Design Guide NYC 2012: Chelsea

One of the city’s top arts districts, chockablock with showrooms, galleries, fabrication studios, art and design schools, retail flagships, and a host of great restaurants. Here, we’ve listed the area’s best showrooms, shops, restaurants, museums and institutions, and galleries.

Check out the Metropolis Design Guide for Design Week events and highlights from New York’s most design-forward neighborhoods. And look for the printed version of the Metropolis Design Guide around the city, especially in Chelsea at WantedDesign, in Midtown at the Architects & Designers Building and the Decoration & Design Building, in Flatiron at the New York Design Center, and at the newsstand at ICFF at the Javits Center.

Keep an eye out for what we “like” during NY Design Week. Around the city, you’ll see our lovely signs, produced by 3M Architectural Markets using 3M™ Crystal Glass Finishes, at all of our editors’ favorite, must-see spots. Throughout our neighborhood listings, you’ll also see a next to our favorites.

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METROPOLIS LIKES WANTEDDESIGN
Now in its second year, WantedDesign is a three-day event and exhibition featuring a select group of leading international designers. A program of conversations and workshops act as a point of exchange, and the space offers lounges and cafes for people to relax and connect. For more information, see listing below (image credit: Iwan Baan).

SHOWROOMS

ALU
138 W. 25th St., 3rd fl.
btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.
(212) 924-8713, alu.com
Premium fixtures and modular merchandising systems for retail.

ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS
150 W. 25th St., 8th fl.
btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.
(212) 206-1730, archsystems.com
A distinctive collection of interior finishes, with sustainable options.

ATTA
450 W. 31st St.
btw. Ninth and Tenth Aves.
(212) 295-7763, attainc.com
Design and fabrication studio featuring colorful furnishings and custom visual displays.

AXOR
29 Ninth Ave., 2nd fl.
btw. W. 13th and W. 14th Sts.
(917) 699-7527
hansgrohe-usa.com/axor
Bathroom collections created in cooperation with renowned designers from around the world.

B+N
420 W. 14th St., Ste. 2SE
btw. Ninth Ave. and Washington St.
(212) 255-4110, bnind.com
Innovative merchandising systems and panel designs for retail, hospitality, and contract settings.

BONE SIMPLE
135 W. 26th St., Ste. 4B
btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.
(212) 627-0876Â
bonesimple.com
Contemporary lighting with a spare, modern aesthetic; by appointment only.

GET REAL SURFACES
143 W. 29th St., Ste. 1100A
btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.
(212) 414-1620
getrealsurfaces.com
Manufacturer and installer of architectural concrete products for interiors and exteriors.

HUDSON FURNITURE
419 W. 14th St., 2nd fl.
btw. Ninth and Tenth Aves.
(212) 645-7800
hudsonfurnitureinc.com
Solid-wood furniture made from sustainable sources.

KNOLL
76 Ninth Ave., 11th fl.
btw. W. 15th and W. 16th Sts.
(212) 343-4000
knoll.com
Midcentury classics mingle with contemporary pieces for the home and office.

LERIVAL
551 W. 21st St., 4th fl.
at Eleventh Ave.
(646) 470-1229
lerival.com
Design that bridges contemporary furniture and architecture.

MICHAEL ARAM
136 W. 18th St.
btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.
(212) 461-6903
michaelaram.com
Retail store of wide-ranging metal tableware and furniture.

MINIMAL
511 W. 25th St., Ste. 809
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 352-3582
minimalusa.com
Italian kitchen and bath imports.

RAYDOOR
134 W. 29th St., Ste. 909
btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.
(973) 393-1736
raydoor.com
Custom and standard door systems, including sliding, folding, pivot, and fixed options.

SEBASTIAN + BARQUET M-like
601 W. 26th St.
at Eleventh Ave.

(212) 488-2245
sebastianbarquet.com
Midcentury-modern furniture and decorative artwork.

SPACE107
107 Horatio St.
btw. Washington and West Sts.
(212) 206-7599
space107.com
Contemporary interiors in a distinct, twentieth-century style.

VITRA M-like
29 Ninth Ave.
at W. 13th St.
(212) 463-5700
vitra.com
Contemporary and classic furniture designs by the likes of Hella Jongerius and Jean Prouvé.

WILKHAHN INC
601 W. 26th St., Ste. 820
btw. Eleventh and Twelfth Aves.
(212) 229-9455Â
wilkhahn.com
Commercial furniture made in Germany.

GALLERIES

EYEBEAM
540 W. 21st St.
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 937-6580Â
eyebeam.org
Art and technology center that hosts stimulating gallery shows and events.

FRIEDMAN BENDA M-like
515 W. 26th St.
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 239-8700
friedmanbenda.com
Showing established and emerging design icons including Ron Arad, Ettore Sottsass, Forrest Myers, and Joris Laarman.

HELLER GALLERY M-like
420 W. 14th St.
btw. Ninth Ave. and Washington St.
(212) 414-4014
hellergallery.com
Promoting glass as a fine-art medium since 1973.

KIMCHEROVA
532 W. 25th St.
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 929-9720
kimcherova.com
A classic selection of original Vienna Secession, Art Deco, and Art Moderne furniture.

MEULENSTEEN
511 W. 22nd St.
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 633-6999
meulensteen.com
Contemporary art gallery showing a diverse group of international artists working in all media. Also specializes in architectural drawings and works by architects.

PHILLIPS DE PURY & COMPANY
450 W. 15th St.
btw. Ninth and Tenth Aves.
(212) 940-1200
phillipsdepury.com
Auctioneers of contemporary art, design, prints, jewelry, and photography.

