| Apr 16, 2013 |
Over 60 new design stores and showrooms to note
Boh staff
By Staff

A whopping 61 new stores and showrooms have opened across the country and abroad this year—in design centers and on the street. From design firms to furniture companies, this list highlights by region the stores and showrooms that have opened or will be opening in the near future.

West Hollywood, California

Schoos Store

Interior designer Thomas Schoos, who is behind such iconic venues as Tao at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas and numerous restaurants for celebrity chefs like The Taste’s Brian Malarkey and Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto, has opened a new retail store in West Hollywood. The shop, called Schoos Night, sells original furniture and accessories designed by Schoos as well as rare treasures from around the world discovered by Schoos, an avid collector of cultural art and artifacts. The showroom is located at 8175 Santa Monica Blvd.

MK Collection showroom

The brand-new MK Collection showroom has a new home on Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood—presenting the full range of the interior design firm’s offerings—from rugs and trims to the extensive fabric collection. Visitors may also get a sneak peek of the new wallpaper line to be launched soon. "It's a light-filled space that showcases the breadth and high-quality of all our offerings,” said owner Melissa Kirkpatrick. “The new showroom completes the circle for us—it's a place where we can be closer to our clients and the design community.”

Just in time for the annual West Week event at the Pacific Design Center, Soolip and Knoll Luxe opened their doors. The Soolip showroom features a signature line of letterpress greeting cards, handmade stationery, a curated collection of writing and desk accouterments, chic journals and albums, and sumptuous papers, ribbons and toppers that make up the couture gift-wrapping services. The concept is to help designers create beautiful brands for their businesses.

Knoll Luxe Showroom

The new Knoll Luxe showroom features the Knoll Luxe Collection developed under the direction of Dorothy Cosonas as well as complementary products from KnollTextiles. Cosonas, creative director, conceived Knoll Luxe with the residential designer in mind; the line features the finest quality, premium yarns. It also reflects a fashion-forward modern aesthetic for which Knoll is so well known and pays homage to the modern, minimalist style of Florence Knoll, who started the industry's first commercial textile program in 1947.

San Francisco, California

The San Francisco Design Center (SFDC) welcomes two new showrooms within the month including Sun Mountain Doors and Kelly-Moore Paints.

The Sun Mountain Doors showroom displays a broad variety of Sun Mountain’s custom high-end wood doors, mouldings and wide plank hardwood flooring. Both interior and exterior doors are displayed, along with a selection of architectural hardware and other millwork products from leading suppliers such as Emtek, Rocky Mountain Hardware, T.M. Cobb, El & El, and Pearlworks.

Kelly-Moore Paints is one of the largest employee-owned paint companies in the United States. A leader and innovator of waterborne coating technology, Kelly-Moore was the first major paint company to offer recycled paints along with the large selection of colors and decorative sheens. Now, it brings almost 50 years of experience to the SFDC.

New York City

Christopher Peacock Showroom

The Decoration and Design Building continues to grow with the recent addition of ironworks company Yoshiyo and Christopher Peacock. In the coming months, Benjamin Moore, Jenn-Air, Doris Leslie Blau and Claremont Furnishings Fabrics Company are set to open as well.

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to eight recently opened showrooms in the New York Design Center. Take a look.

Interior designer, architect and curator Richard Mishaan reopened HOMER, his retail store which was closed in 2008. In its newest incarnation, located at 56 University Place, HOMER will feature a revolving collection of furniture, decorative accessories and art at a variety of price points.

Samuel Botero's design gallery

Designer Samuel Botero opened a retail "design gallery" at 215 E. 58th Street. The gallery is home to various furniture pieces, lighting displays and glass collections. It is open Monday - Friday by appointment only by contacing 212-935-5155.

