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When Japanese interior designer Shizuko Ikagawa arrived in New York in 2000, she noticed that the city was full of very expensive (Takashimaya) and very cheap (Chinatown stalls) home décor from her native land, but that midrange choices were limited. She and her sister set out to fill that niche, and just one year later they opened this shop-gallery in the heart of Soho. The meticulously organized 900-square-foot space holds furniture exclusively dating from the 1800s; kitchenware; and jewelry that Ikagawa’s sister, who is based in Gifu, finds at markets. New furniture arrives monthly, while smaller items, such as U-shaped flower vases, ceramic-and-wicker teakettles, and sumi (charcoal sticks), arrive biweekly. Among the many standouts are a filmy hand-dyed blue-and-white tapestry, a yellow-hued paper lamp, and a rosewood dresser reminiscent of a staircase. In a nod to Japan’s burgeoning arts scene, Shizuko hangs a new selection of works by a Japanese artist on the showroom’s bright white walls each month.