Unconventional retailers in NYC.
If you are an art book junkie, you must check out Printed Matter in Chelsea. Printed Matter is a non-profit hub featuring books following the idea of “artwork for the page.” Taking a democratic approach, Printed Matter sells books who have editions of 100+ (in contrast to finely crafted, limited edition art-objects.) More on their philosophy can be found here. In 2011, Printed Matter exhibited works by Warja Lavater, and is now selling many of her beautiful books: stories using symbols instead of words.
The owners of Kiosk travel the world and curate a selection of items they find based on their country of origin. Recent themes include USA (Vermont specifically), Japan, India, and Sweden. They also keep a permanent collection of the most popular items from previous ‘exhibits.’ Examples of their selection of odds n’ ends: a Swedish mushroom knife, a mathematically beautiful bamboo steamer basket, and the poster above created by Reference Library.