The art of inspiration comes to life in unforeseen treasured finds all around New York City.
The Big Apple is brimming with flea-market finds, product innovations, antique treasures, and eclectic novelties begging to be discovered. As a design professional, you pursue trends that spur new design opportunities.
You eye a prime floral that kindles a French provincial thought for your client’s dwelling. The quest then becomes to find that definitive delphinium blue shade. You discover a design studio where playful experimentations with shape and material stir a thought for an idiosyncratic modern aesthetic—and a cement gray is brought to life with an organic yellow green.
We celebrate pieces—and the places where we find them—with an extra dose of personality.
We know design dreams are motivated by much more than color. More often than not, ideation comes from the enviable leather-tufted sofa, the loveliness of the Nepalese rug, or the luxe ivory armchair. The products from pioneering artists, craftsmen, furniture makers, and collectors help influence and stir the impulse to design a room with distinctive personality.
And with your know-how, you recognize that fresh concepts spring from surprising textural details—the glossy finishes, matte applications, and crystalline shine. You know that a small Danish modern brass pendant can set the identity for a room. Like a perfect pair of pearls to accessorize an elegant ensemble, this petite antique adds the touch of je ne sais quoi you dream of.
Within NYC, we’ve uncovered these gorgeous design finds that have our rapt attention, and now we’re sharing them with you. These are the furnishings, accents, and playful touches in the vicinity of your city that may lead you to the right colors—and the right design.
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