Minima

Minima

For new wares, North Third Street’s Minima is a kind of mini Milan furniture fair. The brightly lit white surfaces of this store cast halos around designs from Cappellini, Kartell and Vitra, among others.

  • David Leroi's Chair 2 is a hand painted chair complete with a skull, so it had to go on the list!

  • Just what I was looking for, modern designs at varying prices, perfect for my home.

  • I LOVE Target! No long lines! Great Cunstomer Service! Pretty good selection on clothes! Etc...etc...

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  • I thought this was weird and funny! I even blogged about it today! Check out The Ubimall site for more about these.

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  • This outdoor furniture is too nice to set outside. I want it!

  • another wonderful site for kid stuff.

  • I use tons of mass retail products in my projects. Among them I like to shop at Home Depot.

  • I'm crazy about Conran. They have a wide range of furnishings and objects to choose from and there is a consistent style to them.

  • I love Mecox Gardens. It’s owned by a guy named Mack Hoag, and he started this business called Mecox Gardens in Bridgehampton, New York, and it still exists. He’s got a store in Palm Beach, one in New York City on Lexington, and h... I love Mecox Gardens. It’s owned by a guy named Mack Hoag, and he started this business called Mecox Gardens in Bridgehampton, New York, and it still exists. He’s got a store in Palm Beach, one in New York City on Lexington, and he recently opened one out here in Los Angeles. It’s an interior shop that have a lot of new merchandise versus antiques, and it’s more mass market, which is fine. It’s a great store. I do a lot of business there.

  • Every bathroom should have Restoration Hardware towels in white.

  • I like the lamps offered at Treillage.

  • I like Holly Hunt, but I especially love their wall sconces.

  • Everyone relies on Gracious Home, that's the truth.

  • For an office geek client, I use a task chair from Jules Seltzer. They offer such classics from the Eames' Management chair to the Aeron. The most important thing is to be comfortable, and these chairs offer just that.

  • Only in an extreme metropolis like Manhattan can you find vintage stores that contain more treasures than bores. “We never know what will show up—an Andy Warhol print, a beautiful Deco vanity, or a huge bust of Elvis Presley,” say... Only in an extreme metropolis like Manhattan can you find vintage stores that contain more treasures than bores. “We never know what will show up—an Andy Warhol print, a beautiful Deco vanity, or a huge bust of Elvis Presley,” says Emily Hull-Martin, director of visuals for Housing Works, Inc., the nation’s largest minority-controlled AIDS service non-profit. Housing Works Thrift Stores may be Manhattanites’ most beloved vintage chain. Proceeds go to the organization’s good cause, sure, but hipsters truly love the store windows, which are some of the most creative in the city. The components of these vignettes are auctioned off, and now, with housingworksauctions.com, you can do your guilt-free bidding from home. Once logged on to the site, click a scene and the contents are broken down individually. Each item has several alternate photos, a detailed description (including an honest assessment of abnormalities) and the current bid status. If you’re looking for a certain something, you also have the option to shop by category. All shipping costs are the buyer’s expense, and out-of-towners beware—items must be removed from the store within 48 hours of sale.

  • bursting with vibrant mid-century colors and shapes, gomod.com is an entertaining, near-endless resource for buying modern design. The clickthrough “Mod Picks” directs you to sites selling top-of-the-line furnishing and accessorie... bursting with vibrant mid-century colors and shapes, gomod.com is an entertaining, near-endless resource for buying modern design. The clickthrough “Mod Picks” directs you to sites selling top-of-the-line furnishing and accessories. Or select “Go Shop” and end up at themagazine.info, one of the Internet’s leading modern furniture stores. But the site is more than a mere fill-your-cart conundrum. “Mod Bytes” is a curious section filled with trivia bits, and “Mod Haps” keeps you up to date with a monthly calendar of events and their links. You can even search for your dream home via “Mod Homes,” which lists an assortment of websites, properties and real estate agents. Browse the site’s bookshop, which reviews publications and links to Amazon.com for purchases. “Shops” provides an alphabetical listing of online stores with links for instant purchase power. And if you actually feel like stepping away from the computer, enter your zip code under “Store Locator” and a list of nearby stores and addresses is at your disposal.

