Fifth Ave., at 20th St. 212-529-3636; $$$ A finely chosen selection of clean-lined furniture, lighting, and accessories, plus refined, design-forward storage systems for home and closet. There’s a second showroom, called West | Out East, on Newtown Lane in East Hampton.


371 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 78th St. 212-787-1090; $–$$ An Upper West Side hardware and paint store with a local vibe and ecoconscious streak, Beacon is one of the largest New York City retailers of Benjamin Moore’s environmentally friendly line of paints. COLOURS BY MARTIN


DONALD KAUFMAN COLOR $$$ This paint company adheres to a philosophy: Color should help maximize architecture’s potential impact. Kaufman and his partner-wife, Taffy Dahl, are inspired by nature, and the science of color and light informs their ready-mixed and custom paints.

One of the few stores that still carries Pratt & Lambert paint, Epstein’s boasts all the stains, varnishes, glazes, and paints you need. It also has a solid collection of tile and linoleum flooring to choose from. FARROW & BALL

32 E. 22nd St., nr. Park Ave. (various locations) 212-334-8330; $$$ Known for its depth of color, Farrow & Ball makes high-quality paints and wallpapers in the tiny town of Dorset, England. The company dates back to 1946, and its products are still made with natural umbers, china clay, and old-fashioned block printing. FRANKLIN & LENNON PAINT CO.

537 W. 125th St., nr. Amsterdam Ave. 212-864-2460; $$ This family-owned Harlem business sells all types of house paint and offers advice on how to get the most out of each. There are a number of ecofriendly products in stock, and the staff puts a premium on helping customers understand their options. JANOVIC PAINT & DECORATING CENTERS

888 Lexington Ave., nr. 66th St. (various locations) 212-772-1400; $$ This New York chain boasts a helpful staff and an extensive selection of paints and coating for all your interior or exterior spaces, from trim colors to concrete-floor finishes. If you’re not sure where to start, the company’s in-house decorating service department can assist in color selection.

Reclaimed & Salvage

191 Ninth Ave., at 21st St. 212-243-5266; $$–$$$


Martin Kesselman works closely with architects and designers but understands the needs of the amateur decorator as well. The store carries more than 10,000 paint colors from Benjamin Moore, Farrow & Ball, and Donald Kaufman and offers ecofriendly products.

This company sells items made from salvaged building fixtures. You’ll find antique cash registers, glittery chandeliers, and too many porcelain bathroom fixtures to count. There are also tons of out-of-the-ordinary finds, such as stone gargoyles, park benches, and subway-station signs.

216 E. 125th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-860-1138; $$–$$$


562 W. 52nd St., nr. 11th Ave. 212-265-3960; $–$$


112 W. 20th St., nr. Sixth Ave., second fl. 212-645-7800; $$$

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This retailer’s arresting furniture is made from domestically salvaged or storm-felled trees and has a sculptural aesthetic. Hudson also carries petrifiedwood furniture, including stools.



This tightly packed emporium furnishes professional chefs and home cooks alike with all manner of cutlery, Vitamix blenders, bar equipment, and custom stainless counters.

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 504 in the New York Design Center 212-355-3383; $$$ Furniture here is made almost exclusively with sustainable recycled hardwood from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The store also does custom pieces and lighting jobs. WRK DESIGN

32 Prince St., at Mott St. 212-947-2281; $$ What looks like junk to some is opportunity to the pair of dedicated scavengers, restorers, designers, and builders who run this showroom for industrial American finds. You’ll discover boxes of printing-press letters, vitrines, and cast-iron machine bases that serve as coffee tables.

Tabletop & Kitchenware ALESSI

130 Greene St., nr. Prince St. 30 E. 60th St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-941-7300; $$$

88 Tenth Ave., nr. 16th St., in Chelsea Market 212-376-4982; $$


100 Frost St., at Meeker Ave., Williamsburg 718-389-2982; $$ This spot has tools for both serious cooks and new-tothe-neighborhood 20-somethings, with a selection of vintage enamel pieces, organic dishcloths, and copper cookware. It also specializes in home canning and pickling supplies and offers regular classes in subjects like knife skills and pizza-making.


235 Grand St., nr. Driggs Ave., Williamsburg 718-963-3131; $$$

211 Elizabeth St., nr. Prince St. 212-680-3523; $$–$$$

The renowned English luxury-goods house sells mostly jewelry and accessories, but this showroom also carries Asprey’s substantial line of sophisticated tableware and animal-adorned barware.

This Australian company started out making jewelry and expanded into housewares in 1990. One-ofa-kind tableware pieces—including spoons, bowls, plates, and vases in vibrantly colored resin—will add life to your culinary routine.



499 Park Ave., at 59th St. 212-371-4300; $$$ Count on this 150-year-old French company for fine tableware from Limoges, the city known for its distinctive porcelain. The historic designs evoke a letthem-eat-cake decadence, ideal for those who want to dine like aristocrats.

480 Park Ave., at 58th St. 212-752-6166; $$$$ This store offers the highest of high-end flatware, hand-beaten from sterling silver. Basic patterns are fairly traditional, although adjustments can be made to suit particular needs: A three-pronged fork can become four-pronged, for example, and custom designs are possible.

This home-accessories shop is filled with handmade knickknacks, including Astier de Villatte ceramics and Derian’s famous découpage pieces. Right next door is the John Derian Dry Goods store, which sells antique furniture and hand-stitched bedding that will make your country home feel extra cozy.


Bardith’s small retail space is crammed with rare china and ornate porcelain, some of it dating back to the 18th century. Decorative items like candlesticks, silhouette portraits, and framed needlepoint accent the antique finery.


This French luxury house pioneered silver-plating technology in the 19th century. Today, it’s still a leader in the design of traditional elegant silver for the table and home.

853 Madison Ave., at 71st St. 212-688-1811; $$$$

901 Madison Ave., nr. 72nd St. 212-737-3775; $$

Discounts on brand-name tableware from labels like Mikasa, Waterford, and Wedgwood make the trek to Midwood worthwhile.




1436 Coney Island Ave., at Ave. K, Midwood 866-338-4338; $$

846 Madison Ave., at 70th St. 396 Bleecker St., nr. 11th St. 212-308-9390; $$$

At this classic Italian kitchenware brand’s U.S. flagship store, you can find iconic products like the Moka espresso coffeemaker and the Philippe Starck aluminum citrus juicer.

This lauded brand is still the leader in classic crystal tableware as well as serving pieces and decorative items like cut-crystal vases and figurines.



This 4,920-square-foot factory store (Italian for kitchen and table) is the first in the country to stock German-made Rosenthal fine china and fancy pots and pans from Italian brands Sambonet and Paderno. Along with new collections, the shop offers up to 80 percent discounts on close-out collections.

635 Madison Ave., at 59th St. 212-826-4100; $$$

wood pieces, vases, candleholders, and serving bowls are just some of the offerings.


889 Broadway, at 19th St. 212-420-9020; $–$$ This store has well-priced vintage dishes (relics from ocean liners, restaurants, and clubs) as well as new lines from Amy Sedaris, among others. It also carries Todd Oldham + Charley Harper’s whimsical aquaticand bird-themed plates.

6 E. 2nd St., nr. Bowery 212-677-3917; $$$


5213 13th Ave., at 52nd St., Borough Park 718-686-8200; $$$ This stylish kitchen emporium introduces a contemporary edge to the act of cooking with high-tech tools and appliances. The salespeople are often experienced cooks themselves and will come to your home to give a free consultation. LA TERRINE

1024 Lexington Ave., at 73rd St. 280 Columbus Ave., nr. 73rd St. 212-988-3366; $$$ This bridal-focused tabletop specialty shop has all of the flatware and serving pieces you could ever need, plus accessories and holiday décor. The stock is largely traditional, but fun items like Claude Dozorme’s rainbow-colored steak knives help to spice things up. THE MEADOW

523 Hudson St., nr. 10th St. 212-645-4633; $$ Salt-and-pepper aficionados come here for the best in pepper mills and salt dishes. You’ll also find colored salts from around the world, and the Meadow even has blocks of salt fit for cooking and serving on.


698 Madison Ave., nr. 67th St. (reopening this fall) 212-759-6457; $$$


Once the final word in Danish modern housewares, this trendsetter has now moved into gold and silver jewelry. Rest assured, the serving pieces, silverware, and flatware remain unfailingly chic.

Santimetre focuses on small-batch porcelain goods. Tableware ranges from simple mugs and plates to intricate checker patterns in deep blue, a nod to the owner’s Turkish background.



107 Sullivan St., nr. Prince St. 212-431-5839; $$

75 Spring St., at Crosby St. (various locations) 212-966-3375; $$

Handcraftsmanship is the signature of this quiet home-accessories shop, which is filled with down-toearth items for the globally conscious. Ceramic and

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105 Thompson St., nr. Prince St. 646-508-8756; $–$$

The breadth and quality of this chain’s culinary gadgetry—everything from lemon zesters to digital mea-

suring cups—more than balance out its occasional tendency toward kitsch. There’s a top-notch knife selection, and a range of Nespresso machines for those who want their coffee strong and quick.

The housewares selection at this charity shop (all proceeds go to maintaining the opera company) is small compared to the substantial clothing section, but the selection is good and regular visits are rewarding. Pianos, in particular, seem to turn up here regularly.

Famous for its decorative tiles, this upscale store carries fixtures, too. Enliven an old countertop or splurge on a bronze bowl sink. In addition to Sacks’s own products, you’ll find tiles from Sicis and fixtures from Kallista in the mix.



246 E. 84th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-439-8373; $–$$

38 W. 21st St., nr. Sixth Ave. 150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., eighth fl. in the Architects & Designers Building 212-727-9331; $$$


194 Seventh Ave., at 2nd St., Park Slope 718-788-4213; $$ This store is small and jam-packed but navigable. Top-of-the-line items include All-Clad cookware, Wüsthof knives, retro Waring blenders, and Cuisinart electric ice-cream makers. Tarzian also stocks woven hampers and storage bins.

A small, jam-packed, everything-in-one-place thrift shop; proceeds fund the National Council of Jewish Women’s programs. Good for jewelry, fashion, home goods.



52 White St., nr. Broadway 212-431-3825; $$$–$$$$

22-08 Astoria Blvd. nr. 23rd St., Astoria 718-545-3935 $–$$

Muehling is a maker of fine jewelry and decorative objects inspired by nature. In addition to his house line, which includes fine porcelain vessels and a sterling-silver tea strainer, he has also collaborated with Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, E.R. Butler, and the late great Steuben glass company. TIFFANY & CO.

727 Fifth Ave., at 57th St. (various locations) 212-755-8000; $$$ Entertaining the uptown set? This famed purveyor of bling also boasts a decadent selection of home goods on its fourth floor. Find elegant table-, glass-, flat-, and silverware that runs the gamut from old-world elegance to contemporary chic. WHISK

933 Broadway, nr. 22nd St. 231 Bedford Ave., at N. 4th St., Williamsburg 212-477-8680; $$ A carefully edited kitchen store for aesthetically minded foodies, Whisk stocks cast-iron Dutch ovens, Japanese knives, and cocktail provisions. Quirky-cool housewarming gifts include teapots, cake platters, beer-making kits, and a wide selection of ecofriendly wares, many of which are made in Brooklyn.


118 W. 17th St., nr. Irving Pl. 212-229-0546; $

It’s easy to get lost in this used-furniture megastore filled with chairs, piles of pillows, rows of mirrors, and an abundance of knickknacks. You’ll also find a smattering of collectible items. GREEN VILLAGE USED FURNITURE AND CLOTHING

One of the industry’s leading producers of glass mosaic, this luxury Italian brand carries beautiful tiles for bathrooms, kitchens, and outdoor spaces. Those looking to add an elegant shine to their homes can also find tiles for wall panels, mirrors, and furniture.

This well-known junk shop relocated from Williamsburg and is now better organized, with neat, wide, easily navigable rows of clothing, furniture, electronics—you name it. The manager is a constant presence; haggling with him is part of the experience.

Reputedly containing the world’s largest selection of tile and stone products, this store carries over 800 types of natural stone and 500 colors of ceramic tile. There’s also a variety of glass, metal, wood, and ecofriendly materials.



143 W. 17th St., nr. Third Ave. (various locations) 718-838-5050; $

15 E. 16th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 212-627-8300; $$$

These shops are best known for home furnishings, but it’s also worth stopping in to check out the clothing, books, and jewelry. New shipments arrive at least three times a week, and all proceeds go to Housing Works’ efforts to combat homelessness and AIDS.

42 W. 15th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-255-4450; $$$

Specializing in gorgeous Portuguese tiles, Country Floors also carries trendy glass, terra-cotta, and mosaic styles. The staffers are friendly and technically savvy, so they’ll help you find products that are as practical as they are beautiful. PARIS CERAMICS


567 Driggs Ave., nr. N. 6th St., Williamsburg 436 Union Ave., nr. Devoe St., Williamsburg 718-640-6299; $ This aptly named shop will yield treasures to the dedicated explorer. The inexpensive furniture is worn but salvageable, and there are gems to be had among the crowded clothing racks and overflowing bins of knickknacks.


150 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave., seventh fl. in the Architects & Designers Building 212-644-2782; $$$ From antique terra-cotta to newly quarried limestone, the stone tiles here all have a worn, earthy feel, perfect for a rustic kitchen, a country house entryway, or the outdoors. R.G. NEW YORK TILE



Discriminating bargain hunters know to stop by this place regularly. For especially good scores, shoppers can bid on the housewares, paintings, and furniture in the store’s rotating window displays.



222 E. 23rd St., nr. Third Ave. 212-684-5344, $–$$

508 W. 20th St., nr. 11th Ave. 212-334-7130; $$$–$$$$


286 Third Ave., nr. 22nd St. 242 W. 10th St., nr. Hudson St. 212-871-0777; $

This donation-based shop benefiting the Arthritis Foundation is a choice destination for designer handme-downs. The displays are updated frequently, depending on inventory.


276 Starr St., nr. Nicholas Ave., Bushwick 718-456-8844; $

The shelves here are organized and clean, the glass countertops sparkle, and everything—from apparel to armoires to Champagne flutes—is displayed with care and attention.

1430 Third Ave., nr. 81st St. 212-772-8816; $

This store has hundreds of tiles on display, in patterns ranging from traditional mosaic to modern metal. The friendly staff is happy to help you choose—and even sell you a matching sink.


37 E. 18th St., nr. Broadway 204 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-529-2800; $$$

225 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-629-0712; $$–$$$ Rafael Gavartin is an expert at installing stone floors and counters, and his store has a wide selection of tile, marble, and granite surfaces to choose from. SICIS

150 Bruckner Blvd., at St. Anns St., the Bronx 212-965-4100; $$$–$$$$ This international purveyor offers a dazzling, if somewhat dizzying, collection of mosaics. If you’re feeling creative or have an odd-sized space, work with the staff to customize a design. You can also order other Sicis products, such as tables, chairs, and mirrors. STONE SOURCE

215 Park Ave. S., at 18th St., seventh fl.

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212-979-6400; $$$ Stone Source’s mission is to stay ahead of the tile-andflooring curve in service as well as innovation. Get same-day samples of its wide variety of wood paneling and stone, ceramic, and porcelain tile or consult with one of the on-hand design experts. STUDIUM

150 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave., seventh fl. in the Architects & Designers Building 212-486-1811; $$$ This showroom stocks a wide selection of furniture, but the real draw here is the stone tile and mosaic flooring. You can peruse marble, limestone, and granite, in styles ranging from old-world to contemporary. Custom projects are welcomed.


