Mod Squad

At J.P. boutique Room 68, local designers get center stage.

By Diane DeSantis | Boston Home |

room 68 jamaica plainPhoto by Shelley Harrison

For years, design buffs Brent Refsland and Nick Siemaska had longed to open a shop showcasing well-made modern furniture. That dream finally became a reality last fall, when the two friends joined forces with collector Eric Portnoy to launch home store Room 68 in the space next to Refsland’s Jamaica Plain art gallery. With unique pieces crafted by emerging designers from Boston and beyond, the store is “about being passionate about what you live with,” Portnoy says.

68 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-942-7425,


The compact and clever Bookseat ($1,900), designed by Mani Mani for Toronto’s Fishtnk, is “ideal for those living in urban spaces,” Refsland says.


Inspired by a ship in a bottle, the Vessel lamp ($300) by England’s Samuel Wilkinson celebrates the energy-saving Plumen 001 bulb.


The Hexy Wall ($300 for a cluster of three) by local designer Mika Gilmore can be stacked and arranged in a variety of ways.


“This is some of the best organic modern design that we’ve come across,” Siemaska says of Matter Design’s Ply shelving ($850–$1,100).


Boston-based architect and designer Susana DeVoe of MakeGood Studio crafted these accent pillows ($75 each) from pleated quilt bindings.


South End designer Debra Folz’s Whole Story photo albums make a sentimental item “more exciting by adding a sculptural effect,” Refsland says.

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