Kikkerland

Kikkerland Design (kikkerland.com) was founded by Dutchman Jan van der Lande, who launched the label in 1992 from a houseboat anchored in the Hudson River, delivering orders by bicycle for the first few years. Looking for well-designed products laced with humor, a poetic twist, and a clever distortion of everyday language, van der Lande has represented young, self-producing designers since 1987. Kikkerland adds 150 new items to its catalog every six months—averaging out to a remarkable one product per day. Kikkerland’s wide-ranging collection offers everything from kitchen and bar products, stationery and tech accessories to games, tools and tabletop items for living space and the bath. These products are witty, aiming to engage and inspire the curious viewer while embracing innovative technologies and using a variety of materials. Products often use natural materials like beechwood, bamboo, beeswax, and soy, as well as solar power. In November 2013, Kikkerland Design opened its flagship store located in the West Village, 493 Avenue of the Americas. Kikkerland Shop provides unique design gifts for the home and showcases the works of local designers.

Still House

Still House opened it’s doors at 117 E 7th street in May 2011 and has quickly established itself as one of the most thoughtfully curated boutiques on the Lower East Side. Founder Urte Tylaite has carefully cultivated the Still House aesthetic which examines the intersection between geometric and minimal versus organic. Still House features a hand-selected roster of talented emerging and mid-career artists and designers from New York City, Japan, Scandinavia and Europe including Fort Standard, Iacoli and Mcallister, Gestalt, Teroforma and Thaddeus Wolfe. The store’s interior was designed by Sergio Silva and Matthew Bradshaw.

ZigZagZurich

After 25 years in the luxury textile industry, the founders of Adam Comiskey and Michele Rondelli harmonized technology and design in 2013 to start ZigZagZurich founded and based in Switzerland. Artistically designed patterns and unique materials create never seen before pieces of home textiles that include comforters, blankets, throws, linens, curtains and cushions. ZigZagZurich collaborated with the co-founders of the Memphis movement to create the CO-OP DPS line. “This new collaboration with ZigZagZurich has given us the chance to take our concepts into new areas we have never explored before, such as printing on draperies and weaving our ideas into upholstery fabrics”, says Milan-based designers George Sowden and Nathalie du Pasquier. In addition to the design, ZigZagZurich’s textiles are crafted by Italian mills to ensure sustainability and the highest-end fabrics that can be used for years in your home as many of its blankets have made it to our home.

4Spaces

Launched in 2008, Michele Rondelli and Adam Comiskey made their design consultancy company 4Spaces stand out immediately among the trade circuit with its use of tactile fabrics. 4Spaces uses traditional weaving to create unusual textiles like cork, plastic fantastic, and velvets that are anything but traditional. Michele Rondelli as the creative director inspects and controls each aspect of the output. All of textiles are made in Italy, examined diligently for quality, and are finished by craftsmen hands. 4Spaces creates modern jacquards, sheers, satins and micro-suedes. They have collaborated with designers Nathalie Du Pasquier and George Sowden, co-founders of the Memphis movement, to create one of the only certified cradle to cradle upholstery fabrics that uses climatex technology. The fabric is a biodegradable, absorbent and has a cooling effect.

Gabriel Scott

Founders Gabriel Kakon and Scott Richler started collaboration for a contemporary line of furniture and lighting fixtures in 2004. The Canadian brothers-in law have brought designed and manufactured exclusive pieces and have made them accessible to retail and commercial market when they launched Gabrielle Scott in 2012. Their signature style is influenced by their backgrounds in architecture, industrial design, and fashion. Since 2014, the exclusive line has been available to the general public in the beautifully restored Brewster Carriage house at the corner of Broome and Mott Streets in Manhattan. They are also represented in Montreal, Los Angeles, Chicago, London and Paris.

Decor Aid

Decor Aid is a one of a kind design system created by Sean Juneja and Markus Weber who collaborated as colleagues in London, then relocated as a team to New York. Decor Aid’s design system for home or commercial decorating, designing, remodeling, or staging. The intrigue is the sleek and functional designs. They offer a simple streamlined process from finding your personal designer to ordering the finishing touches. Their partnership with furniture and design companies give you exclusive access to the products for a fraction of the cost. It’s services take on any project no matter how small or large in the following cities: in New York, London, San Francisco, Miami, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Chicago.