245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 14th fl. 212-594-7320; $$$ A nonprofit founded to support HIV-positive design professionals and artisans, it’s best-known for its beautiful wallpapers. But the Alpha Workshop is a full-service decorative-arts studio with an array of lamps and modular panels and a line of Donald Judd– like tables and cabinets. CALICO WALLPAPER

177 Dwight St., nr. Van Dyke St., Ste. 3R, Red Hook 718-243-1705; $$–$$$ With traditional paper-marbling techniques and handmade papers, Calico creates patterns evoking the intricate organic forms of sponges or ocean foam, and washes of color resembling a dawn sky. DE GOURNAY

243 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-564-9750; $$$$ For the most discriminating New Yorkers, De Gournay is the go-to studio for hand-painted wallpapers and silk fabrics. It specializes in 18th-century chinoiserie and 19th-century French designs, in addition to various Japanese, Korean, and French prints, such as its remarkable Papiers Peints Panoramiques. ESKAYEL


130 Broadway, nr. Bedford Ave., Ste. 2 75 S. 6th St., nr. Berry St. both Williamsburg 347-703-8084; $$$ This textile- and wallpaper-design studio offers 22 major collections and more than 300 patterns and colorways. With a focus on sustainability—products are made in the northeastern U.S. using natural and recycled materials—founder Shanan Campanaro works with clients to create customized designs like Aztec-inspired wallpaper, a geometric patterned rug, or fabric by the yard. FLAVOR PAPER

216 Pacific St., nr. Court St., Cobble Hill 718-422-0230; $$–$$$ Browse hand-screened and digitally printed wallpapers that come in ultrahip designs: fishnet, farmers’

market, and even kitschy wood grain. Visitors can also commission their own, with prices starting at $150 for a single hand-screened roll or $9 to $14 per square foot for digital output.



979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 202 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-980-3888; $$$$ As the outfitter of some of the nation’s most august institutions, including the White House, Monticello, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Scalamandré began offering fine silks in the early 20th century and has since expanded into wall coverings, furnishings, and accessories. SCHUMACHER


230 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St., ground floor 888-890-8920; $$ Clean-lined door systems, mostly in tempered glass in a variety of finishes, that excel at subdividing space and hiding clutter at a moment’s notice.

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 832 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-415-3900; $$$$ Founded in 1889, Schumacher is one of America’s most renowned fabric-and-wallpaper retailers, with work in the White House, the Metropolitan Opera, and the estates of William Randolph Hearst. In addition to offering a large range of furniture, trim, and carpets, the family-owned company does custom work for historic reproductions and the like. TROVE

214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1201 212-268-2046; $$–$$$ Artists and co-founders Randall Buck and Jee Levin create mesmerizing, ecofriendly, digitally printed papers that defy traditional notions of wall coverings. Their designs integrate photos, paintings, and drawings to spectacular effect—the Indi shows a flock of birds taking flight, and the Fuoco depicts row upon row of operagoers seated in the boxes of an ornate theater. Six of Trove’s patterns have been acquired for the permanent collection at the Brooklyn Museum. VOUTSA

154 Eighth Ave., nr. 18th St., Ste. 4 646-892-7797; $$$ Stained glass glows and Ballets Russes-inspired figures leap in two examples of George Venson’s hand-


C $$$ Cavern makes hand-silk-screened wallpaper that winks at more traditional styles. Lace patterns turn out to be pictures of sitting tigers, and long feather plumes create a bewitching vertical tension. All papers are ecofriendly, as are the textiles the company produces. SECONDHAND ROSE

212-393-9002; $$–$$$ She no longer has a store, but she operates out of the Hotel Chelsea (!), and you can visit for a look at a selection from a whopping 50,000 rolls of vintage wallpaper. Choose from chinoiserie, damask, faux finishes, and florals. There’s even a Mylar collection, whose disco-themed patterns evoke avant-garde art from the ’70s.

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painted wallpaper. Venson crafts his coverings and digitally printed screens from top to bottom, and works can be rescaled and recolored to complement any space.


32 W. 20th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 877-781-5262; $$ At this producer of stunning curtains, one of their experts (among them owner Gary Greenberg) consults with you on your first visit. Your pro weighs in on which of the store’s 100,000 fabrics will work best in your space, what hardware complements it, and what design will tie it all together. DELIA SHADES

307 W. 38th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1016 646-344-1652; $$–$$$ This is the spot for custom-printed solar shades based on various types of window architecture. Choose from a wide selection—arabesque, Indian jali, African, French wrought iron, and katagami patterns—to give your home a worldly feel. METROPOLITAN WINDOW FASHIONS

469 Amsterdam Ave., nr. 82nd St. 212-501-8282; $$ Bargain hunters come here to browse thousands of discounted high-quality fabrics from the likes of Kravet, Robert Allen, and Waverly. Custom draperies and Hunter Douglas shades are also available; for the most precise measurements, schedule a complimentary in-home consultation. THE SHADE STORE

198 Spring St., at Sullivan St. (various locations) 646-783-4218; $$ Windows come in all shapes and sizes—and the Shade Store can help you outfit them all. With its customhandcrafted window treatments, this store offers a made-to-order product that is fast (shipping in seven days or less), reasonable (a solar shade starts at $151), and tailored to your space.

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131 E. 62nd St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-355-3640; $$ Carpet cleaners who also do your sofa or sectional onsite, Chem-Dry is a favorite of New Yorkers looking for capable, dependable service. All products used are ecofriendly, and the firm offers coupons on its website. MAJESTIC RUG CLEANING CO.

644 Whittier St., nr. Spofford Ave., the Bronx 212-922-0909; $$ This family-owned company has been in business for 87 years and owns and operates one of the region’s main carpet-cleaning plants. Free pickup and delivery services are available in all boroughs except Staten Island, and also in Nassau and Westchester counties. MARVIN KAGAN GALLERY

115 E. 57th St., nr. Park Ave. 212-535-9000; $$$$ Clients depend on Kagan to clean antique rugs and fine tapestries. The company also does specialty repairs and restorations and counts museums and highend interior designers among its clientele. MR. GREEN CARPET CARE

877-444-6364; $$ This company’s ecofriendly carpet and rug cleaning is just as effective as the chemical treatments used by others. The chain serves New York and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut, with free pickup and delivery services to all locations. RESTORATION BY COSTIKYAN

28-13 14th St., nr. Astoria Blvd., Long Island City 800-247-7847;

Adapted from a photograph in Time and Place, by Steven Gambrel (Abrams, 2012).

Whether it’s been bleached by the sun or chewed by your dog, Costikyan can help. The company does basic cleaning and repairs, or total overhauls, to both contemporary and antique rugs. STARK CLEANING & MAINTENANCE

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855-782-7550; $$–$$$ After many years spent selling carpets, fabrics, and furniture, Stark launched this cleaning and restoration service, which offers an array of options, including ecofriendly deep cleaning. Though they usually work in their own facility, these pros can do in-home jobs, too.


485 Atlantic Ave., nr. Nevins St., Boerum Hill 718-625-0260; $$

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Certified by the former directors of the U.S. Green Building Council, Wayne Miles’s shop offers one-shot or ongoing nontoxic cleaning services for construction sites, commercial spaces, and residences throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan. At the shop, customers can stock up on every green cleaning product imaginable.



212-831-1115; $$

4214 Third Ave., nr. 43rd St., Sunset Park 718-832-9400;

These seasoned pros work with residential customers throughout the New York metro area. In addition to cleaning, they also do weatherproofing, glass renovation, and pigeon abatement.

Founded in 1977 by an Italian decorative plasterer and sculptor, DiSalvo specializes in fine craftwork, carpentry, and tilework. Now a general-contracting and construction-management company, the firm attracts clients seeking unmatched expertise.



212-673-5507; $$–$$$

224 12th Ave., at 28th St., Ste. 312 212-533-6712; $$


In addition to washing windows in Manhattan’s uptown neighborhoods, this well-known team can also clean screens and awnings and do interior window treatments for both residential and commercial customers.

Stephen Fanuka, the Queens-raised “contractor to the stars,” oversees soup-to-nuts renovations of multimillion-dollar residences. He counts celebs like Beyoncé and Tom Brokaw among his clients.

Barbara Fierman’s team of elves do standard-issue deep cleaning as well as handle tasks that go beyond the everyday, like using cotton swabs to clean air vents.



532 N. Grove St., nr. Rutledge St., East Orange, N.J. 800-342-1278; $$–$$$ When ABC Carpet & Home needs to clean, patch, reduce, or refinish its showroom rugs, it turns to century-old Rug Renovating. Pickup and delivery are usually free in the five boroughs and throughout most of the tri-state area. It also does in-home carpet, furniture, and drapery cleaning.

59-49 56th Ave., nr. 60th St., Maspeth 718-353-4518;

91 Pinehurst Ave., nr. 181st St., Ste. A 212-851-5711 $$–$$$

64 Prospect Pl., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 1, Park Slope 347-323-1941;

Working with both commercial and residential clients, Johnny’s has kept city windows sparkling for more than 15 years. Service is quick, thorough, and professional.

Alison Greene deems herself an “owner’s construction advocate” who happens to have many years of construction and development management under her belt. That is to say: She specializes in dealing with a project’s inevitable hassles so you don’t have to.



866-264-6612; $–$$

137 Varick St., nr. Spring St., Ste. 406 212-431-1088;

The high-flying team at 770 has established a reputation among commercial and residential clients for personable, efficient service at a reasonable price.

When architects need help designing their own homes, they call Cary Paik. Paik’s projects are highend and extremely customized; he once used a single slab of stone to create a 21-foot-long countertop and backsplash. He offers architectural services as well. PETER MUCEK


2727 E. 27th St., nr. Voorhies Ave., Sheepshead Bay 718-891-4315 $$ Scott’s Eli Kaplan is known for handling opulent silks and damasks. The company can clean big items like sofas and wing chairs; draperies are usually carted off to the plant, but on-site cleaning is available as well. Estimates are free. BLOOMINGDALE’S HOME CLEANING

866-767-0342; $$ This famed department store also has a home-cleaning operation, offering a range of services to keep your rugs, upholstery, and drapes spiffy. NY DRAPERY CARE

228 Park Ave. S., nr. 19th St., Ste. 33890 212-396-4210; $$$ Using only ecofriendly solvents, this specialty cleaner gently removes dust, soot, dirt, and pollutants that have accumulated on your fabrics and draperies. Pickup and reinstallation are both included in the price of cleaning.



52-77 73rd St., nr. 53rd Ave., Maspeth 917-886-2458;


While Peter Mucek can handle your painting or remodel, his real genius is in creating exquisite decorative plastering, like Venetian-style dining-room details, or a stairwell with graphic rectangular blocks.

122 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 4R 212-888-1880; Owners Rupila Sethi and Julie Kelley have done swank apartments in the Trump Tower and stores for Paul Smith. They put a premium on two things: a militant approach to project schedules, and minimizing homeowner stress. BAUHAUS

31 W. 34th St., nr. Fifth Ave., seventh fl. 212-779-3450; Bauhaus handles residential and commercial projects nationwide. The company brings together top architects, designers, and technicians to create beautiful spaces from start to finish. BERNSOHN & FETNER, LLC

625 W. 51st St., nr. 12th Ave. 212-315-4330; With dedicated project managers and on-site supervisors, this firm has perfected efficient work flow. B&F covers residential, corporate, and retail projects, working with designers and technicians to create spaces both traditional and modern. BEST & COMPANY

44-61 11th St., near 44th Dr., third fl., Long Island City 212-776-1111; The name says it: Chip Brian’s firm specializes in contracting as couture, working with the most discerning architects and designers to oversee every aspect of a project, from conception through realization.

260 W. 36th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 503 212-620-0708; $$


Serving such varied clients as schools, individual homeowners, and shopkeepers, this crew offers heavy-duty cleaning for standard and tough jobs alike. And if your windows require regular cleaning, Apple is a smart choice: Frequent customers receive service discounts.

Founded in 1983 by Christopher Clark, this firm manages upscale residential constructions, working with fine craftsmen and modern designers to bring clients’ visions to life.

99 University Pl., nr. 12th St. 212-219-1783;


96 14th St., nr. Third Ave., Gowanus 718-768-3600; Carl Culbreth and Jeff MacGregor have rehabbed more than 100 townhouses. Restoration of a brownstone façade can cost from $100,000 to $300,000 and takes four to six months. THE RENOVATED HOME

1477 Third Ave., nr. 83rd St., Ste. 2 212-517-7020; This family-owned business provides high-end renovations with a neighborly feel. Working mostly uptown, the firm has handled everything from grand Upper East Side townhouses to contemporary Central Park West residences. ROBERTSON-TAIT

94 Prince St., nr. Mercer St., second fl. 212-584-5660; Jesse Robertson-Tait’s team specializes in residential renovations and generally adheres to a clean, modern aesthetic. For one celebrity client, the team overhauled the kitchen—moving it from one floor to another. SILVERLINING INTERIORS

2091 Broadway, nr. 73rd St., third fl. 212-496-7800; One of the largest general-contracting firms in Manhattan, SilverLining oversees private clients’ projects from concept through completion. Painting and finishing are handled by a skilled in-house team; much of the millwork is done in the company’s 14,000-square-foot shop. STERN PROJECTS

345 Seventh Ave., nr. 30th St. 212-643-7560; Founded by Nick Stern, son of renowned architect

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Robert A.M. Stern, this hands-on practice specializes in bespoke construction in high-end and white-glove residences throughout the city.

From new installations to tough-to-solve electrical problems, RHR is well known among its customers for careful, clean, and precise work.



195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 502H 212-671-1713;

275 Park Ave., nr. Washington Ave., Ste. 2, Clinton Hill 718-797-5493; $$

This site matches your renovation project with a customized roster of potential architects, contractors, interior designers, and more. Users upload “before” photos and project descriptions, then receive targeted recommendations for providers who can help realize their vision. Best of all: The service is free. TACONIC BUILDERS

With services including LED wiring, correcting electrical violations, and installing intercom systems, Thour’s ten-person crew serves all five boroughs.


Serving residential and commercial clients, Taconic combines the straightforward organization of a big firm with the detailed eye of a local builder. It does both large-scale renovation and new construction.


330 W. 38th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 1003 917-682-5134; Marek Teklinski’s firm specializes in high-end residential and commercial renovations and large-scale furniture construction. Teklinski’s impeccable work has earned him a list of discerning clients who include architect and interior designer Joe Serrins and design photographer Annie Schlechter. TRADITIONAL LINE

143 W. 21st St., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-627-3555; Jim Boorstein and David Porter’s firm has restored woodwork in Gracie Mansion, as well as in 200 private homes. The team also provides general contracting and construction management with a complete range of services, from decorative metalwork to full renovations.


46-02 37th Ave., nr. 48th St., Long Island City 718-706-0670; $$$ Fiber-optic installations, security systems, customlighting controls, and audiovisual systems are just a few of the many services provided by Barth-Gross. The firm also specializes in energy-efficient lighting to help reduce your carbon footprint and energy bill. CHRONOS CONTRACTING

93 Fourth Ave., nr. 11th St., Ste. 337 646-312-0170; $$ From simple wiring jobs to complicated system installations, Chronos offers the gamut of electrical and contracting services. The company also does plumbing, interior painting, and demolition.

42 W. 56th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 212-308-3794; $$–$$$ Alaric often incorporates elements like eggplants, ginger, and pears to add intrigue to otherwise monochromatic arrangements. Its experts assist with installation and maintenance and can set up planters and gardens on your rooftop terrace. CARMONA DESIGN + EVENTS

212-414-8400; $$$ This full-service design firm, led by Andrés Saavedra and Mary Krueger, can handle every aspect of an event of any scale, from the flowers to the furnishings to the music. EMILY THOMPSON FLOWERS

142 Beekman St., at Front St. 212-882-1384; $$–$$$ Sculptor turned florist Thompson stuffs her tiny studio with heaps of foraged materials like branches, fruit, foliage, twigs, and wild ferny bouquets. Her designs are ideal for those seeking rustic arrangements that last from week to week. FLORATECH

51 Beach St., nr. Hudson St. 212-941-0021; $$$ Floratech specializes in high-quality roses from the Netherlands and a wide variety of orchids. It creates everything from kaleidoscopic swirls to understated, hand-tied bouquets, with styles ranging from tropical centerpieces to Asian-inspired designs. FLORISITY

1 W. 19th St., nr. Fifth Ave., 212-266-0891; $$$ When the Takashimaya department store closed its doors in 2010, the floral department branched out on its own, developing classic bouquets and avant-garde designs as Florisity. With a farm in Sullivan County 80 miles north of the city, the atelier is committed to organic and eco-friendly practices.


