Store Visit: Table of Contents

The white walls and floors, the high ceilings and well designed surfaces make the store feel more like the coolest museum shop you have even been into that happens to sell clothing, accessories and shoes, dreams do come true! Owners Joseph Magliaro and Shu Hung’s  concept behind the store is that it is curated by a theme, similar to a magazine. In the past, themes have included “Action is Character” (Fitzgerald quote) and “A Piece of Cloth. The current theme at TOC is “Play.” The main fixture of “Play” is the faux marble ping pong table designed by Joe Magliaro, in collaboration with Correll Correll who made the embroidered and knit net and Building Block who made the wood and leather paddles. Throughout the store there are amazing pieces by Comme de Garçons in playful polka dots, mixing of textures, bold statement necklaces and animated bags. We love the vessels that owner Magliaro makes that accessorize the store beautifully - from book rests, vases and planters. Curated with intention and purpose to fulfill the theme of Play, TOC guides you through a well edited collection of eye catching accessories.


1. Tell us about Table of Contents

Table of Contents is both a retail platform and design studio. The shop featuring an international selection of objects, clothing, and publications that’s derived from our current interests and occupations. We like for the selections to tell stories, or inspire storytelling, discussion, and maybe even wonder. TOC also operates a design practice that spans creation of interiors, objects, furniture, graphics, publications, essays, and strategies. 

2. What made you decide to open a store front?

We’ve always been interested in developing spaces for exchange — whether physical or printed or digital — that allow us to experiment with and present ideas that interest us. After working with printed and digital publishing formats for many years, the idea of a storefront, an open interior that we share with anyone who walks through the door, remained a really attractive proposition.    

3. How did you come up with the name?

Table of Contents was the name we used for a project that began while we were living in Berlin in 2008. We would use saw horses and a simple plywood or cardboard top to create a table in various public locations around the city. The table became our platform to present (and possibly sell) rare or unusual books and objects that we felt were significant. The name traveled with us when we moved to Portland.  

4. How do you find designers you showcase in your shop?

Many are designers that we have known and admired for years. Others are emerging designers whose work we’ve encountered more recently and that we are excited to be able to share. We find work that interests us everywhere – through travel, conversation, magazines, online. Recently, Instagram has been a great place to look for engaging work. 

5. What are your top 3 favorite things in the store?

It’s tough to pick 3, but right now we’re really excited about our Ping Pong Paddle Kit collaboration with Building Block, and would love to take on the winter with the kangaroo-leather duck boots from Visvim, and the unisex Yohji Yamamoto Y’s Stand Collar Manteau rain cape.

6. Who are your style icons?

Rei Kawakubo, Morrissey, Jean Seberg, Ettore Sottsass, Bill Cunningham, Jacques Derrida, Isamu Noguchi to name a few!

7. Tell us two truths and a lie.

I’d prefer not to.

I’d prefer not to.

I’d prefer not to.

8. Where are your favorite places to shop?

Flea markets, antique malls, garage sales.