Wyeth has closed its store on Canal

Wyeth, the mid-century modern emporium whose NYC location moved to Canal and Washington in 2016, closed its doors there in December — under at least my radar. The plan back then — a hundred years ago — was to move into the 1sdibs gallery showroom in the Starrett Lehigh building in Chelsea, but 1stdibs abruptly pulled the literal rug out on that by closing with no notice. (The 1stdibs store, all 45,000 square feet of it, lasted barely a year.)

The Wyeth showroom in Sagaponack is open if you need a fix; they continue to do restorations and build their own pieces at their workshop in Bushwick.

“We are regrouping and deciding where our next space will be,” said Jen Thompson, “taking it slow and seeing what happens.”

Founded by John Birch and his brothers in 1995, Wyeth has a (beyond) loyal following among designers and celebrities for its hard-to-find and immaculately curated pieces, each carefully restored to demand sky-high prices. He started his business (named for his son, who now works for the company) here, on Franklin Street, in 1994, moving to Spring Street in 2001 after 9/11. The Sagaponack store opened in 2008.

In 2016, as he opened the 10,000-square-foot Canal Street store, he told The New York Times that time was running out on the brick-and-mortar world of high-end furniture. “It’s a last stand,” Mr. Birch said. “Retail is a terrible business.”




  1. When is that bottom photo from?