37-31 58th St., nr. 38th Ave., Woodside 718-894-4300; $$$ Careful and conscientious, this medium-size outfit stays on budget and on time. Work spans installations, repairs, and maintenance, in both commercial and residential spaces. RHR ELECTRIC CO., INC.

135 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1202 212-564-8520 $$

120 W. 28th St., nr. Sixth Ave., third fl. 212-727-7090; $$$ Owner Priscilla Schaefer custom-designs and handcrafts swanky arrangements using flowers from her award-winning gardens and greenhouses. Her lush and wild combinations of texture and color make her a favorite among discerning clients. KAT FLOWER $$$

39 W. 37th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 12th fl. 212-929-7811;



O N L I N E O N LY PETAL BY PEDAL $ Founder and florist Kate Gilman sources her elegantly rustic blooms from local farms and urban gardens, then (as the company name suggests) delivers her sustainable arrangements to clients’ doorsteps by bicycle.

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Brooklyn’s Kathleen Hyppolite—a former event planner—approaches floral design as she would food: using fresh, seasonal elements to create personal, organic, and thoughtful arrangements. Hyppolite is available for all types of events, from intimate parties to grand weddings. LA FLEUR D’HARLEM

203 W. 144th St., nr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. 646-850-5973; $$$ This uptown institution is known for rich and unexpected arrangements crafted from the most traditional of blossoms. The inventory is exhaustive, though of special note is a lush selection of orchids of every variety. LEWIS MILLER DESIGN

441 E. 12th St., nr. Ave. A 212-614-2734; $$$ Floral and event designer Lewis Miller is trained in horticulture and landscaping. His studio does work for fashion, publishing, and interior-design firms, as well as for private events, be they weddings or tenperson dinner parties. L’OLIVIER

19 E. 76th St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-774-7676; $$$ Olivier is a master of the grand arrangement for private clients and restaurateurs, as well as of smaller bouquets that celebrate the beauty of one type of flower massed in original ways. MICHAEL GEORGE

197 Ave. B, nr. 12th St. 212-883-0304; $$$ To achieve this shop’s signature graphic, monochromatic look, stems are shaped with dazzling precision and set into clear, sandblasted, or black-glass vases. Walk-in customers are sometimes deterred by the hefty minimums for gift orders, but if you want something on the spot, consider the classic, best-selling white-rose arrangement for $100. MIHO KOSUDA, LTD.

310 E. 44th St., nr. Second Ave., Ste. B 212-922-9122 $$$$ Kosuda is the fashion world’s “It” florist, with a client list that includes Anna Wintour, Manolo Blahnik, and Isaac Mizrahi. Her style is simple yet lush: The Victorian bouquet, a wedding arrangement made to look like a single rose, is fashioned from almost 50 blooms. OVANDO

91 Chrystie St., nr. Grand St. 212-924-7873; $$$ Ovando specializes in statement bouquets that look sculptural, dramatically incorporating the entire flower, stems and all.



1143 Park Ave., nr. 91st St. 212-288-1049; $$$

1525 York Ave., nr. 81st St. 212-744-6521; $$$$

In addition to floral design, Maia also creates decorative vases and accessories, some one-of-a-kind. His elegant floral arrangements have graced the tables of high-society parties, and Maia is a frequent lecturer at botanical symposia.

Want to drop $100,000 on a frame for your new Whistler? Consult Wilner, who’s pretty much cornered the market in 19th- and early-20th-century antique American frames. The company also does frame restoration, replication, and custom-carved doors and panels.



245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., fifth fl. 212-290-2428; $$$–$$$$

14 E. 38th St., nr. Park Ave., sixth fl. 212-255-1298; $$–$$$

Principals Wendt and Philip MacGregor create custom floral designs that play off a space’s existing décor. After an at-home consultation, they select flowers and colors that bring a space to life, often taking inspiration from current design trends.

Mainly concentrating on gallery and archival framing, General Art creates contemporary maple, oak, and other fine wood frames.



Patrick Molloy’s family business has been in operation since 1903. Over the years, the cabinetmaker has worked with top decorators, making everything from old-fashioned armoires to modern media units.


117 Dwight St., nr. Van Dyke St., Red Hook 718-624-2929; $$$ At this celebrated shop, Sarah Ryhanen uses unusual stems like hellebores to create plucky arrangements with an organic feel. She and fellow florist Nicolette Owen offer themed flower-arranging classes through their side business, Little Flower School. SUPERIOR FLORIST LTD.

828 Sixth Ave., nr. 29th St. 212-679-4065; $ This third-generation family-owned shop imports flowers directly from Europe and South America, and its affordable prices mean you can keep your home flower-stocked week after week. ZEZÉ

938 First Ave., nr. 52nd St. 212-753-7767; $$$ Romantics have been falling for Zezé’s signature lush, vibrant concoctions for more than 35 years. Minimalists, steer clear; this Brazilian florist is all about colorful extravagance.

169 Hudson St., nr. Laight St. 212-431-0633; $$$ GK offers an extensive selection of frames (period to contemporary); collaborates with master artisans (gilders, carvers, smiths); and protects precious works through state-of-the-art sealing in an immaculate room. Appointments are recommended. J. POCKER

135 E. 63rd St., at Lexington Ave. 212-838-5488; $$–$$$ Whether you’re framing a drawing by your kids or an Old Master canvas, you’ll find an appropriate setting here—where the knowledgeable staff can direct you to something that will best complement the work. JULIUS LOWY FRAME & RESTORING CO.

232 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., fourth fl. 212-861-8585; $$ For over 100 years, Lowy has framed works for museums and individuals alike. Consultants will help you choose the perfect frame to complement your art from their extensive collection of antique, reproduction, and modern styles. They also offer restoration and conservation services. MAKE A FRAME


21-24 44th Ave., nr. 22nd St., Long Island City 718-752-1919; $$$ Serious art collectors rely on Jared Bark’s exquisite eye when it comes to framing one-of-a-kind works. His 27,000-square-foot studio offers custom frames and a selection of ready-made ones in standard sizes. BROOKLYN FRAME WORKS GALLERY

142 Fifth Ave., nr. St. Johns Pl., Park Slope 718-399-6613; $$ This custom-framing shop has more than 1,500 styles available, from basic hardwoods to high-end metals and gold leaf to one-of-a-kind welded steel. Its specialty is conservation framing, which uses acid-free, museum-quality materials to help preserve art. CITY FRAME

259 W. 30th St., nr. Eighth Ave., fifth fl. 212-967-4401; $$ For careful work on insanely valuable canvases, call on this shop. City Frame doesn’t send art off to some big warehouse to get manhandled; everything is made by hand in its immense on-site workshop.

180 Atlantic Ave., nr. Clinton St., Cobble Hill 718-875-6150; $$ This Atlantic Avenue mainstay specializes in ambitious projects that go far beyond pictures, like framing a salvaged piece of the Hindenburg. The patient staff are known for their hour-long consultations and extensive knowledge of the vintage maps and hand-silkscreened prints in stock.


Makers of traditional English- and French-style furniture, this company builds pieces on-site. Clients can have club chairs and tufted sofas finished with authentic gold leaf and luxurious marble and onyx. EGG COLLECTIVE

304 Hudson St., nr. Spring St., Ste. 307 347-889-7594; $$–$$$ This award-winning trio of designers specializes in sleek contemporary furniture for those looking to add elegant minimalist pieces to their homes. Recent designs include a satin-brass, handblown chandelier.

999 Grand St., at Morgan Ave., Williamsburg 718-599-5000; $$$


242 E. 137th St., nr. Rider Ave., third fl., the Bronx 212-598-4260; $$ Owner Matthew Haly—recently relocated from lower Manhattan to the Bronx—offers meticulously handcrafted furniture along with restoration and refinishing, upholstery, millwork, and window treatments. HELLMAN-CHANG

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 902 in the New York Design Building 212-875-0424; $$$ Exceptionally made furniture, all produced in the company’s own shop in Bushwick. Most are modernist pieces that are simultaneously brawny and subtle, available in just about any finish you can think of. JOSEPH BIUNNO, LTD.

21-07 Borden Ave., Ste. 302, Long Island City 718-729-5630; $$$ Have seven Sheraton dining chairs and need one more made? Joe’s your guy. He specializes in beds and chairs that require turning, carving, and molding expertise. Hire him to do a simple straight-backed chair or something more ambitious, like a heavily carved Chippendale style. PALO SAMKO

63 Flushing Ave., nr. Morris Ave., Bldg. 3, Ste. 1104, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Ft. Greene 718-744-8898; $$–$$$ Samko uses traditional furniture-making techniques to handcraft his clean contemporary tables, nightstands, chairs, and cabinets from solid woods and recycled materials. He also constructs a select number of home accessories, including a glass-encapsuled analog desktop clock and an array of circular woodframed mirrors.


109 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave. 570-881-8640; $$–$$$ The rustic tables here are beloved for their roughhewn look and virtual indestructibility. Available in custom sizes, the New Yorker table with tuckaway leaves on each end is ideal for a cramped apartment. DEVON SHOPS

111 E. 27th St., nr. Park Ave. S. 212-686-1760; $$$$


26 Varick St., at Beach St. 1625 York Ave., nr. 86th St. 646-486-3905; $$ In this town, closet space is golden; make the most of

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yours with rods, drawers, and shelves. The efficiency experts at this shop offer free in-home consultations. Expect to pay a minimum of $500 for installation.

It’s called Light X Design: 20 Years of Lighting). His client list includes Robert De Niro and the organizers of the Whitney Biennial.



212-337-9771; $$$$ Melanie Charlton likens herself to “an architect, organizer, and stylist all in one.” Once your closet’s been designed, she’ll arrange your wardrobe by color, season, and occasion. Clueless fans, take note: Charlton can install a Cher-worthy digital styling tool that allows you to mix and match your clothes on an iPad or in-closet computer. THE FENG SHUI DETECTIVE

347-886-4006; $$ Catherine Brophy uses feng shui techniques to balance the energies in houses, apartments, and landscapes. Telephone and email consultations are available. GET IT TOGETHER!

172 Fifth Ave., nr. Degraw St., Ste. 252, Park Slope 718-783-2077; $$ Brooklyn-based organizer Jen M.R. Doman is not just a master declutterer; she also helps clients develop strategies to stay organized long after she’s gone. For instance, sifting through in- and out-boxes on a weekly basis can help people keep mail and magazines from piling up over time. THE SPACIALIST

212-924-4383; $$–$$$ Whether she’s performing a setup, room shift, or “rehab” (her term for helping people kick messy office habits), professional organizer Erica Ecker helps clients clear out clutter while reimagining their spaces. She once condensed an overflowing office into three minimalist floating wall cabinets.

116 E. 27th St., nr. Lexington Ave., fourth fl. 212-741-3280; $$$–$$$$ Using sustainable designs, CBBLD creates dramatic, exhibition-worthy lighting in a host of spaces for the likes of Calvin Klein and the Bronfman family. KUGLER NING LIGHTING DESIGN

247 W. 37th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Ste. 1502 212-382-2100; $$$–$$$$ With professionals drawn from the worlds of theater, interior design, and architecture, this multi-awardwinning shop consults with industry professionals around the globe. LIGHTING WORKSHOP

20 Jay St., nr. Plymouth St., Ste. 500, Dumbo 212-796-6510; $$$ This firm has won the Lumen Award twice, bestowed by the Illuminating Engineering Society, for its work in New York. Founder Doug Russell also teaches at Pratt Institute. L’OBSERVATOIRE INTERNATIONAL

120 Walker St., nr. Baxter St., seventh fl. 212-255-4463; $$$ In addition to residential work, principal Hervé Descottes and his firm have done award-winning lighting for large commercial spots including the High Line and Columbus Circle. TILLOTSON DESIGN ASSOCIATES


140 Bowery, nr. Broome St. 347-201-8114; $$$$

40 Worth St., nr. Church St., Ste. 703 212-675-7760; $$$–$$$$ This lighting-design consultancy employs a staff from a range of backgrounds, including architecture, interior design, and theater, as well as several LEEDaccredited professionals. Past projects include the New Museum and the Vera Wang flagship store. VAUGHAN DESIGNS

The custom lighting on offer here—think Murano-glass chandeliers, showers of crystal beads, and glowing glass orbs—tends to steal the show wherever it’s displayed.

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 1511 in the Decoration & Design Building 212-319-7070; $$$


In business since 1983, Vaughan started with classical lighting styles reflecting his expertise in decorative antiques. Current offerings include fabrics, needlework, textiles, kilims, handmade lampshades, furniture, and lighting, all with an emphasis on authenticity and craftsmanship.

465 Tenth Ave., at 36th St., second fl. 212-722-3349; $$$$ Meeker wrote the book on lighting design (literally:


160 Cornelison Ave., nr. Bright St., Jersey City, N.J. 201-333-2525; $$$$ Founded in 1898 and family-run for four generations, this decorative-arts atelier is esteemed for its stained glass, engineered lighting, and unusual custom lighting (commissioned by such prominent organizations as the Frick, for its Portico Gallery).


247 Centre St., nr. Broome St., seventh fl. 212-966-1506; $$$ Ashcraft collaborated on Martha Stewart’s original paint lines, and her company is a go-to source for architectural color consultation. The team formulates palettes for indoor and outdoor environments, and it works in tandem with designers and architects to whip up the perfect hue.

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917-940-7030; $–$$ These artists paint bold graphic or representational murals on blank walls, exposed brick, or any other surface in your home that needs spicing up. They did an Impressionism-influenced pastoral scene for one client and a Metropolisinspired Art Deco design for another. DEAN BARGER STUDIOS, INC.

917-544-9341 $$ Barger has more than 25 years of experience creating decorative murals, gilding, and custom Venetian plasters in the homes of celebrities and fashion designers. When the artist isn’t adorning surfaces with 12-karat-gold-leaf stencils, he teaches decorative art and mural painting at the New York School of Interior Design. THE ELLAPHANT IN THE ROOM $$–$$$ Mural painter Jeremy Alan has done a massive humpback whale and a bright-red cardinal perched on a branch, as well as grown-up designs like a bold abstract pattern in the entryway of a home. He works closely with clients from concept through execution. JAMES ALAN SMITH

646-476-8260; $$$–$$$$ Trompe l’oeil murals take serious talent to produce. Enter Smith, a painter who can paint any fantasy, be it a Tiepolo-inspired panel or a wall of chinoiserie. His legerdemain includes faux marble, wood, and stone; stenciling; and even mock marquetry on the floor. KMC PAINT DESIGN

646-322-1736 $$$ Kevin McCormick’s intensive process often involves making samples of the finished walls so that clients can rest assured that, though messy while in progress, their paint job will look stunning when dry. MATT AUSTIN STUDIO $$$–$$$$ Austin can touch up a faux-marble paint job or create an elaborate pastoral scene in a child’s bedroom. He’s been summoned to Europe to deck out lavish homes with gilding and the occasional fresco secco. SERPENTINE STUDIO

212-674-7235; $$$ A master at multilayered complex textures that add drama to a space. WEISS DECORATIVE FINISHING

845-838-2471; $$$–$$$$ Harvey Weiss’s studio offers a range of handpainting services like wall glazes, murals, stencils, Venetian plaster, and gilding for both residential and commercial projects.


324 Lafayette St., nr. Bleecker St., fifth fl. 212-966-0676; $$$â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$$$$


hour emergency service, it will have a technician on-site inside 30 minutes of your call within the boroughs. EAST VILLAGE PLUMBERS


Fresco combines traditional techniques of gilding, glazing, and Venetian plaster with a 21st-century sensibility, serving private clients and industry pros. GOTHAM PAINTING

336 E. 94th St., nr. First Ave., basement 212-427-5752 $$ The staff at Gotham Painting, a full-service painting contractor, is equipped to handle any job. They also do repairsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;even on the most delicate antique handprinted English wallpapers.

