Twelve Chairs: 12 Students, 2 Friends, 1 Studio

Twelve Chairs: 12 Students, 2 Friends, 1 Studio

Nick Siemaska
May 16, 2011

On Saturday morning, my friend and I went on a quest to find some great local furniture and home goods shops in the Boston area. We made several stops around town and saw a number of beautiful stores, but the one that stands out in my mind is 12 Chairs, a new studio and shop located in Boston's Fort Point district.

Twelve Chairs was founded in 2010 by two friends and interior designers, Miggy Mason and Roisin Giese. The two, who met while attending Cornell's interior design program, offer an array of beautiful furniture, home goods, and interior design services. As for the shop's name - it isn't random. 12 Chairs comes from the twelve students (and close friends) that comprised of Cornell's interior design class while the owners were attending the program. Moreover, Twelve Chairs' name represents the store's 12 guiding principles for creating an environmentally and socially responsible design shop. Twelve Chairs only considers carrying products that meet at least six of these twelve principles for social and environmental responsibility.

Upon walking in, you'll notice that the shop is light, open, and airy, while remaining comfortably intimate. Everything in view is for sale, from the light fixtures down to 50 year-old bakery table that currently acts as the store's make shift sales counter (not pictured - must see in person!). If there was a general aesthetic to assign this store to, I might say urban cottage.

Twelve Chairs is a great source for one-of-a-kind design, and for good looking products that adhere to a strict standard of environmental and social responsibility. It's with this combination that makes Twelve Chairs so special. Anyone in Boston looking for gorgeous interior design must visit Twelve Chairs. You won't regret it.

More Twelve Chairs on Re-Nest:
Twelve Chairs: Sophisticated, Sustainable Home Goods

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