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Feb 27, 2015

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams' silver anniversary

By: Sara Cation
Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams' silver anniversary

Bob Williams and Mitchell Gold with one of their furniture designs in the making. Author: Courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Design Experts
Feb 27, 2015

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams' silver anniversary

By: Sara Cation

Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams celebrate their silver anniversary and reflect on their success and best memories.

 

When a couple starts a successful business together but later breaks up, I’d expect the company to follow suit. But Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams proved otherwise. Stepping into their Toronto showroom at Elte, I can easily spot their clean-lined classics, but I’m dazzled by the Tibetan fur and mixed metals, seeing lots of silver in particular. That’s fitting, as the company recently celebrated its silver anniversary. So what’s the secret to their success? Read on.

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Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

Modern drama

Stark black walls contrasted with a white shag rug and hits of shimmery gold make for a stunning contemporary statement. SAH: What was your most popular colour at the beginning? BW: Beige. We sold a lot of beige. We still sell a lot of beige. SAH: Looking back at the past 26 years, what makes you most proud? MG: Being a positive influence in the community. BW: When you start a business, you don’t think of the ripple effect it will have.

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

Ready, set, action!

This directoire Tibetan fur armchair may take after the classic director’s seat, but with its shaggy wool upholstery and polished brass frame, it belongs on the big screen. SAH: Is there a standout piece of furniture from your childhood that influenced you? BW: There are two pieces. My mom had a big sofa upholstered in what felt like steel wool. When you sat on it, you didn’t dare move – it was so itchy and scratchy. But she also had this corduroy chair that was so soft. The two pieces were at such different ends of the spectrum in terms of how they felt. That’s why all our furniture is good to the touch. It’s what people notice first about a piece.

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

Classic elegance

The traditional chesterfield sofa, combined with classic white wainscotting and a shiny coffee table, pays homage to the silver screen. SAH: What are some of your more memorable furniture cameos? MG: Our Andre chair is in the film The Rock with Nicolas Cage. BW: And in As Good as It Gets, the only chair Jack Nicholson has in his apartment is our chair! SAH: Plus, of course, your furniture is all over The Good Wife! MG: Yeah, set decorator Beth Kushnick had used our furniture on a few sets, and people would always ask about the pieces on social media. So we thought, Why not do a collection to make it all more accessible?

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

A stately affair

Comfort meets daring design with the colin chair, a timeless scandi-inspired masterpiece. SAH: What’s the biggest moment of inspiration from your careers? BW: When we went to the Marché aux Puces in Paris 20 years ago, we saw these beaten-up leather chairs. That was an epiphany. MG: Bob and I just looked at each other, then looked at the chairs and said, “That’s what we need to do – but in American proportions.” Bob literally sat on the ground, on the cement sidewalk, and sketched them. We’ve now sold more than a million dollars’ worth.

By: Sara Cation Source: Courtesy of: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

Meet Beth Kushnick: The Good Wife set decorator

Beth Kushnick partnered with Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams to create The Good Wife Collection - the first licensed furniture line in TV history. The hit legal drama's set decorator talks design, style and inspiration. Learn more about Beth and The Good Wife's set decor.

By: Sara Cation Source: Robert Wright Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

The Good Wife: Kalinda's Wingback Chair

The show’s third season ended with a bang, as the firm’s in-house private investigator was seen clasping a gun while perched in the collection’s white wingback chair.

By: Sara Cation Source: Getty Images; iStockPhoto; Robert Wright Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

The Good Wife: Diane's Barrel Chair

After winning a case, top Chicago lawyer Diane Lockhart is known to clink tumblers of Scotch with a colleague seated in one of the barrel chairs in her office.

By: Sara Cation Source: Getty Images; iStockPhoto; Robert Wright Credits: Style at Home

Inside design: Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams

The Good Wife: Will's Club Chair

The beloved name partner of Lockhart and Gardner will be forever remembered (and missed!). He’d regularly toss a baseball in the air while ruminating over cases in his plush leather chair.

By: Sara Cation Source: Getty Images; iStockPhoto; Robert Wright Credits: Style at Home

 

 

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