The Future Perfect Brooklyn started in 2002 as a much-needed retail outlet for local furniture designers, and the shop has since expanded to a new Manhattan location that carries international design names including the Italian Diesel for Moroso and British SCP.
- Located at 55 Great Jones Street in Manhattan, the new store has 2,200 square feet of selling space and opened in November 2009
- The store was designed by owner David Alhadeff and Peter Staley, who also designed custom shelving for the space
- Stock ranges from designer furniture and lighting to homewares sourced from international brands. The store also specialises in housing undiscovered talent and store-exclusive pieces, available for custom order
- The Future Perfect targets interior designers and design enthusiasts, with the Manhattan store generating weekend foot traffic from the tourists who come to the area to see what’s best and fresh in home design
The store was designed by Alhadeff and Peter Staley, who have produced a polished industrial space with clever use of inexpensive materials. Raw wood blocks create grids of custom shelving and platforms, designed by Staley. The blocks are removable and interchangeable, allowing the podiums to be taller or shorter for flexible merchandising needs.
Products line the wall in a quirky yet organised fashion, and hang overhead, with stunning lighting designs from Jason Miller and Lindsey Adelman. The products, though placed thoughtfully around the store, welcome customers to sit, try and touch, providing a thrift-style engaging experience, staying away from the stuffy museum-like quality of many top-end design shops.
“We are always getting new product in and change the store at least once every two weeks,” said general manager Amanda McCreary, during a recent WGSN interview. The store carries everything in home design from couches, rugs and lighting to tabletop items and design books.
So what trends have McCreary and the team at The Future Perfect been picking up on? “An appreciation of material,” McCreary said. “People really respond to materials, like the purity of the glass in Lindsey Adelman’s lighting.”
And trends in retail? “Exclusives. We also have exclusivity in New York City on many of our European collections, like the SCP collection and some of the Moroso pieces. We want to be known as the place to go to find what’s best in design and of course we are thrilled when one of our designers are picked up by a larger store. In those cases we talk to them and commission them to do an exclusive piece for The Future Perfect.”
“We are launching new lighting by Lindsey Adelman and planning an exhibit around ICFF called Lift, Hold, Roll. The concept is based around a pulley, a clamp and a caster. We’ve invited designers to submit ideas that utilise any one of these objects in a finished project.”
The Future Perfect, Manhattan
55 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
Tel: +1 (212) 473 2100