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by habituallychic

08 . 25 . 09
I forgot to ask owner Stephen Saunders why his store is called The End of History. A more appropriate name would be The End of the Rainbow or maybe Died and Gone to Glassware Heaven! The shop is a treasure trove of vintage glass, ceramics and furniture from the 1950’s and 60’s. Much of the glass and decorative pieces are arranged by color which makes it easy for interior designers to come in and buy an instant collection for their clients. One of their best customers is Steven Gambrel who lives in the area and often stops by on his way home from work. The store is also popular with Jonathan Adler who often buys pieces that he reworks for his own line of pottery. Everything old is new again. I also think that The End of History is going to be the beginning of a very beautiful friendship!

The End of History
548 1/2 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

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  1. the NEO-traditionalist August 25, 2009 | 1:29 am

    How have I not been here before??? It makes me want to pick a color and random and start collecting! I especially love the pale blue ashtrays in the last photo…if only I smoked…hmmmm. They would still look chic just sitting there, right?
    XXX Kate “the NEO-trad”

  2. maison21 August 25, 2009 | 2:51 am

    such a great store!

  3. Stephen Saunders August 25, 2009 | 3:52 am

    The name was taken from the Francis Fukuyama book “The end of history”.
    The book was written just after the Berlin wall fell and his theory in a nutshell was that the end of the cold war would lead to a world of liberal democracy, free trade and peace. Well not quite but……….
    I took the name for two reasons, the first one was the time of our opening in 1997, just before the millenium and the second was that my shop represents a period when import meant from Europe not China. There was a time when all the American department stores were filled with treasures from Italy, Denmark and Sweden and the American dollar was king! As fast as they could blow the glass in Murano it was shipped to importers in New York. Now we have Italian clients and ship to Milan!

  4. Lauren Jade August 25, 2009 | 4:30 am

    I’m am addicted to your blog. 🙂 Just love it and I wish I was in New York to visit this place! Looks delicious.

  5. Camilla @ Designalogue Blog August 25, 2009 | 5:31 am

    Im sure i would be thrown out of this store because of my delighted squeals!!! Collector glass is an obsession of mine!!

  6. Dagny @ Beautiful Living August 25, 2009 | 7:10 am

    Love it!!

  7. Olivia August 25, 2009 | 7:18 am

    You are spoiling us with these fabulous posts and amazing resources! I think everyone could find something to suit themselves in this lovely, happy store!

  8. A Gift Wrapped Life August 25, 2009 | 12:00 pm

    What a great collecting passion. The store looks divine and enjoyed reading Stephen’s background comment.

  9. City Living Girl August 25, 2009 | 12:53 pm

    What a great find, thank you. I have never been to this store and can’t wait to visit during my next trip to NYC. I collect green glass and white Hull pottery.

  10. Dumbwit Tellher ♥ August 25, 2009 | 1:13 pm

    I am in rainbow heaven. Such a timely piece for me, on Sunday I was dragging out pieces of Blenko & R. Bitossi from storage, & wising I had more. Only wish I were in NYC. Thank you for the intro to this fab store!

  11. Dawn August 25, 2009 | 2:56 pm

    I love The End of History! I can totally see the connection to Jonathan Adler. Just bought a JA lamp for our nursery that is similar to the vintage pale blue one in one of your photos. Also – love VM Glasshouse (online). Have not ordered from them but fantastic glass collection.

  12. mary August 25, 2009 | 3:02 pm

    The colors!!!!!! Especially the cased pieces. The breadth of the collection is amazing.

  13. style odyssey August 25, 2009 | 3:55 pm

    yummy color! that milky turquoise glass is divine (second & third pic)…also the clear ones (top pic) are pure heaven!

  14. Paula Grace Designs August 25, 2009 | 4:35 pm

    Very lovely find! Great products. I love allthings glass so that really stuck out for me.
    Paula Grace ~

  15. the Preppy Princess August 25, 2009 | 5:04 pm

    Ooooh, this is a new one for us as well, and we’re in love! It looks like lots of vintage Blenko, Raymor, along with other Italian and Scandinavian pieces, each and every one of them drool-worthy!

    Thank you for introducing us to Mr. Saunders and his exquisite eye for such lovely pieces.

  16. mo-zy August 25, 2009 | 5:11 pm

    What a great find. Simply lovely. As A designer, when I come across a new designer or a new & wonderful antique dealer,shoppe…I love to pass it on.
    You do an excellent job of keeping us all “in the know!”

  17. Amber August 26, 2009 | 12:56 am

    Gorgeous images of gorgeous treasure! Thanks for sharing this fabulous store. If only New York was closer to Brisbane, Australia!

    Do you know anything about the ceramics featured in the 3rd last image? The blue figures and vases lood so familiar, but I can’t quite remember the maker. Any clues?

  18. madaboutchairs August 26, 2009 | 12:58 am

    I love this store. I’ve gone often (more often to browse rather than buy) and they have the most beautiful collection of objects I have ever seen. When people come to visit me in New York, I sometimes take them to The End of History as part of the NY tour! I’m glad you featured this store on your blog.

  19. Blushing hostess August 26, 2009 | 10:24 am

    I love the name of the place and it is a visual feast.

  20. The End of History August 27, 2009 | 3:24 am

    As the official Blogger for The End of History
    ( theendofhistoryshop.blogspot.com )
    I must personally thank you for the notice. You’ll see I made an entry for YOU on our site, and I mean what I said. High praise from one of the webs success stories. Thanks for the kind and kindred sentiments!

    Daniel Petix,
    The End of History

  21. Ms. B August 27, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    What a gorgeous shop! I could have so much fun in there! I really like that everything is arranged by color as well, makes everything so much easier!


  22. Karena September 1, 2009 | 2:59 pm

    Love the blues and golds, wonderful selections to choose from!

  23. Audrey Marie November 17, 2013 | 7:58 pm

    You are spoiling us with these fabulous posts and amazing resources! I think everyone could find something to suit themselves in this lovely, happy store!