Pro Tip: Designy Furniture That’s Hiding in Plain Sight

Before I started writing about design 12 years ago, here’s the sum total of what I knew about the luxury furniture company Roche Bobois: I used to drive past one all the time growing up in Columbus, Ohio, and it seemed pretty fancy. And after I started writing about design? Well, let’s just say that assessment didn’t progress much further. Then two weeks ago, I happened to find myself on the French furniture brand’s website, and I had a minor retail epiphany: Not only does Roche Bobois boast some pretty legit, on-trend offerings by designers like Cédric Ragot, Stephen Burks, and even Ettore Sottsass, it has showrooms everywhere — from Scottsdale to Dallas to Denver to Detroit, and that’s just in America — meaning that cutting-edge, designy furniture may actually be closer at hand in the U.S. than we realized. (I mean, good luck finding a Muuto sofa or a Michael Anastassiades lamp in Columbus, Ohio.) Note that Roche Bobois is NOT Ikea, by any stretch — these are designer items with designer price tags. But at least you can go window shopping in your own backyard. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Cristobal Table Lampvaligia

Valigia table lamp by Ettore SottsassMircal rug

Mircal RugCap du ail plate

Theatre Du Cap D’Ail 1961 Jean Cocteau PlateA+B

A+B Pedestal Table


Server cocktail tablevictoire console_2Victoire Consolesoledad cafe royalSoledad Straight Floor Lamp


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Less Is More cocktail tableTrace rug

Trace RugCircus table Circus End TablePasteur Pasteur Floor LampCroce cocktail tableCroce Cocktail Table
theater cap du ail vaseTheatre Du Cap D’Ail 1961 Jean Cocteau Vase