PRIMAVERA GALLERY
210 Eleventh Ave., 8th fl.
at W. 25th St.
(212) 924-6600
primaveragallery.com
Decorative objects, jewelry, furniture, and paintings from twentieth- and twenty-first-century design movements.

SILAS SEANDEL
551–553 W. 22nd St.
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 645-5286Â
silasseandel.com
One-of-a-kind handmade furniture pieces, in metal and stone, known for their sculptural qualities.

WANTEDDESIGN M-like
Terminal Stores
269 Eleventh Ave.
btw. W. 27th and W. 28th Sts.
(212) 645-5286Â
2012.wanteddesignnyc.com
A three-day event, exhibition, and cafe space. For more information, see the Design Guide events listing.

MUSEUMS & INSTITUTIONS

ART DIRECTORS CLUB
ADC GALLERY

106 W. 29th St.
at Sixth Ave.

(212) 643-1440
adcglobal.org
Hosts exhibitions and events addressing advertising, graphic design, publishing, and interactive media.

HARRIS LIEBERMAN
508 W. 26th St.
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 206-1290
harrislieberman.com
Contemporary art gallery.

PRATT MANHATTAN GALLERY
144 W. 14th St., 2nd fl.
btw. Sixth and Seventh Aves.
(212) 647-7778Â
pratt.edu/exhibitions
World-class art and design exhibitions.

SHOPS

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN
417 W. 14th St.
btw. Ninth and Tenth Aves.
(212) 645-1797
alexandermcqueen.com
The British fashion line’s flagship shop, designed by London architect William Russell.

APPLE STORE
401 W. 14th St.
at Ninth Ave.
(212) 444-3400
apple.com
Apple’s outpost electrifies the former Western Beef building.

CHELSEA MARKET
75 Ninth Ave.
btw. W. 15th and W. 16th Sts.
(212) 243-6005
chelseamarket.com
A cornucopia of culinary treats, housing over 25 separate restaurants and shops.

COMME DES GARÇONS
520 W. 22nd St.
btw. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.
(212) 604-9200
comme-des-garcons.com
A grimy, anonymous storefront gives way to Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo’s dazzling retail space.

CONTAINER STORE
629 Sixth Ave.
btw. W. 18th and W. 19th Sts.
(212) 366-4200
containerstore.com
More than 10,000 innovative products to save space and time.

RUBIN CHAPELLE
410 W. 14th St.
btw. Ninth Ave. and Washington St.
(212) 647-8636
rubinchapelle.com
High-end fashions and conceptual art exhibitions.

YIGAL AZROUËL
408 W. 14th St.
btw. Ninth Ave. and Washington St.
(212) 929-7525
yigal-azrouel.com
Collections blending femininity and edge in a boutique designed by Dror Benshetrit.

RESTAURANTS & BARS

BARBUTO
775 Washington St.
btw. Jane and W. 12th Sts.
(212) 924-9700
barbutonyc.com
Locavore Italian-inspired cuisine served up in an airy garage space.

BUDDAKAN
75 Ninth Ave.
btw. W. 15th and W. 16th Sts.
(212) 989-6699Â
buddakannyc.com
An industrial facade hides the imperial interior designed by Christian Liaigre for this New York sibling of the modern Chinese Philadelphia fave.

CAFETERIA
119 Seventh Ave. at W. 17th St.Â
(212) 414-1717
cafeteriagroup.com
Studio Gaia’s trademark understated style comes through in the spare, cream-white interior of this 24-hour hot spot.

COOKSHOP
156 Tenth Ave.
at W. 20th St.
(212) 924-4440
cookshopny.com
A glass-walled facade affords unrivaled Chelsea people-watching at this Marc Meyer restaurant.

EL QUINTO PINO
401 W. 24th St. at Ninth Ave.
(212) 206-6900
elquintopinonyc.com
Intimate tapas bar from the folks behind Txikito.

ELMO
156 Seventh Ave.
btw. W. 19th and W. 20th Sts.
(212) 337-8000
elmorestaurant.com
Mosaic-tiled walls, an Art Deco shell chandelier, and Lucite tables make great ambience for afternoon tea or early cocktails.

HOGS & HEIFERS
859 Washington St.
at W. 13th St.
(212) 929-0655
hogsandheifers.com
This quintessential dive bar is a cornerstone of the neighborhood.

MORIMOTO M-like
88 Tenth Ave.
btw. W. 15th and W. 16th Sts.
(212) 989-8883
morimotonyc.com
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s New York debut, with a glossy interior by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

NOOCH
143 Eighth Ave.
at W. 17th St.
(212) 691-8600
noochny.com
The first United States branch of the Singapore noodle-shop chain, with a futuristic interior designed by Karim Rashid.

SCARPETTA
355 W. 14th St.
btw. Eighth and Ninth Aves.
(212) 691-0555
scarpettanyc.com
Seasonally inspired Italian cuisine in a modern rustic interior designed by S. Russell Groves.

SPICE MARKET
403 W. 13th St.
at Ninth Ave.
(212) 675-2322
jean-georges.com
A valuable collection of artifacts imported from India, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Malaysia create an exotic interior at this Jean-Georges favorite.

STK
26 Little W. 12th St.
btw. Ninth and Tenth Aves.
(646) 624-2444
stkhouse.com
A contemporary, feminine twist on the typical masculine steakhouse.

TXIKITO
240 Ninth Ave.
btw. W. 24th and W. 25th Sts.
(212) 242-4730
txikitonyc.com
A Basque menu and a well-curated wine list.

SIGHTS

THE HIGH LINE
Access along Tenth Ave.
btw. Gansevoort and W. 30th Sts.
(212) 242-4730
thehighline.org
Renowned, promenade-like public park by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Phases one and two open.

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