For home decor fans, stepping into The New York Design Center’s historic home at 200 Lexington Ave. is like being a kid in a candy store. An NYC institution since 1926, when the doors originally opened under the moniker the New York Furniture Exchange, 200 Lex (as it’s affectionately known), is a building that brings together heritage brands like Benjamin Moore; sprawling vintage and collectible sources like The Gallery at 200 Lex; modern interior houses including Profiles, Global Views, and Cliff Young Ltd; and innovative resources such as Amuneal and SA Baxter. Its lasting influence can be felt the minute you walk in the door—and seen in beautiful spaces around the world.
Strolling through the remarkable 16 floors of thoughtfully produced, unique, and finely honed pieces in each of 200 Lex’s almost 100 showrooms is a perfect way to while away the day—or find everything you need for that remodel. If you’d like expert help navigating the myriad offerings, their Access To Design service matches you with one of 30 talented interior designers. There, savvy 200 Lex staff will take notes on your goals and aesthetic desires, and suggest a designer who can help you realize that vision holistically.
While we can’t replicate that hands-on service, we’ve taken inspiration from the aforementioned galleries and showrooms to curate a few different design vibes that might help get you started. Oh, and if you can’t wait to shop, The Gallery has an online marketplace, Incollect, featuring hundreds of antiques, vintage, and 21st Century finds.
Moody and Modern
Taking inspiration from a recent Amuneal project in Telluride co-designed with interior firm Solís Betancourt & Sherrill and featuring Benjamin Moore’s smoky Aura paint shade, this collection evokes the comfort of a family room or library, with a luxe, sophisticated touch.
The Izzy Desk from Cliff Young Ltd. rounds out the sleek look with a swooping ebony wood top and buffed brass legs which mirror the finely wrought metal work of Amuneal’s shelving. To create more soft reflections, top it all off with faceted brass Trousdale handles from SA Baxter, and mottled glass catchall dishes in a tortoiseshell pattern. A plush leather Bonaparte sofa from Profiles, set on a dramatic wooden plinth, would look right at home, too.
Airy and Organic
This serene-yet-unexpected vibe comes courtesy of key pieces found in The Gallery at 200 Lex: Abstract art with a slash of color, a timeless mid century sofa in snowy white (similar to this one), and a mod lollipop lamp (this stunner would fit the bill).
In the background, a wash of clean, creamy Benjamin Moore color in Dove Wing OC-18 and Super White OC-152 creates a soft canvas for eye-catching touches including an ornate, polished brass doorknob by SA Baxter, and a strikingly curved Global Views bar cart in whitewashed burlwood anchors everything (bonus—the top is actually a removable tray).
Bold and Slightly Surreal
Bring on the drama with an Italian mod-inspired space. Benjamin Moore’s seriously saturated Aura paint in rich Deep Ocean 2058-30 teal, painted floor-to-ceiling, is a surprising use of color that offers a bold backdrop. Stealing the show, the fittingly-named Tosca II Cocktail Table from Cliff Young Ltd. is actually two pieces, a marble table and a plush ottoman that slides out from under it. Asymmetric brass fringe on the table and the ottoman’s teal velvet fabric (which can be customized in different colors and textures) add to the swinging Sixties feel.
A futuristic console table from Profiles makes excellent use of negative space, curving around itself to create a piece of functional art. Tie it all together with a starburst mirror, like this one or this one from The Gallery at 200 Lex.