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. Chen-williams.com.
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.