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136 Madison Ave., at 31st St.; 181 Madison Ave., at 34th St.; 212-685-0800;

Designed by Philip Johnson, this sleek, well-appointed shop specializes in contemporary European functional-chic furniture, linens, and accessories. Appointments suggested. $$$$ (consulting services)

Decoration & Design Building

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St.; 212-759-5408;

The D&D Building houses more than 100 showrooms and product lines and is one of the city’s richest resources for designers looking for high-end furniture, fabrics, and light fixtures. It also offers exhibitions and seminars that are open to the public.$$$ (trade only)

Dennis Miller Associates

200 Lexington Ave., nr. 33rd St., Ste. 1210; 212-684-0070;

Architect Miller carries a collection of contemporary furniture. Recent finds include a Hans Wegner Ox chair and a T-shirt sofa by Clodagh. $$$$

Dering Hall


This online marketplace cuts out the middleman by letting designers sell directly to consumers. It boasts a variety of one-of-a-kind, limited-edition products, and there’s a special feature that allows you to track the designers you’re particularly interested in. $$$-$$$$

Design Within Reach

110 Greene St., nr. Prince St., (various locations); 212-475-001;

If you yearn to outfit your space with designs from modern masters like Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Jean Prouvé, DWR is an essential stop. In addition to carrying licensed versions of the classics, it also has items from newcomers like Shin and Tomoko Azumi. $$$-$$$$


200 Lexington Ave., nr. 32nd St., Ste. 702, in New York Design Center; 212-353-2600;

Desiron’s airy space perfectly complements its mid-century-modern designs in steel, glass, and a variety of wood finishes. Substantial pieces and handcrafted, tailor-made mirrors showcase the company’s clean lines and commitment to functional luxury. $$$-$$$$


156 Wooster St., nr. Houston St.; 212-925-6171;

This shop sells stylish furniture and accessories from cutting-edge designers like Tom Dixon, Nick Dine, and Dune founder Richard Shemtov. Recently spotted: a Climate tufted-wool sofa and the Flip Flap, a lounge with an adjustable cushion. $$$$


38 N. Moore St., nr. Hudson St.; 212-219-0017;

Espasso is a sexy showroom dedicated to exquisite 20th-century Brazilian design. Expect lots of wood, leather, clean lines, and modern forms. $$$ (ecofriendly)

Ethan Allen

1010 Third Ave., nr. 61st St.; 212-888-2384;

Contemporary-casual coordinates for the living room, bedroom, and den are the focus at this large reliable chain. Queen sleigh beds are $1,299; Horizons media cabinets (to hold plasma TVs) start at $1,828. $$$

Forty One Madison

41 Madison Ave., at 26th St.; 212-686-1203;

Also known as the New York Merchandise Mart, this spot is home to 95 designer showrooms and a host of trade shows throughout the year, including the spring and fall New York Tabletop Shows. $$-$$$ (trade only)

Fritz Hansen

22 Wooster St., nr. Grand St.; 212-219-3226;

This Danish house has products you’ll recognize: the Egg chair, for instance, which balances like a half-shell on a swivel base, and many other styles of curved-wood chairs. $$$

The Future Perfect

55 Great Jones St., nr. Bowery; 212-473-2500;

The Future Perfect’s idea-driven décor pieces are always witty and fun. It is the exclusive U.S. dealer for popular recycled-wood cabinetmaker Piet Hein Eek. $$$-$$$$


387 Atlantic Ave., nr. Hoyt St., Boerum Hill; 718-422-8631;

This store is part of a growing movement toward ecofriendly products that don’t lack for style. It stocks reclaimed and vintage furniture and accessories. $$-$$$ (ecofriendly / consulting services)

Holly Hunt

150 E. 58th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 503 and 605; 212-891-2500;

The Holly Hunt Studio collection is designed specifically with New Yorkers in mind: Pieces are simple, sophisticated, and versatile. In addition, the store stocks chairs by Paul Mathieu and sconces by Alison Berger that are clean, stylish, and discreet. $$$$


56 University Pl., at 10th St.; 212-744-7705;

Streamlined tables, Tibetan rugs, and Venetian-glass vases are all displayed in this gallerylike setting. You also have access to its vintage collection and a range of sale items, such as a table lamp made of brown leather with a stainless-steel shade. $$$ (consulting services)


228 E. 58th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-343-0800;

Half shop, half interior-design studio, Intérieurs carries elegant furniture, vintage pieces, and rare artifacts. The mix defies easy categorization by era or place—wool shag poufs co-exist with reclaimed wood cabinets and shelves. Unusual wood and industrial pieces are a specialty. $$$-$$$$ (consulting services)


89 Seventh Ave., nr. 16th St.; 969 Third Ave., at 58th St.; 212-929-4880;

This purveyor of contemporary home décor, furniture, and sleek accents has become a neighborhood fixture in Chelsea and beyond. The stock of European-designed and American-made pieces changes regularly but always maintains a mod linear style. $$$ (consulting services)

John Derian Dry Goods

10 E. 2nd St., nr. Bowery; 212-677-8408;

Two doors down from Derian’s original découpage palace, this offshoot focuses on 18th- and 19th-century-inspired furniture and imported textiles with a rustic touch. $$$


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