28 July 2010

do you know bo? (a field trip to our local BoConcept store)

existing in the no man's land of the furniture 'spensiveness spectrum, somewhere between cb2/ikea and b&b italia/minotti, lies a store not many people seem to be aware of when searching for slick, modern furnishings: BoConcept. it's the kind of place where you can get a cute stool for $129, or plunk down a couple grand on a chic italian lacquered media center or platform bed- but your eyes won't fall out of your head at the most expensive thing in the store and you may even score a totally cheap bargain or two. really, m21 thinks it fills a needed market niche...

m21 recently paid a visit to his local boconcept near the third street promenade in santa monica, to see what he could see, and since we liked much of what we found, we thought we'd share a few of our picks with you:

loving this modern take on a hans wegner ox chair, and at $2199, though not cheap, it's significantly less then a real 10k ox chair...


boconcept has all kinds of variations on the task lamp, including this cool 3 head floor lamp @599.


kinda digging this grasshopper-legged chaise, though we'd prefer it in a bright color, not in 80's bachelor pad black leather...


this slick and shiny $229 pendant lamp would be super chic suspended over a kitchen island...


this $129 stool/occasional table might be m21's favorite item in the line- a whole lotta chic for the price!


these falvio poli seguso lookalike vases were on sale, and would set you back less then a hundred for the pair- hard to tell from the photo, but the tall one is fairly large, maybe 16" high...


more lookalikes- the only real difference between these chic tiny ball vases and a vintage per lutken 'rondo' bud vase for holmegaard, is that the bo concept version lacks the etched signature (and were probably made in china, six decades after the original :-). still, they look damn good, and on sale at 6 bucks a pop, m21 snatched up several!


judging by the above map, there is room for expansion of the bo brand, so m21 suggests if somebody wants to make some money (well, maybe serve a need more then get rich ;-), you could open a BoConcept franchise store in atlanta- after los angeles and new york, atlanta sends us the most readers, so we know y'all in the south likes yourselves some good design! until then, y'all can shop online!

1 comment:

julia wheeler said...

i love that platner-esque stool! great finds:)