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Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

83 Wooster St., nr. Spring St.; 212-334-3500;

Think cozy chintz sofas stuffed with goose down, painted vintage wooden furniture, and comfy poplin bedding in an array of English-garden-inspired florals. $$$ (consulting services)

Ralph Lauren Home

888 Madison Ave., nr. 71st St.; 212-434-8000;

As Ralph Lauren is to chic clothing, so he is to chic furniture. The designs are Americana at its best, well made and timeless. $$$

Ralph Pucci International

44 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave., 12th fl.; 212-633-0452;

Pucci’s gallery showcases some of the finest, most stylish contemporary furniture from the 20th century to the present day. He stocks full collections from Chris Lehrecke, Paul Mathieu, and Patrick Naggar. $$$$

Raul Carrasco

200 Lexington Ave., at 33rd St., Ste. 511, in the New York Design Center; 212-966-6112;

This showroom carries pieces from Miami transplant Carrasco’s own line of modern leather, metal, and wood-based furniture, as well as art and furniture from other designers, vintage pieces, and objects sourced from around the world. $$$-$$$$

Readymade Projects

302A W. 12th St., nr. Eighth Ave., No. 286; 917-622-4383;

Industrial designer Stephen Burks’s furniture is playful, colorful, and always memorable. His vibrant Dedon Dala collection includes lounge chairs, tables, and stools handwoven from bright polyethylene cord. He also creates lighting and home accessories, and has designed wares for Harry Winston, Missoni, and Swarovski, to name a few. $$$$ $$$$ (ecofriendly / by appointment only / consulting services)

Resource Furniture

969 Third Ave., at 58th St., fourth fl.; 212-753-2039;

Resource has the finest in European space-saving solutions: coffee tables that bloom into dining tables, ottomans that deconstruct into five individual stools, and sleekly designed wall beds that put the traditional Murphy bed to shame. $$$$ (consulting services)

Restoration Hardware

935 Broadway, nr. 22nd St.; 212-260-9479;

Outfit your urban chateau with tasteful upmarket furnishings from this mainstay. Couches, patio and garden furniture, and throw pillows evoke an old-world aesthetic. $$$


546 Third Ave., nr. 14th St., Gowanus; 718-797-2077;

Designer Rico Espinet’s store offers contemporary lamps and fixtures, including his own designs for Robert Abbey. You also find furniture by American Leather, BDI, DellaRobbia, and LEE Industries. $$

Roche Bobois

200 Madison Ave., at 35th St.; 207 E. 57th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-889-0700;

This is a thoroughly European high-design furniture company, with every piece (including collaborations with Jean Paul Gaultier) customizable to your contemporary heart’s content. $$$-$$$$ (consulting services)


25 N. Moore St., at Varick St.; 212-226-1045;

Room started as a catalogue of stylish minimalist furniture and accessories before opening a brick-and-mortar shop that features emerging designers and an in-house line. All original pieces are customizable in a range of fabrics, leathers, and finishes. $$$$ (made in N.Y.)

Room & Board

105 Wooster St., nr. Spring St.; 236 W. 18th St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-334-4343;

This chain succeeds in the tiny market niche between Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel, selling simple, contemporary, relatively affordable designs. They offerforty-one different collections in fabrics and leather. The catalogue contains a sprinkling of pieces by designers like Herman Miller. $$-$$$ (ecofriendly)

Rough Luxe

20 Broadway, at Kent Ave., Williamsburg; 347-294-0955;

This new Williamsburg boutique specializes in loft style, with vintage-inspired tables, lighting, and decorative accents. The store also offers custom furniture, rugs, and distressed mirrors as well as consultations on interior design. $$-$$$ (ecofriendly)

Safavieh Home Furnishings

902 Broadway, nr. 20th St.; 238 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-477-1234;

What started as a rug gallery has now become a full line of home furnishings and accessories. The price point is reasonable and the designs are casual, comfy, and versatile. $$-$$$

Scully & Scully

504 Park Ave., nr. 59th St.; 212-755-2590;

Looking to outfit your smoking room? Old-school luxury seekers flock to this store for its huge selection of sophisticated sofas, table linens, clocks, and flatware. In-store full-service interior design is also available. $$$ (consulting services)

Sebastian + Barquet

529 W. 20th St., nr. 11th Ave., Ste. 8W; 212-488-2245;

A young and exciting gallery for 20th- and 21st-≠century design, S+B mixes works by contemporary designers with some of the last century’s greats, including Vladimir Kagan and Giò Ponti. $$$-$$$$ (consulting services)


121 Orchard St., nr. Delancey St.; 212-539-1771;

This eclectic store has traditional hand-carved tables, decorative floor pillows, and tinted-glass lanterns from Syria, India, and Morocco. $$-$$$


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