New York City is the World’s Latest Stage for High-End Furniture Design. As you know, The Big Apple has always been the centre of the world’s attention for several reasons. Its strategical geopolitical location in the East Coast helped the city grow in the past, carried by the growth of Wall Street. But lately, it wasn’t about the financial or the political aspects no more. In the past few years, New York has, in fact, being a centre stage, but for a cultural revolution. In a city overloaded with people from all over the world, the huge cultural mix has resulted in serious advancements in cinema, literature, music and, of course, design. But what could we expect from a city that breaths and transpires art? New York has been going through a metamorphosis process in terms of interior design, with hundreds of showrooms opening every year. And in this article, we hope to shed the light on the best ones for you to redesign your home.
The Best High-End New York-based Brands
This list of high-end furniture designs includes the most sought out ones in New York. These US furniture brands produce sofas, sectionals, armchairs, beds, chests, coffee tables, wardrobes, dining chairs and tables, rugs and other products for you to furnish your bedroom, dining rooms, living spaces, and other rooms of your home.
Matter is a New York City-based gallery, showroom, and manufacturer, representing a refined selection of national and international contemporary design. The brand is revered as a resource for detecting what lies beyond the horizon in design. Architects and interior designers around the world look to Matter to take the temperature of the current state of design and to look for inspiration. Matter is not just a place to purchase beautiful things, but also a platform for an ongoing conversation about design by the design community and the public alike. Since its inception in 2003, Matter has had the opportunity to collaborate with and represent some of the most innovative established and promising international design talents. We are currently focused on raising the international perception of contemporary American design through our in-house brand Matter Made and the representation of the very best manufacturers and independent designers working today.
Our Pick from Matter
Little Petra Chair by Vigo Boesen
Initially introduced back in 1938, Little Petra won instant praise at the Copenhagen Cabinetmakers Guild Exhibition, subsequently winning awards at exhibits in New York and Berlin. It’s one of just a few designs by architect Viggo Boesen, who became associated with Denmark’s signature design aesthetic in the 1930s called funkis style. Distinguished by a softer, more abundant, organic aesthetic that challenged the minimalistic approach of Bauhaus.
Flair Home Collection
Against a signature backdrop of black and white, Flair presents a unique proposition in home furnishings, decoration, and gifts. Rigorously selected European and American vintage furnishings and accessories are seamlessly mixed with our own exclusive designs to create a highly individual style that transcends eras and origins.
Our Pick from Flair
Mid Century Italian brass leg sofa in the style of Gio Ponti, upholstered in hand-painted blue cube fabric by Livio de Simone.
The Future Perfect
The Future Perfect, founded in 2003 by David Alhadeff, is one of the world’s foremost contemporary design galleries. From its inception, The Future Perfect has been distinguished by its thoroughly creative vision and strong curatorial focus, which showcases studio-created works alongside one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces.
Our Pick from The Future Perfect
Liquify Coffee Table by Patricia Urquiola
Available in three sizes, Patricia Urquiola’s oval-shaped tables, produced in collaboration with iconic Italian producer Glas Italia, elevate a furniture staple to surreal heights. Made with tempered extra light glass, with irregular decoration which mirrors the colour and veins of marble, the piece appears different from every viewpoint. Issued in two different colours, green and pink-beige, the tables exemplify the vital spirit of contemporary Italian design.
ABC Carpet and Home
ABC Carpet & Home is a global leader sparking change through commerce. Sourcing goods that are created with sustainability and fair labour standards in mind, they have pioneered a path all our own, creating and nurturing a marketplace built on craftsmanship, quality, and integrity. They look to raise the standards of the ordinary and ignite a shift in the global retail space. To captivate and cultivate a healthy home and a healthy planet for all.
Our Pick from ABC Carpet and Home
Striated periwinkle and soft sky tonalities host an intricate design etched in navy, in this one-of-a-kind contemporary carpet. Handwoven in India and overdyed to create a remarkable chromatic composition, each Color Reform Silk piece transforms new, luxurious silk rugs into exotic works of art that feature unique tonalities and patterns brought to life through intense colour.
For 31 years, AICO/Amini Innovation Corp has been known for original, high quality and intricately designed home furnishings. CEO and Founder, Michael Amini, combines his extensive world travels and his affinity for fashion to create the inspiration for each distinctive design. From the ancient ruins of Greece to Russian palaces; from the sunny hillsides of Tuscany to the charming cafes of a crowded Paris street, Michael finds inspiration in world culture, traditional art, and architecture. It is his goal to create furniture that connects people emotionally with their culture, country, and heritage.