Boston, Massachusetts

RH (Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc.) announced the opening of The Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History in Boston. The 40,000-square-foot landmark, designed in 1862 by distinguished architect William G. Preston, was only the second building to be erected in Boston's famous Back Bay. The space has been reimagined consistent with its original vision as a museum, unveiling artistic installations unseen before in the retail industry. The Gallery represents the latest and most complex collaboration between RH creator and curator Gary Friedman and design architect James Gillam of Backen, Gillam  & Kroeger Architects.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Carl Hansen & Son shop

Architect Robert Moric, owner of bulthaup Scottsdale, has expanded with a new Carl Hansen & Son shop. Moric will independently own and operate the retail venue, which will introduce the greater Phoenix area to the entire Carl Hansen & Son collection. The new shop will exclusively carry Carl Hansen & Son furniture and lighting—from Mid-Century Modern Danish classics like Hans J. Wegner’s iconic Wishbone and Shell chairs to contemporary pieces by other influential designers. The shop will also offer a handpicked selection of home products and accessories by other top designers and manufacturers.

Washington, D.C.

Boffi and Maxalto Showroom

Boffi and Maxalto, two Italian design firms, have joined forces to create a kitchen, bathroom and furniture destination under one roof in a new lifestyle concept showroom. This is the first of its kind collaboration between two Italian design firms in the Washington, DC area, following in the footsteps of the successful alliance between the two companies in Chicago.

High Point, North Carolina

Just in time for the spring High Point Market, more than a dozen new companies are opening showroom spaces. They include: Camilla House Imports, Chelsea Textiles LLC, Glassisimo, Michel Ferrand, Mirror Image Home, Outpost Original, Pearlink World, SF Designs/Cirque 612, Tables & More, Taylor & Burke, Luxe Sleep, MFANO, and Piper Collection.

Milan, Italy


Inaugurated during Salone del Mobile in Milan, Foscarini opened a space in the Brera Design District. At the showroom, site-specific installations will be exhibited in sequence on a regular basis: scenes created to tell the values of Foscarini, interpreted each time by artists and designers. Going beyond a shopping experience, it is a place intended to liaise with the city, to become a point of reference for both design enthusiasts as well as a broader public. Their other new venue is set to open in New York City in May during ICFF.

Seattle, Washington

Vicoustic USA has opened a new showroom in the Seattle Design Center, showcasing the brand's full range of acoustic products featuring more than 50 progressive models including the world's first 3-in-1 (absorption, diffusion, bass trap) panel, the first passive, stand-alone bass trap and the first portable acoustic modular wall. "This represents a very important milestone for Vicoustic," said Susana Gaspar, Vicoustic's international sales manager. "Vicoustic USA is here to stay and will certainly mark its place along side the big players, bringing long overdue innovation to acoustics in the USA."

South Florida

Open just over a year, the South Florida Design Park is the newest design destination in the area, and welcomed two new showrooms to the group. Judith Norman will open its doors in May and Robert Allen opened up a space within the existing Scalamandré showroom.

Florense Showroom

Sleek Brazilian contemporary style that's green at heart can now be found in the Florense showroom in the Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA). Founded in 1953, the company offers a wide range of environmentally sustainable products for projects of any size.

Cleveland, Ohio

Bello Design & Spaces Consignment

The newest Ohio Design Centre showroom is a collaboration between Bello Design and Spaces Consignment, housing fine antiques and mid-century modern furniture and accessories. The showroom evokes an air of “cool,” with nostalgic pieces easily comparable to the set of Mad Men. One-of-a-kind antiques include painted furniture, accessories, lighting, and fine artwork sourced from across the globe. Interior designers and consumers will encounter a fresh space with prices below market value, as well as access to a certified appraiser.

Carmel, Indiana

Casual Living

Casual Living by Especially Wicker opened a 1,200 square foot showroom last month in the Indiana Design Center (IDC). The showroom continues Especially Wicker’s tradition of creating outdoor places and indoor spaces through its collections of home furnishings and design services.

Also in the IDC is Reese Kitchens, which will open a 5,000 square foot showroom in May. The showroom will showcase national and custom cabinet brands like MasterBrand Cabinets and Mouser Custom Cabinetry, among others.

Finally, RE/MAX Ability Plus real estate office established itself within the IDC, as featured last month.

Chicago, Illinois

The Chicago Merchandise Mart takes the cake with 13 new showroom openings. They include Brentano, GE Monogram Design Center, Exquisite Surfaces, ROHL, Manhattan Forest Products, Diamond Spas, Paul Ferrante, Knoll Luxe, Tufenkian, Quadrille, Panama Jack Outdoor, Mamagreen and Samsonite.

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