Best place to pursue eclectic modernism (2008)

Noguchi Museum

You're smart, visually attuned, and on a tight New York budget. And your apartment is just killing you. Fresh paint helps, and so does getting rid of that lumpy old sofa and those kitschy-poo tchotchkes you collected during your protracted thrift store period. You're older now, and find yourself wiser. You want to live in a Designed Environment. But William Morris is well beyond your means . . . and if you see another Lloyd Loom settee cushioned with florid bark cloth you'll scream and scream and keep right on screaming until they haul you off to Bellevue. So: Eclectic modernism it is. Which means you can keep the Liberty Thebes stool your Grandma gave you, and that hideous (but perfectly sized) Ikea bookshelf, and those curtains you made yourself and still just love. Now what? Lamps. But not just any lamps: Noguchi lamps. These dreamy objects of rice paper and steel wire were designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi in the mid 20th century and quickly attained iconic status for their clean lines, whimsical shapes, and reasonable prices. Buy yours (starting at $85) from the Noguchi Museum—the best reason never to set foot in Pier 1 ever again!—and live the dream. Maybe when you sell that screenplay you can buy a George Nelson clock too.


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