The materials of chalkboard and rich oaks and maples abound as well; and The Upper Rust in the East Village is no exception.
It's as laden with mysterious charm as your grandfather's prep school or your grandmother's kitchen, but—because of the monochromatic palette and clean lines—reveals the earliest of modernism: industry. It's a study in both the masculine and feminine, from vintage framed sepia portraits of college sports teams to beveled mirrors, sweetly rickety plant stands to heavy industrial tables.
The best part: there are two store fronts, with room to grow.
445 E 9TH St
New York, NY 10009-4942
Phone: (212) 533-3953
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.