Nina Freudenberger’s Haus Party
That rare species nowadays—the eager consumer—swarmed last night’s opening of Haus Interior, decorator Nina Freudenberger’s debut boutique on Elizabeth Street. Recession-friendly prices played a part, with retro Swedish glassware, hand-glazed ceramic cups, Japanese linens, and a hardcover reissue of an appropriately titled 1833 handbook, The American Frugal Housewife, going for less than the shop’s chic Nolita address might suggest. “In general, it’s under $300—that was my goal,” Freudenberger explained. In fact, most items went for under $100. But leave it to Ann Dexter-Jones to fall for one of the priciest pieces, a linen-upholstered Art Deco chair in the shop’s window. “Of course I love the biggest thing in the store—I’m greedy!” It would go well in her new West Village apartment, she added, with another recent upstate find: “This black lacquer box—it was one of the first refrigerators. Very old Hollywood. The little bars are in the shape of Champagne bottles and rather large caviar tins.” Pausing, Dexter-Jones sighed. “It was much cheaper then.” Haus Interior, 250 Elizabeth St., (212) 741-0455, www.hausinterior.com.