At J.P. boutique Room 68, local designers get center stage.
Photo 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 Refslandâ€™s Jamaica Plain art gallery. With unique pieces crafted by emerging designers from Boston and beyond, the store is â€śabout being passionate about what you live with,â€ť Portnoy says.
68 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-942-7425, room68online.com.
1.Â OWNERâ€™S FAVE
The compact and clever Bookseat ($1,900), designed by Mani Mani for Torontoâ€™s Fishtnk, is â€śideal for those living in urban spaces,â€ť Refsland says.
2.Â EDITORâ€™S PICK
Inspired by a ship in a bottle, the Vessel lamp ($300) by Englandâ€™s Samuel Wilkinson celebrates the energy-saving Plumen 001 bulb.
3.Â MOST VERSATILE
The Hexy Wall ($300 for a cluster of three) by local designer Mika Gilmore can be stacked and arranged in a variety of ways.
4.Â GREEN CHOICE
â€śThis is some of the best organic modern design that weâ€™ve come across,â€ť Siemaska says of Matter Designâ€™s Ply shelving ($850â€“$1,100).
5.Â TALKING POINT
Boston-based architect and designer Susana DeVoe of MakeGood Studio crafted these accent pillows ($75 each) from pleated quilt bindings.
6.Â LOCAL FLAVOR
South End designer Debra Folzâ€™s Whole Story photo albums make a sentimental item â€śmore exciting by adding a sculptural effect,â€ť Refsland says.
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