De­sign & Ar­chi­tec­ture

If your idea of bucket-list travel in­cludes world-class shop­ping and fash­ion, con­sider art & shop­ping tours to round out your lux­ury travel ex­pe­ri­ence. Noth­ing thrills like a trip to the Big Ap­ple, es­pe­cially when you dis­cover the per­fect sofa there.

World Travel Magazine - - Contents - By Carolina Real

Cel­e­brate the world of fur­ni­ture and in­te­rior de­signer with Fran­cis Sul­tana; Ex­plore New York’s show­rooms and stores that dress the most ex­quis­ite res­i­dences around the world and blur the lines be­tween art and fur­ni­ture.

New York City’s art­ful show­rooms, stores, and shops dress the most ex­quis­ite res­i­dences around the world. More art than ob­jects, the chairs, so­fas, light­ing, ta­bles, and home ac­ces­sories seem like sculp­tures which just hap­pen to have util­ity—“ob­jets-d’util­ité.” Here, art mar­ries home de­sign, pos­sess­ing the imag­i­na­tion in such a way as to make the viewer feel like they have en­tered a paint­ing, rather than a showroom.

BDDW is a fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion for ar­chi­tects & de­sign­ers, one of many des­ti­na­tions that can be fea­tured on tours run by Or­ange York, of­fer­ing first-class Con­tem­po­rary Art & De­sign and Lux­ury Fash­ion shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences. This must-see showroom lo­cated in SOHO, an oa­sis of qual­ity and ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship, re­sides in a neo­clas­si­cal mod­ern build­ing echo­ing the con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture and art it houses.

The love of su­pe­rior crafts­man­ship is shown in so many ways. Fur­ni­ture hand rubbed with nat­u­ral oils and lac­quers make the ar­ti­sanal pieces last. Fab­rics and fur­ni­ture, de­signed by owner Tyler Hays, re­flect the sen­si­bil­i­ties of the painter and sculp­tor, BDDW also car­ries ex­quis­ite fab­rics that come di­rectly from mills in Italy & Bel­gium. Sig­na­ture so­fas, solid wal­nut ta­bles, and wall-mounted leather draw­ers could be con­sid­ered fine art. Be­ware, an ex­traor­di­nary BDDW sofa may list at $80,000. One may also find a deck swing, a painted crock, or a ce­ramic pen­dant from one of the col­lec­tions by Robert Mal­herbe, Jen Wink Hays, Ap­pa­ra­tus Stu­dio, Ju­lian Watts, Lind­sey Adel­man, Kieran Kin­sella or Gratz In­dus­tries. 5 Crosby St., New York, NY 10013

LES ATE­LIERS COURBET is a trusted source of home goods that tend to be­come fam­ily heir­looms. Here, in NYC’S Chelsea dis­trict, cen­turies-old man­u­fac­tur­ers from five con­ti­nents ex­hibit tex­tiles, light­ing, rare fur­ni­ture, floor­ing, and mu­seum-wor­thy ob­jets-de­v­ertu. The shop houses pieces from ar­chive col­lec­tions, hand-crafted items, and artist col­lab­o­ra­tions––in­clud­ing ex­clu­sive edi­tions from Serge Po­li­akoff, Frank Gehry, Vladimir Ka­gan, Aldo Bakker, Phar­rell Wil­liams, Pablo Reinoso, and from the Es­tate of Fran­cis Pi­cabia.

134 10th Ave., New York, NY 10011

OCHRE SOHO is a de­light­fully el­e­gant store in Broome Street. Choose to visit for match­less crafts­man­ship in light­ing, ac­ces­sories for the in­te­rior, and for fur­ni­ture de­signed with rich, sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als. Among Ochre’s so­phis­ti­cated and lux­u­ri­ous ob­jects lie in­no­va­tive light­ing de­signs with ti­tles such as Arc­tic pear chan­de­lier wave and Seed cloud in­stal­la­tion round.

462 Broome St., New York, NY 10013


is a hid­den gem. Car­ry­ing one-of-a-kind, mostly Scan­di­na­vian an­tiques in mint con­di­tion, and pieces that have once be­longed to cas­tles and man­sions, owner Jill Dienst deftly ap­poses items from the 17th to the 21st-cen­turies ac­cord­ing to shape, art his­tory, and how the pieces speak to her. Her ex­pe­ri­ences in pub­lic and pri­vate art in­sti­tu­tions and as a pri­vate col­lec­tor re­flect her ro­man­tic, mod­ern aes­thetic, part. 411 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003


is a Mon­treal-based com­pany. Upon ar­rival, marvel at the ex­cep­tional beauty of their build­ing’s ex­te­rior. Its own­ers de­sign and cre­ate stylish, hand­made, el­e­gant oc­ca­sional ta­bles as well as un­usual light­ing prod­ucts that can be shipped from Canada to N.Y. Brothers-in-law Gabriel Kakon and Scott Rich­ler con­trib­ute to the com­pany out of their com­bined back­grounds in ar­chi­tec­ture, jew­ellery de­sign, and in­dus­trial de­sign. They are de­voted to the brand. Their Art Deco in­flu­enced light­ing is a par­tic­u­larly valu­able ad­di­tion to chic, lux­ury homes. 372 Broome St., New York, NY 10013

GUILD Ro­man and Wil­liams

opened its flag­ship in Soho last De­cem­ber, prob­a­bly one of the most del­i­cate show­rooms in the city. Cre­ated by hus­band and wife duo, Stephen Alesch and Robin Stande­fer, they of­fer their orig­i­nal fur­ni­ture and light­ing de­signs, as well as unique col­lec­tions of home goods from around the world. They use both tra­di­tional and non-tra­di­tional wood­work­ing tech­niques to get a per­fect fin­ish. The store also has a French restau­rant, a flower stand, and a book­store on the lower level, which gives the whole ex­pe­ri­ence of shop­ping there a French coun­try­side feel.

The big col­lec­tion of art pieces, from glass­ware to stone chair sculp­tures and wood-carved stor­ages, are among the favourites from this well cu­rated “must see” store. Guild’s web­site sum­marises it well: “De­sign. Ex­cel­lent French Food. A Li­brary. Cof­fee and Cock­tails. Flow­ers.” 53 Howard St, New York, NY 10013

With some no­table ex­cep­tions, the home dé­cor ex­plored here fol­lows a 20th to 21st-cen­tury aes­thetic. An avoid­ance of ex­ces­sive curves, run­away ogee, and fussy decorative de­tail is al­most re­li­gious. Want­ing to stick to the straight and nar­row, it strives for some­thing fresh and new. These de­sign­ers and mer­chants have one goal––to en­hance your art­ful home with qual­ity, beau­ti­ful pieces.

Or­ange York of­fers first-class Con­tem­po­rary Art & De­sign tours and Lux­ury Fash­ion shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences. Orangey­

This Page, Soho - Ochre Showroom’s so­phis­ti­cated, lux­u­ri­ous ob­jects and in­no­va­tive light­ing de­signs Op­po­site, tra­di­tional and non­tra­di­tional wood­work­ing tech­niques are a per­fect fit at the Guild Store

This Page, Guild store’s must-see col­lec­tion of art pieces, from glass­ware to stone chair sculp­tures and wood-carved stor­ages Op­po­site, clock­wise from top left, Guild’s hus­band and wife duo, Stephen Alesch and Robin Stande­fer, of­fer orig­i­nal fur­ni­ture and light­ing de­signs; Gabriel Scott - Nolita showroom; Guild opened its flag­ship in Soho last year; unique col­lec­tions of home goods from around the world, Guild store

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