Black Friday is this week, and unless you like to troll the mall with a latte in hand (confession: we do!), maybe online design stores are your best bet for stylish gifts. Or, maybe you live far from great design shops. Check out our list of favorite online design stores, or go to our Marketplace, where we have a database of 580.
Our list is of online boutiques, or online storefronts for retail stores, that sell products by multiple designers. Not, say, CB2, which we also love, but only sells products under the CB2 name.
• Velocity Art & Design
The online outlet of the Seattle-based store, sells what it calls "organic modernism," with lots of natural wood products, but also quirky designs. Basically every designer we love is sold here: Modern Twist, Design House Stockholm, Chilewich, Blu Dot, Thomas Paul and more. The owners are wonderful, and if you're ever in Seattle, you should make a special trip to the store for a design treat.
Similar to Velocity, with a retail front in Los Vegas. We go to Unica Home for selection, with a good stock of otherwise harder to find designers, such as Royal Copenhagen, Fornasetti, Alessi and more. It's a great place to buy products by designers who are pushing the envelope.
• The Conran Shop, USA
The American outpost of the Britain-based shop, The Conran Shop gives us a good offering of design by Brits. Find Jasper Conran plates, Tom Dixon lights, as well as the shop's Well Considered line, which sells well-design goods for less.
If you're looking for a unique gift or piece of home décor, Vivre is a winner. The online boutique sells eccentricities from a marlin zebra fish to a crayon rabbit sculpture to a lucite bench.
• Bobby Berk Home
Bobby Berk Home is a great place for furniture, including pieces from Gus Modern, Blisslivinghome and Umbra. The site also sells bedding, lighting and other objects to outfit the bones of your living spaces.
• Pop Deluxe
For the bright, quirky and funky go to Pop Deluxe. We love the Alexander Girard, Jonathan Adler, and Fred & Friends' offerings, among others.
• Design Public
A great place for fresh, new design, as its slogan says, with offerings from Amenity Home, notNeutral, Unison and More. Design Public also has an inspiring blog called "Hatch," that has more information about design than the store's own products.
What are your favorite online design shops?
For more, see our Marketplace.