30 Oct 5 New Hotspots For Home Goods In NYC
The label “design store” gets tossed around a lot these days, from Urban Outfitters to even Ikea.
But if you look beyond the big-name shops, there are exciting independent boutiques cropping up all over NYC. Here, five of our favorite new design-focused retailers and their surprising finds for home and life.
Above: Man of the World — Anyone who’s picked up a copy of Man of the World magazine will adore its new store in Williamsburg. Handsome, timeless pieces are on offer, including a Hector Saxe leather backgammon set ($875) and a Herman Miller leather chair ($4,900). Housed above edgy menswear store Gentry (also from MOTW owner Alan Maleh), the shop has a suave, clubby vibe — the kind of place you could imagine Steve McQueen dropping a couple thousand dollars on a classic Eames. 108 North Seventh St., Brooklyn; manoftheworld.com | Photo: Courtesy of the Designer
Porcelanosa — This Spanish kitchen- and bath-tile mecca enlisted the help of famed architects Foster + Partners for its NYC debut. The firm designed the seven floors of the Porcelanosa showroom, just off Madison Square Park, where visitors can see model bathrooms as well as digital mock-ups of luxurious kitchens and baths on high-tech screens. 202 Fifth Ave.; porcelanosa-usa.com | Photo: Courtesy of the Designer
Totokaelo — This NYC outpost of the hit Seattle concept shop occupies more than 8,000 square feet and five floors in Soho, mixing clothing with earthy dinnerware, funky sculptures, wooden mobiles and tribal throws. Wares are shown in rooms decorated like one-off apartments. 54 Crosby St.; totokaelo.com | Photo: Courtesy of the Designer
Hay Design — Copenhagen design nuts cherish Hay for its elevated, uniquely Danish approach to everyday design objects; yes, furniture and home accessories, but also nail clippers, playing cards and toothbrushes. It arrives in NYC with a full-scale minimarket of 230 objects at the MoMA Design Store in Soho. Think Muji — only less clinical, more colorful. 81 Spring St.; momastore.org Photo: Courtesy of the Designer
HomeStories — Owned by a husband and wife who spent two decades as interior designers in Switzerland, HomeStories brings an understated, modernist elegance to Brooklyn Heights. The shop focuses on home accessories and design objects like linens, chairs, lighting and furniture (with plenty of natural materials on offer); ceramic bowls and plates are also especially handsome. 148 Montague St., Brooklyn; homestories.com | Photo: Courtesy of the Designer