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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

hot off the press: boston globe magazine

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We are beyond thrilled to be settling into our new shop in the South End and now that things have calmed down a bit are so happy to be getting back to the blog. During the craziness of renovating our new space/ moving, one of our favorite projects was featured in Boston Globe Magazine. Thanks so much to Marni Katz for the wonderful write-up! Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for additional photos of the space and more info on the project.

hot off the press: best of boston 2012

{ graphics by jordan metcalf for boston magazine | photography by sarah young for twelve chairs }


We are thrilled to announce that Twelve Chairs is among the winners of Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston® 2012! Highlighted on page 107 of the annual edition, we are featured as “Best in Home Accessories” and we couldn’t be more honored. The write-up reads:

“Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese founded their home design store with a clear objective: Whenever possible, collect items that are made locally and sustainably. In their lofty space, the duo has created an urban dreamland that’s equal parts industrial, romantic, and ethical.”

Be sure to pick up an issue for a comprehensive list of great Boston establishments!

All the best,
Miggy + Roisin

P.S. A great way to check out some of our aforementioned home accessories is through our new blog series entitled “Shot of the Shop.”

hot off the press: best of boston home 2012

We are both thrilled and honored to be named Best of Boston Home 2012 for Decorative Accessories! Finding inspiring and unique home decor to feature in the shop is one of our favorite challenges. Along with our shop’s new floor plan, we look forward to sharing with you our latest collection of decorative accessories this February. Stay tuned!

{photograph by chelsea kyle | boston home magazine, winter 2012}

our first published interior(s)!

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Twelve Chairs | Portfolio | Fort Point Loft

If you haven’t already seen the most recent issue of Boston Home Magazine, do not delay! As per usual, it’s chock-full of beautiful local interiors. And what makes this issue so extra special to us? We’re the designers behind the “More or Less” feature (pages 24 and 25)!

The challenge: design a bedroom with the same look, two ways; one extravagant, one affordable.

Our goal: only sourcing furnishings from local stores… nothing big box. We knew this would be an extra challenge in terms of finding big price point differences, but we feel so strongly about supporting locally owned businesses that we knew we could do it if we put our minds to it. We wanted to show that it is possible to find beautiful, affordable pieces in your local shops.

The hardest part: deciding on a color story. We admire so many different looks from calm and serene to bright and cheerful. Typically we’re steered in a direction based on our clients’ likes and dislikes, but having full range for this project made it a bit trickier.

Our favorite part: getting to source pieces from our favorite shops as well as meeting other shop owners we hadn’t yet gotten to know. It was also lots of fun to see the rooms come together in such a short amount of time. It’s the closest we’ve come to instant gratification in designing a space.

To find out the source for each piece stop into the shop and grab an issue, pick one up on the news stands, and/or check out Boston Home’s website.

{interior design by twelve chairs | photography by keller + keller | boston home, fall 2011}