855-336-4389; This online service matches clients with reliable housepainters. Get a quote in 30 seconds, and order up to five complimentary samples from a gallery of 3,500 hues prior to scheduling a job. Customers pay a flat fee according to room size (from $195 to $480), which includes labor, paint, supplies, equipment, tax, and tip.



790 Madison Ave., nr. 67th St., Ste. 503 212-737-8855; $$$


Open any shelter magazine and you are likely to see this companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high-end work. Star specializes in the finest wall finishes, decorative painting, and wallpaper installation. ROTH PAINTING COMPANY, INC.

11 Bruckner Blvd., nr. Lincoln Ave., the Bronx 212-883-0800 $$$

449 Graham Ave., at Richardson St., Ste. A, Williamsburg 718-383-5100; $$â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$$$ This crew specializes in residential plumbing and heating installation, particularly renovation projects. The company has worked in some of Manhattanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fashionable brownstones and buildings, earning the respect of high-end contractors and clientele. DEMAR PLUMBING & HEATING CORPORATION

For a porcelain-smooth job, turn to Gordon Rothâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s union shop of 25 pros, most of them graduates of rigorous apprenticeships. In business since 1944, the firm has handled painting jobs at Gracie Mansion, among other high-profile residences.

147 Attorney St., nr. Stanton St. 212-614-9717 $$ This family-owned company specializes in boiler, sprinkler, and HVAC installation and repairs. Offering 24-

156 Second Ave., nr. 10th St. 917-512-2385; $$ This company specializes in the installation of new fixtures, including Jacuzzis, sinks, and water heaters. It also provides bathroom remodeling. FRED SMITH PLUMBING & HEATING COMPANY

1674 First Ave., nr. 87th St., Ste. 1 212-744-1300; $$â&#x20AC;&#x201C;$$$ These plumbers aim to be on-site within 15 minutes of your call with technicians prepared to tackle virtually any job, whether you need simple repairs, rooftank cleaning, drain clearing, or water purification. GATEWAY PLUMBING AND HEATING

304 Hudson St., nr. Vandam St., Ste. 510 212-980-0909; $$ A family-owned business, Gateway offers an extensive repertoire of heating and plumbing repairs and installations. It tackles everything from large commercial kitchens to fine residential bathrooms. HENRY MYERS PLUMBING & HEATING

440A 13th St., nr. Eighth Ave., Park Slope 718-836-1324; $$$ Third-generation owner Timothy W. Myers is known for his custom bathrooms and kitchens. The company makes an effort to stay up-to-date with the latest tech-

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nologies and can handle solar-panel installations and high-efficiency heating projects. KAPNAG HEATING AND PLUMBING CORP.

109 W. 38th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 801 212-929-7111; $$ Kapnag serves all five boroughs and New Jersey, offering a wide range of heating and plumbing solutions for residential and commercial clients, from repairing a leaky faucet to full repiping. NEW YORK PLUMBING, HEATING, COOLING CORP.

87-71 Lefferts Blvd., nr. 89th Ave., Richmond Hill 718-441-6800; $–$$ This large-scale plumbing company has all the advantages of size, offering a wide range of services and operating 24/7. But it still maintains a small-business attitude when it comes to customer service.


354 W. 56th St., nr. Ninth Ave. 212-246-0850; $$ In operation for more than four decades, Alert serves residential and commercial customers in Manhattan and is known for quality work that lasts. ELKAY SERVICE CORPORATION

99 Commerce St., nr. Van Brunt St., Red Hook 718-855-2644; $$$ The team here has experience working with a variety of major kitchen-appliance lines, including Viking, Capital, and BlueStar. Among its residential and commercial customers, which include some of Manhattan’s best culinary schools, Elkay is known for quick, reliable service.


40-09 21st St., fourth fl., Long Island City 718-609-0762; $$$–$$$$


250 W. 54th St., nr. Broadway, fourth fl. 212-244-1028; $$$ Anatoly and Rena Krishtul have been repairing antique ceramic, enamel, and glass objects for over 30 years. Their meticulous work is prized by auction houses, like Christie’s, and private individuals alike.

Carlton House restores antique furniture (its work is on display at Gracie Mansion) and crafts bespoke pieces in a wide range of styles, including Art Deco, Aesthetic Movement, and Regency. CHÁNDUVÍ RESTORATIONS

323 E. 108th St., nr. First Ave., Ste. 8 917-656-1735; $$$–$$$$ Artist Jonathan Chánduví specializes in restoring museum-quality furniture and artwork for auction houses and private clients. He can resuscitate a Widdicomb dresser as easily as he can bring a Handynasty statue back to life. CHRISTOPHE POURNY STUDIO

67 34th St., nr. Third Ave., fourth fl., Industry City 718-855-8865; $$$ Pourny works out of his Brooklyn studio, creating custom furniture reproductions and doing antique repair and restoration work. If you’re looking to take on a project yourself, Pourny also offers a line of furniture-care products on his website.


94-49 50th Ave., nr. Junction Blvd., Elmhurst 718-699-6333 $$–$$$ Gabriel Velasquez specializes in the assembly, repair, and installation of fine sconces, antique fixtures, and extravagant chandeliers. It’s no surprise that the Knickerbocker Club, the Union League Club, and other old-guard institutions have hired him to keep their lights looking up to snuff. LAMP REPAIR

1713 Second Ave., nr. 89th St. 212-348-5267; $$–$$$ Serving commercial and residential customers, this company can remake and repair anything from modest table lamps to outdoor lighting and fine chandeliers. THE LAMP SURGEON

917-414-0426; $$ Roy Schneit makes house calls all over the tri-state area. He’ll do almost any repair, from simple rewiring to installing a three-way socket, on floor and table lamps, chandeliers, and sconces. Custom lampshades are also available.


27-28 Thomson Ave., Studio 4, Long Island City 212-744-3214; $$$ Hargraves counts among her skills European lacquering, French polishing, and gilding for items such as a late-18th-century English clock and a 19th-century French japonaiserie lacquered table. She’s also a pro at hand-painting walls to mimic the look of wallpaper. HIRO KEITORA

917-593-1546 $$$ What do you do when your dog gnaws on the legs of your $35,000 table or you spot water damage on your cherished credenza? Call master furniture conservator Keitora, who can resuscitate all manner of pieces but specializes in newer, studio-produced furniture. RICHOMME, INC.


212-645-9161 $$–$$$ Berger opened his business in 1972 and still winds 278 timepieces a week. In addition, he repairs all manner of antique clocks—from little tabletop ones to towering grandfathers. House calls are $150 in Manhattan, and if he can’t fix your clock on the spot, he’ll take it to his workshop (for an additional fee) and have it running in four to six weeks.

306 W. 37th St., nr. Eighth Ave. 212-226-4706; $$–$$$ Known for its restorations of antique furniture and objects, this firm can repair, custom-dye, or distress leather and also gild, glaze, or custom-build furnishings. The results are old-world and always meticulous. YORKVILLE CANING, INC.

30-90 51st St., Woodside 718-274-6464; $$–$$$ Caning here can be executed with natural rush (river grasses, commonly called cattails) or with the natural cane of the rattan plant; both are handworked by Yorkville’s masters, some of whom have been with the company 30 to 40 years. For a less expensive option, the company offers caning with a machine.


21-07 Borden Ave., nr. 21st St., Ste. 304, Long Island City 718-729-1179 $$$ In the business since 1947, Bazza is a favorite of top interior designers for his expansive collection of new and antique lamp parts and his experience restoring elaborate chandeliers and lighting fixtures.

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136 Jefferson Blvd., nr. Edgegrove Ave., Staten Island 718-967-6400; $$–$$$ This family-owned business of rigorously trained bath specialists takes on jobs large and small. Its crew has a particular talent for color-matching tiles.


718-644-8185; $$ Known as the man with the golden hands, Cohen specializes in unusual wall coverings hung in even stranger places. Customers hire him to hang mother-of-pearl tile on ceilings and green ultrasuede in closets, though he welcomes requests for old-fashioned paper.


750 Third Ave., nr. 25th St., Greenwood 718-241-7314; $$–$$$ In as little as one to two days, G&G can complete any number of bathroom-related jobs. Its specialists tackle everything from tub repairs to tile reglazing. They can match your existing colors or transform your plain white bathtub into a shiny black vessel. SHINE GLAZE

1880 E. 4th St., nr. Kings Highway, Ste. A22, Sheepshead Bay 646-239-8781; $$–$$$ Remake your yellowing tub into a spa-worthy oasis with the help of Shine Glaze. The company goes beyond mere reglazing: It repairs cracks and resurfaces tiles to restore your bathroom to its original brilliant luster.


proof your fashionable floor-to-ceiling windows and repair sliding glass doors. PANORAMA WINDOWS, LTD.

767 E. 132nd St., nr. Willow Ave., the Bronx 718-292-9882; $$$ Lauded for its precision, this outfit manufactures, installs, and repairs all types of windows, from historic steel casements to contemporary fiberglass. Panorama also offers door repair. SKYLINE WINDOWS

220 E. 138th St., nr. Canal St., the Bronx 212-491-3000; $$ In business for 90 years, Skyline employs an army of unionized and uniformed installers. The practice combines state-of-the-art technology with expertise in preservation and historical work. STAINED GLASS STORE

300 Fifth Ave., nr. 2nd St., Park Slope 718-768-7964 $$


800-456-4331; $$ These window-tinting pros have been manufacturing protective window films for over a century. Some films provide extra home security, while others cut energy costs by increasing heat retention in the winter and blocking UV rays in the summer. NYC WINDOW CORP.

212-353-3000; $$ Timely, cost-effective, and flexible, this firm works with architects, homeowners, and commercial property managers. Staff will weatherproof and sound-

Upholstery & Window Treatments BEATRICE UPHOLSTERY

219 36th St., nr. Second Ave., fourth fl., Ste. 11, Greenwood 646-258-1372; $$–$$$ Beatrice Giovanniello’s reupholstering service lets customers choose from a book of fabrics or bring their own to update (or restore) ravaged chairs and couches. CAPRI UPHOLSTERY & MANUFACTURERS

396 Tompkins Ave., nr. Lynhurst Ave., Staten Island 718-556-7775 $$$

Peter Romano repairs, restores, and reproduces windows and other glasswork. His space is more workshop than store, and clients searching for ideas can leaf through his books or take a tour of his residential work for inspiration.

This family-run shop custom-makes upholstery, furniture, and frames, and all employees are skilled craftsmen trained in the European tradition. Despite its charmingly old-school vibe, Capri is contemporary enough to offer a green program using organic and chemical-free fabrics.



335–347 38th St., nr. Fourth Ave., Greenwood 718-854-3475; $$

48-14 33rd St., Long Island City 718-361-7800; $$$

The team here is ever ready to handle all your window needs, from motorized shade repair to window hinges and fire-escape gates.

These project managers and artisans provide window treatments, custom upholstery, and soft goods. The


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team is quick to collaborate with interior designers and clients, doling out advice on which fabrics might work best for the project at hand. ERIK BRUCE FABRIK

7 St. Nicholas Ave., nr. Scott Ave., second fl., Bushwick 718-628-1091 $$$ At his studio, Erik Bruce is involved in every aspect of treatment creation, from helping clients formulate a design to fabricating it. For an apartment overlooking the High Line, he designed and created a meticulous felt-on-felt appliqué of an apple-tree silhouette. GENEVA DECORATORS, LLC

101-01 67th Dr., Forest Hills 212-697-1930 $$–$$$ With 30 years of experience, these experts provide one-stop shopping for window treatments, upholstery, framing, quilting, and sofa and seat rewebbing. Onsite measuring and installation are also available. LA RÉGENCE, INC.

34 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave., second fl. 212-736-2548; $$$ Well known among designers, La Régence specializes in couture shades, drapery, bedding, upholstery, and pillows, executing every step from design to installation. This firm is available to the trade only, so have your designer coordinate. LORE DECORATORS

2201 Third Ave., nr. 120th St. 212-534-2170 $$ The expert upholsterers at this 50-year-old, familyrun firm can reinvent high-end furniture at half the price it would cost to buy replacements. It also offers free pickup and delivery in Manhattan.



257 W. 39th St., nr. Eighth Ave., 12th fl. 212-673-8000; $$

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Come here for custom-made upholstered headboards, window treatments, and slipcovers, plus guidance from a skilled and helpful staff. Custom furniture is also available. RAKEN LEAVES $$$ Using clean, straight lines and a warm aesthetic, William Armsby designs and fabricates minimal, highly functional cabinetry, tables, and benches that are livable and practical. A wall-mounted sapele key rack features space for books and a cutout to hold a bike frame—a perfect substitute for the entryway table. ASSOCIATED FABRICATION

72 N. 15th St., nr. Banker St., Greenpoint 718-387-4530 $$$–$$$$ A digital-fabrication, Corian-fabrication, and architectural-millwork company, Associated makes highconcept objects and furniture. It also creates prototypes at any scale and builds 3-D models on many software platforms. The firm designed the interior of the Melissa store in Soho. BENCHMARK FURNITURE MANUFACTURING

300 Dewitt Ave., at Bank St., East New York 718-257-4707; $$–$$$ In its Brooklyn factory, Benchmark crafts custom cabinetry, closets, and kitchens and also upholsters, repairs, and refinishes furniture. Other products include smart-home technologies and stone counters, and staff can also customize furniture for your home. FIFTY THREE RESTORATIONS, INC.

38-16 Skillman Ave., nr. 39th St., Long Island City 212-566-1053; $$–$$$ With a staff that includes an architectural conservator, master carpenters, and highly trained craftsmen, this firm has an extensive array of renovation capabilities. It is known for its masterful wood-window restoration and fabrication work. GOTHIC CABINET CRAFT

1646 Second Ave., at 85th St.(various locations) 212-472-7359; $–$$

Raken Zielinski is a third-generation upholsterer, and one of the few people left who know how to tie springs, sculpt horsehair, mold foam, and weave jute webbing. SCOTTY’S FURNITURE LLC


This craftsman can breathe new life into virtually any piece of upholstered furniture—and he also keeps a well-edited selection of antique and vintage furniture and objects on offer. STITCH NYC, INC.

63 Flushing Ave., nr. 4th St., Bldg. 3, Ste. 1012, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Ft. Greene 718-875-6763 $$$–$$$$



Specializing in classic American woodworking, this local chain began as a shop in the East Village in the late ’60s. This isn’t heirloom stuff; these are basics like bookshelves and platform beds, solidly built and really durable. Items come in pine, birch, oak, and ash, and are finished in a choice of 20 stains. Most stores are staffed with draftsmen who work with customers to create anything from radiator covers to entire kitchens.

36 E. 23rd St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 2R 212-533-8189; $$–$$$



Woodworkers & Builders

Seeking custom drapery, upholstery, bedding, window treatments, upholstered walls, or slipcovers? This attentive team of ten will hand-stitch anything to meet your needs; visit your home for a free estimate; and work willingly with your interior designer.

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49 Bogart St., nr. Grattan St., Ste. 47, Bushwick, 917-456-2484; $$$ Adherents of the ethics of minimalism, Mike Kresse and Emma Fletcher build tables and chairs with only two materials: steel and wood. Requiring an eightweek lead time to build, their slat lounge chair comes in a variety of muted colors for the steel base and finds the elusive midpoint between style and comfort. LITTLE WOLF CABINET SHOP

1583 First Ave., nr. 82nd St. 212-734-1116; $$$ The custom-made cabinets, libraries, kitchens, and entertainment units at this family-run shop hark back to old-world England and Renaissance France. Prices

depend on size, the wood selected, and the number of carvings, arches, columns, and other frills. MANHATTAN CABINETRY

227 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-750-9800 $$–$$$ The motto at this top-notch custom-furniture shop is “If you can imagine it, we can build it.” Its artisans might turn out a slick mahogany bar with a blackmarble top, or all manner of beds, bookshelves, bureaus, and wall units. NINO’S WOODCRAFT CORP.

