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New York Design Center
Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm by appointment only; Sat, by appointment only; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
6 at 33rd St.
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The stately NYDC building was built in 1926 for what was then the New York Furniture Exchange, a wholesale outlet for furniture buyers. Changes in the design industry spurred a move towards encompassing all of interior design, and in 1981 the building was renamed the New York Design Center. Now, the NYDC’s five-hundred-thousand-square feet are an interior designer’s Disneyland: over 100 showrooms more than 300 lines of furniture, lighting, floor and wall-coverings, fabric, and decorative accessories. The vast majority of names on the directory wouldn’t be recognizable to most consumers, but one of the NYDC’s strengths is in its cooperative power to give a face to smaller lines without an independent retail presence and to international manufacturers not readily available in the U.S. While design professionals are free to roam the hushed hallways as they please, the NYDC is resolutely a “trade-only” building. Unaccompanied clients may visit by appointment with a letter of introduction from their designer. Intrepid DIY-ers can use the “Interior Options” service; for a fee, a certified in-house representative provides showroom access, design advice, and special pricing.Sales
Industry professionals receive trade discounts.