The New Boston

November 16, 2021

Three sleek showroom debuts reignite the Hub’s design scene.

Text by Lynda Simonton


As you browse Minotti’s low-slung sofas and European-inspired case goods, lighting, and flooring, you will likely hear multiple languages reverberating throughout the Stuart Street showroom. That’s because the brand, which epitomizes Italian luxury and craftsmanship, attracts discriminating design enthusiasts from around the globe. Full-room vignettes allow shoppers to envision the furnishings in their own homes, and showroom director John Trifone leads a seasoned staff who is on hand to help navigate the intricacies of selecting the highly customizable—and ultra-chic—designs.

Herman Miller

Do you need to ditch the dining chair and finally get serious about this work-from-home thing? In a clear sign of the times, a showroom focused on luxury desk chairs has popped up in Boston’s trendy Seaport neighborhood. Sales associates at Herman Miller’s concept store will help you identify the perfect desk chair and ideal ergonomic fit when you test-drive different styles. The store also displays a small selection of iconic Herman Miller pieces—such as the EamesLounge Chair—and cheerful accessories from the Danish brand HAY.


While scouring Bali’s open-air markets, Jamie O’Brien became infatuated with petrified wood. He purchased several small tables and sculptures for his home, and soon realized there could be a market for the material—on a much grander scale. After numerous sourcing expeditions, O’Brien opened Fòssięl in Boston’s Park Plaza building. Here, slabs of petrified wood are cut to top tables, tiles are ready to be laid, and furnishings are waiting to be brought home. Bathtubs weighing 1,800-plus pounds have quickly turned into showroom conversation pieces. What an interesting paradox that materials twenty-five-million years in the making feel fresh and current.



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