Space of the Week: A Shop to Call Home

For the past eight years, David Cafiero has been working as an antique dealer, interior designer, and event planner”caterer with his business partner, Thom Lussier, out of two cozy 350-square-foot storefronts in the East Village. This week he opens his spacious new 2,700-square-foot store (36 E. 2nd St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-414-8821), where everything fits under one roof with ease. Cafiero can even house his inventory in the basement. From the mezzanine”where his design studio and catering and event-planning offices are stationed”he can look down to the gallery floor. No matter where you end up inside the grand space, the store still feels intimate. Photo: Matthew Sandager

One of the glorious architectural features of the new space is a wall of double-height iron-mullioned windows that runs the expanse of the 50-foot-tall storefront. Near these front windows are a pair of scrimshawed, bone-covered early-“twentieth-century tusks and a Thai palace mirror. They’re surrounded by various custom lamps designed by Cafiero. A Milo Baughmam dining table holds a glass-and-plaster waterfall coffee table. Photo: Matthew Sandager

A mid-century Chinese opium bed commands a central location downstairs. In front of it is a fifties-era Italian outdoor dining set with custom cushions. A nineteenth-century Persian runner, multiple early-edition monographs, and various oil paintings and maps have been placed along the back wall. Photo: Matthew Sandager

The casement windows on the mezzanine were custom designed to evoke a factory office. The floors have been ebonized, and a vintage iron, an amber glass chandelier, and various works by Thom Lussier and Michael Stuetz grace the space. Photo: Matthew Sandager

From up above, I spotted a custom tufted wingback chair and ottoman, along with various vintage demijohns, casks, and jugs that sit on top of a glass industrial conference table. Photo: Matthew Sandager

A rebuilt Italian sofa from the eighties covered in vintage Florence Knoll fabric invites cocktails and conversation, along with a Madeline Weinrib cotton rug and a custom marble coffee table with a collection of shellacked horseshoe crabs. The main entrance door, made of heart pine and oak, was originally the door of a nineteenth-century Norwegian church hall. Photo: Matthew Sandager

Space of the Week: A Shop to Call Home