State of the Art Gadget Shops

Where to find the best of modern design and antique gadgets.


Photograph courtesy of AC Gears USA

AC Gears USA (pictured)__

If it's big in Japan, it's probably for sale at these two Greenwich Village boutiques. They peddle the latest Harajuku-ready earphones from Elecom and Audio-Technica as well as otaku-friendly oddities like Bandai's Gun O'clock, which you "shoot" to shut off.

THE ITEM: Speaker by the., a set of speakers shaped like comic-book dialogue bubbles.

*106 Greenwich Ave., 212-741-2006,

and 69 E. 8th St., 212-260-2269, New York City;*


Yamagiwa Livina JAPAN__

This Akihabara furniture and lighting store devotes one full floor to stylish takes on everyday devices. Who knew a paper shredder or an oscillating fan could be so enticing?

THE ITEM: Conof desk lamp with two hidden USB ports.

*1-5-10, Soto-Kanda, Chitoda-ku-,

Tokyo, 1-3-3253-5111;*


Retro Tech U.K.__

Steampunk enthusiasts flock to this English emporium for World War-II era voltage meters (popular for antique-car renovations), self-powered Revophone radios, and vintage valves for vacuum-tube stereos.

THE ITEM: Ericsson telephone from the 1930s.

*46 The Old High St., Folkestone, Kent,



Design Supermarket la Rinascente__

It's rare that a fashion-focused department store concerns itself with gadgets, but the basement level of Milan's iconic boutique carries the cream of the electronic crop: Leica cameras, Sonoro iPod docks, Kikkerland clocks.

THE ITEM: Brionvega rr227 portable radio.

*Piazza del Duomo, Milan,


Tom Samiljan

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