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Tom Thomas Gallery
Mon-Fri, 10:30am-5pm, closed weekends and most summer Fridays
Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 86th St.
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On the same street as the Design & Decoration Building and a host of independent design showrooms, this tiny, wedge-shaped shop across from the Queensboro Bridge stands out from the crowd. Through the small glass storefront, one can see the entire space, brimming with European (mostly French) decorative arts—think chairs, end tables, chandeliers—from the twenties through the sixties. Owner Tom Thomas opened this spot in 2001—along with an enormous warehouse in Jersey from which he refreshes his Manhattan inventory. Look for unusual pieces—like a spiderlike mirror vanity from France (1930), an Italian modernist brass chandelier with black enameled bobeches (1955), and a boxy pair of French Colonial rosewood stools (1930).