This little shop at the top end of Greenwich Street (just down from the Chelsea Market) took my eye on my first day in New York. They have managed to create a delightfully simple Christmas feel while showing off their wares to perfection. Outstanding Christmas merchandising.
Vitra have been designing and producing furniture since 1950 from their base in Switzerland. Their ethos is to make beautiful, durable furniture with ecologically sustainable materials. Influences include Charles and Ray Eames. Their furniture and homewares are available all over the world. If you want to see some of their furniture 'in the flesh'..."Space" in Richmond, Melbourne stock a selection of their wares.
You can see the simplicity and beauty of their designs from this small array of photos. The quality of finish on their furniture and homewares is outstanding. Perfect stitching on leather and finish on wood.
I've got a bit of a penchant for elephants. This one would make a great seat in a child's room.
A little bit of New York goss... the day I took these photos there had been a murder at the hotel next door to this shop. TV camera men and reporters were all over the street around Vitra. The rooftop garden at the top of the hotel has been used for filming in "Sex and the City". The TV news was full of the murder for several days. A stark reminder that I am temporarily living in the country that has the dubious honor of the highest murder rate per capita, per year in the world. Ugh.