Above all, beauty.

Quiet, order, and above all, beauty. I love paying a visit to the enchanting, curated world of the Meg Cohen Design Shop at 59 Thompson Street, a quiet block in NYC’s SoHo. Light-as-air scarves, wraps, and dresses mingle with irresistible vintage finds in an array of intimate vignettes. And they really are finds—matchbox cars, La Dolce Vita–worthy sunglasses, Crayola-colored pottery—rediscovered and brought to light by this artist’s eye.

The visual merchandising, while not obvious to a visitor, nevertheless prompts one to roam the shop, lighting on luscious colors, soft textures, and witty graphics. I never walk in without finding something I must have, a monogrammed tie clip with my initials (coincidence!), hand-painted note cards, a near-transparent linen scarf. A Japanese visitor arrived before me and bought all the penny peanut bags. Take a tour.

Collective Design 2017

New York shows off one of its creative sides each May with a near month-long celebration and display of all things design, called NYCxDESIGN. It’s become impossible to take it all in, with non-stop programming and trade shows in NYC and Brooklyn, at multiple locations, culminating with ICFF at the Javits Center and Wanted in Chelsea. Early in the month, before overload set in, it’s was a treat to visit the  Collective Design Fair. This fifth edition of the fair, which was founded by architect and interior designer Steven Learner, focused on 20th– and 21st-century design with the exemplary imagination and work from 28 exhibitors. Here’s a glimpse.