Photographs courtesy of Schwartz design
This past fall, a new go-to destination for the latest in lighting, fine furniture and home accessories arrived in Stamford. Catering exclusively to the trade, the new SCHWARTZ DESIGN SHOWROOM, located in the city’s up-and-coming Waterside Design District, found the perfect site to set up shop. “To get in at the ground level and be a part of this design area was a tremendous opportunity,” says owner Alexis Varbero. “The idea was to bring something different and unique to the marketplace.”
With a highly successful showroom that’s been thriving in New Jersey for decades, this second location was an ideal way to provide more convenient access for designers in Connecticut and Westchester County. “The design community is so established here, so I’m really choosing to be complementary,” says Varbero. “We’re coming in with a more contemporary feel.” Anchored by Century Furniture, the showroom carries covetable lines such as Dan Parish, Shine by S.H.O and Wesley Hall.
Situated on a corner, the window-lined space receives a tremendous amount of natural light, an enviable benefit when working with colors and textures. The open and airy environment also invites and encourages collaboration. “I want designers to feel as though they can use the space as their work station and come in with clients,” says Varbero. “We’re here to support them.”
That support can run the gamut, from hunting down a particular type of fabric to answering questions about how to run a profitable firm. As an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Industry Partner, the showroom will host continuing education courses for designers and architects as well as trend presentations, lunch-and-learns with vendors, and business seminars.
With access to knowledgeable staff and sought-after lines, designers can feel confident they’re in good hands. “We’re selling very high-end products to very savvy consumers,” says Varbero. “Our mission is to collaborate and partner with them.”
To successfully play with trends while maintaining a timeless look, “you always
want to stick to classics,” says Alexis Varbero. here, Three trends on her radar
“Manufacturers are taking utilitarian elements such as hardware and incorporating them into the design
of a piece. It adds a really unexpected level of detail, and I’m loving it.”
“One thing I’m seeing all over is gold, whether it’s gold metal, finishes, in fabrics. It’s the trend that never ends. Because white is so hot this season, we’re seeing an amazing combination of white and gold.”
“For so long, everything was so square. Now we’re incorporating elements that are a bit more traditional into something a bit more contemporary.”