Our Pick from Michael Amini
Platine de Royale Champagne Fireplace
This French-styled fireplace is perfect to add that Great Gatsby, Roaring 20’s vibe to your living room design.
ModShop furniture designs can be customized to fit a variety of decor styles, from organic and industrial modern pieces, urban loft styles, clean-lined European design, to transitional Hollywood Regency glamour and ’60s Mod. With a background in the fast-paced apparel industry, they use this experience to keep the product in their stores moving forward with trends just as you would expect to see in the fashion industry- regularly adding trendy, fun furniture and accessories to the collections.
Our Pick from ModShop
John Derian Company Inc. was established in 1989. John’s decoupage is handmade in his studio in New York City, where he employs a small staff of artisans to assist with production. His designs are sold at upscale home stores, in catalogues, and gift shops worldwide. The full range of John’s work, including his ephemera, ceramic and furniture collaborations, is available at his own retail shops in Manhattan’s East Village where he has an ever-changing assortment of vintage and antique imports, bed and table linens, stationery, plate-ware, lighting and original artwork by Hugo Guinness.
Our Pick from John Derian
Bachelor Loveseat by John Derian Collection
It takes two full days to hand-tuft the Bachelor Sofa, inspired by the beautifully layered Bachelor Button dianthus flower. With its deep seat and firm back, the elegantly shaped loveseat is their most dramatic addition to the line.
MoMA Design Store
Our Pick from MoMA
Heart Shaped Cone Chair by Verner Panton
In contrast to many midcentury designs that keep their cool, Verner Panton’s Pop Art-inspired chair offers a playfully passionate silhouette. His 1959 rendition of a traditional wingback chair is a prime example of his efforts “…to encourage people to use their fantasy imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.” The enveloping sweep of the upholstered back and seat tapers down to a base of strong but slender stainless steel. With its vibrant red upholstery, the chair makes an eye-catching addition to any living room, bedroom, or library. Made in Germany by Vitra, a manufacturer of iconic modern furnishings that are widely represented in MoMA’s collection.
Other Honorably Mentioned Related High-End Showrooms in NYC
New York City is more often than not the chosen city for brands to showcase their products and get the stamp approval of the biggest influencers and design professionals on their designs. With showrooms and strong design centres in almost every corner of the city, it’s rather easy to get lost in the many brands that are represented at the different showrooms and to find new designers and outstanding design products every other day.
Covet New York
The staging project between Tessler Developments and Covet House makes The Mansion, at 172 Madison Avenue, the most coveted address for design lovers and professionals in the Big Apple. Covet NYC is fully decorated with a curated selection of furniture, lighting, and accessories from the best European luxury brands.
Created as an original collaboration between Tessler Developments and Covet House, COVET NYC, also known as “The Mansion” is located at the heart of Madison Avenue and is fully decorated with a curated selection of furniture, lighting, upholstery and accessories from the best European luxury brands, such as Boca do Lobo, Brabbu, DelightFull, EssentialHome, Luxxu, Circu, Pullcast, Rug’Society, Foogo, Koket.
The kids’ bedroom highlights a series of playful yet elegant pieces that are the perfect introduction in regards to design and comfortable living into a child’s world, from the Cloud Lamp to the Fantasy Air drawers as well as the Illusion table.
Droog is a conceptual design company that focuses on matters that affect society and its people. Major collaborations include the New Original project, the Rijksmuseum, the Museum of Sex in New York and the CACAU Cultural Centre in São Tomé. By the way, Droog has the most inventive, colourful and whimsical furniture collections when it comes to interior design.
Our Pick from Droog
Taking the principles of Gerrit Rietveld, this inside out furniture series makes construction simple and attractive. For easy assembly, brackets and construction details are on the outside, while the coating is on the inside. The cabinet has been turned inside out. Design duo Minale-Maeda makes construction into a distinctive and attractive feature.
DDC Minotti is the leading source of contemporary furniture design. They can offer an exceptional variety of home and contract furniture, lighting and accessories, ranging in style from classic modern to the most cutting-edge designs in their showrooms – the most notorious ever.
Our Pick from Minotti
The Aston “Stool”, with its soft, inviting cushioned seat, is available in two heights: 67 cm and 80 cm. The tapered wood legs are made of solid ash and are finished in open pore Tobacco stain or open pore Moka lacquer, with footrests in Pewter colour steel.
