- Neue Galerie
1048 Fifth Ave., 212-628-6200
Most museum shops are full of the same overfamiliar design classics that you can find almost anywhere these days. This German and Austrian art museum boasts a store with actual personality, selling original reproductions from design factories of turn-of-the-last-century Europe. There’s a modernist rigor about the pieces, to be sure—like an unbearably pure tumbler set by Alfred Loos or a subtly off-center Marianne Brandt Bauhaus teapot—but it’s balanced by an undercurrent of quirky, colorful energy. Josef Hoffmann in particular is the star here; the bold stripes of his tea service ($245 for a teapot) are almost voluptuous, and a silver jewelry box studded with square cushions ($2,880) is suavely ornate.
Best Museum 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).