No visit to New York is complete without a visit to ABC Carpet & Home Emporium in the Flatiron district. This is my favourite place in the world. It's been likened to walking into a fantasy tour of a very rich and well-travelled ancestor's attic. This two-building emporium is legendary and deserves to be: It's the ultimate home-fashions-and-furnishings department store. On the west side of the street is the stunning 10-floor home emporium. The goods run the gamut from Moroccan mosaic-tile end tables to hand-painted Tuscan pottery to Tiffany-style lamps to distressed bed frames sporting meltingly soft Italian linens to much, much more, all finely displayed. An entire floor of on-the-bolt upholstery fabrics is to die for.
|ABC is like a fantastical Turkish bazaar, abound with goods from all over the world|
|Luxurious lighting and chandeliers are everywhere at ABC|
|ABC Carpet & Home - the fabulous entrance|
|Furniture at ABC|
|Linens at ABC|
This trip, I got to appreciate the superb design influence the Art Deco period had on Manhattan. As I wandered the streets around midtown I knew that this must have been the epicentre of design in the 1930s.
|Even footpath surrounds have the deco style|
|Ambassador Hotel - luxe!|
|My favourite all time building in New York - the Woolworth Building|
|Woolworth building foyer - it is a religious experience. It feels like a church chapel|
|The fabulous exterior of the Woolworth building in downtown|