|The window display of Michael Devine dinnerware at William & Wayne.|
"I'd love to put one of your favorite new collections in my Lexington Avenue window," read the message I received from William Meyer. Meyer is partner with Wayne Adler who together created New York's great independent home store William - Wayne & Co.
he was referring to were my hand painted Limoges pieces that are created from my fabric designs by Marie Daage in Paris. So off Thomas and I went to our first meeting and less than a month later I am thrilled to report the window is installed on Lexington Avenue as promised.
|There is never a shortage of blue and white in the shop.|
What makes the store so wonderful is that its variety is more like a curiosity shop than a home goods store. The chock a block space is filled with every item that one could need to finish a decorating project or pick up a last minute hostess gift. Meyer believes, "I want to have something across the board for everyone. Even if it is a five dollar gift. I want to be able to give the customer something that is beautifully wrapped and ready to go."
|A best seller. Pig doorstops. |
It's a formula that was clearly working the afternoon I was there working on the window. A steady stream of well heeled customers, many who were greeted like old friends seemed to file through the door and just as often left with a find in a bag on their arm.
|Small tables, lamps, brackets, pillows and accessories compete for attention in this corner.|
The store started in 1989 downtown in a former antique shop. Meyer is a natural for retail since he grew up in his family's retail business. He also was lucky enough to have parents who took him to auctions as a kid where he developed his eye for design. His passion for tabletop started at home as well, "I always loved to set the dining table as a child," he explained. Today its the corner stone of the business.
|The new cereal bowl collection (bottom right) vies for attention in the window.
fits right in with the assortment of tabletop that the store stocks. I am delighted that they are the first to carry the wonderful new cereal bowls that I added to the collection. They are available in all the current colors and patterns and like the rest of the collection are made to order. William - Wayne & Co. is open from 10:30 to 6:30 Monday through Saturday. Closed Sunday. 846 Lexington Avenue between 64th & 65th Streets.
|The completed window.|