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After showing up on everything from shower curtains to sneakers, Marimekko’s poppy prints can start to lose their, well, pop. Thus, when the Finnish brand unveiled its 4,000-square-foot flagship last fall, the standouts weren’t the ubiquitous textiles but the tableware. Handmade wineglasses, tumblers, and dessert goblets come in reds, turquoises, oranges, and greens (from $39), and the pieces are as resilient as they are eye-catching: stained-glass and glazed porcelain prints won’t fade over time; birch trays are waterproof and shatterproof.
From the 2012 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).