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Top 10 Places for Design Inspirations in NYC

May 8, 2014

New York City is one of the greatest places in the world. For us designers, it’s a paradise. In this vast metropolis, where can you find inspirations for interior decor? Here are 10 places I picked out for fellow explorers. Put on your sandals and let’s go! :]

1. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Every weekend from 9 AM to 5 PM. From vintage clothing to rustic home decor, this market is awesome for inspiration! Prices vary, but are generally accessible to the public.

Location: West 39th Street & 9th Avenue

By Subway: Take the A,C or E line to 42nd Street/Times Square stop (on 8th Avenue) or take the 1,2 or 3 line to 42nd Street/Times Square stop (on 7th Avenue).

Price: $$

2. GreenFlea

The market is open to shoppers every Sunday from 10 AM to 5:30 PM. It is located on Columbus Avenue between W. 76th and W. 77th on the Upper West Side.

Location: 77th Street and Columbus, New York, NY 10024

By Subway: Take the 7th Ave. local subway (#1) to 79th St. Station. Proceed east on 79th St. to Columbus Ave. 2 long blocks. Turn left onto Columbus Ave. and continue to 77th St. (2 short blocks).

Price: $$

3. Chinatown

The Chinatown in NYC is the biggest Chinatown in the U.S. 🙂 Though not as polished as other Chinatowns (the heavily gentrified Washington, DC one comes to mind), it has a very old-era New York feel to it. Here you’ll find interesting colors, food, herbs and much more! Come now because in 10-20 years, this Chinatown may follow the same path as the one in DC. Trivia: the Chinese community has long left the DC Chinatown, settling down in nearby suburbs like North Potomac and Rockville in Maryland.

By Subway: Take the A, C, E, R, Q, N,  or J to Canal Street Station.

Price: $

4. IKEA store in Brooklyn

A place to find cool and super cheap furniture, kitchens, appliances, sofas, beds, mattresses, tables, chairs, decorations and random stuff. If your singular concern is price, you won’t find a store cheaper than IKEA, though you have to provide your own shipping (otherwise, prices become comparable with other stores).

How to get there? Click here

Price: $

5.  BoConcept

BoConcept is a high-end Danish designer and manufacturer of modern design furniture, with an emphasis on fashion and functionality. Their designs are modern and organic.

 Locations in NYC:

Chelsea: 144 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th Avenue) New York, NY 10011

SoHo: 69 Greene Street (Between Spring Street and Broome Street) New York, NY 10012

Upper East Side: 220 East 57th Street (Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) New York, NY 10022

Price: $$$$

6. Roche-Bobois

Showroom of the French modern furniture store. Super awesome! Given the astronomical prices, we suggest it as a showroom simply to draw inspiration – find some products you like and purchase similarly styled items at other stores.

Location: 200 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Price: $$$$$

7.  Brooklyn Art

Location: Various

Street Art of New York Tours by Foot

Price: Free            More info: Click Here

8. Alessi

Italian Design Factory specialized in modern kitchen utensils

Location: Click here to see all locations in NYC

Price: $$

9. NYC Rooftops!

Rooftops are also inspiring. The breathtaking views, architecture and details give us inspiration for every occasion!

Price: $$$

 10. New York Design Center

In this building, you will find lots of showrooms of different designers and architects. In order to visit, an appointment is needed. A large number of design firms have showrooms here, so you can literally spend entire days exploring all the floors.

Location: 200 Lexington Avenue between 32nd and 33rd Streets

Price: Free

Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM

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