September 27, 2010

Boston Design Center Trip

I joined Mr. Man on a scouting trip to the Boston Design Center. I've never experienced the 'to the trade' thing.  Ever.  While I adore my shelter magazines, I buy my trash cans at Target thank you very much. So I didn't know what to expect, except that I expected A LOT: Jee Jofa, Scalamadre, Brunschwig & Fils.....

The Boston Design Center was really disappointing. Nary a mid-century modern reproduction in sight. Just LOTS of swirling gilt, LOTS of giant chintz, LOTS of thick brown furniture, and lots of $10,000 rectilinear bathtubs. Apparently, Bostonians hide all their 'modern' in the loo.

I was entranced by a few items in the Baker Furniture showroom. It appears I have a latent 'Hollywood Regency' gene that's only activated by lighting.

 Have you ever been to a 'to the trade' showroom?

10 comments:

  1. Sorry you were disappointed :( I love that first lamp, though!

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  2. I never have....and I'm afraid it's going to take a lot more than big brown furniture and lighting to get me there too!! LOL

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  3. I used to go to the D & D Building on 3rd Ave and the NYDC on Lex when I was a prop stylist in NYC. It was fun - but I did have to comb through the showrooms to find fabulousness!

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  4. I go to the Interior Design Show in Toronto and I really love some of the furniture they have. Not much of it is anything I can afford, but there are some really cool (and not so cool) pieces. There are always appliaces, lighting, art and even a car or two.

    They always have an area for up and coming designers, too, which always has a few gems that could serve as a justified splurge.

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  5. Ummm...does Sam's Club count? No? Well then I just have to say I love the last lamp with the blue shade! Plus it does explain why my home looks like it does.

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  6. Look for some good Boston Design Center Surplus at the ReStore very soon!

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  7. No, but I've always been curious about the Washington design center. Maybe I'll get my architect (hired by me, not married to me!) to take me some time. I am going to the ReStore this Saturday though!

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  8. I have a thing for lamps and hollywood regency and am diggin' all these lamps but I think I would prefer them in silver.

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  9. The first lamp is gorgeous. The rest, and the furniture they are on, look like hotel decor. I like the blue oval shade though.

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  10. I've been there before. I mostly hung out in the tile centers, and I actually found it to be pretty enjoyable. I like tile, though.

    I can't imagine being in the furniture section, though.

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