The End of History sells vintage furniture and accessories, all carefully chosen by Duke Todd and Stephen Saunders, and arranged primarily by color. The store specializes in glass, with a large selection of American (Blenko), Danish (Holmegaard), and Italian pieces, all seductively grouped on color-coordinated furniture pieces by the likes of Knoll and Paul McCobb, dramatically set against brightly colored walls.
The merchandise selection is classic, with a bit of a twist: canvas bags, jackets, notebooks, ties, even a film by Mike Mills. But what makes this small space (designed by Stephen Sclaroff) all the more special is the props vintage Braun turntables, old books with quirky titles, balsa-wood airplanes, all chosen by Andy Spade. And all for sale. Shoppers stroll in seeking a wallet and often walk out with a whole lot more.
It's hard to make suitcases look sexy. But Brad John and John Sencion of Flight 001 have a sleek space, with groovy rubber flooring and a glowing back wall, and it's filled with the coolest travel-related items around: books, backpacks, and bags (even some vintage Pam Am-type totes), Dopp kits, beauty products, candles, travel sizes of every imaginable item, well-chosen compilation CDs, and beautiful glass globes.
The designs and designers Breukelen owner John Erik showcases are often found nowhere else in the city. He seriously scouts new talent, approaching students at design schools, following up with friends of friends of friends, etc. Ever hear of Burning Relic? Federica Tondato? Alicia Warner? Their furniture, rugs, and ceramics are just a few of the things that make Breukelen's signature modern-primitive look stand out.
For more than ten years, the faithful flocked to Ted Muehling's small shop on Greene Street. Last year, the jeweler moved to a larger space on Howard Street and somehow kept the cozy feeling while more than doubling the square-footage. Muehling's own designs (jewelry and porcelain) are shown, along with jewelry and decorative objects by Gabriella Kiss, Lee Hale, and Stephan Allendorf.