There are so many furniture and decor options in U.S. cities, it can be hard to know where to begin. Sure, big-box retailers like West Elm—and, of course, Ikea—offer great value and online ordering, but where should you head when you want to see a gorgeous showroom or try a special piece in person?
Luckily, Curbed city editors have you covered: From antique stores in Detroit to a steel and wood furniture manufacturer in Philadelphia, we’ve rounded up the 13 most unique and interesting furniture and decor stores in the United States.
And because narrowing a list to a mere baker’s dozen is nearly impossible, we’ve also provided links to maps of dozens of other top-notch stores in each city. Now get shopping!
The Herman Miller flagship in New York City
From Curbed New York: Herman Miller opened its first North American retail hub in a historic Park Avenue building last year, and the bi-level space is bright, open, and inviting, with different spaces dedicated to the different functions of everyday life—sleeping, dining, working, and so on.
The store itself is like catnip for fans of midcentury modern furniture, with all of the classics well-represented (Eames recliners, Nelson marshmallow sofas, and the like), along with cool decor pieces.
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Consort in Los Angeles
From Curbed LA: Founded by interior designers Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone, this boutique is little bit Italian modern and a little bit Miami Vice, but with a globally-inspired bent.
Here, find printed pillows by Shilo Engelbrecht and sleek bedsheets by Parachute alongside brass bar carts, furniture by celebrity interior designer Estee Stanley, and playful handmade ceramics by Lux/Eros, to name just a few.
The Merchandise Mart in Chicago
From Curbed Chicago: When it comes to Chicago interior design and home furnishings, the Mart is nothing short of Mecca. The 4 million square foot Art Deco building is home to literally hundreds of showrooms featuring product lines available exclusively to design professionals. The Mart’s Luxe Home and Design Center bill themselves as “the world’s largest” resource for custom home furnishings.
James in Austin
From Curbed Austin: When Austin designer extraordinaire Meredith Ellis moved back home to Texas after stints in New York and Los Angeles a few years ago, she raised the bar considerably for local design. Then she did it again, when she opened James in a 1930s bungalow on West Sixth (yes, the Design District).
The showroom is set up beautifully, with separate rooms offering exquisite examples of her design and materials, while samples are allowed generous space in other areas rather than cluttering up the tableaux.
James also brings in a world of design formerly unavailable in Austin and offers lovely, often stunning fabrics and wallpaper from Kathryn M. Ireland and Pintura Studio, Bunny Williams Home furniture, Elson & Company rugs, custom-made pieces, and pillows upholstered in vintage textiles—and that’s just the start.
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Stuff in San Francisco
From Curbed SF: This two-level warehouse of furniture, art, and accessories could be considered the mother of all vintage stores. Spending a couple of hours browsing here is like shopping an entire antique district.
Each visit will reveal new things. From the roaring ’20s to midcentury, this gallery isn’t stuck in a particular decade. The curation here is second to none. (Don’t miss the “Star Wars”/disco bathroom upstairs.)
Luminaire Lab in Miami
From Curbed Miami: Showcasing innovative modern and contemporary design, the expansive space in the Design District is museumesque. Instead of serving as a mere furniture showroom, Luminaire is an “interactive design research center” that hosts exhibitions and even lectures.
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Malachite Home in New Orleans
From Curbed Nola: Melissa Miles Rufty and Adrienne Casbarian opened Malachite in 2012 as a home for the high-end vintage, antique, and modern furnishings and decor they had collected over the years for design projects.
Melissa and Adrienne (who also owns Lum, a vintage lighting shop) source items from all over the world, and in this boutique you’ll find a blend of tastes and time periods to suit a motley of interiors. Recent finds include an 18th-century French walnut commode, a glass top Karl Springer table from the 1970s, and a large glittering chunk of druzy crystal.
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American Street in Philadelphia
From Curbed Philly: The American Street Showroom is home to Amuneal, a local manufacturing company that’s know for its own custom steel and wood products, and for bringing some of the world’s best-known designers’ visions to life. It also showcases work by Groundwork Home, and Robert True Ogden, and occasionally highlights other local artists’ and companies’ work.
Hudson Boston in Boston
From Curbed Boston: Hudson is the brainchild of founder Jill Goldberg, who sought to meld “the traditional style of her upbringing in New England with the California cool she had come to love while living in Los Angeles.” There is a lot of variety here, from vintage pieces to more contemporary furniture.
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The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques in Washington D.C.
From Curbed Washington DC: When it comes to architectural artifacts and vintage furniture, don’t forget about Washington, D.C.’s 1981-established The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques. Here, customers will find a variety of doorknobs, ironwork items, lighting, and decorative glass pieces.
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Kudzu Antiques + Modern in Atlanta
From Curbed Atlanta: It’s easy to get lost—in the most joyous way—in this sprawling compound of kitsch in a tucked-away section of Decatur near Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market.
Open for 35 years now, the 25,000-square-foot Kudzu (and its sister location in Sandy Springs) is more than antiques these days, with an emphasis on contemporary furniture that usually has rustic DNA.
Detroit Artifactry in Detroit
From Curbed Detroit: Located near Mercury Bar in Corktown, Detroit Artifactry has so many Detroit collectibles — signs, tiles, wall hangings — mixed in with goods like jewelry and candles from local artisans. The converted garage houses a little bit of everything, including some larger items like tables, chairs, and shelving units.
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Retrofit in Seattle
From Curbed Seattle: Instantly recognizable to Capitol Hill locals thanks to an ornate, colorful plastic chair out front, Retrofit sells vintage-inspired furniture in addition to small gift items: Succulents, cards, vases, and terrariums. They also offer private consultations and custom goods for exactly the right look.
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