Friday, January 11, 2008
Kiosk: An independent stand from which merchandise is sold, often placed in the common area of a shopping center.
Kiosk is a fantastic store located in SoHo, New York. They exhibit and sell a curated range of products from all over the world. Every few months they highlight a different country with products personally sourced by the owners during their travels. What a great job! Since opening, they have featured Japan, Sweden, Mexico, Germany, and Finland, their current country which ends in February. In addition, they maintain an ongoing collection of objects from previous countries.
According to their website, they chose objects which are humble, straightforward and beautiful for their simplicity and directness. Often they are traditional goods that are the result of local aesthetics and needs or anonymous design found in general stores, DIYs and kiosks. The store is funky, the staff is welcoming, and the objects are unique and interesting. Kiosk is like a gallery, museum, and international store all in one.