What, When, Where: BeeLine Home Comes to Boston

October 29, 2012

By Kaitlin Madden

The theme of these posts is “what, when, where,” and, while my subject for today falls squarely under the “what” category, it also concerns just as much a very lovely and revered “whom.” As a designer, Bunny Williams is known for creating rooms that are classic and refined, yet unique and comfortable.

When she launched her BeeLine Home furniture collection in 2009, it was with those same principles—elegance, distinction and comfort—in mind. Though BeeLine Home has been available in Connecticut for a few years, it made its Boston debut just last week at Lee Jofa in the Boston Design Center. In honor of her local launch, I caught up with Williams and asked a few questions about her collection.

You have a house in Connecticut. How has your life in New England influenced your furniture collection?

Today, comfort is key, especially in the country. In my house there’s always a bench to pull up to the fireplace, a throw folded over an armchair and a place for [my dog] Lucy to lie down in the kitchen. BeeLine’s Charlie Chair, for instance, is based on chair I have in Connecticut that was a favorite spot for our dog Charlie to curl up in. For entertaining in the country, I like to keep things simple by serving buffet style. I recently designed BeeLine’s Pane e Vino Server, with this in mind. It’s the perfect space to spread out a meal.

Williams’s Connecticut home. Photo courtesy of Tobi Fairley

“Charlie’s chair.” All photos courtesy of Bunny Williams unless otherwise noted.

The “Pane e Vino” server.

Is there any piece in your most recent collection with a good story behind it, or one that you particularly love? The Reverse Regency Mirror is one of many pieces that come to mind. To me, finish is important, so I’m constantly visiting BeeLine’s factories to ensure that each piece is something I would want to have in my own home. On a recent trip, John, a master finisher, gave a hands-on lesson in gilding. He can’t help himself from getting into the nitty-gritty details. Something we both have in common.

The “Reverse Regency” mirror.

You’ve said the places that carry your line are ones that you respect and find inspiration in. Why did you decide on Lee Jofa? The Kravet family is wonderful and have a history of working with some of the best designers. I wanted a premier location to show the collection in New England and Lee Jofa was the obvious choice.

What sorts of pieces will be available there?

Lee Jofa represents the entire collection and a majority of it is shown on the showroom floor.

The “Chicken Feather” lamp.

“Tray Chic” ottoman.

“Column Red” drinks table.

And last but not least, where are your favorite places to shop for furniture and decor when you’re in Massachusetts?

The Brimfield Antique Show, and Elise Abrams Antiques and Peter Fasano in Great Barrington.

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