Top furnishing and design stores, Vitra and Duravit, opened their doors to the website: GermanyinNYC, in the past six months for large and very successful fundraising galas. Headquartered in the Black Forest and with a beautiful design show room in midtown Manhattan, Duravit showcased its beautiful bathroom fixtures amid a rollicking party celebrating Karneval, a popular and lively festival in the Black Forest, to architects, designers and fans of all things German. Headquartered in Switzerland on the border with Germany, where its famous design museum is located across the river, Vitra has a two floor showroom in the meatpacking district of the Manhattan where it displays wonderful furniture for the home and office. Party-goers donned their Dirndls and Lederhosen to celebrate Oktoberfest with music and plenty of good food.

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