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Ahead of the Curve
Attention, modernist trivia buffs: Ever heard of Gavina? If not, it’s because the Italian furniture company was sold to Knoll in the sixties. The guys at R 20th Century, however, have found a stash of Gavina backstock, including 35 of these cool side tables designed by Kazuhide Takahama in 1963 ($1,200 each).

R 20th Century
82 Franklin St., 212-343-7979

Get Stranded
Rebecca Haas’s delicate necklaces are a breath of fresh air for those of us who’re over heavy beaded neckwear. Sterling-silver pendants are strung on thread ($65) or strands of semiprecious beads (pictured, $125).

Debbie Fisher
233 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-625-6005

In the Black
IWC’s Portuguese chronograph watch is a modern classic—large but incredibly slim. It’s also automatic, water-resistant to 30 meters, and handmade. From $5,950 in stainless steel on a leather band to $11,950 in rose, white, or yellow gold.


700 Fifth Ave., 212-397-9000

301 Park Ave., 212-751-9824
509 Madison Ave., 212-888-0505

Brolly Good
Selima’s new umbrellas have cool ruffles, come in loads of colors, and are a lot easier to find in the communal bins at stores and restaurants. Small (shown), $95; a three-tier model is $175.

Lunettes et Chocolat by Selima
25 Prince St., 212-925-8800

Not Just a Fairy Tale
Brooklyn-based writer and illustrator Laura Ljungkvist has retold Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ($14.95; Abrams Books) and added seriously groovy illustrations.

Bank Street Bookstore
2789 Broadway at 112th St., 212-473-3000
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American Scandinavian Foundation
58 Park Ave. at 38th St., 212-879-9779

Flicker of Interest
Olivier Maillefer uses age-old techniques to create his decidedly modern porcelain lumières for Raynaud ($68).

Scully & Scully
504 Park Ave., 212-755-2590

Tote of the Town
It’s intended for teeny-weeny beach essentials, but we’d use this buttery little bag as a sporty city tote. In seven colors ($148).

Peter Hermann

118 Thompson St., near Prince St., 212-966-9050

Set Sail
Gant’s new Windshirt pullover is made of lightweight cotton and comes in solids (navy blue, off-white) or stripes (off-white and blue, red and blue; $89.50).

645 Fifth Ave., near 51st St., 212-813-9170
77 Wooster St., near Spring St., 212-431-9610

Photographed by Nedjeljko Matura.

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