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T+L Reports: NYC’s Design Buzz

Now you can get your pick-me-up in the design meccas of SoHo and TriBeCa without deviating from your shopping agenda. At the Alessi flagship (130 Greene St.; 212/941-7300; www.alessi.com), order a cappuccino at Joe, the cult-status coffee bar in the undulating, pale-green store—then buy a set of Jean Nouvel–designed cups to take home. There’s no actual café at Espasso (38 N. Moore St.; 212/219-0017; www.espasso.com), a dazzling showroom of Brazilian furniture, but magnanimous owner Carlos Junqueira will prepare an espresso for any customer who fancies one; take a seat on a must-have Ricardo Fasanello stool while you savor yours. If, at day’s end, a glass of wine is more your thing, hit design-guru Murray Moss’s Centovini (25 W. Houston St.; 212/219-2113; www.centovinibar.com), the enoteca adjacent to his Greene Street emporium, and sip Tenuta del Portale Aglianico (or any of the more than 100 other wines on the list) from a Schott Zwiesel glass.

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