95 Montgomery Ave., nr. Victory Blvd., Staten Island 718-442-7491 $$ Craftsman Nino Lo Savio and his workers hand-carve parts to replace missing details in brownstones and woodwork, a service that is increasingly hard to come by. It’s no wonder high-profile clients like Madonna call on LoSavio for his singular expertise. PREMIUM MILLWORK

43 Coffey St., nr. Dwight St., Red Hook 718-422-7774; $$$ Premium specializes in custom cabinets, kitchen and bathroom millwork, veneering, shelving, and freestanding furniture. The team here works with general contractors, architects, interior designers, and private clients. RADIUS CONSTRUCTION

J POCKER Custom Frames & Prints since 1926






201 Van Brunt St., at Seabring St., Red Hook 718-243-0280 $$$ A design-build firm led by Marc Appelbaum, Radius (in collaboration with Bergen Street Studio) transformed a Boerum Hill auto-repair shop into a stark, gleaming residential triplex and won a Building Brooklyn Award for it.



56 Seventh Ave. S., nr. Morton St. 212-242-4646; $$ Owner Philip Mortillaro has led this full-service locksmith storefront since 1980, meeting all kinds of needs: key-making, lock installation, safe services. His expertise lies in antique keys and locks. KEYME

224 Fifth Ave., nr. 26th St., in the 7-Eleven; see for other locations $ KeyMe lets you make a spare key for a mere $20. Head to one of 14 kiosks in Manhattan, insert your key in the designated slot, and, free of charge, a digital copy of your key will be stored along with a scan of your fingerprints. The next time you’re locked out of your apartment, you can use any kiosk to print a new set.


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Interior Desi ners ASHE + LEANDRO

611 Broadway, nr. Houston St., Ste. 804 212-242-3642; Designer Ariel Ashe and architect Reinaldo Leandro take “a youthful but not young” approach to their projects. The duo has a knack for finding a collaborative rapport with clients, and livens up spaces with playful pieces: a glowing “LOL” sign on a fireplace mantel, angular black-and-white tiles for Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber. BILHUBER AND ASSOCIATES

330 E. 59th St., nr. First Ave., sixth fl. 212-308-4888; Jeffrey Bilhuber appears to be simultaneously channeling Billy Baldwin, Jean-Michel Frank, and Andy Warhol. In other words: bright, bold, big looks for celebrity clients. BNO DESIGN

30 Vesey St., nr. Church St., Ste. 500 212-343-9709; Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s art pieces are as likely to come from eBay as from a tony antiques shop. He pulls together beads and Biedermeier, curves and crisp edges, with clever color choices and some humor. BRAD FORD ID

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., sixth fl. in the New York Design Center 212-352-9616; Ford creates mid-century-modern spaces that don’t look like a time capsule from 1952. Better than most, he has clearly absorbed lessons in eclectic elegance from the designers Charles and Ray Eames. BRIAN J. MCCARTHY, INC.

140 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 5B 212-308-7600; Look to McCarthy for a fresh take on colored walls, textural finishes, and classical structures. Unafraid to mix 18th- and 20th-century accessories, he once outfitted a dining room with a gilt-detailed custom palmwood table, ’30s chairs by Leleu, and vintage Christofle silver. BROCK FORSBLOM INC. Adapted from a photograph in The Big Book of Chic, by Miles Redd (Assouline, 2012).

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eccentric. Full of color and bold art, her spirited interiors feel more curated than decorated.

780 Greenwich St., nr. Bethune St., Ste. 3P 614-805-7222; Forsblom, who’s going out on his own after working with Tony Ingrau, has a discerning eye and a simple mantra: If something is good, it will work; if something is fabulous, figure out how to make it work. Everything is a potential decoration, and Forsblom prides himself on knowing what to pick and what to leave behind.


300 E. 57th St., at Second Ave., Ste. 1C 212-588-1777; Papachristidis pairs unexpected colors with classic proportions, drawing on influences from his globetrotting youth. European textiles, classical architecture, and 18th-century furnishings all provide inspiration.

224 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., fifth fl. 212-966-8892; Traditional with a twist is Baratta’s M.O. Every room is steeped in color and pattern-on-pattern layers. He’s been known to put a cobalt-blue chandelier in an otherwise classic dining room.


306 E. 61st St., nr. Second Ave., fifth fl. 212-207-4040; Whether you want country comfort—like her own Connecticut living room—or formal Georgian eleBy appointment only . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


601 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. M272 212-645-6168; One of New York’s top designers, Lau expertly mixes modernist know-how with a love of the offbeat and

39 W. 14th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 504 917-971-0571; Buzzetta claims to be a traditionalist at heart, but he has a talent for using bursts of unexpected color, pattern, and texture to bring life and interest to sleek and modern spaces.

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gance, this legendary decorator can make it happen with unparalleled good taste. CAMPION PLATT

152 Madison Ave., at 32nd St., Ste. 900 212-779-3835; Platt specializes in opulent finishes and fine materials such as leather, resin, marble, Lucite, and natural woods. One Brooklyn bachelor pad included a living room with two-tone purple walls in Venetian plaster and a matching custom Zegna throw on the couch. CAROLINE BEAUPÈRE DESIGN

41 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave., in the Manhattan Center for Kitchen & Bath 917-459-5455; Paris-born Beaupère is sought after for her custom furniture, built-ins, and vanities. For an apartment in the iconic Ansonia Building, she created a voluptuous, Art Nouveau–inspired decorative mantel and a curved bar made from lustrous swirled rosewood. CARRIER AND COMPANY INTERIORS

315 E. 91st St., nr. Second Ave., fifth fl. 212-706-1025; When you’re looking for a lighthearted, fuss-free aesthetic, call on Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller. They have a stellar track record with many magazine editors for creating chic spaces for working and living. No wonder Vogue hired them to decorate its plush lobby in muted shades of ivory and sage. CHRISTOPHER COLEMAN INTERIOR DESIGN

55 Washington St., nr. Front St., Ste. 707, Dumbo 718-222-8984; Coleman’s interiors are fresh, bright, and familyfriendly, with exceptional kids’ rooms, built-in storage, and playful coloring. These days, he’s leaning toward materials such as colored resin, anodized tinted metals, and printed or patterned fabrics. CLODAGH DESIGN


Offering Balenciaga-quality details to the Park Avenue set, this firm creates tailored interiors with lush textures and contemporary accents, like a dining room featuring white leather-upholstered chairs and icicle-shaped glass lights hanging from the ceiling.

This firm delivers tailored luxury for powerful professionals who want homes in which to entertain and retreat. Expect polished public rooms with cozy personal areas tucked away.


6 E. 39th St., at Fifth Ave., Ste. 1000 212-431-1222;

127 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 1002 212-334-1034; Though this operation is bringing the art of interior design online, the work begins with a one-hour consultation done in person. One of the company’s designers will visit your home and determine a plan that suits your needs, whether it’s simply rearranging furniture or a more complex makeover. DEKAR DESIGN

611 Broadway, at Houston St., Ste. 511 212-289-1685; If you’re aching to echo the West Village restaurant Bobo’s homespun interiors at your place, look to Caroline Grant and Dolores Suarez, who created its cozychic ambience. Their aesthetic radiates conviviality and promotes mingling. DEAM PLUS DINE

104 Charlton St., nr. Greenwich St., Ste. 2W 917-715-6900; In 2012, the inventive, decisive modernist Nick Dine joined forces with the firm run by Christopher Deam, and the partnership, with offices in New York and the Bay Area, has worked with the likes of Herman Miller and Dwell. Maybe their coolest project so far: redoing the interior of the Airstream trailer. DOUG MEYER STUDIO

535 W. 23rd St., nr. Tenth Ave. 305-458-2439; Raised in Kentucky by a mother who preferred brightorange living spaces, Meyer is a color enthusiast. His brazen use of tone and prints makes rooms pop and leaves a distinctive impression. DRAKE/ANDERSON

115 E. 23rd St., nr. Park Ave., 12th fl. 212-780-5300;

67 Irving Pl., at 18th St., 12th fl. 212-754-3099;

Clodagh takes a bold, environmentally conscious approach, often using natural and textured materials that engage the senses. The firm is known for its luxurious spa bathrooms and knack for feng shui. DANIELLE COLDING DESIGN, INC.

In 2015, designers Jamie Drake—known for striking mixes of genres, periods and cultures—and Caleb Anderson merged talents and tastes. For an apartment in Tribeca, Drake applied his love for color with stunning accents of purple, while Anderson showed restraint with quieter, mid-century fixtures.

101 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 375 646-300-1591;


Danielle Colding finds inspiration for her designs in artistic elements, whether that means a client’s personal collection, clean sculptural furnishings, or unique wallpapers—all while making spaces luxurious yet approachable. DARREN HENAULT

65 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 8E 212-677-5699; Henault jets between San Francisco and New York, and the easy elegance of his spaces reflects the best of both cities. An upholstery aficionado (he worked his way up through the textile industry), he uses the finest silk taffetas, rarest velvets, and passementerie. DAVID EASTON

231 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1106 212-620-7720; Principal Kevin Dumais creates interiors that are lush yet maintain a disciplined modernism. While the firm adapts to client needs, its aesthetic adheres to a subtle color palette and casual feel. ELAINE GRIFFIN INTERIOR DESIGN

2214 Eighth Ave., nr. 120th St., Ste. 312 212-666-2033; Griffin creates warm, richly textured interiors that embrace each client’s personality. For a former Barneys fashion executive, she artfully framed personal mementos in a home office and added fine details like French seams on the curtains.

5 Union Sq. W., nr. 14th St., third fl. 212-334-3820;


Easton brings a clear sense of classical proportion to all his projects. He creates interiors that look as though they belong in stately mansions, often revolving around art collections and neoclassical designs.

Given that they’re both Ralph Lauren veterans, it comes as no surprise that Mary Foley and Michael Cox have a predilection for infusing interiors with hightoned vintage pieces and antique touches.



330 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave. 212-754-9500;

4 W. 22nd St., nr. Fifth Ave., fifth fl. 212-358-1411;

135 W. 29th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 900 212-529-5800;


De Biasi collaborates with clients to create both modern and classic spaces that are bold or subdued but always luxurious. GHISLAINE VIÑAS INTERIOR DESIGN

139 Fulton St., nr. Nassau St., Ste. 814 212-219-7678; Viñas infuses her warm and witty interiors with color palettes that pulsate with life. Recently, she ran a custom stainless-steel tube slide through four floors of a New York penthouse. GLENN GISSLER DESIGN

1123 Broadway, at 25th St., Ste. 1100 212-228-9880; Gissler balances rooms with lighting and woodwork before meticulously adding color and furniture. He’s often willing to let the art command a room, which explains why he’s a go-to designer for many dealers and collectors. GOMEZ ASSOCIATES

504 E. 74th St., nr. York Ave., Ste. 1E 212-288-6856; Mariette Himes Gomez is a modern classicist who creates fresh, unpretentious spaces. “Even the mildest of rooms deserves a shot of color,” she says. “When used in moderation, cobalt blue, pale blue, and celadon can supply just the right punch.” HARRY HEISSMANN INC.

545 W. 45th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. 1104 212-586-0600; Wit and worldliness define Heissmann’s design philosophy. He mixes classic luxury with quirky, funny objects such as a Kidrobot unicorn. Having worked for nine years under design legend Albert Hadley, he’s an expert in combining disparate objects and textiles from around the world. HENRY MITCHELL INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE

646-831-8313; This architect and designer made his name doing clever, budget-conscious renovations. Mitchell specializes in kitchens and bathrooms and is known to use concrete in innovative ways, from clean primitive floors or walls to high-polish countertops that resemble stone. HERNANDEZ GREENE

1 Union Sq. W., nr. 14th St., Ste. 916 917-743-2753; After a stint running Sawyer | Berson’s interiors department, Katrina Hernandez and Joshua Greene struck out on their own in 2014. They’re known for fresh, refined modernism, often with a subtle palette. HOMEPOLISH

48 W. 25th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 3N 917-722-8370; Founded by Noa Santos and Will Nathan, this network of more than 500 up-and-coming interior designers makes professional decoration affordable with its flexible model: inexpensive three-hour sessions or more elaborate multiday consultations. HUNIFORD

210 11th Ave., at 25th St., Ste. 601 212-717-9177; Ford (as he is professionally known) creates calm interiors that meld eclectic modern furnishings with vintage items. His spaces promote serenity—he once hung a rattan chair with fur-hide pivots to create a peaceful perch that offered a river view.

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44 E. 32nd St., nr. Park Ave, third fl. 212-343-1077; Rendered in a bold and romantic style, Inson Dubois Wood’s global projects include studios, carriage houses, and palazzos. He’s known for his exuberant decorating, with big gestures and sweeping moves. ISHKA DESIGNS

917-362-2612; Principals Anishka Clarke and Niya Bascom share a casually sophisticated sensibility, which they’ve brought to life in residential and commercial projects in Brooklyn, where they’re based, as well as Paris and the Caribbean. J+G DESIGN

227 W. 15th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 2 202-365-6868; Jennifer Hunter and Georgie Hambright’s new fullconcept design firm blends an old-world sensibility with a touch of modern sass. It’s no wonder that young urbanites call on these up-and-comers to help outfit their first serious abodes. JAYNE DESIGN STUDIO

36 E. 12th St., nr. University Pl., Ste. 702 212-838-9080; Known for his museum-curator savvy, Thomas Jayne designs interiors with space enough to admire fine 18th- and 19th-century antique furniture without sacrificing comfort.

decorated with art and architectural details. He deepens the ambience with old-world finishes like marquetry, lacquer, scagliola, and verre églomisé.

point rugs, and chinoiserie. He’s not shy about incorporating animal prints into his interiors.


654 Madison Ave., at 60th St. 212-753-4110;


330 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave., second fl. 212-421-2400; Light, lean, and Scandinavian is Montoya’s mantra. The designer eschews the dark and carved in favor of Art Deco pieces by designers like Jean-Michel Frank, creating modernist arrangements set against a backdrop of complementary materials such as Macassar wood, sharkskin, and parchment. JULIE HILLMAN DESIGN

1063 Madison Ave., nr. 81st St., third fl. 212-396-2071; Hillman urges her clients to show off their furniture collections, and she happily works with different budgets to create personalized environments. She favors furnishings by designers Maria Pergay and Jean Royère, set against clean interiors. KATIE RIDDER

136 Madison Ave., nr. 31st St., 11th fl. 212-779-9080; Ridder goes for the wow factor, be it through an unusual texture (leather tiles as wall treatments) or color (bright lacquered floors). After a trip to Berlin, she began to draw inspiration from Karl Friedrich Schinkel, using his blue and white stripes to amp up corner banquettes. KELLY BEHUN STUDIO


32 Sixth Ave., nr. Walker St., 20th fl. 212-707-8989; At this famed design company, interiors range from contemporary beach houses to traditional urban residences, like a Manhattan triplex whose master bathroom featured floor-to-ceiling Carrara slab marble and a polished-nickel bathtub.

1 Central Park W., nr. 61st St., Ste. 52B 212-581-1999; With an impressive grasp of design and art history and just a hint of irreverent humor, this Ian Schrager alum whips up warm modern interiors that juxtapose high and low items. She loves to collaborate with artists to produce custom work for clients. KEMBLE INTERIORS


25 E. 67th St., at Madison Ave., Ste. 4A 212-734-7994; Post’s immaculately conceived living spaces, where pure white walls create an ethereal effect, convey a modern, luxe sensibility. For one Columbus Circle residence, she mixed her signature white with contrasting black accents like ebony dining-room chairs from the 1950s.

224 W. 30th St., nr. Seventh Ave., 13th fl. 212-675-9576; Celerie Kemble incorporates eye-catching textures and details inspired by the natural world to create gardenlike interiors that elevate the everyday. One Upper West Side kitchen featured mint tiled walls, pale-purple accents, and a flurry of glass-enclosed taxidermied butterflies. LAURA KIRAR


136 W. 11th St., nr. Greenwich Ave., second fl. 917-751-0579; A veteran of Ralph Lauren, Wolf grounds her approach to interior design in her clients’ personalities and preferences. Her aesthetic balances industrial, modern, and traditional touches, but her aim is always to create a home that truly reflects its inhabitants.

