Whether your taste is midcentury modern or French Rococo, how you decorate your home says a lot about you. With white oak floors, high board-form concrete ceilings, and windows up to 7’, the 12 Warren residences give you the ultimate blank (and very elegant) canvas to let your style shine through. Fortunately, these luxury condos are close to some of the best places in NYC to find a conversation piece or inspire you to refurnish your entire apartment. In a part of town that is synonymous with reclamation from industrial to luxury, these Downtown shops prove that the motto “everything old is new again” is alive and well in Tribeca.
145 Hudson Street
People with a penchant for clean lines and Chinese and Southeast Asian aesthetics will find everything they are looking for in this vast trove of Far Eastern treasures. This 4,500-square-foot museum-like store was opened over 15 years ago in Tribeca by Jocelyn Serfaty and Howard Ellins, a jet-setting couple who left their careers as a psychotherapist and lawyer, respectively, to pursue their shared love of collecting. The life-altering move led them to open Abhaya, which means “freedom from fear” in Sanskrit. For the home designer, the store may translate best as “freedom from the conventional.” You won’t need to comb through chain stores for replicas of Ming-era wares. Here, you can buy the originals and more, like handcrafted elm chairs from the Shanxi Province, carved sculptures from Indonesia, and Chinese lacquered cabinets. You might have company while you shop, too — the couple’s dog, Sugar Ray, often “works” in the showroom.
Clary & Co. Antiques
139 Franklin Street
Every savvy interior designer has a trick up their sleeve, and this appointment-only antique shop housed in a loft on Franklin Street is the place they go to for old-school glamour and well-crafted pieces. Their specialty is tableware, but the overarching themes are simply quality and a crisp aesthetic. No matter what type of piece you’re looking for, Clary & Co. is the place to find it. With items from the 1700s to the early 1900s, this store curates everything from Tiffany lighting to Steuben glassware and Schiaparelli costume jewelry.
129 Duane Street
While a glimpse of the Chrysler Building might temporarily sate your appetite for art deco design, a shopping spree at Antiqueria could set you and your home up for a lifetime. Opened by two “deco-philes,” this shop is a veritable temple to all things European from the 1920s through 1960s. Although the emphasis is on antiques, the classic style of many of the pieces fits seamlessly into any modern design scheme. Whether you choose that rosewood rolling cart from the 1940s for the dining room, a French floating-glass desk for your home office, or an Italian deco mirror for the entryway, you’ll be shopping with good company. Movie stars, business leaders, and even the Prince of Monaco have been known to be happy customers.