Being the world’s epicenter for Art, Design and Fashion, New York City is a natural fit for Calligaris. With its stylish neighborhood and trendy spots for premium dining and shopping, New York stays true to its historical charm with the cobblestone streets, cast-iron architecture, sweeping lofts and galleries. Much like New York, Calligaris blends the past, present and future of design. The New York City Stores in SoHo, Chelsea, and Upper East side will carry time tested designs from Calligaris’ 95-year history to the newest, innovative, functional, and customizable designs. “We brought the first Brand Store to New York City because we believe this furniture is for New Yorkers. It embraces our need for space, individuality, and great prices,” remarks Shaokao. “Calligaris design is chic, modern, flexible and functional. The furniture works like pieces of a puzzle. Sofas can be combined with different seats, covers, and legs while chairs, tables and beds can be assembled in countless ways to add uniqueness to any design. They are all available in a range of beautiful finishes, styles and materials. Customers can create a customized high-end look and feel to their home at a price they will love,” adds Niki Cheng.
About the Owners:
The influence of Niki and Shaokao Cheng resonates throughout New York City, emanating from their BoConcept and Calligaris stores as well as the homes of countless clients. Since opening the very first Madison Avenue BoConcept location in 2003, the award-winning husband-and-wife entrepreneurs have become lifestyle magnates among Manhattan’s elite. During 2007, they started to expand and evolve their stores into cultural beacons, hosting immersive charity events benefiting The Lance Armstrong Foundation, intimate concert experiences with Tyrese and Kelly Price, fashion shows for designer Asher Levine and others, and launch parties for the likes of L.A. Reid, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, and many more. In under a decade, their fan base has grown to include everyone from Susan Sarandon, Faye Dunaway, Brooke Shields, Naomi Watts, and Liev Schreiber to Jay-Z, P Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Kid Cudi, and Tyson Beckford, to name a few whose homes received their enlightened touch. In addition to features in The New York Times, New York Post, The Observer, Haute Living, Ladies Who Lunch, and Bondstreet, their design work has been seen on The Apprentice, Design Star, Million Dollar listing, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, in numerous commercials and movies, while Niki has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and Open House NYC as an expert.
Since 1923, the historic Friulian company, an industry leader of ‘Made in Italy’ furnishings and accessories has demonstrated a constant pursuit of innovation, allowing the company to continue producing products that are forward-thinking and unmistakably stylish. This important opening in SoHo is part of Calligaris’ international growth strategy. Since 2016, Calligaris has opened 75 new Stores worldwide; with many projects for overseas development in the works for 2018 to increase its already influential export share of 68%.