475 Kent Ave., nr. Division Ave., Ste. 1006, Williamsburg 212-274-9906; Kirar creates home lines including lighting fixtures, tiles, furniture, and carpets for an array of partners. As a designer, she caters to an eclectic mix of personalities (urban gardeners and art collectors alike). MAC II


526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 916 212-675-5220; This firm focuses on providing modern American spaces, furniture, and fixtures. Projects range from small downtown apartments to large Miami estates, all with an airy, light, and open feel.

125 E. 81st St., nr. Lexington Ave. 212-249-4466; Mica Ertegun’s work is famous for its elegant simplicity. Neutral furniture from various time periods and locations is arranged so that each piece has room to breathe, but none of it looks isolated. MANHATTAN RENOVATIONS


500 Park Ave., nr. 59th St., Ste. 21A 212-838-9443; Barman favors clean lines, strong colors, and traditional materials used in innovative ways. But beneath his classic tailored exterior beats the heart of an extreme modernist. Influences include David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Maison Jansen, and Knoll.

10 E. 33rd St., nr. Fifth Ave., 12th fl. 212-685-6358; For 16 years, Manhattan Renovations has been a go-to for upmarket residential projects, executing custom millwork in their 8,000-square-foot workshop. Natural light and all-white interiors are frequent themes, with liberally deployed pops of accent color. MARIO BUATTA, INC.


750 Lexington Ave., nr. 59th St., fifth fl. 212-628-0097; Juan Pablo Molyneux orchestrates whimsical spaces

120 E. 80th St., nr. Park Ave. 212-988-6811 As the prince of chintz, Buatta orchestrates patterns better than anyone, layering stripes, florals, needle-

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Hampton’s daughter Alexa is carrying on the family business. Her designs for high-profile clients have a classic European flavor, showing great attention to detail and an encyclopedic knowledge of period style. MATTHEW PATRICK SMYTH, INC.

136 E. 57th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 901 212-333-5353; Smyth works in a traditional style for clients who like their rooms done down to the last detail. This serious approach is leavened with unusual, witty touches of color and the thoughtful addition of eclectic objects. MCMILLEN INC.

155 E. 56th St., nr. Third Ave. 212-753-5600; Designer Ann Pyne leads this legendary firm, the last bastion of old-money taste since Parish-Hadley closed its doors. Projects range from a traditional penthouse on Fifth Avenue to a more modern French-influenced one-bedroom apartment. MEG SHARPE INTERIOR DESIGNS

13 Gramercy Park S., nr. 20th St. 212-859-2800; If you felt at home when you dined at the Lion, it’s thanks to this savvy up-and-comer. Her designs often utilize more masculine materials, such as unfinished woods and concrete. MILES REDD LLC

77 Bleecker St., nr. Broadway, Ste. C111 212-674-0902; Known for exuberant color, Redd has electrified kitchens with peridot paint and patterned floors with the three-tone marble favored by the late architect Edwin Lutyens. Redd’s taste in furniture is bold and luxurious, worthy of Cecil Beaton. MILLY DE CABROL

227 Waverly Pl., nr. 11th St., Ste. 4E 212-717-9317 De Cabrol manages to make rooms look well lived-in, with comfortable antiques, eclectic flea-market finds, rich colors, and inviting nooks to curl up in. She regularly travels the world to find rare pieces. MR CALL DESIGNS

110 E. 25th St., nr. Park Ave. 646-233-2741 Seattle native Jon Call is the man for those looking to design the ultimate bachelor pad. He combines classic American style with a refined masculine edge, incorporating everything from Federal-era pieces to midcentury-modern furnishings. MURIEL BRANDOLINI

167 E. 80th St., nr. Lexington Ave. 646-233-2741 A self-described color freak, Brandolini employs many patterns in her haute-bohemian glamour. The design maven has never created two rooms alike. OLASKY & SINSTEDEN

247 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave., second fl. 212-352-1917; The globe-trotting Catherine Olasky and Maximilian Sinsteden take an old-school, detail-oriented approach to design. The duo recently overhauled a 16th-century Guernsey farmhouse, for which they reframed more than 100 paintings, redid the linens and stationery, and made custom mahogany hangers for the closets.


54 E. 64th St., nr. Park Ave. 917-494-9479; Delphine Krakoff, wife of fashion designer Reed Krakoff, has an uncanny way of making mansions feel cozy and townhomes vast. She has a luxurious style that yields brilliant room arrangements. PATRICK MELE

125 E. 69th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 4R 203-550-2264; Mele’s background as a retail designer for shops like Kate Spade underpins his residential work. Vivid color choices, particularly bold black and white combos, enliven rooms. PHILIP GORRIVAN DESIGN

333 Park Ave. S., nr. 25th St., Ste. 4A 917-449-4677; Gorrivan creates lively, enticing interiors that blend the classic with unexpected elements. He layers strong colors and prints—whether on wallpaper or upholstery—with earthy tones to balance his rooms. PIERCE ALLEN

80 Eighth Ave., at 14th St., Ste. 1602 212-627-5440; Architect Michael Pierce and interior designer DD Allen work together on projects that conjure both luxury and simplicity. They love to scavenge, seeking textiles as varied as burlap and silk, and revel in beautiful custom work. REES ROBERTS + PARTNERS LLP

50 Warren St., nr. Church St. 212-587-3371; This double-duty interior- and landscape-design firm turns out superlative spaces for working, playing, and entertaining. A West Village townhouse they designed boasted a living room whose floor-to-ceiling French doors opened onto a lush bilevel patio. REVAMP INTERIOR DESIGN

202 W. 40th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 902 212-354-1980; Partners Danielle Fennoy and Cece Stelljes splash city apartments with shocks of color for a look that’s both modern and livable. They’ll toss a geometric Day-Glo blanket over a beige love seat or plaster a bedroom ceiling with dip-dyed wallpaper, all while adhering to their clients’ detail-obsessed visions.

furniture, often mixed with French antiques from the 1930s and ’40s or American vintage pieces. ROBIN WILSON HOME


230 Park Ave., at 46th St., Ste. 1000 212-863-9197; Wilson is a self-described “wellness designer” who avoids toxic materials and creates hypoallergenic spaces. Her firm offers interior-design and projectmanagement services, with a focus on sustainability and clean construction. SANDRA NUNNERLEY, INC.

41 E. 57th St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-826-0539;


455 W. 23rd St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 1D 212-226-8796; Bengur loves layering patterns and colors and extravagant combinations of old and new. She’s willing to do the legwork to find vintage fabrics and out-of-the-ordinary pieces, adding her own fabric designs to the mix. SARA GILBANE INTERIORS

1 Little W. 12th St., nr. Ninth Ave. 646-454-1851; Named one of the Top 20 Next Wave Designers by House Beautiful, Gilbane is known for her distinctive modernized-traditional style—combining low-key and elegant pieces with a youthful energy. SARA STORY DESIGN

54 Thompson St., nr. Broome St., Ste. 202 212-228-6007; Story’s mix of materials, shapes, and colors brims with energy and surprises. While her designs are rooted in functionality, she introduces whimsical touches like unusual lighting fixtures and colorful contemporary artwork by Yoshitomo Nara and Cecily Brown. SCOTT SANDERS LLC

245 E. 60th St., nr. Second Ave., first fl. 212-759-1212;



1133 Broadway, nr. 26th St., Ste. 623 212-253-8473;


Favoring neutral color schemes, Henderson often uses sustainable materials or his own multifunctional custom pieces, such as a daybed with swing-out trays or an armchair with inset brass drink-coasters.

205 W. 57th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 10AB 212-765-3197


Artist Richard Lee has an impeccable eye for finishes and details and can furnish unique rooms in any style.

304 Park Ave. S., nr. 23rd St., seventh fl. 212-678-6872;


Bridges’s taste runs to the colorful, unexpected, and minimal. Her classic and contemporary rooms frame exceptional furniture finds. “I bring the outdoors inside with trays of grass, stones, and shells,” she says.

Mishaan works with the eye-catching shapes and smooth edges of great 20th-century designers such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, and he surrounds all that good taste with eclectic vintage objects and bright contemporary art pieces. ROBERT STILIN

1133 Broadway, at 26th St., Ste. 614 212-255-1975; Stilin, who splits his time between the city and the Hamptons, focuses on comfort and function. His relaxed yet manicured aesthetic emphasizes clean-lined


550 W. 45th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. 1109 212-752-3790; Paul Siskin seeks out spectacular accessories— chandeliers, brass wall hangings, and art pieces—and sets them against a low-key background. He favors modern furniture and a contrasting color palette. S.R. GAMBREL, INC.

15 Watts St., nr. Thompson St., fourth fl.


819 Madison Ave., nr. 68th St., Ste. 5A 212-988-6100; Sills arranges European and American furnishings in rooms known as much for over-the-top gestures (a cobblestone floor, a backlit crystal fireplace) as for museum-quality antiques.


200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 815 in the New York Design Center 212-736-6454; Filicia mixes classic silhouettes with modern details to create an aesthetic that’s both bold and inviting. His showroom, Sedgwick & Brattle, features products from his eponymous home collection and one-of-akind vintage pieces. TOM DELAVAN

13 W. 9th St., nr. Fifth Ave. 212-777-1881; Delavan creates spaces that reflect the lifestyles of his clients through fine furnishings and art. He might use a vintage Vico Magistretti coffee table or display a group of authentic Warhol Polaroid photos featuring Farrah Fawcett, Blondie, and Keith Haring. TODD KLEIN, INC.

1133 Broadway, nr. 25th St., Ste. 1321 212-414-0001; Klein puts a youthful spin on stately grandeur, drawing on his love of natural materials and knowledge of art and architecture. He respects his clients’ lifestyles (which have ranged from mogul to bohemian), and his interiors always radiate fun. TOM SCHEERER INCORPORATED

215 Park Ave. S., nr. 18th St., Ste. 1701 212-529-0744; Working with whitewashed tones and various wood elements, Scheerer is an expert at composing casually elegant interiors that suggest travel to exotic locales.

99 Madison Ave., nr. 29th St., Ste. 406 212-343-8298;


145 Hudson St., nr. Hubert St., Ste. 5A 212-223-7502;

Steven Gambrel is known for his sleek, sophisticated use of textured color—lacquered cobalt, ebonized floors—and for creating dazzling, jewel-toned piedsà-terre and mansions alike.


Trained in the art world, Nunnerley creates rooms that are warm and comfortable, with clever interplays of color and texture. One Fifth Avenue residence featured marble floors and raw-silk-covered walls.

It’s no surprise that Sanders began his career with that master of American style, Ralph Lauren. Sanders mixes laid-back elegance with vibrant color, bringing an allAmerican feel to a space, whether it’s a ski lodge or a Manhattan townhouse.

Langham’s spaces burst with color, comfort, and opulence. He often takes a more-is-more approach, decking out homes with highly ornamented living and dining spaces that always look dinner-party ready.



360 Central Park W., nr. 96th St., Ste. 16H 212-662-5358; Twin sisters Jayne and Joan Michaels are fond of using unusual color combinations and textures to create bright, open spaces that incorporate European accents like a gray woven Swedish rug, Italian mid-century furnishings, and Scandinavian pottery. WESLEY MOON, INC.

195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 301–6 212-785-0392; The charming southern designer has a talent for combining different styles, periods, and colors (particularly grays and whites). Moon’s philosophy is that every room should be livable and functional. His elegant spaces have a tastefully put-together feel that’s never too ornate. WHITE WEBB

105 E. 34th St., nr. Park Ave., Ste. 116 212-889-2900; Design duo Matthew White and Frank Webb have complementary styles—White is a classicist, while Webb is a modernist. They painted one Upper West Side living room with pale grays and furnished it with a 1930s French credenza and sexy curved sofas. YOUNG HUH INTERIOR DESIGN

304 Park Ave. S., nr. 23rd St., seventh fl. 212-595-3767; Huh brings a fresh sense of vitality to classic modernism in both residential and commercial projects.

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526 W. 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 422 212-714-1006; Matthew Bremer’s outfit designs contemporary spaces that juxtapose modern technology with artisanal flourishes. This 2009 AIA Young Architects Award recipient is at once practical and learned: He created an urban bachelor pad for a young commodities trader based on fractal geometry and the parable of Plato’s Cave. ARCHITECTURE RESEARCH OFFICE

170 Varick St., nr. Charlton St., seventh fl. 212-675-1870; The work of partners Stephen Cassell, Adam Yarinsky, and Kim Yao moves beyond modernism via adventures in the application of materials: Laser-cut stainless steel, a geometrically patterned composite-wood screen, and a translucent beeswax-covered partition have all appeared in their projects. BADE STAGEBERG COX

25 Chapel St., nr. Jay St., Ste. 600, Dumbo 718-858-4409; Whether in their commercial, residential, or civic work, this Brooklyn firm always takes a studied and insightful approach—creating spaces in which design is about reinforcing or deepening the user’s experience. B FIVE STUDIO LLP

30 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave., eighth fl. 212-255-7827; This studio has been creating modern houses and interiors since 1981. The firm’s designs emphasize comfort and craftsmanship—think special wall treatments and custom-made furniture—and often incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing natural landscapes or city views. BONETTI/KOZERSKI STUDIO

270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 906 212-343-9898; Designing residential and commercial spaces, Bonetti/Kozerski distills and conveys the essence of each client. For Donna Karan’s terrace apartment, the firm created an air-conditioning system that circulated air from Central Park and infused it with essential oils of Karan’s choosing. Adapted from a photograph in The Big Book of Chic, by Miles Redd (Assouline, 2012).


138 Union St., nr. Hicks St., Ste. 1B, Carroll Gardens 718-715-0418; This studio creates airy, light-filled spaces and buildings. Recent commissions include work for MoMA PS1, the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, and residences in Long Island and Maine.

At this cooperative, designers Lyndsay Caleo and Fitzhugh Karol and architect Ilya Vilnits create spaces with top-notch custom carpentry: countertops, cabinets, ceiling beams, and built-in units.



135 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 10B 212-505-1992;

866 Sixth Ave., nr. 31st St., 11th fl. 212-686-6875,


Clean, open, and ecofriendly spaces are this firm’s specialties; most projects employ natural wood and other materials while incorporating modern design principles. The staff includes several LEED-accredited practitioners, reinforcing the company’s commitment to the environment.

137 Varick St., nr. Spring St., fifth fl. 212-229-1199;


In their award-winning work, Duman’s team of eight full-time architects rejects an “either/or” dichotomy, designing buildings that are “functional and unexpected, engaged and poetic, experimental and affordable.” For their design of an Islamic Cultural Center commissioned by the American Society for Muslim Advancement, BKD envisioned an all-glass exterior with rooms partitioned by mashrabiya-inspired screens.

Note that some web addresses require a www. prefix. If a vendor URL doesn’t work, insert that prefix before it. ALAN WANZENBERG ARCHITECT/DESIGN

333 W. 52nd St., nr. Ninth Ave., second fl. 212-489-7980; Wanzenberg combines the best of the architect’s and decorator’s sensibilities through his focus on craftsmanship. His aesthetic favors a limited palette of color and high-grade materials that create handsome and unified spaces.

Gorlin sees the home as a sanctuary, to be built of materials native to the site and fitted with wide windows to take in the view. Trained as a modernist, he nonetheless cites Vermeer’s use of light and space as an inspiration. ANDREW BERMAN ARCHITECT

77 Chambers St., nr. Broadway, fourth fl. 212-226-5998;

49 W. 38th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 16th fl. 212-951-7244; Bourgogne, France raised Pearson trained as an architect at New York City’s Cooper Union and brings a fondness for old house details to city digs and country homes. Clients trust her to salvage period paneling and vaulted ceilings during gut renovations or reconfigure worn cabinets in stainless steel for a sleek, modern look.

