A Guide to New York Design Destinations

Alex Gilbert
Jun 2, 2014 11:43PM

The Artsy Headquarters are located in northeast Tribeca, which is increasingly becoming a design destination. It’s not uncommon for me to attend several openings in one night, and my first stop (and yours) is 82 Franklin St.

R & Company

82 franklin st.

Unique Triangle Tracery tray in polished bronze, 2014
R & Company
Hairy J. Blige double-hump bench from the Beast series, 2014
R & Company

Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers have one of the most impressive design programs in New York. This includes a very busy exhibition schedule highlighting historical designers like Poul KjaerholmGreta Magnusson Grossman, and Joaquim Tenreiro, as well as hot young designers such as The Haas BrothersDavid Wiseman, and Thaddeus Wolfe. Through the end of June, don’t miss the dual show featuring Wendell Castle upstairs with giant candy-colored fiberglass sculptures from the 1970s, and Joe Colombo’s experimental Italian design downstairs.

After exiting the gallery, head right (northwest) on Franklin Street and take your first right onto Church Street. Walk north three blocks and then take a right onto Lispenard Street. Closer to Broadway on the south side of the street, your destination is 50 Lispenard where you’ll find...

Patrick Parrish

50 lispenard st.

"ISST" Table, 2015
Patrick Parrish Gallery
Pentagonal Facet Vessel, 2014
Patrick Parrish Gallery

This June, after 10 years in south Tribeca, Patrick Parrish is opening with a new name (formerly Mondo Cane) in a brand new location. The new space includes a specially commissioned masonite control center designed by one of the gallery’s contemporary design studios, RO/LU. Other rising stars you’ll find represented here are Jonathan Nesci and Doug Johnston, as well as paintings by Andy Rementer, photographs by Nicholas Alan Cope, sculptures by Hanna Eshel, and an eclectic mix of 20th-century vintage furniture, lighting, and accessories.

After exiting the gallery, head right to go southeast on Lispenard Street and take your first left onto Broadway. Cross over Canal, and then take your first right onto Howard Street. Don’t be distracted by Opening Ceremony and the Isabel Marant pop-up straight ahead—instead make a left onto Crosby Street. When you see the sculptural cast bronze door handles on the left at 16 Crosby, you’ve arrived at...

Gallery BAC 

16 crosby st.

Pair of "Ondulation" Benches, ca. 1950
Gallery BAC

The founder of Gallery BAC, Carlos Aparicio, is an architect, so you’re in for a real treat when you step inside this space. French and Scandinavian 20th-century works by such master designers as Jean-Michel FrankJean RoyèreCarl Malmsten, and Kaare Klint are on view in a space complete with Venetian plasterwork walls. The gallery’s director, James Buresh, is an expert in decorative arts and can expertly assist you to hone your burgeoning connoisseurship.

Now you’re going to head back out to Canal and Broadway, where you’ll catch the N train uptown to Greenwich Village—get off at 8th Street NYU Station. Walk north on Broadway two blocks, then turn left onto 10th Street, which is a block often frequented by design professionals while on buying trips with clients. On the north side of the street, keep your eyes peeled for 51 East 10th Street...

Hostler Burrows

51 e 10th st.

At this parlor-level gallery, Kim Hostler and Juliet Burrows have created the perfectly restrained sanctuary, slightly above street-level, to highlight their selection of studio ceramics, cabinetmaker furniture, and hand-woven textiles by designers like Axel SaltoFinn Juhl, and Barbro Nilsson.

Your next stop is just two doors down the block at 53 East 10th Street...

Maison Gerard 

53 e 10th st. #a

Though Maison Gerard’s founder Gerardus Widdershoven and managing partner Benoist Drut are experts in French Art DecoJean DunandJacques AdnetJules Leleu are just a few of the designers you’ll see on view—they’ve also grown a very strong contemporary offering, including Marc BankowskyCarol Egan, and Ayala Serfaty. There are actually two Maison Gerard spaces on 10th street, so don’t miss their second storefront at 43 East 10th Street.

If you’ve still got an itch for more design, I recommend you hop back on the N train, or preferably call an Uber for a little trip out to Woodside, Queens. You’ll need to call ahead—this gallery, housed in an old theater, is by appointment only.

Johnson Trading Gallery 

47/42 43rd st.

This gallery is off the beaten path, but well worth the trek. Paul Johnson has always been the first to recognize great talent, and he’s also managed to scout a great space, so you won’t be disappointed when you walk into his theater-turned-gallery in Woodside. Don’t miss the experimental work of recent RISD graduates Katie Stout and Misha Kahn, along with Chris Schank and Jack Craig from Cranbrook. Johnson also currently has a show up that includes work by Paul Evans and George Nakashima that will knock your socks off.

Alex Gilbert