I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, since Room & Board offered a press tour to see the offerings from its new collection for 2013.
The first thing that caught my eye was this instantly iconic emerald sofa; and how prescient of R&B, since surely they developed it before Pantone announced emerald as this year’s IT color:
In fact, this collection is full of big colors—vivid oranges, greens, yellows, orange and blue. Witness:
One thing I really like about R&B is that it isn’t one of these chains that buys from vendors that have everything made cheaply in China. More than 90 percent of the furniture is made by U.S. furniture makers. Several years ago, I went to one of them in West Virginia, and you wouldn’t believe the dedication of these people. Many of them sign their pieces. Here are some other cool ones I spotted:
R&B also just introduced a line of housewares for kitchen and tabletop, including ceramic pieces from the great Eva Zeisel:
Cutting boards designed by Ed Wohl:
And these colorful bowls called Pigeon Toe:
Aren’t these professional photos great? I’m going to move on now to my poorer-quality photos from my tour through the huge store on 14th Street, yet I hope you can still see how cool these settings are:
The next time you’re in the 14th Street design district, stop in and sample the new stuff, so fresh and clean, yet warm at the same time. Happy Spring!