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David Rockwell, architect and designer; founder and president, the Rockwell Group


The first time I ever went to Secondhand Rose, I was just amazed by the really wonderfully maintained antique wallpaper. It’s an incredible resource, the way stores used to be: amazing merchants who bring together interesting things from around the world. 230 Fifth Ave., nr. 27th St., Ste. 510,212-393-9002

Rich Brilliant Willing, a lighting-design manufacturer run by three RISD graduates, makes everything in Brooklyn. Their work is available quickly and is very simple but expressive. I love that they’ll deliver these beautiful handcrafted fixtures but with dimmable LED—a combination of crafted and modern. Super­smart. 98 4th St., nr. Bond St., Ste. 107, Gowanus 212-388-1621

Wyeth has an amazing collection of mid-century furniture. Pieces are one-of-a-kind and reveal the maker’s hand. 315 Spring St., nr. Greenwich St. 212-243-3661


My daughter, Lola, went to Loop of the Loom once for a playdate and had a fantastic time. It teaches a Japanese hand-weaving method. 227 E. 87th St., nr. Second Ave., 212-722-2686

I wouldn’t say I have a huge need for buttons, but I go to Tender Buttons for inspiration. You can find the very ordinary as well as the extremely opulent and unique—that range is amazing.143 E. 62nd St., at Lexington Ave. 212-758-7004


This Big Sur Trail Crew Soap is a liquid combination of sage and oak. You can take a bubble bath and have an in-the-woods moment. ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway, at 19th St. 212-473-3000

I grill on weekends throughout the year. I like to get my utensils at Sur la Table on Spring Street. My most recent acquisition was a holder for a salt block. 75 Spring St., at Crosby St. 212-966-3375


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