"Living' Easy"
Art+Design|Winter 2017

Sitting Down With Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Kerrie Kennedy

If living rooms across the country are looking more stylish these days, look no further than Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, business partners and owners of their namesake store, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. When they opened their furniture company in 1989, their goal was to bring American furniture design out of its dark days of mediocrity and bad taste. They did it by introducing the concept of “relaxed design,” creating home furnishings that had the same comfortable-but-chic feel as the weekend clothes they admired at J.Crew and Banana Republic. Among other things, the pair re-introduced the slip covered sofa and the leather club chair, and both became big sellers at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware stores across the country. In recent years, their focus has turned to their own branded signature stores—currently 30 nationwide—as well as their network of fine home furnishings specialty retailers across the country, including Villa Vici in New Orleans. With the recent release of their Big Easy sectional, a tribute to New Orleans’ laid-back style, ART+DESIGN recently caught up with the Southern style makers.

Who are some of your most notable celebrity clients?

We don’t kiss and tell, and we love all our customers, no matter how many Instagram followers they have! High-profile lovers of our brand range from stage, screen, and music stars to sports luminaries to politicos from both sides of the aisle—but we can say we had a rocker in the Obama White House, and we had the honor of hearing directly from the man in charge how much he likes rocking in it!

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has also been featured in a number of television shows.

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