WorkOf

Wolf PR’s favorite source for independent home design pieces, WorkOf is a new start up aiming to change the way interior designers and consumers connect to independent, locally made home decor. Founders Charlie Miner and John Neamonitis have created a go-to source for direct access to the nation’s independent designers and makers so consumers and interior designers could have an easier way to source independent design. Since it launch in January 2014 the start-up has grown to include over 40 designers and makers with more than 300 home design objects with a number of notable design partners including Chen Chen and Kai Williams, Token, Pelle, Calico Wallpaper, Souda, Rebecca Atwood, Farrah Sit, Stefan Rurak and May Furniture.

Ghostly

The Ghostly Store is an extension of Ghostly International’s discerning point of view. Much like the record label takes great care in choosing the musicians to work with, The Ghostly Store builds relationships with a highly select roster of artists, designers, and manufacturers, operating both as a retail boutique and an online gallery offering limited art editions and designed objects exclusive to the store.

Since 2010, The Ghostly Store has produced Ghostly International Editions, a visual “label” which releases limited edition works by visual artists including Michael Cina, Andy Gilmore, Matthew Shlian, Sougwen Chung, and more.

Ralo

Ralo’s rug showroom is located in SoHo next to Opening Ceremony and BDDW. The Tibetan owned and operated family businesses was founded with a commitment to preserving authentic Tibetan culture and identity. Founded in 1985, as Tibet Carpet, it was recently rebranded as Ralo. Every step of Ralo’s rug making process is done by hand, using Tibetan highland wool, which is rich in protective lanolin. After the natural fibers are hand-disseminated and handspun into a fine yarn, they are hand-dyed in small batches by experienced dyers. Teams of expert weavers then hand-knot the rug on a traditional vertical loom at 60 to 120 knots per square inch. This hand-carded and hand-spun method creates wool with a high twist yarn, resulting in rugs that shed much less over time.

ducduc

ducduc designs quality, modern and traditional children’s furniture that is consciously constructed and eco-friendly. Founded in response to the scarcity of well-made, well-designed and eco-friendly children’s furniture. ducduc is made-to-order in Connecticut; finishes, dimensions, hardware, even drawer interiors are all customizable, letting parents champion their family’s sense of style. Their high quality standards mean that cribs often stay within the family as it grows, toddler beds become big kid beds, and changing tables transition to dressers. As children grow older, ducduc also has a youth line with larger and more mature options including bunk, canopy, platform and day beds, desks, armoires, vanities and play tables.

The New Traditionalists

The New Traditionalists’ (TNT) furniture is shaped by classic, traditional silhouettes paired with fashion, modern art, architecture and automotive influences. TNT is made-to-order in Connecticut; finishes, dimensions, hardware, even drawer interiors are all customizable, allowing interior designers increased flexibility. At TNT Old World furniture-making techniques are valued: hardwood frames are built using custom joinery methods, upholstery is hand-tied and finishes are hand-rubbed.

 

Housefish

Founded by Scott Bennett in 2008, Housefish is a furniture manufacturer and design company that merges technology and craft to produce useful, innovative, sustainable and affordable modern goods. All Housefish products are incredibly easy to assemble: the parts slide together in seconds, and eco-friendly: formaldehyde-free sustainably harvested wood, recyclable metals and VOC free finishes are used. All Housefish products are also produced with 100% USA-sourced materials and parts in the RiNo neighborhood of Denver, Colorado using a blend of advanced digital manufacturing techniques and hands-on craft methods.

SOAPBOX

SOAPBOX is a ready to assemble, no-tools-required furniture system. The modular design of SOAPBOX products allows for the flexibility, while their modern design is easy on the eyes. Like Wolf PR, SOAPBOX cares about the environment (which we love!), choosing to make all their products hyper locally in New Jersey– and in an eco-friendly manner, using soy based glues, solid steel hardware, and Waterlox finishes. SOAPBOX is also affordable, with the majority of products retailing for under $300. Available in a range of woods, different color hardware, and a choice of leg heights (or the wall mount option), the possibilities give SOAPBOX creations a distinct cool factor.

