Droog Opens First U.S. Store in New York
When you buy a piece from Droog, you’re making a statement: I have a sense of humor. The Dutch design company has long had a reputation for crafting inventive tables, chairs, and other fixtures with a wry perspective for clientele overseas and now, thanks to their new Droog N.Y.C. store, in the States.
Located in New York’s SoHo, Droog N.Y.C. is the company’s third location (the other two are in Amsterdam and Tokyo) and is housed in a massive two-story space that is, fittingly, more akin to a gallery than a retail store. Everything in the store is up for grabs (hell, even the register)…for the right price. Keep in mind that those items that look like high-end art—like, say, the Lego chair or the table composed entirely of shredded magazines—are priced as such, while mass-produced items—like wall-attachment light bulbs, hippo-shaped rugs, and wine glass doorbells—are closer to most budgets. No matter how playful the item, though, these are pieces that really are functional enough to use.—andrew richdale
After swinging by their their recent store opening, here are some of our favorites:
This makeshift wall—perfect for an office in any loft—has detachable tables built right in.
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Designed by Jen Praet, this table is composed entirely of recycled and shredded magazines that have been compressed and molded using resin. This one is one-of-a-kind, but a similar "One Day Paper Waste" table—made of shredded "confidential documents"—is also available for around $5,100.
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This chair is sort of like recession-era art: Each unit consists of 15 bags of rags that have been secured by metal straps.
Available in rows of three-by-four (like old-fashioned Dutch milk crates) or in singles, as pictured, these milk-bottle lamps—designed by Tejo Remy—are the same ones you'll find in the MoMA.