business of home | Mar 16, 2018 |
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This just in: The season's newest showrooms and storefronts. 

Los Angeles Knoll opened its second retail location, Knoll Home Design Shop—a 4,000-square-foot Johnston Marklee–designed space in hand-polished gray terrazzo inspired by northern Italian architecture from the 1950s and 1960s. The herringbone oak flooring and brass details inside complement the collections on show, from new debuts by David Adjaye and Marc Krusin to classic designs from Eero Saarinen and Harry Bertoia. (314 N. Robertson Blvd.)

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Knoll Home Design Shop, photo by Eric Staudenmaier

Modern furnishings dealer Converso opened its first West Coast location—2,200 square feet of space, including a smaller “cabinet” room off the main showroom for capsule collections and curated exhibitions. Initial pieces on display include a sculptural torch-cut table by Isamu Noguchi, a Paul Evans vertical Argente cabinet, a coffee table sculpted by Studio Wendell Castle and a brass mirror by Gabriella Crespi. Outside, the showroom’s custom awnings were designed by artist Artsu Ono and inspired by the California desert. (7257 Beverly Blvd.)

Antonio Citterio, a veteran designer for Flexform, created the showroom concept for the brand’s new 3,500-square-foot Los Angeles flagship, located in the heart of the West Hollywood Design District. In addition to the Italian furniture brand’s classic pieces, the space will feature a new collection from Citterio and a new line of flatweave rugs. (308 N. Beverly Blvd.)

Surfaces atelier Tabarka Studio opens its inaugural flagship showroom in the La Cienega Design Quarter, presenting its full brand vision under one roof for the first time in addition to its private label work. The showroom debut coincides with the launch of a new terrazzo collection inspired by Hollywood-era Palm Springs. (912 N. La Cienega Blvd.)

The House of Porter, a new garden and design atelier from designer Jenifer Porter and HGTV personality Kelly Edwards, opens with fabric, hardware and flooring offerings; product from the likes of Safavieh, Bunny Williams Home, and Farrow and Ball; product customization; and the duo’s design services.  (1207 Montana Ave.)

Chicago  Baker (Suite 6-187) debuted the first of its new concept showrooms at Chicago’s Design Center at the Merchandise Mart. The 18,000-square-foot space blurs any and all lines between showroom and retail. The space also demonstrates how Baker is embracing its “House of Brands” concept, with space devoted to sister brands Milling Road and McGuire. Also at the Mart, Michael-Cleary (Suite 6-102) expands its multi-line showroom by 800 square feet to make room for offerings from Grag Studios, Esperanza Collection Lighting and Artisan Rugs, as well as products from Niermann Weeks, de Gournay, Keith Fritz Fine Furniture and Minton-Spidell. (222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza)  

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Baker Furniture, courtesy Baker Furniture

New York City House of Tai Ping opened a new 10,000-square-foot Flatiron flagship to represent Tai Ping, Edward Fields and La Manufacture Cogolin, with a dedicated space for each brand’s full-size rugs and samples. The space also carries carpets by Les Manufactures Catry and features workspaces to collaborate with the showroom’s design team on custom projects. (26 W. 17th St., New York)

The Decoration & Design Building welcomed two brands to its roster of showrooms. Austrian textile company Baumann Dekor (Suite 518) opened its first U.S. outpost, where it showcases its own lines, as well as collections from James Dunlop and VFM. DzineNY (Suite 301 and 303), the exclusive distributor of Roberto Cavalli Home Interiors, Gianfranco Ferré Home Interiors and Jumbo Collection, carries seating, case goods, lighting and carpet options. (979 Third Ave., New York)

After more than four decades in the business, furniture and accessories purveyor Lorin Marsh made the move from the D&D Building to the New York Design Center this year. The new showroom brings the brand’s clean and contemporary aesthetic to life in a gallery-like space. (200 Lexington Ave., Suite 809, New York)

In response to its growing U.S. business, Soane Britain has expanded its New York offices. Clocking in at 1,300 square feet, the new space features a dedicated fabric and wallcovering display to highlight new introductions. (131 W. 33rd St., 9th Floor, New York) 

Custom cabinetry company Plain English Design opens its first stateside showroom in Greenwich Village this spring, with two kitchen displays that spotlight the brand’s popular cupboard ranges, as well as wardrobes and displays of handmade wood and glazed metal screens to showcase the company’s offerings for elsewhere in the home. (51 E. 10th St., New York)

HBF and HBF Textiles debuted a new joint showroom that features collaborations with Nao Tamura, Studio Gorm and Space Copenhagen. (920 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York)

Environmentally conscious furniture manufacturer Team 7 opened its first stateside showroom, in partnership with German Kitchen Center. The Austrian brand eschews the use of veneers or formaldehyde in all of its collections of solid-wood furniture for the kitchen, dining room, living room and bedroom. (2003 Broadway, New York)  

The new Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery showroom next to Brooklyn Bridge Park is also its largest in the New York metro area, with 9,000 square feet to showcase the retailer’s appliances, fixtures, faucets and lighting. (360 Furman St., Brooklyn) 

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Bridget Beari Home Store

South The new 2,100-square-foot Arteriors showroom in the Trade Mart at the Dallas Market Center prominently features the brand’s new retailer-focused Lighting Gallery Program, along with furniture and accessories introductions. (2100 N. Stemmons Freeway, 3301-TM, Dallas)

Interior and product designer Susan Jamieson opened her first store, Bridget Beari Home Store, which carries art, accessories, furniture, lighting and rugs, as well as her own wallcovering, paint and furniture collections. Jamieson plans to redesign the shop regularly to showcase the mix of periods and styles the store offers, as well as host workshops and rotating gallery exhibits. (1528 W. Cary St., Richmond, Va.)

This article originally appeared in Spring 2018 issue of Business of Home, Issue 7. Subscribe for more.

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