Kiosk’s second-floor location in SoHo is a must visit for design lovers with an eye for original and straightforward items sourced from around the world. The curated range of products is offered in an exhibition format, and though owner Alisa Grifo swears “we don’t look at trends”, Kiosk has carved a place for itself at the forefront of New York City and the international design community. Kiosk is a place where New York style-makers and design-minded trendsetters are able to stay updated on what’s hot in-store.
- The shop is 450 square feet and has been open for four and a half years
- The product range varies depending on the current collection, centring around gifts and items for the home, such as tableware and lighting
- Collections are determined by international travel, often comprising traditional goods that have generational value in the culture of the destinations that owners Alisa Grifo, Marco Romeny and Ross Menuez travel to
- Products are limited editions as they are imported based on trips
- The shop updates its collection every two to three months
- The motivation behind starting the shop was to provide an alternative to overly extravagant design, showcasing design that is beautiful in its simplicity and directness
- Kiosk functions to shed light on products created as a result of local aesthetics and needs within the urban retail environment of New York
- Target customer? “Everybody”, says Grifo
Visual merchandising focuses around exhibition curation for each product selection, designed by the store owners and employees. Elements vary based on the location of the exhibition that is being featured.
Currently showing at Kiosk is “Portugal”, a bevy of items that range from stationery to toys and tableware. At www.kioskkiosk.com you can view the items on sale at the shop, photographed on location in Portugal.
Working with international independent producers and products can be challenging. WGSN asked Grifo about potential challenges Kiosk faces: “Perhaps only that it is difficult or sometimes impossible to import certain things into the USA”.
Kiosk is launching Iceland Part One: Candy, a visual display of the confections of Iceland, including a papier-mâché volcano and screenings of volcano movies. Iceland is a country so sweet that Kiosk dedicated an entire exhibition to this, with the next exhibition entitled Iceland Part Two: Things.
From Kiosk’s current collection, Portugal:
- Aluminum trivet, $11
- Red sugar bowl, $19
- Children’s “German” tea set, $32
95 Spring Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY
Tel: +1 (212) 226 8601