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Trig Modern Raises Nearly $5000 for SAFE Haven for Cats During “The Cat’s Meow” Auction

The Dwell House by Grant Newton

Dubbed the “Dwell House,” a sleek composition of intersecting cubic volumes rendered in white laminate and natural wood, was one of six Modern cat houses created by architects and furniture designers to benefit SAFE Haven for Cats during The Cat’s Meow Cocktail Party and Auction sponsored by Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh.

For the auction, the six imaginative houses were joined by a mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis of Raleigh and New Orleans, a large neon tabby cat sculpture perched on an old radio by neon artist Nate Sheaffer of Raleigh, and an iconic mid-century modern chair from Modernica donated by Trig Modern’s owner Bob Drake.

Under The Sea by i.S. Design

Approximately 100 cat enthusiasts attended The Cat’s Meow, along with

For Perching, Playing, and Napping by Little Associates.

two three-month-old kittens that SAFE Haven’s founder and director, Pam Miller, and a few volunteers brought to the event. Trig Modern provided an abundance of party food, wine, beer, and chilled water for the crowd as they perched on modern sofas and chairs throughout the showroom.

Mixed-media painting by Louis St. Lewis

With entertaining encouragement from professional auctioneer Ben Farrell, who donated his services to the cause, every item sold for prices that exceeded their designers’ expectations. Proceeds went directly to SAFE Haven for Cats in Raleigh, a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter and clinic that, to date, has found homes for nearly 8500 formerly stray and abandoned cats and kittens.

The auction itself netted $4525 with the “Dwell House” by Greensboro furniture designer Grant Newton commanding

The Cat Cave by Corey Baughman

the highest winning bid at $1150. Other donations brought in $274 and SAFE Haven sold $59 in retail items, making the grand total for the evening $4858.

Neon sculpture by Nate Shaeffer

“We want to thank Pam and the SAFE Haven volunteers; our delightful auctioneer Ben Farrell who made the auction entertaining as well as profitable; the architects, designers and artists who contributed their time and talent to the cause: and everyone who attended, especially all of the enthusiastic bidders,” said Bob Drake. “It was a wonderful evening and we’re looking forward to another Cat’s Meow next year.”

Background: This past February, Drake and Trig Modern’s interior designer Ann

Marie Baum, a SAFE Haven volunteer, invited architects and other designers throughout the Triangle to create “cool, modern” houses for indoor cats for the fundraising auction. According to guidelines, the houses had to be modern in style and of such quality that potential bidders would welcome them in their homes. They also had to be small enough to fit through a regular residential door and light enough for two people to carry them.

Multi-Use Play Tower by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA

The following designers created the cat structures:

The “O” by Bret Page Architecture

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com

For more information on SAFE Haven for Cats, visit www.safehavenforcats.org.

About Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information, visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744 and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.

About SAFE Haven for Cats:

SAFE Haven’s mission is to ensure the well-being of every cat through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to no-kill principles. The shelter receives no government funds and relies solely on private donations for 84% percent of its budget. Visit safehavenforcats.org for more information.


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Trig Modern Expands Textiles Offerings with Two Custom, Couture Rug Lines

Customer demand for modern floor coverings makes

high-end options a viable alternative.

Emma Gardner Designs area rug. (Photo from EGD gallery)

Emma Gardner Design area rug. (Photo from EGD gallery)

Trig Modern in Raleigh, the design center and showroom in Dock 1053 on East Whitaker Mill Road, has announced that it is now offering two new high-end modern, custom area rug collections from California: Emma Gardner Design, LLC, of Petaluma and Savnik & Co. of San Francisco.

“We’re always in search of fresh, unique products,” said Trig Modern owner Bob Drake. “Emma Gardner and Savnik are not widely distributed and they are on the high end, price-wise. But both companies offer such beautiful, unique options that we felt compelled to make them available to our showroom customers and interior design clients.”

Established in 2002 by Emma Gardner of Kyoto, Japan, Emma Gardner Design’s primary products are couture area rugs that are hand-made and GoodWeave-certified* in Nepal. Based on original copyrighted designs, the rugs are hand-knotted using hand-carded, hand-spun, pot-dyed Tibetan wool, and fine Chinese silk. Each one is made to order. Categories include Floral/Asian, Geometric, Organic Natural, and Signature, among others.

