City Guides

NYC Digest: Houseware

by The Culinistas

Formula for the perfect dinner party: food + florals + houseware.  We’ve got you covered on the food and here on The Spread we’ve already detailed all things florals. Next step: houseware.


Michele Varian’s Soho-based shop is a true oasis: a collection of curiosities and unusual objects, reflecting owner slash artist Varian’s signature aesthetic. She designs all the showcased pieces, which are mostly made locally. From Empoli glassware to glistening bronze cutlery, this is your spot for unexpected, beautiful tableware.


Primary Essentials is a genuine designer and artisan philanthropic endeavor. Brooklyn-based, it sells a carefully edited selection of unique objects for the home or for gifting, fitted to suit daily lives. Head here for Japanese Hasami porcelain plates, Fresco glasses or Workaday Handmade casseroles. Be sure to check out the shops curated instagram - an exquisite mosaic of beige and pastels - to peruse before heading to the store…


Interior and home furnishings designer Thomas O’Brien, founder of Aero Studios design firm, brings some of his talent to life in his iconic boutique. Home emporium, antique gallery, decorating mecca, the store is the stage where O’Brien presents his latest ideas, products and finds, bringing American modernism to everyday spaces. Head over to Murray Hill for unique table pieces, sourced from around the world.


Offering a wide array of homeware and dishware, John Derian serves as the pinnacle of platters, mugs, plates, cups, and more.  Stock up with the basics, then hit John Derian for some pieces to spice it up.  While you’re at it, be sure to pick up some sleek, sophisticated linens to compliment all of those beautiful dishes.

For a more bohemian aesthetic, head over to ABC Carpet & Home. With a plethora of unique pieces, ABC offers anything from dishware to linens to furniture to bathroom to jewelry and everything in between.  Our favorites here at The Culinistas? Astier de Villate serving platters. Jan Burtz porcelain. And Ripple for basics. They’re offered in a variety of sizes, styles, and decorations to fit whatever need you have.


Brooklyn based ceramicist Helen Levi dishes out beautiful handmade pieces. From dynamically patterned to classic solids, Helen Levi’s work is sure to push any meal above and beyond perfection.  Check out her Instagram for additional photos of her work and even photos of her process in action.



A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photograph.