52 Walker St., fourth fl., 212-925-2235
It doesn’t yet have the variety or cachet of a Moss or Future Perfect, but this year-old shop specializing in international design could be a future competitor. Owner Cheri Caso, a 31-year-old former architect, sells the work of thirteen designers who are veritable rock stars in their home countries if not here: Istanbul’s Autoban Design, Jonas Lindvall of Sweden, and furniture by David Trubridge (the Jasper Morrison of New Zealand). On sale now is Norwegian designer Hans Brattrud’s iconic Scandia chair series, in production again after a 30-year hiatus. There’s also a rotating, design-themed art exhibit—the current one features New Yorker Tedd Nash, who uses silk thread on paper to create topographical designs inspired by subway systems the world over.
Best Emerging Design Store
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).