Last month we skipped town and spent 72 hours in Manhattan visiting some of our favourite brands, eating and drinking all kinds of delicious things and simply viewing all of the beautiful things New York has to offer. Below is a recap of some highlights and places to add to your own itineraries if planning a visit in the near future!
First thing's first! The 'new' Blu Dot location on Madison was stop number one. A large, two level showroom in the heart of NoMad. It was fun to see and sit-test all of the latest additions to their product range. A couple standouts were the new Council swivel lounge chair and SideBySide dining chairs.
From there, it was time to refuel at Felix Roasting Co. before ducking into a few shops along the way- Ganni and Moooi to name a couple! Every shop window and showroom in New York is stunning so it's just fun to wander and see how things are done in a different market. Then it was on to Claudette for happy hour drinks and oysters before moseying down to Yves for dinner.
The Carl Hansen & Son NY office may have been my highlight of the trip! It isn't open to the public but I took the elevator up to the 15th floor and I think my jaw probably dropped when the doors opened. The Louis Poulsen Artichoke hanging above the RF1903 Sideways Sofa with a flood of classics and the NY skyline behind 😍 Every piece they make is even better in person so these photos don't even do it justice. Anyone spot a new 'to be launched in 2023' product? 👀
Next we hit Lysée, 'a gallery of confections', which opened earlier this year for tea and dessert before checking into our new room at Public Hotel. Highly recommend staying here. The rooms were small but so well designed and there was a whole host of restaurants and bars to enjoy. Somewhere along the way we also popped into the Menu/by Lassen NY office, soon to be renovated, but showcased a number of their newest designs. And of course we had to stop in the Herman Miller showroom to see the latest collaboration with Hay.
Probably my other top highlight of the trip was visiting The Future Perfect. I had been to their previous location a number of years ago but the new spot is tucked within a brownstone in the West Village and open by appointment only. It was redesigned by David Chipperfield in 2003 and is filled top to bottom with the most beautiful objects curated by David Alhadeff, founder of The Future Perfect. Their 2 California locations are near the top of my 'to visit' list. Peep all the Bocci 21's cascading down the incredible staircase that blew my husband's mind.
Saturday morning we headed straight for La Cabra. Probably the longest I've ever waited in a line for a coffee and pastries but so worth it. Once fueled up, we spent most of our day showroom hopping around SoHo. The new Almendra collection of pendants designed by Patricia Urquiola were front and centre at Flos. Then up in NoHo, we got to meet the owner of modernlink, William Lee, who wildly enough has ties to Winnipeg and visits here regularly! He walked us through the incredible collection of vintage Danish pieces he's acquired- many of which I've never even been able to see in person before so that was very cool. We watched the sun set over Manhattan and then headed out for more food. And more drinks. Make sure you add Katana Kitten to your list 🍸
Until next time, NY ✌