Recently opened, the Lladró showroom in New York is empowered by unique, one of a kind, fine art pieces. There, you will be able to have a look at the most iconic handcrafted porcelain sculptures combined with Boca do Lobo’s luxury furniture. Some things were made to be special and this showroom is one of those.
Our pick from Lládro
Ralph Lauren Home
Ralph Lauren Corporation is a global leader in the design, marketing, and distribution of premium lifestyle products, including apparel, accessories, home furnishings, and other licenced product categories. For five decades, our long-standing reputation and distinctive image have been consistently developed across an expanding number of products, brands, sales channels, and international markets. We believe that our global reach, breadth of product offerings, and multichannel distribution are unique among luxury and apparel companies.
Our Pick from Ralph Lauren Home
Victorian Bookcase by Ralph Lauren Home
This Victorian Renaissance Revival bookcase is inspired by an English design from the 19th century. A stepped cornice protrudes over the three arched-glass-fronted doors and carved half-columns on the upper section. The tripartite bottom cabinet features three inset panel doors, carved half-columns and a stepped-and-moulded base. Solid walnut finished with worn ebonized paint produces a rich patina.
Ralph Pucci International is a luxury furniture, lighting and mannequin company based in New York City. What began as a family business in the 1950s fabricating mannequins has grown to a gallery and showroom regarded as one of the best in the world, with outposts now in Miami and a brand new Los Angeles gallery that opened in March 2017. The mannequins include innovative and avant-garde collaborations with fashion designers, illustrators and supermodels including Ruben Toledo, Anna Sui, Christy Turlington, Maira Kalman and Rebecca Moses. The mannequins are featured in high-end department stores and boutiques worldwide including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.
Console table by Hervé Van Der Straeten
The furniture chapter began in 1989 because of a mannequin created by French interior designer Andrée Putman, who then urged Pucci to represent her furniture in the US. Today the designers represented by Ralph Pucci International include Patrick Naggar, Jens Risom, Vladimir Kagan, Hervé van der Straeten, Chris Lehrecke, India Mahdavi, Eric Schmitt, Jim Zivic, Michael Anastassiades, Elizabeth Garouste and many more. For Ralph Pucci, great design is an on-going quest to celebrate the legends while also looking to the future and supporting emerging talent, which has led to an on-going partnership with students from Pratt Institute, where Pucci serves on the board.
For nearly 80 years Knoll has remained true to the Bauhaus design philosophy that modern furniture should complement architectural space, not compete with it. At Knoll, modern design has been their guiding principle, and their passion has been shared by customers and design professionals worldwide.
Our Pick from Knoll
Knoll Washington Prism® Chair
Designed as part of the Washington Collection for Knoll™, the Prism Lounge Chair and Ottoman use geometry and pattern to define form. The pieces are intended as sculptural or architectural objects that can be viewed from any side.
Best Interior Designers in New York
It is indubitable that the world of design is filled with magnificent talent. Going from vintage to modern, from mid-century to contemporary, we owe the beauty of home decor to the interior designers who use their vision to create the perfect mise-en-scène. They were our inspiration to write a list of 10 of the best interior designers based in New York.
One of the historical names of North-American and New York’s Interior Design is Peter Marino. He founded in 1978 in New York City the Peter Marino Architect PLLC, an internationally acclaimed architecture, planning and design studio that also has several offices around the United States of America in major cities like Philadelphia or Miami.
His work has helped redefine modern luxury worldwide, emphasizing materiality, texture, scale, light and the constant dialogue between interior and exterior. That’s why this worldwide celebrated designer is widely considered one of the Top Designers of the World and his services are requested by the most iconic names in the fashion, businesses and art industries! That’s why Peter Marino has a rich catalogue of Luxury Design Projects and today we’ll show you a few of them!
Thomas O’Brien created Aero Studios in 1992 alongside William Sofield. Sofield left 3 years later and since then Thomas is the sole owner of the company. He is known for his “warm modernism” and the way he mixes vintage and modern in his interior design. O’Brien has established partnerships with many important American brands, even though his main focus lays on the design of private residences. He designed bath plumbing for Waterworks, textiles for Lee Jofa, tableware for Reed & Barton and designed a boutique for Emporio Armani, just to name a few.
A living room filled with light, decorated by neutral colours, one of the main trends for the fall-winter season.
The Alex Papachristidis Interiors was created in 1987 under the name Anderson, Papachristidis Interiors, a partnership between Alex Papachristidis and Leslie Anderson. When Anderson left in the mid-nineties and after the joining of Antoinette Raeymaekers in 1996 (and her departure in 2004), Papachristidis became the only owner of the company. He is known for his modern eye and described as an eclectic traditionalist.
