Helmed by husband-and-wife team Benny Aziz and Stephanie Cohen, Benjamin Rugs and Furniture supplies home decorators with modern and classic furnishings. The two-level showroom, laid out by Stephanie who is also an interior designer, encapsulates a wide range of styles, from dignified, conservative pieces of dark varnished wood to tradition-bucking designs that use translucent material and geometric shapes.
Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
Since Harry Zarin opened the shop in 1936, the thousands of bolts of drapery and upholstery material at Zarin Fabrics have brightened homes and businesses with their elegant designs. Like your family's antique-wig collection, the company is now in its third generation of family ownership, with shelves and walls stocked with a meticulously curated collection of millions of yards of colorful threads. Custom upholstery and window treatment services add personal touches to at-home decor, and foam inserts, intricate patterns, and decorative trimming help crafters will their own fluffy sofas and eye-catching curtains into existence.
Nestled in a charming, mass-transit-friendly corner of the Lower East Side, the shop has also lent its signature fabrics to New York television icons, with set designers for shows such as 30 Rock and Law & Order creating memorable settings for TV episodes out of Zarin's extensive textile resources.