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250 W. Broadway, nr. Walker St., fourth fl. 212-219-1026; This firm focuses on sustainability, adding features harmonious with environmental and cultural contexts (e.g., solar power and skylights that stream natural light). Recent projects include a net-zero-energy home on Long Island. DANIEL ROMUALDEZ ARCHITECTS

119 W. 23rd St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 909 212-989-8429 Romualdez wields his architectural knowledge gracefully and shrewdly. His interiors might pair his own designs with 18th-century French pieces, setting a scene that is timeless, refined, and unpretentious. D’APOSTROPHE DESIGN INC.

392 Broadway, nr. Walker St., second fl. 212-965-1077; Belgian-born designer Francis D’Haene creates luminous, gallerylike interiors for art-world notables such as Dominique Lévy and Stellan Holm. D’AQUINOMONACO, INC.

214 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1202 212-929-9787; Architects and interior designers Francine Monaco and Carl D’Aquino transform spaces with a wide range of 18th-to-20th-century influences. They might use black-and-white Fornasetti wallpaper or repurpose Art Deco screens for the entry to a master suite. DAVID BERS ARCHITECTURE

66 Huron St., nr. West St., second fl., Greenpoint 718-218-8101 Bers creates clean, modern spaces for design-savvy clients like Cathy Horyn, Isaac Mizrahi, and Lena Dunham. He eschews the extraneous, cutting quickly to the essence of each idea. Whether designing an upstate country house or a city loft, Bers has a talent for bringing out the natural beauty of raw materials— stone, unstained wood, and the like. DAVID LING ARCHITECT

225 E. 21st St., nr. Second Ave. 212-982-7089; Ling worked for I. M. Pei before opening his own firm, and his interiors reflect Pei’s refined sense of material and bold use of sculptural forms and water in space. For example, he might cut a pond into a concrete floor or cantilever a bed over an indoor waterfall. DEBORAH BERKE PARTNERS

220 Fifth Ave., at 26th St., seventh fl. 212-229-9211; Berke’s ethos, she says, is “elegant, inventive, modern, authentic.” Her rooms often include rich woods, luminous plaster, and the simplest of stones, such as pale Indiana limestone, dark-gray slate, and white marble. DELSON OR SHERMAN ARCHITECTS PC

20 Jay St., nr. Plymouth St., Ste. 636, Dumbo 718-789-2919; Modern architecture meets historic environs: That’s the M.O. for the properties renovated by this 19-yearold Brooklyn partnership.

where he creates furniture and lighting influenced by the work of artists and architects like Frank Lloyd Wright and Eero Saarinen. ELIZABETH ROBERTS ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

168 7th St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 3C, Gowanus 718-504-5488; Nothing superfluous is safe from designer Elizabeth Roberts. Dropped ceilings are removed and interior walls artfully knocked down to create lofty, light-filled living spaces that once felt cramped and dark. EOA/ELMSLIE OSLER ARCHITECT

526 W. 26th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. 514 212-989-0652; The bright mix of cheap-chic Ikea and blue-chip Knoll in Robin Elmslie Osler’s own home is a small taste of the calm, colorful, wide-open spaces she prefers. She designs for low maintenance and high visual impact. FAIRFAX & SAMMONS ARCHITECTURE

67 Gansevoort St., nr. Washington St. 212-255-0704; Fairfax & Sammons designs residences with a grand, classical feel. Incredibly detailed touches—like a bird-watching perch in an apartment that overlooks Central Park—bring out the particular qualities of each property and client. FERGUSON & SHAMAMIAN ARCHITECTS, LLP

270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St., Ste. 300 212-941-8088; Homes are at their most opulent in the hands of Ferguson & Shamamian Architects, which takes a page from the iconic Parish-Hadley style. The firm’s forte is infusing traditional design with clients’ sensibilities to produce calm, cosmopolitan interiors. FETE NATURE ARCHITECTURE, PLLC

140 Jackson St., nr. Manhattan Ave., Ste. 1C, Williamsburg 347-623-0702; Principal Julie Torres Moskovitz’s designs are guided by ecoconsciousness; she employs green materials and promotes sustainability at every opportunity, like the artist’s studio/residence where she incorporated recycled materials, radiant floors, and solar panels. GABELLINI SHEPPARD ASSOCIATES, LLP

665 Broadway, at Bond St., Ste. 706 212-388-1700; Michael Gabellini’s pale, refined interiors provide elegant blank canvases. Often working within historic structures, like a ’20s Emery Roth building, he creates minimalist havens using a white palette, recessed lighting, and suspended walls and ceilings. GHIORA AHARONI DESIGN STUDIO

276 Fifth Ave., nr. 30th St., Ste. 1100 212-255-1511; Reconfiguring existing structures is the specialty here. Aharoni transforms closed, awkward New York interiors into contemporary open environments, creating volume, expanding city vistas, and adding outdoor spaces. GLUCKMAN TANG


137 Clinton St., at Livingston St., Brooklyn Heights 718-624-0244; Susannah Drake’s multidisciplinary design firm specializes in high-end residential gardens, storm-water management, and green infrastructure. DYAD STUDIO

152 Centre St., nr. Clinton St., Red Hook 718-797-2030; Modern, elemental, and minimal are the themes at this small architecture and furniture-design studio. Douglas Fanning has a fully equipped on-site metal shop,

250 Hudson St., nr. Dominick St., third fl. 212-929-0100; Richard Gluckman practically invented the Chelsea aesthetic: cleaned-up industrial spaces that are bathed in natural light and make great showcases for contemporary art. He adds tactile materials, striking staircases, and the occasional outdoor shower. GROVES & CO.

210 11th Ave., nr. 25th St., Ste. 502 212-929-5221; Russell Groves’s graceful, thoughtful style makes for oases of calm in the busy city. This architect and inte-

rior designer works with ecru-colored paint, ebonystained wood, and natural, sustainable materials. He crafts interiors with a place for everything and not a rough edge in sight. GRT ARCHITECTS

928 Pacific St., nr. Grand Ave., second fl., Prospect Heights 646-509-9052; In 2015, childhood friends Rustam Mehta and Tal Schori joined up after separate careers to start their own firm. It’s been a productive first year, including one particularly challenging job: the renovation of an 11-foot-wide townhouse that somehow managed to leave it feeling open and airy. GWATHMEY SIEGEL KAUFMAN ARCHITECTS LLC

525 Broadway, nr. Spring St., seventh fl. 212-947-1240; The designs of this well-known firm’s apartments are based on a series of simple shapes—walls curve out for a breakfast nook or in for a fireplace. Materials could include Venetian plaster, stainless steel, or warm rosewood. HARIRI & HARIRI ARCHITECTURE

520 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 702 212-727-0338; A new interior by sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri tends to feel like an excavation, however high the floor. They install sculptural fireplaces, cantilevered steps, and floating shelves, keeping work close to the walls to leave clean, quiet spaces for clients to enjoy. HAUTE ARCHITECTURE DPC

134 W. 29th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 806 212-695-9638; German architect Torsten Schlauersbach, a protégé of Norman Foster, has worked all over the world. He’s as versatile as he is imaginative, having masterminded beach houses, farm residences, and a West Village townhouse. His firm offers a full range of services from schematic design through construction administration, plus interior design. I-BEAM ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

138 Spring St., at Wooster St., second fl. 212-244-7596; Azin Valy and Suzan Wines design and construct residential, landscape, and commercial projects, blending an unerring eye for functionality with a streamlined sensibility. They once created a staircase that floated above a kitchen and connected to a rolling stepladder with built-in cabinets. INGRAO, INC.

17 E. 64th St., nr. Madison Ave. 212-472-5400 Designer and architect Tony Ingrao enjoys juxtaposing contemporary furnishings with antiques for maximum impact, as in TV presenter Donny Deutsch’s living room, where velvet-upholstered bergères flank a mounted medicine cabinet by Damien Hirst. JAKLITSCH/GARDNER ARCHITECTS PC

115 W. 27th St., nr. Sixth Ave., ninth fl. 212-620-9166; This studio of seven architects and designers has won numerous accolades, including the Award of Excellence from the AIA in 2010 and 2011. The firm is keen to highlight the specific qualities of each site, with an eye toward sustainable practices. JOEL SANDERS ARCHITECT

89 Fifth Ave., nr. 16th St., Ste. 301. 212-431-8751; Using one continuous surface to create fully functioning homes, Sanders’s designs push the capabilities of computers and challenge clients to think creatively. A concrete floor may dip to form a padded conversation pit—then rise up to turn into a countertop.

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304 Hudson St., nr. Vandam St., sixth fl. 917-288-9849; The firm provides full architectural service: site planning, construction oversight, landscaping, and interior design. For the renovation of a formerly dark Brooklyn townhouse, these architects created a skylit slot that bathes every floor in natural light. LEONE DESIGN STUDIO

540 President St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. 2J, Gowanus 718-243-9088; This architecture and design-build firm takes an integrated, detail-oriented approach to projects: The architects and craftsmen collaborate from design through completion to ensure that the client’s vision is never lost along the way. LEROY STREET STUDIO

113 Hester St., nr. Eldridge St. 212-431-6780; Led by Yale Architecture grads Morgan Hare, Marc Turkel, and Shawn Watts, this practice provides construction management, design architecture, and interior design. One project involved combining three adjacent landmarked townhouses and reorganizing the interior around a dramatic atrium. MADE

141 Beard St., at Van Brunt St., Bldg. 12B, Red Hook 718-834-0171; With full design, fabrication, and contracting crews in-house, this studio is a one-stop shop for home remodeling. The majority of the firm’s clients enlist it for gut renovations, though Made also does top-notch interior transformations and reconfigurations. MESH ARCHITECTURES

68 Jay St., nr. Water St., Ste. 501, Dumbo 212-989-3884; Eric Liftin enjoys pushing limits: “I like active environments that encourage investigation and experimentation,” he says. His thoughtful designs for folding, rolling, and light-emitting walls allow him to create flexible rooms with an improvisational feel. MESSANA O’RORKE

223 E. 10th St., nr. Second Ave., Ste. 12 212-807-1960; Architects Brian Messana and Toby O’Rorke helm an eight-person shop whose aesthetic is minimal, clean, and refined. They specialize in Zen-like spaces, and their expertise spans architecture, urban planning, and interior, industrial, and furniture design. M (GROUP)

336 W. 37th St., nr. Ninth Ave., Ste. 850 212-874-0773; Architects and designers Carey Maloney and Hermes Mallea have a great track record; they’re beloved by clients for their lean, layered interiors. They thrive on uncluttered spaces, light tones, and practical arrangements, with exotic touches like Fauve paintings and Greek antiquities in the mix. MICHAEL DAVIS ARCHITECTS & INTERIORS

435 Hudson St., nr. Leroy St., eighth fl. 212-645-6066; Davis does it all—townhouses, lofts, and apartments—utilizing salvaged woods and core materials whenever possible. For a concert pianist’s residence that doubles as a studio, he used absorptive materials and irregular shapes to create the perfect acoustic environment. He also owns 3FortySeven, an antiques and architectural-detail gallery in Hudson, New York. MICHAEL HAVERLAND ARCHITECT

1 Union Sq. W., at 14th St., Ste. 808 212-780-9188;

Haverland’s eight-person team takes on only a handful of projects at any one time. His designs reflect the styles of his clients—who usually hail from the fashion and art worlds—and his own modernist leanings. For one townhouse, he incorporated steel-and-glass doors that open onto a garden pavilion. MR ARCHITECTURE + DECOR

245 W. 29th St., nr. Eighth Ave., tenth fl. 212-989-9300; David Mann has a quiet, almost scholarly intensity. He arranges the practical aspects of his clients’ lives into exquisite modern vignettes. One home office was concealed behind a movable curtain on a living-room wall, and it included slots for every last pencil. NEAL BECKSTEDT STUDIO

134 W. 26th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1140 212-924-0700; At this multifaceted ten-person studio, a clean architectural aesthetic meets a warm interior-design style composed of rich textures and furnishings. Beckstedt focuses on lighting and spatial planning in his designs, creating a harmonious mix of soothing colors and contrasting materials. THE OFFICE OF THIERRY W DESPONT LTD.

10 Harrison St., nr. Hudson St. 212-334-9444; A master of spectacle and size, Despont re-creates all the custom-made, ballroom-size drama of an Italian palazzo, French château, or Art Deco ocean liner. His recent renovation of the Ritz in Paris says it all. O’NEILL ROSE ARCHITECTS

98 4th St., nr. Bond St., Ste. 419, Gowanus 718-852-3925; This small firm seeks a balance between the everyday and the unexpected. Founders Devin O’Neill and Faith Rose have a talent for making small spaces feel expansive with clever solutions, like cutting a clunky kitchen island in half or incorporating an anodized-aluminum screen into a living room for extra natural light. 1100 ARCHITECT

475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St., tenth fl. 212-645-1011; Juergen Riehm and David Piscuskas create sustainable, community-minded spaces with innovative touches. They once used hand-gathered Hudson Valley river stones to subtly conceal electrical outlets and heating conduits around the perimeter of a Soho loft. PETER MARINO ARCHITECT

150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave., Ste. 36 in the Architects & Designers Building 212-752-5444; Hiring this renowned architect is a surefire way to assert your place at the top of the architectural food chain. Marino launched his career in the ’70s (Andy Warhol was a client) and is known for his innovative, trendsetting work on luxury retail boutiques like Chanel and Dior. Both his commercial and residential spaces combine art, architecture, and design to dazzling effect.

space and create open, light-filled rooms. Their inhouse custom-furniture line keeps with their natural aesthetic, incorporating different types of wood and providing hidden storage space. RAAD STUDIO

5 White St., nr. W. Broadway, Ste. 4B 212-254-5490; Founding principal James Ramsey, once a satellite engineer for NASA and now the architect of the newly approved underground park the Lowline, brings excitement and originality to everything he touches, and that includes residential design. RABIH HAGE

154 Grand St., nr. Lafayette St. The London architect opened his New York office this year, and has beautiful projects to show for it. His work has a quiet, powerful edge, balancing modern living with old world elegance. RAFAEL DE CÁRDENAS/ ARCHITECTURE AT LARGE

611 Broadway, at Houston St., Ste. 627 212-965-8755; If ever there were an interior designer cum architect undaunted by the use of loud colors, it’s de Cárdenas. His palette frequently incorporates energetic hues like sunflower yellow and blood red, which he juxtaposes with feminine, romantic furnishings. REDDYMADE DESIGN

80 W. 3rd St., nr. Thompson St., second fl. 212-625-2099; Suchi Reddy embeds vibrant hints of color in otherwise calm interiors. She’s ingenious at renovating and modernizing difficult spaces. RESOLUTION: 4 ARCHITECTURE

150 W. 28th St., nr. Seventh Ave., Ste. 1902 212-675-9266; Working in a style that is “lean, mean, clean, and green,” Joseph Tanney and Robert Luntz provide full architectural service, including interior design, lighting, and appliance selection; and their prefab work is among their most lauded. The duo even developed a design-and-fabrication system, the Modern Modular. RICHARD MEIER & PARTNERS ARCHITECTS

475 Tenth Ave., nr. 36th St., sixth fl. 212-967-6060; If you can afford to live in a Meier-designed home, you’ve most certainly arrived. Honed over a distinguished career that spans 50 years, the famed architect’s skill at creating delicate spaces, carefully sited and crisply detailed, showcases views and art. ROBERT A.M. STERN ARCHITECTS, LLP

460 W. 34th St., at Tenth Ave. 212-967-5100; Stern has masterminded sleek skyscrapers and dream houses as well as New York’s Africa Center, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Guild Hall in East Hampton.



