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Located in a subterranean studio at 515 West 23rd Street, Chamber is the High Line's newest—and probably its most beautiful—tenant. The avant-garde home decor shop, curated by Studio Job, is furnished with esoteric wares like limited-edition Viktor & Rolf dolls, a Tom Dixon fire-resistant cake stand, and antique Dutch children's toys.
Founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda told WWD that he's been tinkering with the idea for the "gallery-like" space for two years, and was inspired by Renaissance-era "Cabinets of Curiosities," befitting its Chelsea neighbors.
Make no mistake, items here are solely the concern of already-established art collectors, and maybe a few art collectors-in-training. On his customers, Mosqueda says, "They are a lot more thorough about the entire process than they were before 2008. They just take it more seriously. They don't purchase anything without analyzing the provenance, the designers and their entire careers. They are influenced by the entire experience and the space."
But by all means, should you be in the market for a 1958 Delavaux bag for $2,800 or the quirky $11,800 china cabinet entitled "Not My Cup of Tea" (pictured), consider Chamber your personal Cabinet of Curiosities.
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