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My Favorite Things

On the prowl for Japanese antiques? Porcelain bowls? A superstar upholsterer? Let the city’s biggest names in design show you the way.


1950 Gallery  

Ambra Medda, founder, L’ArcoBaleno

All sorts of experiments—with wood carving, masonry, welding, and jewelry-making—are happening at the Chen Chen & Kai Williams studio in Greenpoint. The work is raw and exudes confidence.

The paint color Lamp Room Gray from Farrow & Ball could be used on just about any surface, in any part of the world, and look spectacular. Blackened is a wonderful neutral, as is Elephant’s Breath. 112 Mercer St., nr. Spring St.; 212-334-8330.

1950 Gallery specializes in rare pieces by George Nakashima, Charlotte Perriand, and Jean Prouvé. Owner and space director Alberto Aquilino has a story to tell about each object and is happy to discuss the make and provenance of his pieces. 631 W. 27th St., nr. Twelfth Ave.; 212-995-1950.

Housed in a forties cinema in Queens, Johnson Trading Gallery showcases collectible pieces from young and emerging designers, including Rafael de Cárdenas, Max Lamb, and Kwangho Lee. Don’t forget to secure an appoint­ment before making the trek. 47-42 43rd St., Woodside; 212-925-1110.

The Cristina Grajales Gallery exudes charisma. Cristina shows a nice mix of international designers, both emerging and more established, such as Sam Baron, Christophe Côme, Michele Oka Doner, and Hechizoo Textiles.10 Greene St., nr. Canal St., fourth fl.; 212-219-9941.

Kim Hostler and Juliet Burrows have been presenting the best Nordic design since the late nineties and consistently promote work from pioneering Scandinavian designers. I especially love Hostler Burrows’s furniture pieces by Josef Frank and Finn Juhl, and their Berndt Friberg ceramics. 51 E. 10th St., nr. Broadway; 212-343-0471.


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