136 Madison Ave., nr. 31st St., 11th fl. 212-779-9765;

69 Mercer St., nr. Broome St., Ste. 3 212-463-7177;

Guided in his relentless pursuit of classicism by careful study of past masters like William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich, the acclaimed Pennoyer is known for creating luxurious old-world spaces contoured by archways, lay lights, and lavishly detailed ceilings. The firm won a Stanford White award, its third, in 2015. PULLTAB DESIGN

10 E. 23rd St., nr. Broadway, Ste. 710 212-727-9448; Minimalism and modernity guide principals Jon Handley and Melissa Baker, whose designs maximize

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As an interior designer and architect, Couturier mixes balanced, logical layouts with elaborate combinations of antiques, contemporary furniture, and ornately patterned fabrics. He’s in his element when designing stately Park Avenue homes with a bit of edge. ROBERT PASSAL INTERIOR DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

333 Park Ave. S., nr. 25th St., Ste. 4A 212-242-5508; Passal began his career in the antiques business,


646-546-1592; Freda contrasts the wild and abundant with the tame and structured. One backyard garden in Chelsea featured a pergola with a retractable awning; a fence with builtin planters for evergreens, grasses, and trailing vines; and a stainless-steel Jacuzzi. CHRISTIAN DUVERNOIS LANDSCAPE/STUDIO

648 Broadway, nr. Bleecker St., Ste. 804 212-268-3628; With more than 20 years in the business, Duvernois is an expert at myriad styles, from formal gardens to wild fields, in and out of the city. His office also contains a gallery showing work by artists who explore themes relating to the environment and the landscape. DEBORAH NEVINS & ASSOCIATES

270 Lafayette St., nr. Prince St. 212-925-1125; Nevins is an industry leader in making largescale, ambitious projects, as well as residential work. Consider the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, where Nevins worked with Renzo Piano to turn a parking lot from the 2004 Olympics into a massive garden around the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera. EDMUND HOLLANDER LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS

200 Park Ave. S., at 17th St., Ste. 1200 212-473-0620; Hollander creates lush outdoor spaces tailored to the client’s needs, from classic country to urban-contemporary. Recent award-winning projects include a Fifth Avenue courtyard garden that features borders of Green Gem boxwood around seasonal white flowers. FUTURE GREEN STUDIO

18 Bay St., nr. Columbia St., Red Hook 718-855-8995; These urban-landscape designers enjoy adding splashes of color to the gray concrete jungle. Case in point: Their cool, geometric roofscape design for the Carroll Street MTA Plaza features swathes of grasses and flowering perennials in stacked Corten planter boxes.


134 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 1110 212-242-4631;

Chris and Lisa Goode teamed up with Amy Trachtman to launch Goode Green in 2008. The three have done projects like the organic Eagle Street Rooftop Farm and a meadow for a suite at the Crosby Street Hotel. Aside from looking lush, Goode Green’s roof gardens provide insulation, reduce storm-water runoff, and often yield fruits and vegetables.

Trained in environmental design at Parsons’ Paris branch, Cox works everywhere from Manhattan to Morocco, juggling high-profile jobs like the New York Botanical Garden with smaller backyard and terrace projects.


345 Seventh Ave., nr. 30th St., Ste. 502 212-988-7065; Alec Gunn designs gardens and outdoor spaces that offer tranquillity and functionality. He’s done chef ’s-grade grilling facilities and outdoor dining rooms—and even a rooftop basketball court. He sources local building materials and emphasizes diverse and native plants. HARRISON GREEN

246 Seigel St., nr. White St., Bushwick 212-858-9088; While every garden is tailored to the client, Harrison Green approaches all projects looking to do more with less. They often use evergreens and simpler plantings to create classic landscapes that still have a contemporary edge.

A recipient of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Ruddick has a pioneering environmental approach to landscape design that integrates ecology, urban planning, and city culture. MIGUEL PONS LANDSCAPING

282 11th Ave., nr. 29th St., Ste. 1920 212-255-6310; Pons’s firm can concoct wild or highly manicured creations. One Long Island garden overflowed with colorful flowers, while a Manhattan townhouse boasted a gravel courtyard framed by a hedge of trees.

NOMAD STUDIO 1329 Willoughby Ave., nr. Wyckoff Ave., Ste. 212, Bushwick


646-577-4421; Nomad Studio may be based in New York, but it has a host of international clients. The firm has built futuristic urban plazas in Guadalajara and Frankfurt. Back home, they’ve constructed conceptual gardens, and also a terrace in the Bronx.

The guiding principle at this firm, founded by Hank White, is building holistic, ecological systems that establish harmonious longevity and vitality. Whatever the region or scale, their approach to design is always based in science. JOHN MINI DISTINCTIVE LANDSCAPES

55 Broad St., nr. Beaver St. 800-966-6464; Aside from lending their expertise to the planting of RAAD Studio’s Lowline, this familyowned company has many other specialties, from green walls to green roofs. JUSTINE HEILNER LANDSCAPE


151 First Ave., nr. 9th St., Ste. 144 718-855-7733; Hayes creates artful gardens using a subtle range of colors and textures. Her signature sculptural elements incorporate a wide range of recycled materials such as metal, stone, wood, and glass. PLANT SPECIALISTS

837 Carroll St., nr. Prospect Park W., Ste. 2B, Park Slope 646-784-6908

42-25 Vernon Blvd., nr. 43rd Ave., Long Island City 718-392-9404;

Heilner works with the particulars of your home’s environment to choose plants that thrive year after year. To provide privacy at a Fire Island house, she incorporated a wall of cryptomeria, which proliferates in sandy soil.

This seasoned team of horticulturists, landscape architects, and designers boasts some 40 years in the business and delivers everything from urban green roofs to a holiday-décor setup, complete with Christmas tree, wreaths, and lighting design.



Alex Delaunay’s firm works in a range of disciplines, from architecture to interior and set design, but always brings a playful, bright energy to the project, whether it’s the stage for a Questlove show or a rainbow-floored kitchen in a French apartment.

Roman and Williams reclaims objects and building materials from around the world to create spaces with historic, reenvisioned character. Using this firm is a surefire way to achieve hot-spot status (the team designed the Breslin at the Ace Hotel, the Standard, and the Dutch).


85 Worth St., nr. Church St., fourth fl. 212-796-5087;

107 Grand St., at Mercer St., sixth fl. 212-868-9411;

an early education evident in his rooms, where every piece is carefully chosen to evoke a sense of timeless comfort and luxury.

324 Lafayette St., nr. Houston St., sixth fl. 212-625-3808;


176 Grand St., nr. Baxter St. 212-226-6770;

505 Court St., nr. Huntington St., Ste. 7D, Carroll Gardens 347-460-7226;


235 Park Ave. S., at 19th St., 11th fl. 212-244-3055; Exquisite landscaping plays a starring role in the work

of this interdisciplinary firm, which offers architecture, landscape, and interior-design services. Townhouse gardens, rooftop terraces, and sprawling Hamptons estates are designed with an eye toward giving clients a seamless indoor-outdoor lifestyle. SELLDORF ARCHITECTS

860 Broadway, nr. 17th St., second fl. 212-219-9571; Annabelle Selldorf deserves her reputation as a minimalist; her interiors favor serene neutrals and natural finishes—wood, metal, patina bronze. Jolts of color come from her impeccable taste in art, which could explain why she’s a favorite of gallery owners like David Zwirner.

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195 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St., Ste. 303D 212-920-6750; Mercado’s interior-architectural-design work is clean and modern. He is a wizard at bringing tired spaces up to speed: for instance, the loft in which he used I-beams to erect a mezzanine reachable by a simple ribbon staircase. SHAMIR SHAH DESIGN

27 W. 24th St., nr. Sixth Ave., Ste. 604 212-274-7476; Established in 1999, this architecture and design firm has discreetly made a name for itself with functional planning and a luxurious array of materials like patina bronze, wire-brushed stone, and cerused woods that feel contemporary but broken in. SHELTON, MINDEL & ASSOCIATES, INC.

56 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave., 12th fl. 212-206-6406; This architecture and interior-design firm offers a seamless, soup-to-nuts version of high-modern design, synthesizing architectural elements and strong furniture groupings into cool, carefully edited interiors. For a central hallway in one historic Fifth Avenue residence, the team paired a classic black-and-white large-tile floor with an all-white wood-molded ceiling. SMITH-MILLER + HAWKINSON ARCHITECTS

305 Canal St., nr. Broadway, Ste. 4 212-966-3875; This smart husband-and-wife design team has been turning out masterful contemporary spaces for three decades. The duo’s work incorporates industrial design in an elegant, urbane manner. SOLOMONOFF ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

530 W. 25th St., nr. Tenth Ave., Ste. 409 212-337-3700; Taking on residential and commercial projects, SAS creates structures and interior spaces using familiar materials—wood, glass, and exposed brick—that feel sturdy, clean, and contemporary. SPECHT ARCHITECTS

1123 Broadway, nr. 26th St., Ste. 312 212-239-1150; Scott Specht makes innovative, forward-thinking work by combining crisp edges, clever cabinetry, and elegant experiments with inexpensive and industrial materials. (He once used discarded CocaCola crates to construct interior walls.) The firm’s houses have a loftlike feel, with a light palette and lots of open space. STEVE E. BLATZ ARCHITECT

1 Union Sq. W., nr. 14th St., Ste. 506 212-647-1399; Adept at building at any scale—from a modest 250-square-foot guesthouse on a green rooftop to a sprawling penthouse loft—the architect is always thoughtful and meticulous in his work. STEVEN HARRIS ARCHITECTS, LLP

50 Warren St., nr. Church St. 212-587-1108; Harris is a shape-shifter. While maintaining impeccable credentials as a minimalist—he says he’s inspired by William Wurster, Paul Dupré-Lafon, and the gardens of Roberto Burle Marx—he’s willing to be pushed toward flamboyance or luxury. STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS

450 W. 31st St., nr. Tenth Ave., 11th fl. 212-629-7262; Holl designs homes that are miniature versions of the dynamic, luminous, sculptural spaces he provides for major institutions such as the Hunters Point Community Library and the Pratt Institute. He likes to play with materials and light, indenting walls and

cutting windows for specific views or shadows, never sticking with a plain rectilinear box. STUDIO GARNEAU

20 Pine St., nr. Nassau St., Ste. 3104 917-805-3327; Playful minimalism is a recurring theme in architect Robert Garneau’s sustainability-focused work; overt ornamentalism has no place here. His small team designs with an eye to integrating furniture and cabinetry to create spatial efficiency and balance. In one apartment, a sliding white wall conceals an impeccably sleek built-in wooden bookshelf. STUDIO SOFIELD

380 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St. 212-473-1300; Old-world comforts get a radical update from William Sofield, a rigorous modernist whose interiors combine elements of design history and fine art. Notable past projects include Tom Ford’s New York flagship store and the lavish David Barton Gym in Manhattan.


242 Third St., nr. Third Ave., Gowanus 212-337-3800; The partners here practice a sophisticated, masculine modernism, integrating marble showers, open gas fireplaces, and stainless-steel kitchens. They prefer a neutral color palette, and their custom furniture helps to complete a client’s vision. The wall of one Soho loft boasts four large windows, each with its own light-bathed banquette—perfect for afternoon lounging. WEST CHIN ARCHITECTS & INTERIOR DESIGNERS

137 Fifth Ave., nr. 20th St., 12th fl. 212-242-4945; Favorites of the fashion crowd, West Chin conjures sexy sculptural spaces that will bring out your inner catwalker. Though the effect is uncluttered and gallerylike, they keep coldness at bay by incorporating pops of bright color. Interior-design services are available as well.


80 Clinton St., nr. Rivington St., Ste. 2B 646-896-4820; George Switzer and Timothy Lock work with their clients to bring new ideas and elegant solutions to design challenges. For a challenging installation of Zesty Meyers’s R & Gallery studio at the Guild Design Fair in South Africa, Swis.Loc created a “cyclorama-like” booth to lend a fluid nature to the display.


233 E. 72nd St., nr. Third Ave. 212-288-6280;


Georgis leaves no detail unexamined in his architectural and design work, which is overtly indulgent and highly stylized. Well known for his lobby renovation at the Lever House, he has also gone the futuristic-cum-voyeuristic route, encapsulating guest sleeping quarters in a semicircular glass room in a Tribeca loft.

241 E. 7th St., nr. Ave C., Ste. 1C 212-614-9594;


Husband-and-wife team Jason Tang and Maki Kawasaki take a “reductivist” approach to design, working around a space’s existing architectural fabric to preserve and enhance what’s already there. THOMAS JUUL-HANSEN LLC

15 Maiden Ln., nr. Liberty Plz., 19th fl. 212-929-7109; The Danish designer has done interiors at some of the priciest addresses in Manhattan, like One57, where he outfitted the swank pads with details like a tub carved from a single block of stone.

156 Ludlow St., nr. Stanton St., third fl. 212-228-1333; Dan Wood and Amale Andraos’s firm, usually known as WORKac, specializes in projects that focus on the relationship between ecology and urbanism, but it tackles ambitious residential projects as well. Its designs incorporate bold shapes, futuristic installations, and innovative layouts: For a downtown loft, the architects built a sleek bamboo alcove-stage that doubles as a dance floor between the kitchen and the living room. WORKSHOP/APD


180 Varick St., nr. Charlton St. 212-337-0334;

39 W. 38th St., nr. Sixth Ave., seventh fl. 212-273-9712;

These architects pursue design excellence not only in form, style, and proportion but also with a sense of “neighborliness and a democracy of spirit,” according to Phifer. Making innovative use of technology, the firm strives to create architecture that “connects with nature, rather than separates from it,” he says.

Matt Berman and Andrew Kotchen are the brains behind this studio, which constructs residences with an aim toward balance and functionality. For one Upper West Side townhouse, they opted for a sleek, minimalist aesthetic. An all-glass façade was tempered with thin slats that offer privacy while still allowing an abundance of natural light to reach the clean, angular, open spaces within.



225 Troutman St., nr. Knickerbocker Ave., Bushwick 718-484-0065;

232 3rd St., nr. Third Ave., Ste. E102, Gowanus 347-618-6096;

This architecture and design firm specializes in maximizing modest spaces in ways that are creative and affordable. Its architects make innovative use of regional and recycled materials: for instance, turning salvaged wood from the Coney Island boardwalk into the façade of a Bushwick studio.

Locals laud the Workstead team for their use of timetested building materials and an eponymous line of industrial floor lamps and chandeliers. The firm designed the cast-iron-laden public spaces of Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel, and their lighting installations hang in Barneys stores.



222 Central Park S., nr. Seventh Ave. 212-582-2385; Williams and Tsien’s projects (which will include the Obama library) use unconventional walls of exquisite materials: bronze, fiberglass, glazed brick, the smoothest concrete. They can cleverly fit luxuries into tight spaces—a lap pool below a townhouse, say—without sacrificing serenity.

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68 Jay St., nr. Front St., Ste. 302, Dumbo 718-330-9101; Principal Bryan Young embraces modernism with a cutting edge. For a Williamsburg townhouse, the old façade disappeared behind a black metal scrim, and a zinc box set on pilings out back added space with minimal excavation work; for a Tribeca two-story-loft renovation, a slice through the roof created a central atrium, open to the sky.

Guess Who Renovated Here … (See below for the answer.)


This one-of-a-kind art installation that’s also a tile shower is in a house in Roxbury, Connecticut. “Onie,” to whom it’s inscribed, was the late interior designer and arts patron Léonie Parsons, who lived here with her husband.

2. Most of the artist’s friends called him Sandy, but he signed this piece with another, less-well-known nickname, “Pop.”

3. The sculptor in question was a neighbor who also made a few other objects for Parsons, including a whimsical tin light fixture that looks a little like an origami parachute.

The current owner says that a London museum offered him $1 million for the shower. (He declined.)

A: ALEXANDER CALDER was the neighbor, and was known to stop by the Parsons house for a cocktail regularly (because his wife, a teetotaler, kept a dry home). The current owner is Rex Reed, who bought the house in the early 1970s. Why didn’t he take the museum’s offer? “I didn’t want to mess up my bathroom.” 164 n e w y o r k d e s i g n h u n t i n g | f a l l 2 0 1 6 / w i n t e r 2 0 1 7

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