Tabletop, art and accessories are the focus of RM2, a new e-retail concept started by interior designer Raji Radhakrishnan—scheduled for soft launch December 14.
“We do so much to pull together homes for our clients, and when it comes time to the last-minute details that make the room come alive, we’re scrambling or out of time," said Radhakrishnan. “There are so many places that exist for furniture but the small accessories get lost like a needle in a haystack.”
Radhakrishnan personally selects every item for sale on the site. Starting with around 200 vintage items, the site will add new items each day. The site will also offer new items that are limited edition or one-of-a-kind.
"We’re doing the work scouring flea markets across the globe, getting the best of the best," she said. "People are always tempted to buy things that are a bargain, but we want the focus to be on finding really good things. My design philosophy is: Buy really great things. Nothing more, nothing less." Even so, she claims RM2 prices will be a bargain compared to other online sellers.
With warehouses filled to the brim of finds from Italy, Sweden, India, and around the globe, Radhakrishnan describes herself a born shopper. “I travel extensively, and I never get attached to anything no matter how beautiful or rare it is. I think of myself as a caretaker, and some things are too beautiful for one person—more people should have it.”
Photo by Michael Vonal, courtesy IamModern
With an MBA and no formal design education, Radhakrishnan started her design firm seven years ago after a 10-year career in finance. “I was naïve starting a firm a with no experience and not knowing anyone,” she said. Her own apartment was published in Metropolitan Home, which helped launch her career. In addition to her design business, she started an online gallery Maison et Toi, which sells 20th century design pieces through 1stdibs. She now has offices in DC, as well as staff and a growing number of projects in New York.