90 Years at the Center of Design

The New York Design Center is the country’s finest resource for classic, contemporary and avant-garde design. For nine decades this renowned destination has been at the forefront of the industry, with a worldwide reputation for providing imaginative solutions to any design challenge.

The Design Center’s rich history informs its future. Situated at 200 Lexington Avenue, it is the country’s oldest furniture and design building. This 16-story landmark, designed by architect Ely Jacques Kahn, opened its doors in 1926. Originally catering to department and retail store buyers the building began to focus on interior design and architecture in the late 1970s; and in 1981, emerged as the New York Design Center.

Over the years, the New York Design Center has forged close relationships with museums, charitable organizations, designers, architects and design schools, championing innovation in the design community.

In 2011, new initiatives marked a dynamic next chapter. The 1stdibs Gallery at 200 Lex, features over 50 galleries of one-of-a-kind pieces, from fine antiques to 20th Century Vintage. The Access to Design program provides a personalized concierge service to help customers navigate the 500,000 square feet of professional showrooms, as well as to connect with the industry’s top designers for interior projects large and small.

Today, 200 Lex is the premier marketplace for every design vision. From season to season, the New York Design Center is the most progressive and comprehensive resource of its kind.