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ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway, Flatiron
Each level—antiques, contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories—looks like a page ripped out of an interior design magazine. You can call and make an appointment with a sales associate who will walk you through everything you need to decorate your home, or simply spend a few hours browsing their tastefully jam-packed floors. The best part? At ABC, health, sustainability and the environment are a part of the ethos, thus organic upholstery and wood sourced from sustainable sources are available. Don't miss lunch at Jean George Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen: Fittingly, the innovative yet simple food is local, organic and has won the James Beard award for Best New Restaurant. There's also a below-ground carpet outlet across the street that has some amazing bargains.
ABC Carpet & Home Outlet (Closed)
1055 Bronx River Ave., Bronx
Each level—antiques, contemporary furniture, lighting. and accessories—looks like a page ripped out of an interior design magazine. You can call and make an appointment with a sales associate who will walk you through everything you need to decorate your home, or simply spend a few hours browsing their tastefully jam-packed floors. The best part? At ABC, health, sustainability and the environment are a part of the ethos, thus organic upholstery and wood sourced from sustainable sources are available. The outlet in the Bronx has some pretty incredible deals.
Aero
200 Lexington Ave., Ste. 1500, Nomad
Interior designer Thomas O'Brien is known for his elegant yet laid-back interiors and his store is a reflection of exactly that. Furnishings in luxe wood, textiles in a tempered palette of greys and off-whites, select industrial finds, and small home accents are jumbled together for an almost flea-market like effect, bringing a sense of discovery to any visit. It's easy to walk in and covet the whole package, particularly because his design sensibility fits right in with a range of aesthetics. (Note that Aero has recently moved to a new location at the New York Design Center building.)
Albertine (Closed)
13 Christopher St., West Village
We never leave Kyung Lee's tiny, slightly-above-street-level store empty-handed. There's not an overwhelming selection—in fact it's appealingly limited—but if she's on-hand, she'll be able to show you how to wear the simplest dress in 18 different ways. The under-the-radar designers carried here—Seymour, A/Line, A Detacher, Gary Graham—make well-tailored, easy pieces that become instant favorites. The same goes for the small selection of jewelry. Also, Albertine has its own line of long, flowing silk dresses and wrap skirts which you can order in any color—they're great for weddings and special occasions.
Albertine
972 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side
The French Embassy has pulled off a wonderful coup in bringing this gem-like French bookstore and reading room to Fifth Avenue. Named after the ethereal character from Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, the Jacques Garcia-designed (who else?) space is beautifully decked-out with comfy leather couches for cuddling up with a novel, and a gleaming constellation fresco on the ceiling of the two-storey space. The only French bookstore of its kind in the city, it’s a gift to New York—in one of the few remaining Stanford White-designed Beaux Arts buildings, no less.
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