ME AS AN NYC TOURGUIDE!
I met Grace of Design*Sponge. She has been a long time supporter of The Society inc. & it was fantastic to finally meet her. A competition was drawn & I took the winners on a mini ‘loop’ through Soho, starting at Anthropologie 375 West Broadway. It was a perfect early summer day: sunny, sparkly & about 27 degrees (I think that’s about 86F).
We headed North to Spring and walked over to our first stop, Evolution. Head straight upstairs to mini Natural History museum where everything is for sale. Its casing & display is great, especially if you are short on time & cannot get to ANHM. Diagonally cross the road to KioskKiosk. You will notice the pink neon arrow pointing upstairs & venture through the graffiti lined walls & stairs to the upstairs, the Atelier. I love this entrance: unexpected, old-skool NYC feel. Forever changing product from different countries, mostly curious & often utilitarian, but always lovely. Cross over Broadway & North to Prince St to Paula Rubenstein. An all time fav of mine with fab furniture pieces, architectural salvage, a wall of textiles, atelier furniture, old cogs, letters, ribbon, art and everything in between. This is a treasure trove.
We continued on Prince across Lafayette to check out the windows of E.R. Butler. They have huge permanent cabinets filling the space of 3 or 4 windows, much like you might witness in a museum. These displays change & are always good.
Headed back to Crosby & Prince witnessing an undercover cop arrest of 2 men (v NYC!!!) on the way to Crosby St Hotel. Kit Kemp designed this hotel and is an interiors genius. Even if your not staying the night, have lunch, lounge around in the courtyard scattered with faux bois, romantic lanterns & lots of greenery or sit at the bar & drink champagne. There is an honesty bar in the super comfortable library room if you are a guest.
We head south to Broome and walk past my fav hardware store, OK hardware. This was my local & I have bought many necessities here over the years & had many a key cut!! Kept heading west to Ochre. On the way we poked our heads into Jack Spade on Greene for an oilskin messenger bag or even a bag to hold your ping pong paddles & balls! My friend Andrew’s shop, Ochre, has great upholstered pieces, horn drawer pulls and treasures from around the world as well as lovely linens & hamman style bathroom accessories.
From Broome we walked to Wooster & headed North to my fav retail interior, The Rug Co. It was designed by Fay Toogood, who I have long admired (like 20 years!!) and was the look behind many a fabulous World of Interiors shoot. This space has a sense of humour, great play of colour, texture & scale. If you want the Vivienne Westwood cushion, you have to pre-order but my latest fav piece are the dhurrie style tartan rugs. Yes Please.
It was a quick taste teaser of my book and it was great to spend some time with the winners, Design*Sponge & the Anthropologie crew from the Soho Store.