Twofold

Twofold was founded by Australian native Jessica Warner Stites to channel her passion for textiles and showcase the designers she’s discovered, especially through her travels. On Twofold, Jessica offers a carefully edited selection of scarves, bags, table linens and fabric goods from designers who stand out for their inventive patterns and old-world craftsmanship. They come from all over the globe, and their work is energized by cross-cultural collaborations and a meticulous attention to detail.

Dynomighty

Dynomighty, headquartered in DUMBO, Brooklyn, was founded in 2003 by Terrence Kelleman. They are best known for their personal accessories made from Tyvek, most notably the Mighty Wallet. Dynomighty is leader in strategic online marketing and has been recognized by YouTube and Google TV Ads for their effective campaigns. “Be Mighty!,” the company’s slogan, conveys their enthusiasm to empower creativity and provide a platform for self expression–as is seen through their Print On Demand and Artist Collective programs.

Brandon Sines

Brandon Sines is an LA born, Toronto raised painter and street artist. Sines moved to New York City in 2010 and created his now iconic character, Frank Ape, the same year. Frank Apes can be found painted, wheat pasted and stickered all over NYC. Frank Ape art has been purchased by people all over the world, including Japan, Bangkok and Germany. Notable collectors include Solange, who owns 4 original Frank pieces, and photographer Robert Misrach, who owns several non-Frank pieces. Sines first solo presentation was in 2013 at the Living Gallery in New York. His second show, Dealing With Things Is Tricky, opened at in 2014 at the former-bodega-turned-gallery Specials on C, also in New York.

20×200

Our favorite “Art For Everyone” startup was founded by gallerist and writer, Jen Bekman 5 years ago. Making limited edition work from rockstar artists like Will Wegman, Lawrence Weiner and Cecily Brown – not to mention actual rock star David Bowie – available at multiple price points makes collecting and discovering art accessible for the masses without becoming mass market (read: crappy posters). When a collector wants to take the next step, 20×200 also has larger works and can grow with their collectors. Wolf PR must admit, we have three 20×200 pieces!

Birdkage

Birdkage’s classic collection of kitchen linens and accessories draw on founder Courtney Robinson’s lifelong love of baking and being in the kitchen. An avid painter, Robinson’s own paint splattered artist smock became the inspiration for Birdkage’s first line of aprons. Her years of fashion experience as an editor with Glamour and Harper’s Bazaar UK have given the collection the ability to be both functional and beautifully designed. Since its launch in 2010, Birdkage has expanded to include tea towels, neck scarves, market totes and zipper pouches. Birdkage is known for its thoughtful details like natural linens, cotton prints, sailcloth grommets, and blue jean rivets. The Birdkage collection is wholly designed and produced in New York City. It is available in more than 40 boutiques and specialty stores nationwide.

Fab

Fab.com, the NYC start-up darling, is ardently pro-fun. Visitors to Fab’s digital realm can expect to encounter every color, shade, and chroma in the visual spectrum. Fab offers all manner of goods, ranging from daily essentials to the deliberately kitschy; just don’t expect any of it to be boring.

Module R

Module R – New York based and keenly aware of the demands of apartment living – peddles products intended for reconstitution: tetrad shelving units, precut piggy banks, puzzle piece rugs, all kinds of collapsable cookware; anything that can be made into more than just the sum of its parts – and then taken apart and remade into a completely different sort of sum.

nonLinear

nonLinear revels in the slightly askew, and its designs reflect this sensibility. Scroll through their portfolio and you will encounter an obvious commonality: small design tweaks that yield major functionality. An ingenious analog sound amplifier that clips to your Ipad, a comfy chair inspired by an upright wheelbarrow, a watch with an off center face that you can more easily read; nonLinear products are slightly off kilter and severely useful, which makes them more user friendly for the majority of humans.

David Weeks Studio

David Weeks Studio has been producing beautiful objects right in the heart of New York City for almost two decades; the first 17 years in Brooklyn, and now out of a world class studio in Tribeca. Specialties include functional furniture, beautiful interior lighting fixtures, and clever household accessories that don’t scream “look at how clever I am” – which is no small feat. Spanning all those years has been an unwavering commitment to quality craftsmanship, all made in the five boros.