Raw wooden furniture always seems to be screaming "creative opportunity." That's why Stumasa intrigues. A mom and pop neighbored furniture store with a DIY spin, Stumasa custom builds reasonably priced bookcases, cabinets, desks, and tables, and also stocks the finishing materials to make them your own.
Stumasa is a laboratory for the talents of husband and wife proprietors Gregory Stukuls and Maybelle Imasa. Gregory is the designer and carpenter behind the furniture, and Maybelle, an illustrator and calligrapher, curates the accessories on shopping trips to Japan and elsewhere, with an artist's eye for quirky beauty in everyday objects.
Stumasa is also packed with tempting impulse purchases: toys and children's clothing, offbeat ceramics, paper goods, woven baskets, and sturdy lab glass vases. Be forewarned: it's very easy to enter looking for a bookcase and to leave with a new set of teacups.
This post is re-edited from a 2.27.06 post that appeared on AT:NY.