McNally Jackson’s Picture Room

By Tom Ran

Published: May 23, 2014 under Retail

Picture Room from McNally Jackson

Photo: Picture Room

Despite our society’s aversion to printed matter, McNally Jackson Books in Nolita is thriving. Business has been so good that the owners decided to open a second shop around the corner. Though not a book store, Goods for the Study is a supplement to McNally Jackson offering stationery, desk accessories, and objects for the office or reading room. The business is now venturing into a third shop with Picture Room specializing in rare prints, posters, artists’ books, and art publications. The space is not a gallery but will feature an Artist program highlighting an artist on a temporary basis. Minimal artist Dan Graham is the first to be exhibited. Picture Room sits right next door to Goods for the Study at 236 Mulberry Street and is open daily from noon to 8pm. (via Hyperallergic)

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Other Criteria New York

By Tom Ran

Published: May 2, 2014 under Retail

Other Criteria's London shop

Photo: Other Criteria

Damien Hirst’s Other Criteria produces editions and publications that are more accessible to people who can’t afford his original works. And by accessible we mean thousands of dollars rather than hundreds of thousands or even millions. Until now he’s only had shops in the U.K. and temporary spaces have emerged in Hong Kong and Gagosian’s retail space on Madison Avenue. But that’s about to change come Tuesday May 6th. Other Criteria will be opening its Soho location on Broom Street. It will be a two level space with the top level offering items from the catalog and the lower level will be reserved for exhibitions, reading and screenings. (via Racked)

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Swimsuit Department & Monocle Christmas Market

By Tom Ran

Published: December 6, 2013 under Retail

Vintage Objects by Swimsuit Department at Herman Miller Japan and Monocle Christmas Market

Photo: Swimsuit Department and Monocle

While the Pop Up Flea takes place this weekend in NYC, other notable intimate popups are occurring around the world. Two in particular are happening in Tokyo and London. Swimsuit Department will be holding court inside Herman Miller Japan starting tomorrow through December 15th. They’ll be showcasing vintage and one of a kind Herman Miller products. While in London, Monocle will be hosting their annual Christmas Market featuring vendors from around the world including Trunk Clothiers, Marimekko, Cos, and Hentschman. There will also be a Japanese wrapping station and Magculture will be on hand stocked with a heavy load of global independent magazines. It all starts tomorrow at 11am at Monocle’s London location.

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Nalata Nalata Pop Up Shop

By Tom Ran

Published: November 27, 2013 under Retail

Nalata Nalata pop up shop at Extra Place.

Photo: Nalata Nalata

Extra Place, the small alleyway behind Bowery has become quite a destination in recent years. It’s managed to attract a handful of small but impressive shops, beginning with Koji Kusakabe’s Extra followed up by this year’s opening of Inventory. Now Nalata Nalata is adding to the retail experience and offering a selection of beautiful objects for the home. They’ve rounded up great independent brands, many from Japan and a few locally, including Fort Standard and our favorite, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. Unfortunately, as permanent as the shop looks, it’s only around till the end of December. Nalata Nalata is now open till Christmas Eve and is located at 2 Extra Place, hours are from Monday – Saturday 11-7 and 12-6 on Sundays.

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33 Gifts at 33 Bond

By Tom Ran

Published: November 26, 2013 under Retail

The Shop at Cooper Hewitt and Vitsoe team up for a pop up shop.

Photo: Vitsoe

Holiday season is upon us and there’s less than a month before Christmas. For the design aficionados in your life, we recommend The Shop at Cooper Hewitt. Their approachable selection of the world’s best in design objects is something we’ve always gravitated towards. From high to low, The Shop has always managed to surprise us. But being so far north, it’s a rare that we make our way up there. Fortunately, Vitsoe has teamed up with Cooper Hewitt again for this season by bringing a little bit of their uptown shop, downtown. From December 2 to the 31st, Cooper Hewitt has handpicked 33 gifts from their catalog including the reissue of Braun’s iconic Dietrich Lubs ET66 calculator. The inviting Vitsoe showroom is an ideal space for this shop within a shop and an easy way to pick up a unique gift for a friend.

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House Industries Opens Shop & Gallery

By Tom Ran

Published: November 25, 2013 under Retail

"Ceramics, blocks and all, stuff that's not at the mall," according to House.

Photo: House Industries

For years, House Industries have operated their tight design shop above a post office in the pastoral back roads of Yorklyn, Delaware. Though separated from metropolitan cities, it didn’t deter their global presence. House’s collaborations are world class, working with clients from The New Yorker and Herman Miller to Hermes and Heath Ceramics. At the same time, they’ve been doing a good job at bringing House to other parts of the country and abroad, popping up in temporary retail outposts in New York, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. But a brick and mortar was always on the radar. It’s going to become a reality starting December 6th. House Industries will be opening a permanent location right below their studio. The gallery and shop will stock everything House and will include many of their Japanese collaborations that have been hard to come by stateside. Hours will be from 10am – 7pm.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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