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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Artful Objects at Michele Varian, in Soho

Michele Varian, nyc
Photo by myself at Howard and Crosby Streets, in Soho.

While walking around Soho, Wednesday evening, I stumbled into Michele Varian, a striking interiors store, on Howard Street.

Let me say first that there are loads of furnishings stores in New York. Loads and loads. There are places selling antique furniture, knick knacks and decorative objects. Only rarely am I impressed by a store.

Michele Varian is one such store. Was it because their objects looked old? and were artfully displayed in an effortlessly eclectic way? or because the space was lofty and just tinged with age? I'm not sure.

All I know was that there was a ton to look at and the folks I met in the store were friendly. One woman told me that the space used to be a metalwork studio and that Jasper Johns used to own the building.
  Michele Varian, nyc

There were gorgeously decorated serving trays, precious drinking glasses and old-timey light fixtures. There was a giant bird cage dangling from a winch.

And there were a great number of quirky, arty objects that I can't even begin to describe, like candelabra, porcelain skulls, and jewelry made from porcupine quills. Fortunately I couldn't stay and actually shop, because I would have a hard time deciding what to buy (!).

Michele Varian, nyc

To shop or browse around on the Michele Varian website, with more photos of their interiors, click here.

Related posts: Living in Style at A&G Merch, in Williamsburg, You Can't Take it With You, and Handcrafted Objects at the Architectural Home Show.


My name is Riet said...

Oh wow, that place look teriffic. Would love to visit there.

Washington Cesar Takeuchi said...

SOHO is awesome! The store seems to be a great place to visit.

Ruth Hope said...

oh that is so exciting - I wanna be there! Want to have to tear myself away! Ideal job? Be a buyer for a shop like that! What a great post!

Virginia said...

This shop reminds me of so many in Paris from the window to the interior! I'd love to spend the day there poking around and shooting! :)

Free CNA Training in NYC said...

Great pics ! I could spend all day in a place like that.

Mo said...

I could lose a few hours in this store.