Collection by Jaime Gillin

A Whirlwind New York Visit


Last week I spent a few days running around Manhattan (sometimes literally) reporting a handful of upcoming stories for Dwell. In addition to seeing many inspiring projects and meeting many inspiring people, I squeezed in a few stops to some of my favorite design-centric spots.

I woke up in my tiny room at the Jane Hotel, in the west village, to perfect September weather and a clear view to Jersey.

I woke up in my tiny room at the Jane Hotel, in the west village, to perfect September weather and a clear view to...
After a quick breakfast I strolled over to the High Line in Chelsea, which really does live up to its hype.
Next stop: my favorite-ever store, the surreal design fantasyland that is ABC Carpet & Home.
To offer a glimpse of the aesthetic pile-up, here's the view facing one direction on a staircase.
And here's the view facing the other direction—into Moroso's M'Afrique collection, with its colorful, Dr. Seuss-ian...
And then just beyond the African chairs, a pastel wonderland of baby's clothes.
On the ground floor I found some ceramics to covet: the Peacock Collection, made, as a sign informed me, by women...
And downstairs, the only Conran shop in America, chockablock with sleek modern furniture and lighting.
The next day I happened upon the Lomography gallery and shop, which has walls plastered in quirky photos; read more...
Then I made a beeline for the Ace Hotel, designed by the New York-based firm Roman and Williams.
The staircase leads away from the lobby with a big street-art-inspired wall.
Afterwards, a quick stop at the Opening Ceremony outpost at the Ace, where I snagged a pair of Happy Socks for my...
Later in the week I swung by the offices of Thomas Phifer and Partners, for an interview with the founder about his...
While reporting a story about an architect's rowhouse in Brooklyn, I had a close call, narrowly avoiding getting caught...
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