Soho is located in Downtown Manhattan and is renowned for it’s cast iron buildings and shopping hotspots. Soho stands for ‘South of Houston Street’ and was the first area to use this naming convention followed by Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan bridge overpass), Nolita (North of Little Italy) and Tribeca (Triangle below Canal St) just to name a few. Home to popular celebrities, fashion bloggers and the young and trendy; Soho is the destination you need to visit on your next trip to New York City. Hidden amongst department stores, boutique fashion labels and start-up businesses are an array of furniture, homewares and design stores. I took a trip to Soho one chilly afternoon to show you my favourite spots! (Top tip: The downtown New Yorkers aren’t a fan of waking up early, so head to Soho in the afternoon as nothing opens till 11am)
The Museum of Modern Art is located just off Fifth Ave in Midtown and has an amazing design store in Soho. Head downstairs once you enter the store, as the furniture, homewares, books and stationary are located in the basement. The MoMa Design Store stocks designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Philippe Starck, George Nelson and my ultimate favourite HAY. HAY is a Danish brand that has limited stockists outside of Denmark, so be sure to grab a few unique homewares or stationary from the adorable brand while you are here. While in the design store you should browse every row of stock, flick through the curated design books and don’t forget to look at the Museum souvenirs upstairs. The MoMa Store is the perfect place to get lost in design heaven while in NYC.
Right next door to the MoMa Design Store is the gorgeous and ever-changing paper goods shop Paper Source. It has a few locations throughout NYC but my favourite would have to be the Soho and Upper West Side Stores. Paper Source stocks the most beautiful wrapping paper you can ever imagine and has an entire wall with cards for every occasion. They have homewares such as cushions, books, photo frames, candles, trinket trays and more. It is my favourite place to visit if I am looking for a one-off gift or a hilariously unique card to send back home to the family. Pop into Paper Source while you are browsing the stores of Soho or sign up for one of their many workshops online prior.
CB2 is the go-to store for a great selection of furniture and home decor pieces in New York City. It has gorgeous items that are on trend and classic furniture pieces that will stand the test of time. You could quite easily decorate your entire home with CB2 from the sofa, floor lamps and coffee tables to the cushions, cutlery and plates. CB2 has a style to suit everyone and their prices are great too! There are always plenty of staff around to help you with your design queries and the store has such a great vibe that you leave feeling so inspired.
When you step inside a Muji store you feel as if you are transported to a relaxing Japanese retreat. The Scandinavian colour pallet and humidifiers releasing essential oils, automatically make you feel calm (which is rare in a city like New York). The household and consumer goods brand has opened up stores all over the world and is known for their relaxed style and classic pieces. Muji sells items such as cushions, plants, storage solutions, stationary, kitchen supplies and the world’s comfiest beanbags. I always make sure and pop into a Muji store when I am out and about in New York City as the entire shopping experience always leaves me with a smile on my face.
If you are after a truly unique and interesting piece for your home then look no further than Michele Varian. The multi-level store is housed in an old cast iron building and is filled to the brim with perfectly curated home and lifestyle goods. Whether you are searching for bespoke wallpaper, a special gift for a friend or some natural linens, you will find it here. Michele Varian stocks a range of designers but also has their own collections of wallpaper, furniture, lighting and more. The store has been featured in a range of magazines and even won Interior Design Awards! Michele Varian is not to be missed when exploring Soho.
Soho is a huge area of streets filled with every shop you can ever imagine and these are just some of my favourites. Be sure to let us know if you visit any of the stores and we’d love to hear about your favourite shops in Soho too!