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Aqua Creations

78 Grand St., nr. Wooster St.; 212-219-9922;

This unusual store aims to brighten up serene natural spaces with conceptual pieces inspired by the ocean. Wall-mounted lamps cling to surfaces like sea anemones; hanging fixtures sway gently when touched as if buffeted by invisible currents. $$$-$$$$ (consulting services / ecofriendly)


46 Greene St., nr. Broome St.; 212-925-1588;

Located in the heart of Soho’s design district, this Italian outfit showcases sleek lighting fixtures, from task, table, and floor lamps to sophisticated track and suspension systems. $$$

City Knickerbocker

665 11th Ave., at 48th St., second fl.; 212-586-3939;

For a touch of old-world charm, try City Knickerbocker. Open since 1906, this overflowing Hell’s Kitchen shop has Victorian sconces, converted gaslights, chandeliers, glass lampshades, and a host of floor and table lamps. $$-$$$

CL Sterling & Son

979 Third Ave., nr. 58th St., Ste. 400, in the Decoration & Design Building; 212-355-5355;

CL Sterling makes interior and exterior lighting with an architectural feel, and it can modify existing designs per the customer’s request. $$$ (by appointment only)

Filaments of New York

799 Broadway, at 11th St.; 212-924-3575;

Owner Randy Howard can make a lamp out of almost anything, but his main business is the restoration of vintage pieces from the turn of the 20th century through the ’60s. If there’s nothing you want lampified, choose from the rotating selection of about 250 one-of-a-kind lamps on offer. $$-$$$ (consulting services / made in N.Y.)


152 Greene St., at Houston St.; 212-941-4760;

Come here for recognizable high-design lamps and fixtures from the likes of Philippe Starck and Patricia Urquiola, including her Tatou lamp series; its shades resemble honeycombs. $$$-$$$$


45 Greene St., nr. Grand St.; 212-334-3295;

Founded by the famed architect and designer Giò Ponti, this shop is dedicated to the use of glass-focused design. FontanaArte makes vibrant architecturally inspired lighting for the home. Choose from sleek floor or table lamps, or find styles to mount on walls or in ceilings. $$$$ (consulting services)


223 E. 58th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-308-1400;

All of the lampshades at Illumé are handmade, some imported from Paris and Montreal and others custom-­made in-house from Italian silk. The company also operates a repair shop for shades and the lamps they adorn. $$$

Ingo Maurer

89 Grand St., at Greene St.; 212-965-8817;

This store displays the legendary designer’s inventive lighting pieces for bold interiors. Staff can work with you to come up with the concept that best suits your home, including one-of-a-kind creations.? $$$-$$$$

Just Bulbs

220 E. 60th St., nr. Third Ave.; 212-888-5707;

You’ll find numerous variations on Edison’s creation here, from everyday Westinghouse soft whites to hard-to-find specialty bulbs. There’s an extensive assortment of energy-efficient bulbs and color-­changing lights, plus full-spectrum natural lighting that helps ease the winter blues. $ (consulting services / ecofriendly)

Just Shades

21 Spring St., at Elizabeth St.; 212-966-2757;

As the name suggests, this is just the spot to find a lid for your lamp. There are more than 300 shades—in silk, linen, cotton, paper, and vinyl. The store does custom work, too. $$

Lee's Art Shop & Light Studio

220 W. 57th St., nr. Broadway; 212-247-0110;

There’s something for everyone at this four-floor store crowded with lamps, sconces, fixtures, fans, and furniture. Stop by for the frequent sales. $$$

Let There Be Neon

38 White St., nr. Church St., first fl.; 212-226-4883;

Always dreamed of seeing your name in lights? This custom-design studio can make it happen. Everything from fabrication to glass-bending is done in-house in the shop’s production area. $$ (consulting services / made in N.Y.)

Lighting By Gregory

158 Bowery, nr. Delancey St.; 212-226-1276;

There’s something here for even the darkest corners of the home, from closet tap lights to five-figure chandeliers, as well as a wide selection of ceiling fans and, of course, lightbulbs. $$


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