Designer picks from Room & Board's new Washington store

Thursday, June 17, 2010

We spent a couple of hours at Room & Board last week with interior designer Patrick Baglino, right, whose home and office are a few blocks away. It was a few days before the store's opening, and employees were putting the finishing touches on displays, vacuuming rugs, hanging mirrors and arranging succulents in metal planters. We asked Baglino to select six pieces he thought were fresh and functional for Washingtonians. Here are his picks.

-- J.K.

Copenhagen bed. "This bed screams loft space," said Baglino, pointing out the slim maple headboard of the low-slung bed. True to its name, it has a cool Scandinavian edge. "I love the mix of materials, the wood and stainless steel," said Baglino. "It floats off the floor." The headboard, also available in cherry, walnut or ebony stain, is made in North Dakota; the base comes from Minneapolis. $1,099 to $1,399.

Bradshaw table. "I see this as a timeless piece that you will hand down to your kids," Baglino said of the 45-inch round wood table with angled legs. He sees it as a dining table, an office conference table, library table or entry-hall piece. "You can tell it's high-quality and handmade," he added. The table was named after a similar design spotted in Carrie Bradshaw's New York apartment in HBO's "Sex and the City." Available in maple, cherry or walnut, it's made in Pennsylvania. $1,099 to $1,299.

Newbury desk. An elegant kidney-shaped wood desk is an alternative to a cold metal workstation. "This desk is a foil between classic and vintage," said Baglino, who liked how the store paired it with a minimalist office chair. "Your computer will look great on it. It has a slim, hidden drawer and a lot of style," he added. Available in cherry, walnut or maple, it's made in Pennsylvania. $1,299 to $1,499.

Kiva shelves. Baglino saw this as a terrific room divider for the big open-plan condos and apartments in the Logan Circle and Dupont Circle areas, where he has a lot of clients. "I love the Asian feel of it, and you can style it with all your cool vases and artifacts from your travels," he said. It is available in walnut in an espresso finish and made in China. $1,599.

Gigi chair. Baglino rated the Gigi as the best accent chair in the store. He loved the retro rayon and polyester print upholstery fabric (Mask) in colors of olive, cinnamon and celadon. He said the chair would "bring a pop of color to any interior." Of course, you can order it in brown if you like. It's made in Virginia. $599 to $649.

Montego table. This piece has custom options, and though it is styled for the outdoors, it can also work indoors. The weather-resistant table, constructed of ipe wood (a tropical hardwood similar to teak) and stainless steel, is stocked in two sizes, 60 by 35 inches and 72 by 35 inches. You can also customize the size and choose other materials. "This is a wonderful option for urban living where there is a limited amount of space on an outdoor balcony, small patio or deck," he said. It's made in Wisconsin. $999 to $1,099.

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