We’re so excited about our feature in this month’s H.O.M.E Magazine! We shared some favorite local spots and our thoughts on the local design scene here in Boston. Thanks to Tara Bellucci for the fabulous interview and Samara Vise for the great photo! Check out the article (in German and English) below.
The Interior Design Duo – Miggy Mason & Roisin Giese
Style should have a story. That’s the idea behind Twelve Chairs, the design business and shop founded by Cornell grads Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese. The pair definitely live the motto, starting with the name of the business– one chair for each of their fellow interior design studiomates. Adept at mixing a curated selection of new lines with custom pieces and vintage finds, the duo deftly decorates for the modern customer. Each space is as different as the people that live there, and yes, each tells its own unique tale through the objects that inhabit it. And now that both are mothers of young children, they’re finding that balance of work and family, too.
What’s your motivation for the design business and the shop?
For both aspects of our business, we think it’s important to be authentic. Authentic to our aesthetic, but also to the style and needs of our clients and customers. Curating the right mix and keeping that balance is what we aim for. We also really want the design process to be enjoyable for our clients; not only do we hope they’re pleased with the beautiful end result, but the planning and the execution should be fun, too!
Does Boston have a style?
When people think of Boston, they probably think of it being very historical and steeped in tradition. There are certainly pockets of that, but our clients– pretty much without exception– all want spaces that feel uniquely them, and that hasn’t changed. No matter whether they’re traditional or contemporary, more and more, people just want a home that feels comfortable and livable, and not too precious.
Why should design lovers visit Boston?
There’s a bit of a boom lately in Boston, and not just in design, but in food and other industries as well. There are so many great home shops here, and the [Boston] Design Center just got a huge makeover. But what makes Boston unique is that there is so many great places to find and source vintage and one-of-a-kind pieces, not just within city limits, but in small towns scattered all over New England. That’s the fun of it all– the juxtaposition of traditional antiquing with the new funky boutiques that are popping up is an opportunity to have a great mix of inspiration.
Our Personal Tips:
South End Buttery -“Amazing food served in a well-designed space, this cafe just feels so cozy and neighborhoody.” 314 Shawmut Ave– South End, www.southendbuttery.com
Patch NYC – “A total hidden gem, someone coming to visit might just accidentally walk by this special gift shop. It’s such a jewel box and a treasure– I could spend hours looking at every little object inside.” 46 Waltham Street– South End, www.patchnyc.com
Tres Gatos – “A funky tapas restaurant meets book and record store. While you’re waiting for your table, head to the back they’ll play you any record you want to hear and you can browse the books, all with a cocktail in hand.”470 Centre Street– Jamaica Plain, www.tresgatosjp.com