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  • Hive

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    For the best in modern furniture, lighting, and accessories, no one does it much better than Hive. Since 2002 the retailer has been a de-facto internet source for modern classics by Alessi, Artemide, Artifort, Cassina, Flos, Karte... For the best in modern furniture, lighting, and accessories, no one does it much better than Hive. Since 2002 the retailer has been a de-facto internet source for modern classics by Alessi, Artemide, Artifort, Cassina, Flos, Kartell, Knoll & Vitra, to name a few. With several hundred items in stock, even browsing the site one can get visually inspired and stimulated. Here one can find modern classics such as the Barcelona Chair, to lesser-known originals as Verner Panton's Living Tower.

  • This small Texas-based chain carries over 15 Italian brands, including Acerbis, Baleri Italia, Casa Milano, Dema, Fiam Italia, Flexform, Foscarini, Matteo Grassi, Porada, Tre-Pui and Zanotta. The retail store was founded in 1995 b... This small Texas-based chain carries over 15 Italian brands, including Acerbis, Baleri Italia, Casa Milano, Dema, Fiam Italia, Flexform, Foscarini, Matteo Grassi, Porada, Tre-Pui and Zanotta. The retail store was founded in 1995 by architect Lloyd Scott and interior designer Josette Cooner. The company carries modern European-designed furniture that ranges from well-known brands such as Poliform to ones still fairly new to the US market like Tre-Pui. Scott + Cooner has retail stores located in Austin and Dallas.

  • “It can’t just be about money; it has to be about what you love,” explains Lisa Purdon of the Brooklyn furniture store Cosmos Cosmos, which she and her business partner, Cosmo Prete, opened in 1998. The two started out as artists,... “It can’t just be about money; it has to be about what you love,” explains Lisa Purdon of the Brooklyn furniture store Cosmos Cosmos, which she and her business partner, Cosmo Prete, opened in 1998. The two started out as artists, fabricating furniture into sculpture. Eventually they turned their passion for finding interesting modern pieces into a home-furnishings boutique unlike any other. Tucked in a corner of the store, for example, on top of an Eames lounger is a Paul McCobb table. And, depending on whether Purdon and Prete have rearranged the display area that day, you’ll see everything from a $350 settee in need of reupholstering (it has an amazing frame!) to a $15,000 mint-condition Jens Risom sofa; from a ship’s spotlight (set directors like them) to Breuer’s Wassily chair (White or black? You choose) hanging from the ceiling. The partners’ rationale: “We choose our furniture based on what we think is beautiful.” Also unlike many stores, Cosmos Cosmos offers “full service,” meaning it buys on request for all client types. “We listen to our gut,” says Purdon, “but we also listen to our client. If someone tells us he or she wants a blue sofa, we’ll find the coolest blue sofa our eyes have ever seen, based on the person’s budget and specifications.” So if you are looking for a white vinyl sofa or a Neil Small mirror (note: Cosmos Cosmos is one of the few original collectors in the country), or if you just want to hang out in a Corbu chair all day, then step into this high-brow, high-end shop. As Purdon puts it: “We are a little rock-and-roll in our approach to art and commerce, but we are very educated and sophisticated about mid-century modern.”

  • Enter www.secessions.com in your web browser and up pops a select few works of the Weiner Werkstätte for sale—Josef Hoffmann’s Piggy-Bank for the Palais Stoclet, a circular ebonized oak table ringed in brass designed by Adolf Loos... Enter www.secessions.com in your web browser and up pops a select few works of the Weiner Werkstätte for sale—Josef Hoffmann’s Piggy-Bank for the Palais Stoclet, a circular ebonized oak table ringed in brass designed by Adolf Loos. The simplicity of the site is deceiving. But download a PDF file of the latest Secessions catalog and the mind dizzies with the complexity of the period works, culled from rare sources by dealer Yves Macaux. The catalog is really a textbook, and comparable to the best auction-house publications. Furniture, lighting and tableware by greats like Loos, as well as lesser-known talents such as Gustave Serrurier-Bovy and Carl Otto Czeschka, represent a range of designs that were consistent with or influenced the Werkstätte spirit. Macaux carefully describes each work, its provenance and its art-historical context. Alongside archival photography whenever possible, he deploys a humble textual voice that belies his uncompromising good taste and underscores an academic commitment to accuracy.

