10 Second Shop Tour: Melissa Joy Manning

Jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning’s SoHo shop is a wonder to behold. Located in an old sewing needle factory on Wooster Street and partially furnished with antique pieces found in-situ,  the space vibrates with a palpable sense of history. The building’s original safe stands in the main showroom, its brassy handle reading “Yale.” In another corner, a giant piece of machinery has been repurposed as a standing light fixture. Across the ancient-looking wood floor, one can see the scuffs and dents earned throughout a lifetime of industrial servitude. It seems fitting that Melissa would choose this space as her company’s New York flagship—her chosen media, stunning gemstones formed over millennia, share a similar (albeit much older) tie to the past. The experience one has while browsing Melissa’s shop is akin to exploring a museum—bits of naturalia and art pepper the space, dispersed amongst Melissa’s own handiwork. The total effect is one that is as immersive as it is beautiful. Check out our tour of Melissa Joy Manning’s space above and take a peek at some of the outtakes below! —Max

Designed by Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox Architecture

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  1. riye says:

    I really like these 10 second tours. A great addition to the website. :-)

  2. What a great little shop. Beautiful work and OMG I love the table and chair set!

  3. heidi says:

    the best!

  4. What a great little space! I love the classic and cozy feeling it gives off. Next time I’m in Soho, I’ll make sure to stop by.

  5. Emily says:

    So exciting to see Melissa’s new space featured! The agate spliced wall is to die for – love that moody indigo. She designed my wedding ring and I receive compliments on it weekly, year after year. I’m so honored to wear one of her pieces and so happy to see her work and space celebrated here.


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