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Design lovers guide to New York City

Reflecting on my recent trip to New York city, I thought it would only be fair to share the amazing and inspiring places that I discovered over there. From shops, museums to secret cocktail bars, New York has a lot to offer and I can’t list it all, plus I’ve got so much more to discover!

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Olde Good Things

Architectural antique dealers, packed with great finds although the priced are ramped up. Various locations in New York. Click here to view locations .

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Environment

This company features mainly industrial furniture and lights and huge heavy wooden pieces too.

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Lindsey Adelman

Ok so this is a private showroom but if any designers out there need to specify somme pretty special lighting I suggest calling this showroom up for a preview. The collections are stunning.

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Crate & Barrel

This is like the Heal’s and Habitat for America. The Soho branch has a huge area dedicated Marimekko, which was a colourful treat!

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ABC Carpet & Home

Don’t be fooled by the boring name,  this manhattan store is made up of ten floors offering an inspired collection of rugs, furniture, antiques, home textiles, accessories and sustainable furnishings. During design week Tom Dixon curated a huge exhibition, even the Conran shop has a feature in the store.

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 MoMA design store

An extension to the Museum of Modern Art’s educational mission, this MoMa design store has a well selected range of products from around the world. Highlighting the latest in materials, production and design concepts.

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Bars and Restaurants

Ace Hotel

I fell in love and I only had one glass of wine. This amazing hotel has such a cool design (by super cool design company Roman and Williams), very eclectic, edgy and trendy. The great thing about this place is that it’s not only a funky hotel it has a great lobby bar, shops, Stumptown coffee shop and restaurants, not to mention rooms available for meetings and events.

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GEMMA

A fantastic Italian restaurant which is part of the Bowery hotel, really relaxing, great place to sit back and people watch and the food was beautiful!

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The Park

Located in the expensive but incredibly hip area of the Meat packing district, The Park was the perfect place to escape the bustling city streets. On my visit I sat outside in the garden among the lush greenery which was so relaxing and romantic, the food was Mediterranean inspired, very fresh and tasted lovely.

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Little Branch

There’s an increasing number of ‘secret’ cocktail bars and the Little Branch is a super cool one! If you find yourself at 20 7th Avenue, you may see a guy sat on a stool outside of a not so pretty door. That’s the Little Branch! We were escorted downstairs to a very dark basement with a buzzing vibe. Cute little booths and we caught some live jazz too! The cocktails were pretty special, I must recommend their take on a White Russian, yumm!

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Madame Geneva 

GIN! This cocktail bar mainly focuses on Gin cocktails (but can offer other drinks), I’m not really a gin drinker but this cocktail bar has changed my mind, those gin cocktails were amazing.

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Places to Visit

High Line

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. A genius use of space and increasing the green in the city, can only be a good thing. Walking along the High Line was a brilliant experience, set high above ground and winding around the buildings you can get some fab views of the city. There are events, street food vendors and places to sit and sun-bathe.

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Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea has four locations and over 250 vendors of antiques, vintage clothing, handmade items etc. I went to the Fort Greene Flea and purchased my section of ceiling tin tile. I suggest this visit is a must, you never know what you’ll find.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A great place to visit for a bit of history, culture and art. It’s a huge museum so maybe try and plan the visit first. I was lucky enough to see the Punk couture exhibition plus the interiors section is cool, I loved the Frank Lloyd Wright room, what a visionary.

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New Museum

A fantastic contemporary space, this building was designed by Japanese architect firm SANAA. Rising 175 feet from street level, this building is a dramatic stack of seven boxes (creating a series of levels) stands proudly on the Bowery. The exhibitions were all captivating and was a great way to spend an afternoon.

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 Who can resist collecting the Wallpaper City Guides??!!! I love them and they’re so cheap, some other great recommendations too.

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