  • Wrapping up a recent project for the offices of Invisalign, Chicago-based architect James Papoutsis didn’t have to look far for the finishing touch: The local pros at Italian-design-crazy Orange Skin had just what he needed. White... Wrapping up a recent project for the offices of Invisalign, Chicago-based architect James Papoutsis didn’t have to look far for the finishing touch: The local pros at Italian-design-crazy Orange Skin had just what he needed. White lounge chairs and Philippe Starck’s clear plastic Ero[s] seats made the offices clean and spare, adding a subtly stylish nod to its functional, transparent product: contact lenses. Even Papoutsis was impressed. "Orange Skin’s owners and operators, Giuseppe Cerasoli and Obi Nwazota, are two accomplished designers who are able to understand the particular language of my projects," he says. "They are able to make informed recommendations, saving me endless amounts of time. It’s like having my own personal design department." Striking contemporary Italian furniture and modern design objects can also be seen on the company’s website.

  • The distinction of outfitting MTV’s The Real World: Philadelphia, which was shot in the Old City neighborhood, goes to Dane Design, which sells new, mod-inspired furnishings.

  • Located in the heart of the Miami Design District is the Susane R. Lifestyle Boutique. The owner, Susane Ronai, a vivacious redheaded Hungarian, has lived all over the world, and her shop reflects the romance and eclecticism of her... Located in the heart of the Miami Design District is the Susane R. Lifestyle Boutique. The owner, Susane Ronai, a vivacious redheaded Hungarian, has lived all over the world, and her shop reflects the romance and eclecticism of her various ports of call. Over the course of her 14 years in the Design District, she has built up a loyal following of customers who come to her for period lighting and seating and her large assortment of paintings by abstract expressionist A. Dale Nally.

  • NiBa is a showroom opened only last December by Holly Hunt veterans Nisi Berryman and Beth Arrowood. Maybe it’s the sparkling acrylic furnishings by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz or the whimsical chandeliers festooned with feathers and t... NiBa is a showroom opened only last December by Holly Hunt veterans Nisi Berryman and Beth Arrowood. Maybe it’s the sparkling acrylic furnishings by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz or the whimsical chandeliers festooned with feathers and teardrop crystals or the bright hot pillows from Myanmar that Arrowood says they can’t restock fast enough, but walking into NiBa is an instant mood elevator. Carpets are another big seller, and Berryman and Arrowood rolled out their own line last month, featuring natural fabrics to appeal to the more casually inclined South Floridian.

  • Stripe focuses on the fun aspects of what co-owner Eric Cody calls Miami Baroque—Italian chandeliers from the 1950s and 1960s in demand as opulent accents.

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  • While you’re still flush with Machine Age enthusiasm, head over to Senzatempo (“timeless” in Italian) off Miami Beach's Lincoln Road, the pedestrian mall extending from Alton Road to Washington Avenue. Wolfsonian museum founder Mit... While you’re still flush with Machine Age enthusiasm, head over to Senzatempo (“timeless” in Italian) off Miami Beach's Lincoln Road, the pedestrian mall extending from Alton Road to Washington Avenue. Wolfsonian museum founder Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., is a steady customer of this fun collectibles emporium, an exuberant space stocked by owners Matthew Bain and Massimo Barracca with airplane and train models, watches and clocks, furnishings and accessories. A 23-foot-long wall unit by designer and bon vivant Carlo Mollino is chockablock with assorted treasures. Contemporary designer Omar Ali re-creates the Machine Age in his stainless steel lamps and occasional tables, often made from airplane parts. For those seeking more, more, more, talk to Bain about their private stash.

  • To open a modern-design store on Antiques Row in Philadelphia, the legendary concentration of golden oldies on Pine Street between 9th and 12th streets, it takes passion as well as chutzpah. And there is plenty of both at Lisa For... To open a modern-design store on Antiques Row in Philadelphia, the legendary concentration of golden oldies on Pine Street between 9th and 12th streets, it takes passion as well as chutzpah. And there is plenty of both at Lisa Formica and Sharne Algotsson’s Twist Home, which offers a diverse assortment of household accessories and gifts, ranging from functional plastic pitchers to Indian-fabric print blocks. It’s also a showcase for interior and furniture designer Algotsson, whose updated Victorian- and locally handmade, mid-century-inspired sofas and chairs are on display.

  • Besides the intimate little stores with their troves of treasures, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia boasts a collection of grand design spaces. John Alexander, for example, occupies a gray stone building that sits sq... Besides the intimate little stores with their troves of treasures, the Chestnut Hill neighborhood in Philadelphia boasts a collection of grand design spaces. John Alexander, for example, occupies a gray stone building that sits squat on a side street. The imposing façade gives way to a loftlike interior filled with natural light and a preeminent collection of British Arts and Crafts furnishings and decorative arts.