Given the conveniences of our modern world, it can be tempting to shop online from the comforts of home. But if you’ve really left things until the last minute, and you’re looking to avoid long lines and clearance-bin scuffles, consider perusing the shelves of our favorite NYC design stores for unique holiday gifts your loved ones will treasure.
Coming Soon, a furniture design and gift shop in the Lower East Side, is a great place to shop for eclectic and unique design gifts. Founded by former art gallerists Fabiana Faria and Helena Barque in 2013, the store’s mission is modeled after the dynamic nature of the city, and the founders say they hoped to create "a dynamic place that is always changing with new works always Coming Soon."
Coming Soon is located at 37 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
Colony, the designers’ co-op, is a community of independent designers who have come together to celebrate American design. Founded in 2014 by Jean Lin, the store offers a selection of furniture, lighting, textiles, and objects from emerging independent designers. With items like Hiroko Takeda’s throw, Meg Callahan’s quilts, and Grain’s candleholders, Colony is a perfect spot for anyone on your list.
Colony is located at 324 Canal St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013
The Museum of Modern Art’s gift shop offers a selection of items that reflect the museum’s collection. The museum’s curatorial department evaluates every product in the store, which is known for its collection of unique design gifts and functional products. For more recommendations of products, you can explore their holiday gift guide.
The MoMA Design Store is located at 11 West 53rd Street and 81 Spring Street, New York, NY
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Daniel King and Meghan Lavery launched Home Union in 2016 as a way to share their treasured vintage collection. The specialty vintage store focuses on 20th-century design and one-of-a-kind pieces.
Home Union is located at 369 Hooper Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Beam is a place to go if you are looking for "Southern California meets Brooklyn." Founded in 2013, the store specializes in the best of furniture, lighting, art, home goods, and gifts.
Beam is located at 240 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Adaptations, a vintage furniture store in Greenpoint, sells a mix of industrial and midcentury design pieces for the home. The store also sells "At Home" by Adaptations, a custom line of pillows, sofas, ottomans, benches, headboards, and more.
Adaptations is located at 109 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
The Herman Miller Flagship, the company’s first North American retail store, opened in Gramercy Park in 2016. The store carries a mix of vintage Herman Miller furniture, like the iconic Eames, lighting, and accessories—as well as multiple Herman Miller brands like Design Within Reach, Geiger, and Maharam.
Herman Miller New York Flagship is located at 251 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010
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Founded by the event planner Jung Lee, this store is a great spot to shop a selection of items for decorating and entertaining. Located in the NoMad neighborhood, the loft-style store is arranged into a series of rooms: "a foyer, formal and informal dining areas, a breakfast nook, a bar, a library, and a greenhouse."
Jung Lee is located at 25 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
The Manhattan flagship location in Gramercy offers plenty of offerings for anyone on your list with thousands of items spread over six floors. The store offers a variety of styles with a focus on goods created with sustainability and fair labor standards in mind.
ABC Carpet & Home’s Manhattan Flagship is located at 888 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
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Matter opened its doors in 2003 and has since become a key name in contemporary furniture, housewares, and jewelry. Founded by furniture designer Jamie Gray, the store now carries an in-house brand, Matter Made, which is focused on contemporary American design.
Matter is located at 405 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013
Founded in 2003 by David Alhadeff, The Future Perfect is a gallery and shop with locations in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. When Alhadeff opened The Future Perfect he set out to showcase new and fresh design—and loves "avant-garde work presented in a casual, cozy way."
The Future Perfect’s Manhattan address is located at 55 Great Jones Street, New York, NY 10012
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