A kitchen decorated with blue and white porcelain.
Interior designer Dan Fink is the founder of the Dan Fink Studio. Fink has a high interest in history, art and the new American living. The work of the studio focus in residential and commercial projects, not only in New York but also in San Francisco, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Maui and New Zealand. Their main purpose is to deliver an interior design that is both classic and modern.
Chinoiserie wallpaper bringing the element of tradition and blending with a modern sculptural table.
Jamie Drake and Caleb Anderson are two award-winning interior designers based in New York that set their goal at creating a luxurious and refined design in order to bring sophistication into the world of interior design. They created Drake/Anderson. Their trademark is their eclecticism, always proving that personality is crucial in the world of interior design. If Drake is praised for being one of the first designers to make Modernism famous in interior design, Anderson is capable of bringing a vast number of historical periods together.
The unexpected use of purple in a nineteenth-century Manhattan apartment
In 1992 Brian McCarthy founded his homonymous New York-based company Brian J. McCarthy Inc. Since then he has been decorating residences not only in New York but also all around the world. He was responsible for the design of the State Rooms in the Winfield House in 2005.
Brian J. McCarthy’s New York City office has a conference room that owns elements from multiple influences.
Based in New York City, Joe Nahem has been working for over 30 years in the industry. After the death of Tom Fox in 2003, with whom he created Fox-Nahem Associates, Joe Nahem has continued his path creating pieces that embody elegance and luxury. The materials he uses come from different parts of the world such as South Africa, Switzerland and Brooklyn. He is the interior designer that decorated Robert Downey Jr.’s house in the Hamptons.
This modern living room was decorated with a Ron Arad Sofa featuring an out of the ordinary touch, a Karl Springer Lucite cocktail table and armchairs by Gio Ponti that add a 30s look into this home decor.
Frank de Biasi
Based in New York City, Frank de Biasi Interiors was created in 2006. Frank de Biasi is known for his holistic approach which allied to his love for travelling makes his interior design unique. He uses colour and lighting as some of the main characteristics of his work.
John & Christine Gachot
Interior designers John and Christine Gachot created Gachot Studios in 2012. The couple is experts not only in interior design but also in real estate and art direction. They seek to create a refined aesthetic with a strong sense of place. Their values lay on elegance and simplicity with special attention to detail.
The Thompson Hotel in New York, Tribeca. This hotel went through a makeover performed by the Gachot Studios. The atmosphere created goes back to midcentury furniture with the glamorous touch of black and gold.
John Ike, Thomas A. Kligerman and Joel Barkley
Ike Kligerman Barkley is a New York and San Francisco based architecture and interior design company formed by interior designers and architects Thomas A. Kligerman, John Ike and Joel Barkley that has been in the business for over 25 years. They focus mainly on the quality of the materials as well as in creating and decorating places where any style can fit.
The wood ceiling tops with a white dining table and chairs and white walls bring light to this modern space.
Other Honorably Mentioned Related Interior Designers
Nate Berkus is an American interior designer, author, TV host, and television personality. He runs the Chicago interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates and has been a regularly featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering design advice to viewers, as well as coordinating surprise make-overs for people’s homes. He has released numerous lines of products and authored several books.
Nathan Jay “Nate” Berkus was born September 17, 1971, in Orange County, California and grew up mainly in suburban Minneapolis. He is Jewish and openly gay. He attended Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He started working in design immediately after leaving high school and interned at Dominique Aurientis in Paris and Sotheby’s in Chicago. Berkus graduated from Lake Forest College near Chicago in 1994 with degrees in French and Sociology. Berkus founded the company, Nate Berkus Associates, in Chicago in 1995.
Marmol Radziner founded 1989 is a Los Angeles-based design-build practice founded and led by architects Leo Marmol, FAIA and Ron Radziner, FAIA. The firm offers a full range of design services, including architectural design, programming, master planning, historic restoration, landscape design, interior design, and furniture design. Marmol Radziner specializes in residential, restoration, multifamily, commercial, retail, hospitality, educational, and community projects.
Following the “master builder” tradition, Marmol Radziner integrates design services with a variety of construction capabilities. The firm houses a wide range of in-house skills, including architects, metal fabricators, carpenters, cabinet-makers and construction crew. With Marmol Radziner Shops the firm frequently designs and fabricates original furnishings specific to each project through its in-house cabinet and metal shops. In addition, the firm also designs and produces several Marmol Radziner furniture available for custom order. The firm is also licensed to reproduce R.M. Schindler’s line of furnishings designed for his seminal 1921-22 Kings Road Schindler House in West Hollywood.
