Photographs: John Gruen
Above: A mid-century reissue of an eighteenth-century print of Rome presides over a walnut bench by Duane Modern for George Home.
Right: Other finds include a T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings armchair, Spanish market baskets, French fabric pillows and a Chinese hat box.
GEORGE HOME, a new store and design studio, has opened its doors in Washington Depot. The brainchild of Duane Modern founders Bruce Glickman and Wilson Henley and partner Betsey Nestler, George Home features a curated global mix of mid-century modern and antique furniture, art, accessories, lighting and tabletop. The name plays on the area’s most famous passerby, George Washington. “We wanted to have fun with the name. It’s amazing how many people ask us, ‘Why did you call it George?’ There’s a little wink in the name for sure,” says co-owner Glickman.
“Customers can expect to find comfort mixed with good design here,” adds co-owner Henley. “George is a compilation of the kinds of things the three of us have collected, loved and lived with. New or old, they may be from far-flung places or nearby, but there is a harmony to it all, even incorporating some of our favorites from Duane Modern (pieces we make). In that way, George Home acts like a showroom, too. We’d like to work with other designers, and we look forward to highlighting some of the area’s great artistic and artisan talents.” Veteran New Preston retailer and George co-owner Nestler (founder of the much-loved but now-closed design emporium Jonathon Peters) describes the mix as something for everyone. “Literally—from a cool camo cosmetic pouch or hand-thrown ceramic platter to a 1940s set of leather chairs or a pair of contemporary lamps,” she says.
George Home has three areas—the Living Room, with bigger pieces of furniture, art and lighting; the Library, with deep sofas and books; and the Marketplace, with contemporary finds, presents, tabletop and accessories. The Design Studio at George Home also offers full interior design services.
4 Titus Road, Washington Depot