- The Future Perfect
115 N. 6th St., Willamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-599-6278
Wallpapering your place with David Hicks–style geometrics or Asian-inspired metallic forests may be the current apartment obsession, but if you don’t have a decorator or some means of finagling a spree at the D&D building, it’s nearly impossible to access the high-quality, modern lines that sell directly to the trade. The Future Perfect, a design store in Williamsburg, sells many of the most wanted, including the entire line of Timorous Beasties, a hand-printed-paper company from Scotland known for its intense color palette and ironic images—its “Euro Damask,” for example, looks like a Rorschach pattern from a distance, but up close it’s made from the coastlines of Europe ($175 per roll). If you’re brave enough to design a pattern yourself, the store will even help you custom-print one through the Berlin-based custom-wallpaper house Extra Tapete.
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).