These days, I’m zipping all over NYC. It’s challenging because there’s never enough time to stop and appreciate, but the upside is that I’m seeing things I haven’t seen before. The other day, I was waiting at a fairly familiar bus stop. Because it was raining (and I had once again forgotten my umbrella), I ducked under a nearby awning to wait. It turned out to be the Roche Bobois store at the corner of East 57th and 3rd Streets. I casually glanced through the window, and I became so engaged by what I saw, I missed the bus. These were some very serious windows! Another bus eventually came along, but not before I found the store’s website and dove in. The audacious colors and patterns I saw through the windows were what originally drew me in,* but it was the innovative shapes, textures, and magnificently-bold juxtapositions that set me dreaming.
*Not all the way in. The salesperson was clearly dying for a visitor, but the price tag on the koi vase in the window kept me outside.
I was especially taken with their displays’ wacky, unexpected color combinations. They brilliantly paired curvy white velvet sofas with wild-colored rugs and cool, modern tables, then accented the whole with interesting collections of pillows, throws, and accessories. I had a great time imagining each display in one of the apartments I’d seen.