Murray Hill & Nomad
230 Fifth Ave., NoMad
Unlike any other store in the country, Secondhand Rose deals in vintage wallpaper—rare chinoiseries, damasks, and geometrics that you won't find anywhere else. They generally have large quantities, too, which means you can source enough for a room or even an entire house.
New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill
Located in the NYDC, this showroom is many a high-end interior designer's secret source for exquisite and unique vintage-inspired furniture and upholstery. Their blackbook of craftsmen is impressive, as is their catalog of completely customizable pieces.
The New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill
The hand-knotted carpets at Odegard come in a wide range of designs from classic to modern, all made using green, sustainably-sourced materials. In addition to their contemporary designs, they're also a great source for vintage flat-weave khelims and dhurries that are made with artisans from around the globe. She has an outlet space in Long Island City, too.
New York Design Center
200 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill
The NYDC is "to the trade" so be sure to go with an interior designer or decorator. With showrooms for most design brands worth their mettle, from McGuire, to Odegard to Profiles, and more, it's an incredibly impressive resource for decoration inspiration (and shopping). They offer many services, including an Access to Design program where they'll hook you up with the right designer.
200 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill
Manufacturing designs by the likes of Barbara Barry, Jacques Garcia, and Bill Sofield, McGuire is one of our go-to sources for outfitting a home, both indoors and out. We especially love their Barrel Lounge chairs, which are as sophisticated in a living room as they are in the garden.
Project No. 8
22 W. 29th St., Nomad
Sitting on the edge of Chinatown, this is one of those spare boutiques where everything is impeccably (and simply) designed, whether it's a leather mouse pad from Isaac Rena, a Lindsey Adelman necklace, or a funny little keychain from Various Projects. Their second boutique—in The Ace Hotel—is full of small objects and gifts, like knitted stuffed animals, simple gold rings, and PB0110 totebags.
1190-1192 Broadway, Nomad
Before they were tapped to head up Kenzo, best friends Carol Lim and Humberto Leon launched Opening Ceremony back in 2002. At the time, it had a pretty compelling concept: It would highlight design talent from a specific country, before integrating it into a home team of sorts that stayed out on the floor. It was also one of the first stores to host in-store collaborations—they brought in Topshop for the Kate Moss capsule collection, which was particularly memorable. Today, OC has stores in LA, London and Tokyo, where you’ll find a very specific buy from designers like Proenza Schouler and Band of Outsiders, along with collaborations with Chloe Sevigny and the Magritte Foundation. The main shop is on Howard Street in Nolita.
Dover Street Market
160 Lexington Ave., Murray Hill
Spanning seven narrow stories in Murray Hill (yes, Murray Hill), Dover Street Market is like a fair funhouse for fashion: Every nook, cranny, and balcony is lined with some of the most inspiring shopping set dressing in New York City. You’d expect nothing less from Rei Kawakubo, the founder of Comme des Garçons, who has an eye for the most cutting-edge labels around. Like its counterparts in London and Tokyo, DSM boasts a Rose Bakery, making this the sort of place where you can literally spend five hours.
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