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Christian Siriano’s New Concept Shop, a Memphis Design Pop-up, and Surfboards in Chinatown

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On May 1, city surfer shop Token Surfboards joined Chinatown’s summer-sports cluster.

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1. Bikes: GoGo Gone, 6KU Nebula 2 bike with gold wheels ($249); Zycle “fix prime” bike with white frame and drop handlebars ($320).

2. Skateboards: Labor, classic eagle deck ($55); decks designed by skater Dane Brady ($55); 60-mm. wheels by Spitfire ($32).

3. Bikes: Dah Shop, blue plastic pedals by Animal Bikes ($20); Subrosa specialty frames ($300); crimson-red BMX bike chains ($65).

4. Surfboards: Token, Alessandro Simonetti x Token board (pictured; $900); a “kelp-colored” eight-inch fin ($53).


Four pieces from Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek’s new collaboration with Ikea, now available in Red Hook (1 Beard St.).

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Colorful: Industriell chair, $89.
Natural: Industriell armchair, $129.

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Colorful: Industriell pink plate, $6.
Natural: Industriell vase, $20.

Popping Up

Through May, collector Raquel Cayre has opened Raquel’s Dream House, a townhouse full of Memphis design furniture and more (79 Greene St.).

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“The space is incredible: a four-story townhouse that we filled to the brim with Memphis furniture. On the third floor, we have a functioning Bower Studios x Studio Proba fountain ($29,500). We have a 1981 Masanori Umeda boxing-ring bed that was in Karl Lagerfeld’s apartment ($55,000). On the first floor, we have things that are more accessible, like bowls from ceramicist Matthew Ward ($250). There’s so much to see it would be easy to miss, say, the basement, where we have three Max Lamb Thermal Spray chairs (from $30,000) sitting among these scuffed walls and cans of spilling paint.”

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Ask a Shop Clerk

Christian Siriano on The Curated, his new multi-brand concept shop (5 W. 54th St). 

“The idea for the store is you can come shop Siriano — like our metallic brocade blazer ($1,500) — plus pieces that complement my brand. So I picked designers that I love, like Betto Garcia, this amazing Spanish hatmaker. As for the design: pink. We used Benjamin Moore paint in Rose Petal, pink plush carpeting, pink-flamingo wallpaper, and pink fringe lighting all over.”


Ryan Babenzien has brought his simple, reasonably priced sneaker brand Greats to Soho (42 Crosby St.).

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“When you shop online, the experience is literally flat, so we wanted the store to be dimensional: The shelving is deeply curved — many people have compared it to the bottom of a half-pipe. We have all our classics on there: our Royales ($179), our Hirsh suede boots ($159). The store does feel digital in that we don’t take cash; you have to check out on an iPad. But otherwise it feels very experiential. For instance, we put a swing in the window. People sit on it, swing, and take a selfie. Or we stick a pair of sneakers on it. It’s charming. And cheap.”

Top Five

Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen, founders of handsome-games company Fredericks & Mae, have opened their first brick-and-mortar in Prospect Heights (983B Dean St.), selling their wares among those of like-minded friends.

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“Wilderness Bodies replaced the numbers on these Corian-and-resin clocks (from $200) with symbols: The three is a triangle, the five is five squares.”

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“Body Confidence makes these ceramic figures ($166). They have protruding tongues and are playing in the waves. They’re a talisman, sort of.”

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“Recreation Center created these lava lamps ($190) with speckled ceramics instead of the typical tin body. But they have the same insides: goo.”

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“These ceramic candleholders, by Joe Sturm, look super-lumpy (from $24). They have a place to put a flower, so you can use them as a vase. Or as an altar.”

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“We make this great bocce-ball set ($150), with eight wooden balls, all painted with colorful dots and stripes. They’re really fun to have for the summer.”

*This article appears in the May 14, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!

Siriano’s Shop, Memphis Design, and a Chinatown Surf Store