The East Village Has a New Mosaic Man, and Woman

mosaicDaniel Maurer
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The Panda Diplomacy pop-up isn’t the only newcomer on East Sixth Street: last week, the tiny space that briefly housed Cooper Square Convenience got a new tenant.

As you can guess from its name, Mosaic Lamps is stuffed wall-to-ceiling with lamps made of handblown glass, adorned with colorful mosaics.

Move over, Mosaic Man?

Actually, the goods aren’t made in the East Village: they’re imported from a factory in Turkey by Melissa Benovic, 35, a fine-dining waitress, and her boyfriend Ilker Arslan, 36, who grew up working at the grand bazaar in Istanbul. A typical hanging lamp is $80; the most impressive piece, a giant globe that hangs in the window, is $1,500. Other lamps are outfitted with copper stands.

Once the couple gets approval from the Food and Drug Administration, they’ll sell hand-painted ceramic plates and bowls. Candle holders are also on offer, for $4 each.

Mosaic Lamps, 208 East Sixth Street (between Cooper Square and Second Avenue); (212) 228-1964