Frederick Bouchardy, founder, Joya; co-founder, Elements
Inventory, a shop affiliated with the magazine of the same name, is tucked away on Extra Place, just north of Houston. The boutique is a refreshing exercise in minimalism. 12 Extra Pl., nr. 1st St.; 212-420-8900.
When I visit my folks uptown, I hit the Store at Museum of Arts and Design (2 Columbus Cir., nr. Broadway; 212-299-7700), then, on my way home, the New Museum Store (235 Bowery, nr. Prince St.; 212-343-0460). These shops are as inspiring as the museums themselves.
For floral design, check out Brooklyn-based Fox Fodder Farm. The owner, Taylor Patterson, is delightful, and the style is easy and slightly imperfect, with a lot of character. Foxfodderfarm.com.
Every once in a while, I book a Zipcar and drive a few hours upstate to Bottle Shop Antiques. It carries vintage perfume bottles, milk jugs, and old talc tins, not to mention tools, doorknobs, and hooks. 2552 Rte. 44, Millbrook, N.Y.; 845-677-3638.
Joe Masibay, the proprietor of Breadbox Studio, is a genius when it comes to 3-D printing and toy development. His work is on display in the studio so visitors can get a taste of both product and process. 1844 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., nr. 112th St.; 917-698-7807.
For plates, bowls, and mugs, I turn to my longtime friend and collaborator Sarah Cihat. You really have to touch her work with your own hands to understand how magical it is. This fall she launches a new collection of porcelain dinnerware. Sarahcihat.com.
For interior design and architecture, I’m loyal to Alex Miller of Taylor and Miller. His work is clean, practical, and never overdesigned. It doesn’t scream to get your attention. 233 Franklin St., nr. Eagle St., Apt. 205, Greenpoint; 617-966-8540.