Hirsch Bedner Associates
World-renowned as the “Number 1 Hospitality Design Firm ” by Interior Design and honored in 2014 by the Gold Key Awards, Hospitality Design Awards, International Hotel Awards, Society of British Interior Design Awards and the European Hotel Design Awards; HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, unveils the world ’s most anticipated hotels, resorts, casinos and spas. Leading the hotel design industry since 1965, HBA remains keenly attuned to the pulse of changing industry trends governed by today ’s sophisticated traveller.
The partnership of Howard Hirsch and Michael Bedner began when Howard hired Michael as an entry-level blueprint drafter. They soon founded the company in 1965, becoming one of the first companies to market themselves as a hospitality design firm. Initially focusing their work on projects local to the United States, HBA began work on the Beverly Rodeo Hotel in Beverly Hills and Chez Voltaire, a restaurant in Florida. Over time, HBA expanded its work internationally, establishing an office in Hong Kong and later an office in London.
Timothy Corrigan is an interior designer with offices in Los Angeles and Paris. His firm, Timothy Corrigan, Inc. specializes in interior design and incorporates antiques into most of its projects. Some of his work is in the homes of European and Middle Eastern royalty, and Hollywood celebrities. Corrigan has been named one of Architectural Digest’s AD100: World’s Top Interior Designers and Architects.
He has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, In Style, Traditional Home Town & Country, and on television internationally. He has appeared on HGTV’s Million Dollar Rooms, HGTV’s Top Ten, LXTV’s International Open House – Paris, Extra. He was chosen to design the Architectural Digest green room at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Mary McDonald is an award-winning, internationally published Los Angeles-based interior designer. She is one of the stars of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators” & “Property Envy” series and is consistently ranked as one of House Beautiful’s Top 100 Designers. She is the author of “Interiors: The Allure of Style” from Rizzoli publishing and has been honoured as one of the top 25 designers by Veranda Magazine.
Her licensed product lines include an acclaimed fabric collection for F. Schumacher & Company, lighting for Robert Abbey, rugs for Patterson, Flynn and Martin, and furniture for Chaddock Home.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard
Martyn Lawrence Bullard is a multi-award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer and is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and always inviting interiors. Martyn has been consistently named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Décor’s A-List, named one of the top 25 designers by Hollywood Reporter, and part of the Luxe Interiors + Design Gold List 2012.
Though recognized in the US mainly as one of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Decorators, his newest television show, Hollywood Me (which airs in the UK), has recently won the National Reality TV Awards for Best Self-Improvement/ Makeover Show. Martyn’s extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to quality have won him international acclaim, as well as the respect of such A-List clientele as Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, to name a few.
The Craftsmanship’s presence in New York – Carpenters Workshop
Carpenters Workshop Gallery produces and exhibits functional sculptures by international rising and already established artists and designers going outside their traditional territories of expression.
The gallery is actively involved in the research and production of the limited edition works exhibited. The choices are guided by the research of an emotional, artistic and historical relevance; a relevance that appears as evidence.
In 2015 Carpenters Workshop Gallery | New York was opened. This new space confirms today the leadership and dominant position of the gallery in the international territory of art and design.
The gallery relies on the partnership of friends Julien Lombrail & Loic Le Gaillard. They first opened a space in London’s Chelsea in 2006 in a former carpenter’s workshop; which was followed with a second space in Mayfair in 2008.
Craftsmanship in the US
The United States is a country that has a huge and rich tradition with craftsmanship. It is often said that America was built on steel, and that should be believed. The American people rely a lot on the middle class, blue-coloured jobs for the maintenance of the society and the economy. And that reflects a lot on the design world. It is very rare the interior designer in America who doesn’t work with carpenters, blacksmiths and all the other ancient arts.
In 2009, Tadd Myers was on a commercial job in which he photographed craftsmen who worked on mouldings for historic buildings. Their tremendous skill and devotion inspired him to launch a lengthy, cross-country journey photographing men and women who make their living producing handmade goods.
The resulting book, Portraits of the American Craftsman, released in 2013, features photographs of 30 workshops across the U.S., from grand piano builders in New York City to baseball glove makers in Texas. The crafts industry occupies a big piece of the American economy, and that it’s what keeps it safe from the hazards of technology.