Savnik & Co. pure wool rug. (Photo from Houzz)

Savnik & Co. pure wool rug. (Photo from Houzz)

Savnik & Company is a family-owned business founded over 50 years ago. Its rugs and carpets are made of 100 percent wool that is skein-dyed for pure, even color. Its extensive line of textures can be augmented by custom treatments including shapes, sizes, over-tufted patterns, borders, and fringe. In addition to its 80 standard color palette, Savnik can also custom-match yarns to paint samples, fabric swatches, etc.

“There’s something wonderful about having a gorgeous rug customized to your specific design vision,” Drake said, “whether that means colors, motif, or a unique size. We’re confident that Trig Modern customers and clients are going to find these lines very exciting.”

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com or call 919. 516.8755.

*About GoodWeave Certification:

The handmade carpet industry exploits nearly 250,000 children. GoodWeave is helping to combat this problem and transform the rug industry by certifying child-labor-free rugs and by providing education and other opportunities to rescued- and at-risk children. GoodWeave certification assures that no children were involved in the making of a rug.

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.


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Trig Modern’s Ann Marie Baum To Moderate Furniture Makers’ Panel Discussion

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Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum

“Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century” is part of summer-long exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh.

On Sunday, July 24, from 4-6 p.m., interior designer Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern design center and showroom in Raleigh will moderate an informal conversation among area furniture makers at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) in downtown Raleigh entitled “Craft and Furniture Makers for the 21st Century.”

Free and open to the public, the event is part of CAM’s summer exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” an award-winning printing shop and book production studio in Durham. The exhibition will run through August 7.

Baum’s conversation will include Al Frega, Scott Howell, Ben Galata, Jessica Ullom from Hawks & Doves, and Anthony Ulinski of Dovetail Woodworks — five of the furniture makers who created custom works for a “living room-esque” space in CAM where the conversation will take place. Each of the five will talk about their work. Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy Press will briefly discuss books as original artifacts. And Baum will lead a question-and-answer session following the individual presentations.

Originally from Hopewell, Virginia, Ann Marie Baum co-founded Cherry Modern Design in Raleigh in 2004. During her years at Cherry Modern Design, she collaborated with Clearscapes Architecture on the interiors of The Hudson condo building in downtown Raleigh and worked closely with architect Thomas Pheiffer and the NC Museum of Art staff to furnish the museum’s new wing and Iris Cafe. She joined Trig Modern in 2014, where she serves as lead interior designer.

Baum and Trig Modern’s owner, Bob Drake, frequently work with local and regional furniture and casework designers for their interior design projects. They also carry local designers’ work in their showroom.

“It’s going to be a fascinating discussion,” Baum predicted. “I admire the work of each of these artists.”
For more information on this and other events associated with the exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press,” go to camraleigh.org/exhibitions/. Even though the event is free, anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Melissa Roth at melissa.roth@camraleigh.org.

For more information on Ann Marie Baum and Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Founded in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, wall and floor coverings, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig Modern’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook. The showroom is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mil Road, Suite 109, Raleigh, NC 27604.


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Networking In North Hills: BeyondBlue Interiors To Host March “Thirst4Architecture”

BeyondBlue Interiors, North Hills, Raleigh

BeyondBlue Interiors, North Hills, Raleigh

BeyondBlue Interiors in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping center will host Thirst4Architecture (T4A), a monthly networking party sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) and Emilie Huin of Triangle Modern Homes on Thursday, March 17, from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

T4A parties are opportunities for architects, artists, building managers, contractors, engineers, furniture dealers, realtors, and anyone else interested in Modernist residential design to connect and create strategic alliances in a casual environment. The hosts provide refreshments and other entertainment while introducing T4A participants to their businesses.

Susan Lafera and Beth Bridges opened BeyondBlue Interiors in 2005 to offer the Triangle region a collection of modern, sophisticated furnishings, accessories, fabrics, lighting, and floor coverings.

“We choose vendors who create quality products and beautiful designs at an affordable price,” the partners say on their website. “We also feel it is important to feature collections that are not readily available in the Triangle.”

