Exceptional Furniture collaborates with more than 75 manufacturers to deck out abodes with a wide variety of contemporary and traditional furniture pieces. Domestic daredevils can take dizzying 360-degree spins atop black faux-leather bar stools to break up the monotony of motorcycling through rings of fire ($125). And committed couch potatoes can bring home a modern glass coffee table, whose curved metal legs bow in tribute to his owner's channel-surfing prowess ($200).
When you're in Brooklyn and looking for a used bike to buy, head over to Greenpoint Bikes on Manhattan Avenue. The friendly service from the staff will make you want to return for all your cycling needs. Greenpoint sells bicycles, parts, and accessories as well as offering tune-ups and service for bikes you already own. The large and varied inventory ensures that you will be able to find whatever you need every time you go—and if you don't, tell one of the staff members and they can either place an order for you or point you in the right direction. For fast and friendly service at prices you can afford, shop at Greenpoint Bikes.
Founded by a duo of devoted globetrotters, Home & Abroad outfits abodes with handcrafted and imported goods from around the world. In December, their award-winning window display refashioned a collection of wrought-iron table lamps ($15–$95) into tiny hot air balloons. Inside, crafty-patterned cotton cushions ($20) conspired with couches to create cozy and inviting spots to thwart their owners' attempts to go jogging or invent cold fusion. Home & Abroad helps fill empty rooms with sturdy, rustic furniture made from sustainable hardwoods and repurposed copies of Walden.
MOD Restoration is the brainchild of Sim Fern and Hanny Lerner, a husband-and-wife team. In addition to dressing furniture in fashionable new ensembles, they keep tabs on their seasoned artisans who work throughout New York and San Francisco. They've made a name for themselves in the world of mid-century modern furniture and love resurrecting pieces by iconic designers, from George Nelson to Hans Wegner. While they work with architects, designers, and the likes of Ivanka Trump, they draw from a vast fabric collection from designers such as Maharam and Kvadrat. They also use these fabrics to make custom drapes for windows.