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New Calligaris store to open in New York

Upper East Side standalone store is second to open in Manhattan this year

NEW YORK CITY – A new standalone Calligaris furniture showroom will open on New York’s Upper East Side on Aug. 1, according to online news resource Patch.com.

The article said that the 4,500-square-foot location at East 57 th St. between Second and Third avenues will be operated by husband and wife team Niki and Shaokao Cheng.

It will showcase a number of the company’s contemporary Italian-made furniture designs in dining, bedroom and living room.

Shaokao and Niki Cheng have operated a Bo Concept location in New York since 2003 and opened their first Calligaris location in Soho on March 1. This is their second Calligaris location.

They also have opened BoConcept stores in Chelsea, Carle Place, Long Island, Paramus, N.J.; Edgewater, N.J.; and Flushing Queens, to name several.

The couple told Patch.com that they chose the Upper East Side for their newest Calligaris location due to its “intersection of historic residential buildings and modern luxury shops.”

“The space mirrors typical apartments on the Upper East Side – with pre-war ceiling heights and intimate vignettes showcasing designs the way they would look at home,” Shaokao said in a release.

On his Linkedin profile Shaokao described his approach to retail.

“When people come to one of our stores to shop or for an event, I want them to leave with this sense of unexpected gratification,” he said. “You don’t traditionally associate furniture with music, literature, fashion, or art, but they’re all entwined. We want to create a community.”

According to its website, Calligaris opened its first flagship store in Milan in 2008 and opened another Flagship location in Paris in 2012. Today there are 70 Calligaris retail locations including Milan, Paris, New York, Rome, Barcelona, London, Istanbul, Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Washington, Miami and Toronto.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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