Must-See Meatpacking District
by Christina Parrella, 09/02/2014
Vitra. Photo: Alex Lopez
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Furniture Shops and Bookstores
Long known as a destination for acquiring innovative decor, the Meatpacking District abounds with furniture stores. The upscale furniture brand Arhaus carries a collection of carefully chosen pieces for the home, including Gothic candelabras, rough-hewn dining tables, plush rugs and knickknacks that shimmer and shine. The selection ranges from mass-produced items to one-off pieces gathered during trips overseas. Vitra is decidedly contemporary, stocked with brightly colored sofas and chairs as well as museum-worthy pieces, like a Frank Gehry stool. Hudson Furniture skews to shoppers looking to add a rustic touch to their homes. Here you'll find handcrafted products like tables, benches and chairs made from reclaimed or salvaged wood.
If showpiece coffee tables aren't part of your agenda, why not look for things to stack on them—rare books. The focus at Left Bank Books is on first editions: the signed copies of fiction, photography, poetry and nonfiction books make treasure hunting a little more intriguing—and potentially more rewarding (if expensive)—than at your typical bookseller. Inside Chelsea Market, the independent bookshop Posman Books offers a selection of culinary titles as well as new and classic fiction and nonfiction.