This Kirkland store sells modern home furnishings, lighting, accessories, rugs and gift items.
222 Park Place, Kirkland. Call 425-828-6657 or see www.articlestore.com.
Store sells: Modern home furnishings, lighting, accessories, rugs and gift items.
Price range: From $5 for a coaster made of ’70s-inspired frosted glass to $9,120 for a four-piece custom sectional sofa.
Who owns it? Managing partner Ramin Mobayen, of Los Angeles, opened Articles last year. He also owns Mobayen, a rug company in Beverly Hills.
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Mobayen chose the Kirkland location because of his longtime connection with childhood friend and Seattle resident Larry Kurofsky, who co-owns the nearby Purple Café & Wine Bar.
What’s unique? Don’t be surprised if you sense a familiar flair about the store. Former W hotels design director Avé Bradley was responsible for the look of Articles’ showroom.
With its concrete floors, track lighting and stainless-steel railings, the store has an urban feel. And after perusing the objects in the shop, it’s as if each piece was handpicked for its sleek, clean lines.
The simple curves of the Joanna chair, a petite upholstered piece, is coveted by many condo dwellers, said sales associate Lacey Fickel, adding that the item is available in a shiny black, red and brown synthetic leather for $595.
A frameless rectangular mirror with a rounded candle stand made to resemble a tree trunk ($135) appears to float on the wall.
And the store’s chic lights cast unusual silhouettes, whether it’s a small lamp with a cylindrical white linen shade on a brush nickel base ($75) or a lamp emitting light through a brown snowflakes silk-screen printed shade atop a tripod-style stand ($145).
What’s functional? Come to Articles to invest in a distinctive piece of furniture or pick up something stylish for a friend or relative who seems to have everything.
The store carries a contemporary custom sofa line upholstered with your choice of material (starting at $495 for an ottoman), including white ultraleather, a supple blemish-resistant material that is washable with soap and water.
In addition to pillows, throws and handmade area rugs, Articles stocks designer bath products, cards and a large selection of gift books — coffee-table books, art books, cookbooks and books on pop culture and travel.
ZENTS spa-quality shea butter soaps are $9 each, oil lamps that resemble stones are $18 each, an elegant blood-red vase made of recycled molded glass runs $28 and candles by red flower with names like Moroccan rose come in bold hues with scented petals for $32 a pillar.
Local company Bright Night’s illuminated umbrellas, which let you see and be seen in the evenings, grace one of the store’s tall walls. They come in various patterns, including a version with concentric blue circles ($45 each).
And for $195, Articles sells a leaning bookshelf with a mahogany veneer — an item that’s really trendy right now, Fickel said.
How does the store work? Visit the store, where you can buy products off the shelf or special-order furniture. You can browse online, but you can’t purchase products this way, so you’ll have to e-mail a pricing request for each item of interest.
Good to know: About once a month, the store hosts a special event introducing customers to candle-making, rug-weaving, glass-blowing or the basics of feng shui. Call the store for details.
Judy Chia Hui Hsu, Seattle Times staff reporter
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