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.

Italian Glass Past 1870-1970

An astonishing collection of vintage and antique glass caught my attention among many marvelous exhibits at the Collective Design Fair.
The pieces are curated by private dealers and consultants Jim Oliveira and Sara Blumberg, who founded Glass Past in New York in 1995. Specialists in Italian glass from 1870 to 1970 their focus is on work from the most important companies; Venini, Barovier and Seguso, but their fine eyes also recognize lesser known manufacturers and designers.