The great thing about New York is you never have to go far to find something new, exciting and cool. And this time it was literally under my nose ( or a few blocks away). The Hester is a very cool retail concept store that has just opened at 29th street and 6th avenue under the Eventi Hotel.
The Hester has been created by the crew from the Hester Street Fair, the super cool Lower East side market that runs every Saturday on the corner of Essex and Hester. If you have never been – the fair sells incredible food, fashion, interiors and gifts. It’s a must visit.
The Hester retail store has some beautiful pieces from a number of innovative New York designers with new stock arriving all the time. I loved these soft beach pieces by Basta – perfect for lounging around in style.
Plus every Thursday this summer they are hosting Hester Nights in the courtyard behind the Eventi Hotel. A chance for us all to sample the delicious food from the Hester Street Fair sellers. It’s creating quite a buzz. More to follow on Friday!
Cycling around Chelsea today, I came across this amazing design store by Comme des Garçons on west 22nd street. It’s been here since 1999, so it’s definitely not news (!), but it was so cool I couldn’t resist going in to look around.
The outside of the building is called Heavenly Body Works which I am guessing was the original use of the building and is covered in graffiti which looks like it has been built up over many years.
You enter through a metal tunnel which takes you in to the middle of the store. Inside it is styled like a very cool contemporary space station inside a white gallery space. Think lots of curved futuristic shapes and a pod in the middle to make your payment. It’s all very super cool.
Is this New York’s coolest tourist shop? It is but only until the 19 August, when it will close and re-open with a new story-based theme. So at the moment the theme is New York, but the next one is yet to be released and previous themes have included subjects like colour and love.
This ultimate concept shop named Story was the idea of Rachel Shechtman who wanted to create a theme around her retail space and bring products sold online back in to the retail environment for a limited amount of time. So every 4-8 weeks it all changes – the merchandising, design, fittings and fixtures to make way for a new theme.
Think of it like a magazine with a love issue for February, a colour issue for spring and now New York for the summer holidays. It’s a forever-changing space. The store sells a very cool selection of fashion, interiors, books and gifts. My fave highlight was these stunning hand-made leather pouches by Brooklyn based designer Tracey Tanner.
Story is located on 10th avenue at 19th street. Check it out before the New York theme closes on 19 August 2012.
On Friday I made my way in the sunshine to the Tom Dixon pop up exhibition on Bleecker Street, Noho as part of New York Design Week. Titled ‘London Underground’, it’s hidden away in the darkest depths of the Bleecker Street Theatre and is the first ever Tom Dixon satellite show in the USA.
The Luminosity installation showcases the latest lamp and lights by Tom Dixon, fresh from Milan which hang elegantly from the ceiling as you walk around the dark space. It’s all very dramatic and very cool.
And if you fancy a coffee there is a pop up Stumptown Coffee House with free coffee (nice!). Plus if you want to shop Fab.com are on hand with some fantastic Tom Dixon products.
It’s still open today and tomorrow so head down to check it out. And do let me know what you think below. Which is your fave Tom Dixon light?
One of the most interesting streets in New York for flower lovers is 28th street between sixth and seventh avenues where you will find shops selling flowers and plants wholesale and to the public.
It’s best to get there early, 5am for florists and 8am for normal folk to get the best of the bunch. Or if you rise late, I still manage to get lovely flowers in the late afternoon.
Even if you aren’t in the market for some flowers pop by to see the seasons changing – cherry blossom, daffodils, hot summer flowers and autumnal twigs to the largest Christmas wreaths I have ever seen! Or all year round admire the orchid displays and the palm trees on the streets of New York.
A top tip is in the summer, walk past for some fresh air, when the summer heat of New York gets too much. I swear it’s like being in the middle of a forest. Plus look out for the cats keeping the mice away at Branches and Blooms on Sixth avenue.
So go see the flower district in New York, and enjoy!
Images courtesy of Kristine Paulus and Eden Pictures.
Located within the prestigious Decoration & Design building, the Maharam showroom has deployed a refreshing, simple and perfectly stylish way to show fabric. An enormous table full of fabric swatches can be found in the middle of the room and a metal bar hangs on the wall where the fabric are draped effortlessly and boldly against the white walls.
The most important thing in this showroom is the fabric, and boy does it stand out.
A stylish dining chair is hard to find, but these retro school stacking chairs are perfect. Either buy all six for your dining table or mix it up with a few of these clashed up against some modern bright chairs.
These really are fabulous and at $95 each, a great priced chair. School was supposed to be the happiest time of your life, so keep the good times rolling.