Underground in more ways than one (the shop is below street level, and it’s as indie as they come), this Laundromat turned reading room is the latest project to come from Aaron “A-Ron the Downtown Don” Bondaroff. Since getting his start as the face of streetwear brand Supreme in the early ’90s, the native New Yorker has become a fixture in the international art scene, having curated shows for the Guggenheim and Colette. OHWOW, the publishing company that he co-founded two years ago with Al Moran, prints books displaying work by his artist friends, including Scott Campbell, Phil Frost, Neckface and Terence Koh. The bookstore-showroom is the first spot to carry all of OHWOW’s publications under a single roof, and those craving color, inspiration or simply a place to talk art can do so sans snobbery. The art lies not solely in the books but also in the decor itself. Designed by Bondaroff’s longtime friend Rafael de Cárdenas, the 150-square-foot interior has black-and-white stacked shelving units, fluorescent lighting and turquoise walls with Navajo patterns. Some titles we’re digging are Maneater by Aurel Schmidt ($40), New York Minute by Kathy Grayson ($75) and Bondaroff’s autobiography My Life in T-Shirts ($30).
OHWOW Book Club
|Venue name:||OHWOW Book Club||Contact:|
227 Waverly Pl
|Cross street:||between W 11th and Perry Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun noon-7pm; Wed noon-5pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq|