Gracing the small space are gems like the Fritz Hansen leather armchair designed for the '74 Stockholm airport; an antique stencil wheel, once used to stencil prices on objects; and a pair of American anonymous 1920s chairs that reek of Fitzgerald. One thing about Lanning's approach: he refinishes the upholstery of these found objects himself, but keeps the wood as-is and worn. The effect is that of pieces well-loved.
Inventory changes weekly. The store doesn't have a website, so you'll have to stop by in person. Portmanteau is located at 81 Grand Street, Brooklyn, New York 11211. 718-384-0777
After starting in design journalism at House & Garden and CNN, Jamie runs the International Design Awards festival, which rewards visionary international design. One University of Southern California MFA later, she maintains a steady fiction and dramatic writing habit.