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bean-town favs?

Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts

d*s reader jessica (i love her site) wrote in looking for some recs for boston design shopping. my favorites are koo de kir, black ink (love it, love it!) and lekker home, but for those of you in the area or who have the good tips, feel free to pass them on below (i'm lookin at you, les!). jessica and i thank you in advance. [have a fun trip to boston, jessica!]



Anonymous emily said...

It's actually "Black Ink"; the same owners have another store called "The Museum of Useful Things," that I think any d*s reader would love, also in Harvard Square.

I'm also going to put in a plug for my store, called Magpie in Davis Square. It's all handcrafted goods, by about 200 different artists. http://magpie-store.com

9:46 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

does it not say blank ink?


9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While you're in Beacon Hill shopping Koo de Kir and Black Ink, stop by Good (www.shopatgood.com) and just down the block, below the street, visit Bosc. The owner has some real treasures at incredible prices, some pieces that he's refinished, some really unusual finds sold as is.
Fresh Eggs on Claredon in the South End is also a fun little shop --
Have fun!

9:59 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

i love the Louis Boston store

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay... this is my town!

Right down the street from Lekker is an amazing store called the Red River Trading Company. The owner travels to many countries in Asia each year and brings back his best finds. His prices are totally fair. Some of his pieces are made of salvaged antique wood with Asian lines, so they are very affordable, in lieu of buying the real things.


Also, if you're on foot, the area around the Park Plaza hotel on Arlington Street in Back Bay has many design stores with more typical high-end furniture. Montage is the best but very expensive(B&B pieces).

In the South End, a store called Fresh Eggs is my favorite for small creative finds. They don't have a website, but it's worth the trek. 58 Clarendon Street.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Estella said...

Right next door to Lekker is a Asian import company called Red River Trading Company. The owner is very trustworthy, the prices are great, and they just expanded. There are pieces made of salvaged wood with Asian lines (reproductions) that are very affordable if you can't buy the real thing!


And yes, Fresh Eggs is great. 58 Clarendon Street.

On Newbury Street, a store named Bliss carries Angela Adams rugs, Alessi gear, and other cool pillows.

Around Park Plaza (Arlington Street, Back Bay), there are many design stores but very high end. Montage is the Queen of it all. Great B&B couches etc.

Have a great trip!

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Abodeon on Mass Ave in Cambridge for a small but carefully chosen selection of (tasteful) vintage items and complementary modern pieces.


12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

recommend Rugg Road, also on Charles Street near Black Ink and there's this amazing scandinavian antiques/reproductions place toward the end of the street (away from the Boston Public Garden).

12:33 PM  
Anonymous dabney said...

i agree with all those above. plus, i'll add a place called reside (www.resideinc.com) on concord ave. in cambridge. they carry vintage and new home furnishings, with a focus on mid-century modern.

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For a great store that is unfortunately closing due to increased rent, try "Pluto" in Jamaia Plain. It's at 603 Centre st. (by T, take the orange line to green st) and has great funky gifts, accessories, candles, clothes etc . There are actually some good deals right now b/c they are closing. Check this store out before it's gone! It will be missed. As long as you are in JP on centre, check out Fire Opal. It's got some neat jewelry, gifts for the home etc. Have fun in Boston!


3:00 PM  
Anonymous Ann said...

Just to add to Les's comment... There is another Pluto location in Davis Square in Somerville.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

Alas, poor Pluto in Davis is closed too.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous ann said...

Oh, two more places come to mind...

there is a new Vessel store downtown (I just love their candelas).


and while you're in the vicinity, you can also check out Machine Age on congress street which specializes in mid-century furnishings.


10:13 PM  
Anonymous Kara said...

Here's a gem in Inman (Cambridge). LOVE this place:

Oh, and I also mourn the closing of Pluto in Davis.

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Jackie said...

Pod (on Washington St. in Brookline Village) has a great selection of items for the home and beautiful clothing. Check out their site here

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bliss Home on Newbury St.

Machine Age is a must for Mid-century. A bit out of the way, but you can have lunch across the street at Lucky's (corner of A st. and Congress),

For clothes. Turtle on Tremont St. on the South End

7:52 AM  
Anonymous serrin said...

Also in the South End - on Union Park - is a very cute shop called Aunt Sadies. They have a huge range of candles, soaps, textiles, etc. Enjoy!

7:53 PM  

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