Best Free Museum of Faux Antiquities New York 2002 - ABC CARPET & HOME
Surely ABC CARPET & HOME, the six-floor vertical bazaar in the Flatiron District, is intended as a store. But all my references are cinematic: the heaping imports of bejeweled fabrics and upholstery, intricately carved cabinets, and multicultural sundries recalling the treasures of some lost city in a bad French Foreign Legion flick; the jostling of Tiffany lamps against minimal '50s kitchen equipment evoking the patchwork furnishings of some sci-fi zoo-keeper's earthling collection. So I go to gawk at profusion and price tag alike. You can also buy a lot, if you must ruin the mood.