Here at Remodelista, we approach design (including our own homes) with William Morris’s edict in mind: “Have nothing in your house you do not consider to be useful or beautiful.” These days we might tack on an addendum: “and comfortable, eco-minded, and multifunctional, too.”
Which is why we’re longtime appreciators of furniture makers Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, who prioritize sustainability, American craftsmanship, and creating spaces of health and comfort with every piece, and whose “artisans of comfort” hand-make their upholstery at their factory in Taylorsville, North Carolina. So when MG+BW emailed us with a design idea—to style a room with finds from their fall collection and a Remodelista sensibility—we were all in. A living room felt particularly fitting as many of us spend more time inside and our living spaces become relaxation zones, workspaces, and places for gathering, all in one.
The perfect spot to do it? Longtime editor Justine’s newly remodeled home just outside of Boston, with tall windows, charming original mouldings—and an empty living area waiting to be styled. With the help of the MG+BW team (the company offers complimentary in-store and virtual styling consultations with their designers, so you can shop with ease and receive individualized design advice from home) and the fall 2020 collection in hand, Justine chose a few multifunctional furnishings for the space, then added a few of her own favorite pieces into the mix.
The result is a sophisticated and super-comfortable spot to gather, with high/low and antique/modern elements, sustainable materials, and natural hues—very Remodelista meets MG+BW. Take a look.
Photography by Justine Hand for Remodelista.
Above: The centerpiece of the room: Justine’s oversized windows—and MG+BW’s Franco II Studio Sofa. “We’ve always believed home is, above all, a place of comfort,” says Allison O’Connor, president and CEO of MG+BW, “and it’s more important than ever now. The sofa, for instance, is where we’ve all been spending much more time, and we’re committed to making ours incredibly comfortable in a sustainable manner.” The Franco is inspired by 1970s lounge furniture, with deep and relaxing seating and a soft boucle fabric. It’s paired with the versatile Bassey Nesting Cocktail Table with chocolate-stained oak tops (and Justine’s collection of vintage candlesticks on the mantel).
Above: A detail of the sofa in soft boucle fabric, paired with a painting passed down in Justine’s family and a spindly fern. “Sitting comfortably has so much to do with what’s inside our sofas,” notes Allison, “from the sustainably sourced solid-wood frames to our exclusive Signature cushions, designed to bounce back when you stand up.”
Above: In another corner is the Lasalle Bar, with raised parquet-patterned doors and antiqued brass accents and topped with Justine’s own vintage barware. “I was looking for something complimentary in the MG+BW collection to go with the vintage painting of the girl,” says Justine; she opted for Golden Glow, a signed limited-edition print of a work by American artist Robert Charon.
Above: Facing the sofa are two Yves Chairs, each with a hand-forged wrought-iron frame crafted by metalworkers in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “The Yves Collection is a tribute to the centuries-old art of blacksmithing,” says Allison; the frames then go to the MG+BW factory nearby, where hand-upholstered cushions in the fabric or leather of your choice are added (this is called “vivid fern velvet”). Tucked between them is the sculptural Addie Side Table, also crafted in the US, with a hand-applied brushed metallic finish and black-glass top. The rug is the Marseille Rug and the lamp is the Ellory Floor Lamp.
Above: The Yves Bench Ottoman—trimly sized to fit beneath a window, entryway, or at the end of a bed—makes for a cozy reading spot. It has a textured handmade frame finished in burnished bronze, and each piece is one of a kind. “We want our collection to help people express their individuality and make their homes reflect them,” says Allison, and many pieces are customizable. “For the Yves Bench, as with all our upholstery, you can choose from over 40 leathers and over 575 fabrics, including performance fabrics that are so easy to live with.” On the wall is Justine’s own fox bust by British textile artist Mister Finch (”a prized possession,” she says).
Above: At the last minute, Justine pulled in a Costello Swivel Chair (in an easy-care performance velvet) to turn an unused corner into another space for working or relaxing. “We’re all making the most of our homes now and need furnishings to help rooms multitask,” says Allison. “The midcentury-inspired swivel chair is ideal for creating a quiet corner in a busier shared space.” Alongside is the clean-lined Vienna Bookcase—slender enough, at only 13 inches deep, for small spaces—with Checkered Boxes (a perfect place to tuck chargers or remotes) and a few of Justine’s favorite objects.
To see more, make a complimentary virtual design appointment, or to find a store near you, head to Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.