Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm
6 at 68th St.-Hunter College
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The home-goods offshoot of a Southampton-based gardening empire, Mecox outfits the sitting rooms, patios, and decks where Manhattanites play. Many items—like artichoke-motif trays, framed branches of spindly coral, and mirrors framed by a latticework of oyster shells—take their inspiration from the natural world. Both new and vintage goods are in stock, some coming from as far away as Europe and Asia. A few pieces, like a fetchingly simple antique Chinese riding saddle on a simple iron mount, even border on the archaeological. Glass-encased bookshelves and heavy, rough-hewn wooden tables dominate the ground-level space, while the upstairs showroom holds bedroom furniture like canopy beds and armoires. True to its roots, Mecox also has an outdoor patio garden with all-weather items like wicker couches, statues, and ceramic stools that could work just as well indoors as out.