World's Coolest Museum Gift Shops
Courtesy of MoMA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The curator-approved merchandise filling Manhattan’s three MoMa Stores occupies nearly 18,000 square feet of combined retail space. Since opening in 1989, the Design Store, in particular, has set the paradigm for cultural commerce, offering beautifully executed toys, jewelry, textiles, stationery, electronics, furniture—many pieces minted by the same designers whose works appear in the adjoining museum. The $410 Louis Ghost Armchair designed by Philippe Starck in 2002 and the $145 Candela Cube lamp, a MoMa exclusive, are among the standout items.