How To: Bypass “To the Trade Only”

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Fred Albert over at recently wrote a piece about how to access and purchase designer homewares that are typically only available to you if you hire an interior designer or architect.

As the home design industry democratizes, there’s increasing demand among the public (and a parallel growing interest among the manufacturers) in a more direct relationship with sources for well-designed products. And since the professional’s markup on these goods is often as much as 50% of what the customer pays for them, this is a pretty significant development.

Albert says that design showrooms around the country are now providing services that will interface between you and the showrooms of manufacturers like Grange, Donghia, Holly Hunt, Clarence House and F. Schumacher, but that will not surcharge.

Here in SF at the San Francisco Design Center, call this number (415.490.5800) and ask for a designer in the building who will assist with orders. The Seattle Design Center has an actual buying service called The Studio, which can be reached at 206.762.1200 x253.

Other regional design centers that extend this service to the public are listed here, on Domino’s website.

Via Fred Albert
Image: SFDC