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My Favorite Things



Rafael de Cárdenas, founder, Architecture at Large

I only give gifts that I would want for myself, so it makes sense that I go to Future Perfect for all my gifts. 55 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery; 212-473-2500.


Emily Thompson Flowers’ arrangements are very wild and natural. It looks like she literally gathered them in a forest and threw them on a table. 57 Jay St., at Water St., Dumbo; 347-529-5145.



Mantiques Modern is a good place to find obscure objects. I never go there for anything in particular, but I always leave with something. 146 W. 22nd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-206-1494.




Inigo Elizalde was a painter, but then he began making rugs. I don’t know why he switched, but I’m glad he did. Inigo Elizalde Rugs, 551 W. 21st St., nr. Eleventh Ave., Ste. 310; 917-216-7855.




For architecture or landscape inspiration, I love Dashwood Books. They have the best selection of photography books. 33 Bond St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-387-8520.


Maharam has fabrics I’ve never seen anywhere else. 251 Park Ave. S., nr. 20th St.; 212-614-2900.


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