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Furniture is an integral component of interior design, as they bring balance, rhythm, emphasis, and proportion to the rooms of a home. To create flow and congruity in your decorating, it’s important to match the style and design of furniture pieces with the overall design concept and appearance of your home. For instance, a Victorian loveseat would look absurdly out of place in an uber-modern, minimalist New York City penthouse. Whether you’re looking for classic or modern pieces, you can find exactly what you need to decorate your place in these premier furniture stores.
B&B Italia New York
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For upscale modern furniture, visit the flagship store of B&B Italia on 58th Street in New York City. The store, opened in 1988, spans over 10,000 square feet. Known for its award-winning Italian furnishings, B&B Italia sells items like upholstered seating, tables, closets, complements, wall units, and wood products. Buyers looking for clean lines and contemporary designs will appreciate B&B’s aesthetic.
While ddc’s designs are indisputably smooth and forward-thinking, certain collections have an almost cinematic quality about them with their romanticism and elegance. The company has two stores on Madison Avenue that are packed with products that coordinate well together as a set but also have enough presence to stand alone. Individual creativity and expression are paramount in ddc’s pieces. ddc is renowned for its lighting collection, particularly the Etoile lamp, which would be the perfect accent for any New York City apartment.
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If you like the vintage/retro look but want a subtle modern twist, the pieces of Ligne Roset will delight you. The store’s furniture is a clear monument to 1950s and 1960s classic designs but also gives a nod to modernity with its crisp, sleek lines. The company has two stores in Greenwich Village, one on Park Avenue and another on Wooster Street.
Decidedly traditional, no one does bedrooms like Hudson. The company also has a commitment to natural materials—all its wood comes from salvaged trees from the United States. Interestingly, the designer of the greenroom at the 2014 Academy Awards decorated the room with multiple pieces from Hudson. See Hudson’s works for yourself at the showroom on West 14th Street.
A common complaint about upscale, modern furniture is that it sacrifices comfort for appearance. Hellman-Chang is one of the few stores that has struck a balance between avant-garde style and livability. Located on 79th Street, Hellman-Chang seeks to advance trends in furniture to the extreme while also maintaining integrity in their materials and craftmanship.
No matter how fabulous the apartment, furniture can make or break a place. Whether your tastes skew retro, traditional, or ultra modern, the five furniture stores mentioned here will have what you need to really bring your new home together. If you’re in the city, you’re not too far away from any of the companies’ showrooms, and, in the meantime, you can browse their online catalogs to start gathering inspiration.