While in New York last month, I couldn’t help but go shopping!  I went from the West Village to SoHo to TriBeCa – hitting all of the top antique and home décor shops on the East Coast hoping to find a few pieces for a new client.  Oh, I just love New York!

First on my list was the Decoration and Design Building (DDB) – the “PDC” of New York.  The DDB is a perfect resource for designers, with over 500,000 square feet of exquisite showrooms open exclusively  to-the-trade, and ever changing inspiration created by fellow designers in the common areas.

My next stop was Karl Kemp Antiques in the West Village.  I have been buying from Karl Kemp for years now and am always excited to visit the showroom and see the new inventory.  Karl Kemp is known for his appreciation of the Neo-Classical decorative arts of the early 19th Century – It’s an appreciation we both share and a reason I love shopping with him.  I also stopped in at Ritter Antik, also in the West Village.  Here I noticed the continuing trend of Parisian pieces from the 1940’s and 1950’s.

A French fine Art Moderne desk designed by André Arbus, c. 1940’s. Karl Kemp.

I have the desk from this beautiful Karl Springer collection in my guest room. Modernist “waterfall” parchment cocktail table, c. 1960’s. Karl Kemp.

This pair of French Art Deco Torcheres – designed by Jean Perzel, c. 1930’s – would be perfect in a library/study. Karl Kemp.

I continued my day making my way down to SoHo and TriBeCa to visit Duane Modern, R. 20th Century and BDDW.  One of my favorite pieces from Duane is their Hubert Bench – it just might be the perfect fit for the foot of my client’s master bed!

The Hubert Bench. Duane Modern.

R. 20th Century carries great vintage pieces from 40’s through the 70’s, as well as modern day artists and designers.  The showroom has an art gallery feel to it, which is common to the TriBeCa-SoHo area.

Next, I went to see the handmade American furniture at BDDW.  BDDW is known for their heirloom, solid wood furniture and they are constantly producing new looks.  I particularly went into BDDW because I have recently grown fond of organic-edge slab tables, and that is one of their specialties.

Slab Dining Table and Bronze Trestle Table. BDDW.

When it comes to shopping for clients, New York is a great place to start.  The West Village, SoHo, and TriBeCa offer some amazing décor showrooms and are always up on the latest trends.  Now I just can’t wait to complete the project and see all of the pieces put together!