I was supposed to help some guy move to his new apartment yesterday, which was Saturday. But the nice weather made me bailed out on him (blame it on the weather, blame it on the weather! Just kidding). Part of it was because I honestly despise the idea of moving and all the mess. The result was, he didn't really want to speak to me after that. But in my defense, I never promised I would help, I only said that I'll let him know when the moving day comes. On the other hand, summer is almost done, which means it's almost time to say goodbye to New York City.
NYC has been part of my life in the summer time. I went there almost every weekend, with different adventure and people. Soho was my flavor of the week. I have this unspeakable obsession towards vintage inspired and design objects, from furniture, home décor, housewares, toys, to fashion (I set my mind for design school after high school but my dad talked me out with his 'no certain future for a design graduate', but I knew he meant 'I paid for your school, so you have no choice but listen to me'. Just kidding. It was my own fault, I was just some silly kid who was too lazy to fight for what she really wanted). And Soho is the heart of all my cravings.
Some of the stores I visited.
CB2 (451 Broadway (between Canal and Grand Street), New York, NY 10013)
Housewares and furniture store. I got to admit that it is similar to Ikea. But I like this store, the design, and their products better. And I got my sand timer from them.
MUJI (455 Broadway (Between Grand and Howard Street), New York, NY 10013)
From housewares, clothings, to stationaries. Originally from Japan.
MoMA DESIGN STORE (81 Spring Street (at Crosby Street), New York, NY 10012)
What I like about this store is its good selection of design stuff. From design objects, gifts, jewelry, personal accessories, furniture, to lighting.
Shabby Chic Couture (117 Mercer Street, New York, 10012)
Vintage and custom design for furniture, home décor, and portable lighting by the amazing Rachel Ashwell. Everything in there are so pretty! And 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique is right next to it!
TASCHEN (107 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012)
It's basically a one of a kind art, architecture, classics, lifestyle and travel, photography and other design bookstore.
I got this Keel's Simple Diary book in lime green. It is a journal book with template for lazy people to put down the essence of their day, week, or moment (such as myself).
KIDROBOT (118 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012)
This store is filled with art toys of cartoon characters and apparel.
I really wish to get the Maggie Simpson one. But I have no choice since it comes in random box where you can't tell which character you are getting. But Homer Simpson is not bad at all.
Now little buddhas and Mr. mushroom have a new friend.