37 East 18th Street (212-463-8400)
204 East 58th Street (212-588-1920)
Specializing in handcrafted tile, limestone slab, antiquated stone, and glass and terra-cotta mosaics, this high-end retailer also carries hardware and plumbing products.
178 First Avenue
This small East Village showroom displays about 100 different brands of tiles: mosaic, glass, stone, and a nice selection of hand-painted tiles from Spain and Mexico.
122 Hudson Street
Bendheim is New York’s top distributor of specialty glass, from architectural (great for bathroom doors) to stained glass. Its showroom has more than 1,000 samples.
12 West 23rd Street
Bisazza’s hand-cut glass tiles come in several sizes and shapes, but most popular are its mosaics, which come in 97 colors.
Canal Plastics Center
345 Canal Street
These fabricators work wonders with Plexiglas. There’s no design team on site, but they’ll create almost anything your designer has in mind, from tub surrounds to shelves.
E-One Glass and Mirrors
630 Avenue U, Brooklyn
Ivan Strachnyi designs and installs major glass projects. He works with all types of glass—frosted, tinted, mirrors—to produce pieces like shower doors and glass walls.
Fireslate, a synthetic stonelike product, can be ordered by the slab for uses like countertops, flooring, and shelving. The material comes in four colors and various shapes and finishes.
Oregon Hinoki Products
This source of fine hinoki, or Port Orford cedar, builds standardized and custom soaking tubs as well as traditional Japanese stools, bathing buckets, and soap boxes.
600 Broadway, No. 4C
Panelite specializes in lightweight yet sturdy translucent panels that are most often used for doors, walls, and basic furniture. There’s no real showroom, but the sales office will provide sample books as well as a few sample installations.
Vermont Structural Slate
Vermont Structural distributes high-quality slate for flooring, roofing, and architectural products. In addition to local slate, it offers imported quartzites and sandstones.
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
George Taylor Specialties
76 Franklin Street
This plumbing supplier is a great source for sinks, tubs, toilets, and fixtures in both classic and contemporary designs. There’s also a machine shop on the premises.
Erich Theophile’s team includes architects, engineers, and designers as well as sculptors and silversmiths to work metal-fabrication miracles in the form of hardware, fixtures, fittings, and furniture.
143 Franklin Street
239 East 58th Street
Come here for contemporary stainless-steel fixtures and fittings as well as quirky salvaged ones—plus tile and stone from more than 100 vendors, and reproductions of antique lighting and plumbing.
469 Broome Street
225 East 57th Street
These showrooms display chic plumbing fixtures and fittings, tile, stone, and mosaics. They also have bathroom-perfect dressing tables and small sitting stools.
PAINT & PAINTERS
Cohalan is the sole American distributor of Keim paint, which is produced in Germany. The water-repellent, chip-resistant product comes in 38,000 colors.
A decorative painter for 25 years, John Langran specializes in detailed hand-painting, gilding, and wallpaper hanging. He can produce intricate presentations that include stencils and murals.
308 Canal Street
This Canal Street store is crammed full of a range of paint supplies: from blackboard paint to lacquer to brushes and gold leaf—perfect for bath or home DIYers.
FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES
ABC Carpet & Home
881 and 888 Broadway
The third floor of ABC’s home-decorating palace is filled with plush towels and robes as well as a dizzying array of shower curtains, hardware, and other bathroom accessories.
436 Lafayette Street
This tasteful shop offers fine antiques and gorgeous period pieces, including a wide selection of Art Deco furniture and Art Moderne from the forties and fifties.
46 Greene Street
Many of the contemporary fixtures at this Italian lighting store come in floor, table, and wall versions, perfect for the bath (or anywhere else in the house).
Beads of Paradise
16 East 17th Street
This Flatiron-district store carries a wide array of African artifacts—handmade pots, figurines, ladders—which double as accents for the home.
Butter and Eggs
83 West Broadway
This eclectic new home-furnishings store offers two lines of furniture (woven-wire and hardwood), accents for the bath and home, decorative pillows, ceramics, and glass.
Calvin Klein Home
654 Madison Avenue
The all-American designer’s line of towels and bath accessories come in luxurious materials and muted colors for minimalist tastes.
Home Depot expo Design Center
73-01 25th Avenue, East Elmhurst
expo Design Centers are more about decorating than their Home Depot siblings. Inside, over ten showrooms—with everything from fabric to accessories—feature just about every brand imaginable.
53 East 10th Street
Maison Gerard deals in high-end French Art Deco furniture and decorative pieces. These days, you’ll find such treats as Art Deco vanities and glass vases.
979 Third Avenue, Suite 1424
PierceMartin’s showroom displays wicker, rattan, and iron furnishings and accents as well as Asian antiques from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, and Hong Kong.
Ralph Lauren Home
867 Madison Avenue
This collection includes everything from bureaus to paint. But it’s the luxe soft goods—bedding, towels, robes—that line the linen closets of Anglophile homemakers.
22 West 21st Street
High-end designers use AF to create entire bathrooms and kitchens, from tubs to hinges. Make an appointment to tour the showroom, where you can browse more than 200 lines of products.
Design Source has an impressive selection of decorative and architectural hardware but is best known as a complete bathroom resource. A great stop for tubs, sinks, and plumbing fixtures, from the contemporary to the traditional.
Simon’s Hardware & Bath
421 Third Avenue
Simon’s carries nearly everything for the bath. The hardware mecca sells faucets, tubs, sinks, and toilets, plus an impressive selection of hardware and fittings.