From an over-sized egg crate to a ball pit, this egg-themed take on the Museum of Ice Cream is a dream destination for the Instagram-obsessed.
New York's Chinatown isn’t exactly a tropical oasis this time of year. Though April has arrived, these days the sky is mostly grey. There’s no need for sunglasses or sundresses in this climate and ice cream is probably the farthest thing from your mind as you sidestep muddy puddles pooling around construction sites. That’s why the new Egg House installation—which opens to the public April 7—is such a relief from the drudgery of city life. It’s a pastel-colored oasis located in a random storefront on Chrystie Street, designed specifically for Instagram mavens who need a pop of color on their feeds—and in their lives.
The Egg House is billed as exactly what the name suggests—it's the abode of an egg named Ellis (perhaps an homage to the Sanrio “lazy egg” character Gudetama), who recently arrived in New York City and is ready to explore. More on Ellis soon, but first his house, which is not, as you might expect, breakfast-themed. There was not a savory egg in sight at the Egg House.
Instead, all things sweet prevail at Ellis’s place: Tiny cakes in mason jars are for sale in the pop-up’s corner store, as are white chocolate pops in the shape of a fried egg. Down a narrow corridor, Eggloo set up shop, ready to serve egg waffles stuffed with ice cream.
Sweet defines the Egg House decorations, too: The moment you walk in, you’re greeted by an aquamarine and yellow wall, on which hangs a yellow neon sign that reads “Egg House.” It's framed by two fluffy (fake) clouds and two balloons the color of egg yolks. This is the first of many Instagram-friendly spots in the “house” (its really just a long hallway with several installations that aren’t even separated by walls or doorways).
Once you’re finished posing with the balloons in front of the Egg House sign, move on to the giant egg crate. Pink spatulas are hanging from the ceiling above, and there’s a spot in the crate where you can lounge against the eggs for yet another social media-friendly photo.
Right next door, you’ll find the real highlight of the Egg House: a white tiled pool filled with yellow and white plastic balls. Feel free to dive right in and daydream about summer. The Egg House ball pit is the next best thing to a beach until it’s warm enough for your swimsuit, and the cheerful yellow walls will help you forget all about the windy weather outside.
There’s one more photo-opp in the basement downstairs, where white bouncy balls rigged up to eerie green lighting surround a swing in the shape of a broken eggshell, but the most charming aspect of the Egg House is Ellis himself. Step into his dark bedroom, and you’ll find Ellis fast asleep in his bed as his friends (that’s us, the guests) play outside. A guestbook lets you leave a note for Ellis, and on his desk, you’ll find his checklist for everything he wants to do while he’s in New York—visit the Statue of Liberty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art for instance. Two white masks on the wall indicate he’s already been to Sleep No More.
The word sweet once again comes to mind: This candy-coated paradise, decked out in neon colors to rescue us from our dreary winter blues is just passing through. Take advantage of the warm thoughts it conjures up before Ellis decides to move on.
The Egg House is open from April 7 to June 27 at 195 Chrystie Street.