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THE NEW YORK TIMES. THURSDAY. OCTOBER 9,2008 SHOPPING WITH Scouring specialty shops for the perfect mismatch. UOKOratIM IVWVOKnnMIOVDilHDUMttOVirailWMCWTOM HMIS<AII ATPUOKIRTI«-"TTI From left, William Harris, Adam Farmerie, Kristina O'Neal and Greg Bradshaw. DON'T be surprised il walking into V New York design firm AvroKO I feels like stepping into another I time and place. The interior and menu of Double Crown, which opened last month at 316 Bowery (Bleecker Street), are inspired by the collision of cultures during Britain's pres- ence in India. Singapore and China in the 19th century, interpreted with a downtown twist. The four principals of AvroKO, Greg Brad- shaw, Adam Farmerie. William Harris and Kristina O'Neal, have plenty of experience de- signing modern spaces that mix in a few his- ideas, objects and materials," Mr. Harris said. They never know when they'll find the right piece to translate a concept. They once got brass ornaments at the Antiques Garage flea market. 112 West 25th Street, and used them for texture on the walls of the Monday Room, a lounge connected to Public. "That was even a week after opening," Ms. O'Neal said. Looking for similar inspiration, they re- cently shopped for architectural hardware. At Olde Good Things, 124 West 24th Street, where they had previously found metal screens for Double Crown, they dug through piles of glass doorknobs, brass hinges and door knockers. "We often look for something with a bit more The designers also recommended specialty- hardware manufacturers like Nanz, P. E. Gue- rin, E. R. Butler and H. Theophile for meticu- lously made pieces with an almost jewelry-like quality. "A lot of these things are kind of ex- pensive, so you can't use that much of it," Mr. Bradshaw said. "But you can pick your mo- ments for special pieces " TIM McKEOUGH

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