10 Cutting Edge Stores for the Home

10 Cutting Edge Stores for the Home

Sarah Coffey
Sep 23, 2010

There are certain stores that feel like galleries, where owners take on the role of curator, always searching for new and unexpected designs. These shops might not be for everyone, but that's what makes them willing to find exciting — and sometimes challenging — things at the fringes of the design world. Here are 10 we check for the best of what's next — add your own sources for cutting-edge style in the comments.

  1. The Future Perfect — New York, New York: This store leads the Brooklyn design scene with new, unexpected, experimental furniture. Shown above is the anthropomorphic Woolly Chair by Jason Miller, $8000.
  2. Moss — New York, New York: Half art gallery, half furniture store, this Soho shop is known for carrying the best and brightest new designers. This Keel Table Collection is by Oscar Magnus Narud.
  3. Matter — New York, New York: With stores in Brooklyn and Soho, Matter is a "showcase and modern museum for discerning design aficionados." This is the De La Warr Pavilion Chair by Barberosbergy, $1,060.
  4. Voos — New York, New York: They have a large and well curated selection of New York designers, including this Elsie Low Table, $7,400.
  5. The Conran Shop — London, England and New York, New York: Sir Terence Conran has been a driving force in the design world since the mid 20th century, and he continues to keep his finger on the pulse of good design for his shops in London and New York. Shown above is the Squint Oswald Sofa for $6,995.
  6. Post 27 — Chicago, Illinois: This shop opened its doors in 2008 and has grown into a hub for emerging Midwestern designers. This Color Story Credenza is by Chicago-based Lapel, $2,400.
  7. Luminaire — Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida: Apartment Therapy editor Janel Laban calls this store the "Chicago temple to fine contemporary design." Shown above is the Wabi Sofa by Francesco Rota.
  8. Propeller — San Francisco, California: This store is aptly named after a device that "moves things forward." It's a platform for local and international new designs, like this Hex Chair and Ottoman by Lerival.
  9. A+R — Los Angeles, California: Store owners Andy and Rose are "keen on developing collaborative products, events and other creative opportunities," and they carry a range of affordable and high-end designs from around the world. This is a Swedish High-Gloss Stepladder, $295.
  10. Japan Trends Shop — Online: This store aggregates the best of Japanese tech for the home into a fun and intriguing web catalog. Shown above is the PlusMinusZero Fukasawa Humidifier, $373.

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