Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams are in town this week to celebrate their namesake furniture brand’s 25th anniversary—and they’re inviting you to join them on Wednesday, September 10 at their boutique for a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and music by DJs Tom & Collins to benefit Chicago House. Though they've been busy during their silver year—with events across the U.S., a new book, a silver version of their popular Major chair, and a new logo—the designers always find time to talk trends.
Here, Gold and Williams share six ways for Chicago residents to update their homes this fall:
Cocktail Culture Classics: “Want an easy way to bring chic style to your entertaining? Choose a beautiful and eminently practical bar cabinet—or a beautiful bar cart,” Gold tells us.
Fabulous Fur: “Tibetan fur—a fashionista favorite from the 1970s till today—is warming up home fashion and making it more fun,” Williams says. “We like using it on all kinds of accent pieces.” (See the brand's Directoire chairs, pictured above.)
The Modern Secretary: “If you want to fit in a home office that looks great while containing clutter, but don't have a lot of space to spare, a modern version of the traditional secretary can make it happen,” Gold advises. “They feature a fold-down door designed to hold a laptop, cord-management cutouts in back, and storage space above and below to bring a welcome touch of organization to working at home.”
Mixed Metals: “We always want our rooms to have a soft and serene quality—but with an unexpected element of surprise,” Williams tells us. “Incorporating accent pieces, fabrics, and pillows in more than one metal, and in finishes from satin to shiny, gives us that.”
A Passion for Purple (And Other Dark Jewel Tones): “Upholstered in these striking shades, furniture looks even more cozy and inviting,” Gold says. “We like rich jewel tones on sofas and chairs contrasted against a background of soft pale neutrals and highlighted with metallic accessories and lighting.”
American Beauties: It’s not all about appearances this fall; Gold and Williams are both excited by chic pieces made stateside. “This season we've found a particularly alluring group of occasional tables and display cabinets with made-in-the-USA credentials and amazing style,” Williams shares. “Called Carlyle, [the collection] features a deep, rich finish and silhouettes that bring together the best of traditional and modern design.”
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams' Chicago boutique is located at 1555 N. Halsted St. RSVP to the anniversary event via 312-397-3135 or firstname.lastname@example.org.