introducing aryn

We’re very happy to introduce our Design Assistant, Aryn. Aryn started with us here at Twelve Chairs this summer and we are so so lucky to have her. She is such a pleasure to work with. Even in such a short amount of time she has started to put her mark on Twelve Chairs offering countless insights, loads of expertise, and a fresh eye. If we could only use five words to describe Aryn, we would say she is gracious, thoughtful (in more ways than one), savvy, driven, and meticulous. Without further ado, we asked Aryn to answer some of our favorite interview questions in a very Twelve Chairs fashion.

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Where do you currently reside?

Washington Square, Brookline

What are you up to these days?

My weekends are often spent hiking in the White Mountains. Right now, I’m on a quest to conquer all 48 of New Hampshire’s 4000-footers! I’m also thrilled to be back in New England after having lived elsewhere for years. This summer I’ve been savoring every moment — soaking up sunshine by the lakes and enjoying the ocean’s salty coastal breeze. After having studied art history for years, my passion for the arts runs deep. Whether exploring new exhibitions and artists or visiting galleries and museums, I like to keep an eye on what’s happening in contemporary art. Down the line, I’d also love to return to Europe (especially France) or plan a trip to the Pacific Northwest! Mostly, I’m honored to be joining the lovely Twelves Chairs team and very much look forward to new adventures in design!

What five words best describe you?

Ambitious. Inquisitive. Eclectic. Nostalgic. Modern.

What is your favorite number?

6! (my birthday)

What is your favorite chair?

This question is especially tough! There are so many different styles of chairs that I could only dream of one day having in my home. I adore mid-century modern design, especially the Danish icons Hans Wegner and Ib Kofod Larsen, as well as Børge Mogensen’s 1958 Spanish Chair. At the same time, I equally love Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 1929 Barcelona Chair! 

introducing the personalized design package

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For years our clients have been requesting a design service option between our At Home Consultations and our Signature Design Services. We’re so thrilled to announce that it is here: introducing the Personalized Design Package, a new service, offering a customized design plan for single or multiple rooms. Available at a flat fee, we create unique and inspiring room designs and then provide you with the essentials to implement the design on your own. For an inside look at how it works, we’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions.

Q: What does the design package include?
A: Here is everything you’ll receive in your Personalized Design Package:

  • Custom Floor Plan
  • Personalized Design Board illustrating all furniture, lighting, art, and decor
  • Sourcing List including all the details you’ll need to know about each item and vendor links where you’re able to purchase all the selected pieces

Q: What is the timeline?
A: From site visit to finalized design plan, the overall design process will take approximately 4 weeks.

Q: What is the process?
A: Below, we’ve outlined how you get from point A to point B:

  • STEP 1 – GET IN TOUCH: Contact us to schedule a time to chat and tell us about your project.
  • STEP 2 – SITE VISIT: During the visit we’ll take measurements and photos of your space and any existing pieces that you’d like to incorporate into the design. We’ll also discuss your aesthetic, the project scope and define the budget. 
  • STEP 3 – PRESENTATION CALL: Over the phone we’ll present your new room design, reviewing the details of the custom floor plans and your personalized design board.
  • STEP 4 – SHOP: We will email over a link to your personalized pin board so you can begin purchasing each product selected for your design. Typically, pieces will be a curated mix of new, vintage and uniquely sourced items. When woven and layered together, they’ll express your own personal style.
  • STEP 5 – SEND PICS: We love receiving emails from our clients with pictures of their new spaces!

Does this sound like a good fit for your project? Let’s chat! 

hot off the press: H.O.M.E Magazine

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.

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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

behind the design: install day

One of our favorite days are install days. In just hours, months of design decisions come together to transform a house into a home. These moments however are rarely documented (and our i-phone photos just can’t do them justice!). When our friend, the super talented photographer Lara Woolfson of Studio Nouveau, offered to photograph an install day we jumped at the chance. Thank you Lara for capturing the excitement, choreography and bustle of it all!

001a It starts with the arrival of the delivery van. We have all furnishings sent to a receiver. They inspect each piece when it arrives and then store it until the install day.

001b Watching pieces come out of the delivery van (especially custom pieces like this chair) never gets old. It is like Christmas morning!

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002b The delivery team, Joe and Dylan of Sico Delivery, carefully place each piece of furniture in our client’s home.

003aWhile Joe and Dylan place the larger items like chairs and tables, we tackle opening and assembling the smaller items like lamps.

004a Meanwhile our electrician, Ben, installs all the light fixtures (note: all rough electrical work is completed prior to install day).

004b Sometimes a light fixture will require assembly. Erin hung all 64 of those bone china plates. Big thanks to Erin for her patience – the end result was so worth it!

004cEach piece is placed according to the floor plan we create at the beginning of the project. (Note: the custom window treatments were installed the day before.)

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005b For this project we designed a custom dining banquette. The cabinetry was built on site and painted a few weeks prior. On install day we had the back and seat cushions installed. Seeing our drawings come to life is one of the best parts of our job.

006bOnce all the rugs are laid, furniture is placed, light fixtures are hung, beds are made and pillows are fluffed, we place the art. Moments after the last piece was hung our client arrived home. Seeing her reaction is why install days are our favorite.

Stay tuned for our next blog post with final photos of the space!

Seeking Junior Designer

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We are so excited to announce that we’re expanding the Twelve Chairs team! We’re looking for qualified candidates with experience in executing high end residential design projects. If you’re passionate about interior design and are excited about the idea of working in a fast-paced, collaborative and growing small business we’d love to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Create and manage project timelines and budgets
  • Create construction drawings including plans, elevations, sections, and details that can be used for ordering and communicating with contractors, workrooms, and vendors
  • Creates presentation drawings to communicate design ideas to clients
  • Meet independently with contractors and vendors to discuss pricing, selections and drawings
  • Schedule and attend site visits and obtain contractor estimates
  • Serve as main point person for workrooms and contractors from design development through execution
  • Oversee contracted work as it is executed and installed (drapery, electrical, carpentry, etc)
  • Research and vet new workrooms and contractors as needed
  • Managing and maintaining client files

Requirements

  • 30 hours a week, Monday – Friday, occasional early mornings
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience at a high end residential interior design firm
  • Degree in interior design
  • Proficient in AutoCad or SketchUp, Illustrator, and Excel; Design Manager is a plus
  • Valid drivers license and willingness to travel to job sites and vendors
  • Experience working with and managing contractors
  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively with clients, contractors and vendors
  • Familiarity with residential design standards, specifications, and construction processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

To Apply

Please email resumes and sample portfolio in single PDF to hello@twelvechairsboston.com with the subject line Junior Designer