Décor Debut

A revered upscale furniture brand opens its first Portland location in the Pearl District.

It sometimes feels as though everyone is moving to Portland these days. Good news for those in search of stylish new furnishings: the much-adored Minnesota-based furniture maker Room & Board (380 NW 13th Ave, 503-200-6900) recently became one of the city’s latest newcomers.

Set inside the gorgeously restored 1924 Fisk Tire Building, Room & Board’s dazzling showroom contains tons of light, expansive original warehouse windows, Dutch entry doors, exposed beams, and soaring Douglas fir ceilings. As you stroll through, you’ll probably find yourself wishing you could move right in. Vibrant textures pop out immediately—furry sheepskin pillows, brindle-hair ottomans, soft leather- and velvet-upholstered sofas and armchairs. In every direction, you’ll spy richly textured natural woods, including light and sleek maple, rough-hewn lacquered cherry, and dark walnut.

The company’s in-house craftsmen root their designs in revered furniture movements: from Shaker and Arts and Crafts to midcentury modern. “We channel fundamental design influences in order to create timeless, modern furniture,” says Andrew Augustin, Room & Board design associate. The clean lines, enhanced with cozy touches and accents, result in pieces suitable for both classic and contemporary homes. Plus, all of Room & Board’s collections offer sizing options that work in a range of environments, from large homes to efficiently scaled Pearl District studios.

Keeping in sync with the city’s think-locally ethos, Room & Board carries a number of Northwest-made goods. Workers in Albany crafted the handsome dressers, nightstands, and beds in the Calvin Collection, and wool used in some downy throws comes from Willamette Valley alpacas. In fact, 90 percent of the inventory is produced in the United States, and natural, responsibly sourced materials are favored.

If you’re a bit daunted by the process of choosing just the right furniture for your home, rest assured that this beautiful new Pearl retailer’s friendly design team can help you choose the ideal dining table or entryway bench, the most efficient and elegant layout for your living or bedroom, and the perfect fabric or wood finish from among dozens of options. –Ellee Thalheimer | Exterior photo by Paul Wagtouicz; other photos courtesy of Room & Board