Feathering the nest

Shopping the nabe’s new furniture brands for pieces that pop against the blank canvas of a neutral home

The Kate Spade Drake Lounge Chair and the Wave drawer from Bungalow 5

The maple-frame chair was upholstered in bright bubblegum-pink linen, which could be spotted from a mile away. But whatever your opinion of the color —  candy colored or medicinal, take your pick — there’s no question it would pop in a neutral new-construction home.

The Drake Lounge Chair sells for $2,700 at Kate Spade New York at ABC Carpet & Home at 888 Broadway. It is part of the designer’s first furniture collection, launched in December of last year with a splashy party attended by celebrity guests such as Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Sasheer Zamata.

Expect to continue to see splashy parties in the Flatiron District and surrounding area as more new furniture stores and designers flock to the neighborhood. Their aim: catering to residents of new developments who undoubtedly want their expensive homes to reflect their good taste — and who want to inject some individuality into their spaces. Herman Miller, Ethan Allen, Cesar, Sonder Living, and Bungalow 5 are some of the latest showrooms to open. LLNYC scoped out some of the best pieces on the showroom floors.

“Having a critical mass of design brands
is part of what makes the location so desirable.”
— John Christakos, Blu Dot

Over at Herman Miller’s new flagship at 251 Park Avenue South, there is furniture by Cyprus-born Michael Anastassiades, who is best known for his lighting. Anastassiades began designing furniture only two years ago. His first furniture collection, the Spot Stools, which are exclusive for Herman Miller, come in a range of white ash, walnut, and ebony with metal finishes in a spare, deconstructed cylindrical shape. They start at $1,300.

Blu Dot, a modern furnishings brand with a location in Soho, is opening a second New York City store in the Flatiron/Nomad area in late spring.

“Blu Dot is excited to be in such great company. Having a critical mass of design brands is part of what makes the location so desirable,” John Christakos, co-founder of Blu Dot, told LLNYC.

Blu Dot’s Real Good Chair is now available in a copper-plated finish that’s intended to develop a patina naturally. It ships flat and folds along laser-cut lines, bringing to mind a piece of origami. It sells for $299.

For another shot of newness, Bungalow 5 opened at 45 East 20th Street in late January. Get on board with the brand’s Wave drawer. Curved and flat mirrored tiles form a wave-like appearance on the front of the piece. The simple inset base is composed of grained walnut and tapered legs, and the piece costs $3,174.

Cesar New York, an Italian kitchen brand, opened its first U.S. flagship at 50 West 23rd Street last year. Visits require an appointment, so call ahead to see Cesar’s collections, including Maxima 2.2, a design system that comes in more than 80 finishes.

For another furnishings newcomer, there’s Sonder Living, which opened its fourth U.S. location last fall at ABC Carpet & Home in a 2,000-square-foot space. It carries several designer brands. Spotted online and instantly coveted: the Cardosa Bar Cabinet by Thomas Bina for $3,597. It’s made of white acrylic and peroba, a Brazilian wood, and has plenty of storage space. We’ve already made room for it in the office.