ABC Home and its Little Culinary Jewel

While visiting with my sisters in New York, I had the wonderful opportunity of having lunch at ABC Kitchen, situated in the ABC Home building. A charming and vast room, with a gloriously high ceiling held by visible (thank you!) wood beams, white brick walls, the restaurant is simply a feast for the eyes and mouth. Created by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and dining mogul Phil Suarez, the restaurant offers a locally grown and organic cuisine of the finest quality. The construction of the restaurant is made of recycled and sustainable materials and decorated with an array of tastefully designed items such as: a medley of softly lit chandeliers, comfy white steelwood chairs, handmade porcelain dinnerware by local artisan Jan Burtz, recycled and pleasantly shabby-chic European porcelain plates.

ABC Kitchen softly lit seating area.

Some of my favorites dishes included the Roasted beets with house-made yogurt, the Spinach, goat cheese and herbs pizza, and the Gazpacho with watermelon and tomatoes:

ABC Kitchen Gazpacho soup served in a Jan Burtz bowl.

The service was impeccable. Young and friendly servers popped in and out of the kitchen at lightning speed, yet managing to seem unrushed,  gracefully depositing plate after plate on tables. My sister is friendly with one of the sous-chefs there, the talented Ross Mendoza, and we thrilled to have a quick chat with him after our meal.

One word: Dessert. Please, please indulge. The toasted almond Panna Cotta is SUBLIME.

Now, on to the store itself. Meandering in the ABC Home aisles I found myself having to take deep, calming breaths. Thoughts going through my head : How can I check out all these beautiful offerings in just under two hours?? Remind me why don’t I live in New York again?! This place truly feels like a museum exhibit!

A few eye-catching sightings:

Handmade Italian dinnerware at ABC Home.
More Italian handmade tableware at ABC Home.
Stunning arrangement of containers and stones on a back lit surface. ABC Home.
ABC Home has a love affair with lights. And it shows…

 

Lovely geometric pendant at ABC Home.

 

Paper bubble pendant at ABC Home.
Stunning Murano Glass chandelier with a painted iron chandelier in the background.
Blu Dot Floor Lamp with red cord at ABC Home.

Textiles and pillows abound. I particularly enjoyed these indigo items:

Indigo Blue Pillows.

 

Indigo Blue blankets and textiles.
Intricate patterned blue pillow by Eskayel.

I loved how the pillows and blankets were organized by color hues:

Superb pillow and blankets arranged on a shelf at ABC Home.

There were many other fascinating floors are items but I just cannot cover all. Make sure to check the Raw section (a space dedicated to industrial vintage finds), the Cobble Hill furniture line:

Cobble Hill furniture upstairs at ABC Home.

And take the time to check out spaces with quietly gorgeous pieces such as above the restaurant, if you go up that staircase, you can find cream and wood and metal sculptural beauties such as:

Jaw dropping imposing French fountain at ABC Home (I would estimate it measured about 4 feet in diameter).

Dashing across the street to the ABC Home Rug building, 10 minutes before closing, I was able to take a glimpse at one of my favorite rug designer, the great Madeline Weinrib:

Madeline Weinrib cotton flatweave rugs.

Voilà, my friends! Hope you enjoyed my tour. Clearly, I shall have to visit ABC Home again very soon.

John Derian’s Shop in New York-A Keeper!

I had a reunion with my sisters in New York this week and had a fabulous time! We shopped, swapped clothes, ate and enjoyed wine and barbecue on the Brooklyn roof tops. I could not resist a few excursions to some design shops I have been dying to check out IRL (in real life).

My first stop was the John Derian Company. I have been a fan for years. I was not disappointed!

John Derian is renowned for his exquisite découpage plates, platters, coasters, bowls and paperweights. Decoupage or Découpage is an art form that involves pasting images on objects or surfaces and then layering them with lacquer or varnish. The word is derived from the French verb découper, which means to cut out. John Derian découpage items are hand made in New York by the artist and his staff. Here are a few photographs I took of his work:

The store is jam packed with gorgeous découpage items.
Découpage platters and plates by John Derian.
Decoupage alphabet small plates and lamp bases by John Derian
An amazing selection of dome shaped découpage paperweights.
Decoupage plates, cake stand, platter and lamp base by John Derian.

Of course one cannot go to John Derian’s store without looking at the beautiful imported French Astier de Villatte Ceramics :

Vaisselle blanche by Astier de Villatte

The store is actually comprised of two shops. Both are filled with an array of refined and unusual objects, furniture and accessories. One can find contemporary toys made in New York using renowned German plush toy fabrication techniques:

One would be hard-pressed to believe these gorgeous toys are actually made today by a New York artisan!
A beautiful horse greets visitors in the other adjacent John Derian shop.

I had a crush on the embroidered Coral and Tusk items that were scattered throughout:

Coral and Tusk pillows on a John Derian Dromedary sofa.
Small embroidered dolls by Coral and Tusk at John Derian’s shop.

I cannot resist the Tête à tête upholstered seat by John Derian and was thrilled to be able to see it in real life and sit in it. Very very comfortable piece!

Tête à tête by John Derian.

Fabrics and bedding abounded and I was thrilled to see some of Les Indiennes printed fabrics up close:

Les Indiennes fabric.

Finally, I shall leave you with this image of Hugo Guinness Art:

Art by Hugo Guinness at the John Derian shop.

A bientôt! School is about to start for my children and I am looking forward to blogging more often :-)