Kitty Hawks’s New York Black Book

Larry Lederman

The renowned interior designer names her favorites.

Carlton Hobbs: A truly remarkable experience for 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century furniture and artworks from Europe. Pieces of astonishing originality, provenance and quality in one of the great houses in the city, the Mrs. Graham Fair Vanderbilt House. At 60 E. 93rd St.;

Darius: As a passionate rug lover, I always try to start a room with a rug. I have worked with Darius for 25 years and learned a great deal from our history together while also finding antique rugs of great beauty and value. At 979 Third Ave.;

Farrow & Ball: High-quality paints and wallpapers in my absolute favorite tones, which usually include tints of warm gray, like mushroom, lilac or tree trunk.

Florian Papp: Three floors of period and midcentury furniture, and wonderful lighting, mirrors, needlework and paintings. At 962 Madison Ave.;

Flower Market: Everything here is wholesale—it’s the best and most economical source of fresh and silk flowers, as well as unique pots and vases to display them in. On 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

Frances Palmer and Matthew Solomon: These are two enormously gifted artists with very different sensibilities. Palmer’s simple one-of-a-kind vases and pots have a kind of homey whimsy (, while Solomon’s glazed ceramics are very detailed, very organic; his are available at Maison Gerard gallery (53 E. Tenth St.;

H. M. Luther: One of my very favorite places for antiques—high-end and always worth the visit to see beautiful and unusual pieces, from trays to cabinets to chandeliers. At 61 E. 11th St.;

Mokuba: The most beautiful ribbons to use as trims or extravagant gift wrapping—they’re the most wonderful when paired with newspaper wrapping paper for that luxe-rough contrast. At 137 W. 38th St.;

Potterton: One of the few remaining bookstores in New York specializing in the decorative arts, architecture, and interior and garden design. At 979 Third Ave.;

Penn & Fletcher: The ultimate resource for custom embroidery, the workroom here contains a rich library of past samples—not to mention a group of dedicated office cats. At 21-07 41st Ave., Long Island City;

The End of History: A virtual treasure trove of midcentury glass and ceramics from all over the world. At 548 1/2 Hudson St.;

Hawks is the former creative director of Perry Ellis International and owned her own interior design firm until 2008. She was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2005.