08 November 2007

CB2 NYC

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CB2 CUTS FURNITURE - AND PRICES - DOWN TO APT.-FRIENDLY SIZE

By DANICA LO

"Silver Dollar" prints, $299 for two"Ada" table lamp, $60"Hopscotch" bookcase, $299"Puck" nesting tables, $149"Seville" pillow, $35"Hotel" sofa, $699"Hotel" ottoman, $299Stainless steel snack bowl, $20Stainless steel water pitcher, $30

November 6, 2007 -- YOU know how you like to spend Sunday afternoon wandering through hip city stores, ogling that geometric-print rug or those sexy red tumblers and play what-if? Well, you can stop playing. Today, CB2 opens its brand-sparkling-new, 8,000-square-foot flagship at 451 Broadway, but don't worry if you're suddenly struck with a compulsive, overwhelming desire to gut and redecorate your (probably) overcrowded, undersized apartment.

At CB2's prices, you can.

VIDEO: A look inside CB2

For adults still living with college-dorm futons and remnants culled from Craigslist, there's finally an affordable way to acquire grown-up home goods. With pop-art plates and smart hanging vases starting at $1.95, firm modernist sofas priced from $599, solid four-poster beds for $499, and notorious-for-being-expensive quality full-length mirrors ringing in at a scant $129, it's time to upgrade.

The brainchild of Crate & Barrel's founder Gordon Segal, Chicago-transplant CB2 - with its smaller-scale sofas (that'll actually fit through your apartment door), neat nesting tables, compact storage solution modules and mix-and-everything-matches aesthetic - will be a welcome addition to New York's interiors retail landscape, where overstuffed, oversize designer (read: expensive) furniture runs rampant, but remains the provenance of the rich.

"New Yorkers are desperate for affordable and chic furniture, and currently there just aren't too many stores offering that in the city," says racked.com's editor Leslie Price. "The thing about CB2 is that it is inexpensive, but not Ikea cheap - a middle-of-the-road price point that's pretty hard to find. Pieces at CB2 are priced just a bit below DWR and West Elm, both which have been very successful in N.Y.C."

The Post got a first look at our new home away from home. Here are our must-have picks from CB2. Best part? Leave your car at home - delivery in Manhattan starts at $15 for purchases up to $200.

CB2 is at 451 Broadway; for more information go to cb2.com