I can't remember exactly how I discovered Kiosk, no doubt on one of my tumbles down the rabbit hole of google searches for things to do in NYC, but I'm so glad (however I found it) that I did! Here's a description from their website to give you an idea of what this very unique store is all about:
Kiosk is located in SoHo, New York. We offer a curated range of products from all over the world in an exhibition format. Everything is sourced during our travels; we build our collections while away and then feature what we find at KIOSK for 4 - 6 months. Our current show is INDIA 2, in addition we also have an “Ongoing” collection of objects from previous exhibitions.
KIOSK is a travel story depicted through objects, a collection of interesting things from around the world, a study of material culture, a shop, several people's efforts to preserve unique and indigenous objects, an installation, maybe just something other than what we are used to. At KIOSK we feature the things that generally go unnoticed, products that are the result of local aesthetics and needs. Our motivation is to give attention to these anonymous objects and support independent producers. Hopefully what we share encourages you to go out and meet and talk and learn and see and show.
KIOSK is not static. We are not able to predict our stock as it is decided by each trip. Sometimes certain goods are only offered on a very limited basis. There is always a mix of things. We hope the objects assembled together create a rough portrait of each location and tell about a place and it’s people.
When we visited, they were featuring India. When you arrive at the address for KIOSK, you actually might miss it because they don't really have a storefront - you have to walk up some stairs to a second floor to see the shop. It is quite intriguing! The walkway up the stairs is covered in graffiti, neon lights and artwork. Very cool. When you walk into the door of the shop, you're instantly overcome by how unique it is and what a very different shopping experience you're in for! I loved the gallery set up and the neon lighting everywhere. The whole store has a red hue to it.
(the ceiling on our walk up the stairs)
I highly recommend a visit to KIOSK if you're in the SOHO area of NYC. Or you can visit their other locations all over the world. Here's a page that shows literally everything they've ever offered at their shop. It's quite interesting looking through all of the odds and ends they've chosen over time! You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Photos taken with permission by Danielle Thompson. (that's me!)
See more of our NYC trip here.