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.
Espasso sells contemporary, art-deco inspired furniture with a Brazilian influence. While São Paulo native Carlos Junqueira opened the store in 2002, it has only been at its present location in Tribeca since 2006. The all-white showroom highlights pieces on display, which tend to feature fine, dark woodwork and range from dining tables to sofas to bookcases. The collections sold are designed to showcase leading 20th-century Brazilian designers and architects, including Isay Weinfeld and Lia Siqueirae. The shop also sells home accessories like lighting, flatware, vases, and art.