Anyone who subscribes to both Dwell and I.D. , or who owns Rem Koolhaas' S,M,L,XL even though they've never touched a CAD program in their

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Best (and Worst) Block for Design Geeks

Anyone who subscribes to both Dwell and I.D., or who owns Rem Koolhaas' S,M,L,XL even though they've never touched a CAD program in their life, finds the 1900 Block of First Avenue the Bermuda Triangle of time-sucks. Either detour to Second Avenue or lose half your day. You'll be leaving drool stains on the Eames chairs and Libre sofas at Design Within Reach (the company's name is a cruel joke to most of us); caressing the Anne Black bowls and Amenity duvet covers at Urchin; and scoping out European designers at Polite Society and Baby & Co. Worst of all is Peter Miller Books, with thousands of big picture (and big-picture) books on architecture and design. The only way to recover from visual overstimulation is to cross the street to eat at the ever-tasteful Le Pichet.—Jonathan Kauffman First Avenue between Stewart and Virginia streets.

 
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