Throughout the March 17th event, partygoers will be able to speak with BeyondBlue’s interior designers and tour the spacious showroom, which is located in North Hills shopping center at 4350 Lassiter, North Hills Avenue, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27609 (919.896.6630). For more information on BeyondBlue Interiors and to get directions: www.beyondblueinteriors.com.

For more information on NCMH and the locations for future Thirst4Architecture events, visit www.ncmodernist.org.

About NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations.

For more information: www.ncmodernist.org.

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Trig Modern Announces Relocation To “Dock 1053”

Bob Drake and Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern

Bob Drake and Ann Marie Baum of Trig Modern

Joining a new business and retail center on Whitaker Mill Road.

Bob Drake, owner of Trig Modern in downtown Raleigh, officially announces that he’s moving his furniture showroom and design center from West Jones Street to a larger space at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 109, within an emerging business and entrepreneur center known as Dock 1053.

Trig Modern will occupy 5000 square feet of the former Winn-Dixie distribution center – a 183,000-square-foot warehouse built in 1955. Grubb Ventures is converting the warehouse into retail, office, restaurant, warehouse, and manufacturing space, with a special emphasis on supporting entrepreneurial efforts.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the move,” Drake said. “Not only is it 1300 square feet larger than our current showroom, but it’s also easily accessible from Wake Forest Road and Atlantic Avenue, it’s half way between downtown and North Hills, and it offers plenty of parking.” He paused and smiled. “And it’s not surrounded by constant construction,” he said, referring to the apartment buildings going up around his current location on the corner of Jones and Harrington streets.

Ann Marie Baum, Trig’s interior designer, noted that Dock 1053 will provide walk-in customers and other opportunities for collaboration with neighboring businesses. “The synergy alone will be well worth the move,” she said.

Other businesses already in Dock 1053 include Lynnwood Brewing Concern, Mutual Distributing, and Murray’s Supply. According to Sam Crutchfield of Grubb Ventures, other enterprises coming to Dock 1053 include Pinetop Distillery; Murphy’s Naturals; Glas, a workspace and gallery for glass-blowing artist Nate Scheaffer; Loading Dock, a co-workspace and warehouse; and i2m, the research and development arm of Mann+Hummel currently headquartered at NC State University’s Centennial Campus.

“We are currently working to add a restaurant or two as well,” Crutchfield noted.

Creating An Experience

The move has inspired Drake and Baum to re-think their business model, placing primary importance on Trig Modern as a full-service interior design center along with a showroom featuring modern furniture, finishes, lighting and accessories. In its current location, Trig has functioned more as a showroom with design services as an additional benefit.

According to Drake, the “new” Trig Modern will offer more price points than it has previously, and it will showcase locally sourced kitchen systems and custom cabinetry in addition to an Italian line of kitchen systems the store will carry. Trig will also maintain “nods to mid-century design,” Baum noted, while carrying more contemporary modern merchandise.

Throughout their new open interior at Dock 1053, Drake and Baum will create vignettes that use furniture, light, color, texture, and accessories to demonstrate fully polished, pulled-together looks that underscore Trig’s design sensibilities and that retail customers might emulate.

“The difference between shopping online and in a store is the experience,” Drake said. “We want coming into Trig to be an inviting, well-organized experience that customers will want to return to again and again.”

Drake plans to hold a Grand Opening event in May.

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.

logo_smAbout Trig Modern:

Opened in December 2012, Trig Modern is owned and operated by furniture and lighting designer Bob Drake. Through its combination of modern and mid-century-inspired furniture, lighting, and accessories, as well as Modern kitchen and bath remodeling services, Trig’s mission is to present a realistic portrait of sensible living and offer an antidote to excess, formality, and convention. For more information visit www.trigmodern.com, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook.


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Grand Entrance: Trig Modern To Update The Quorum’s Lobby, Corridors

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Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum

Trig Modern, the only showroom and design service in downtown Raleigh that specializes in modern decor, has been hired to upgrade the lobby and the eight residential corridors in The Residents at Quorum Center, a luxury condominium building also in downtown Raleigh.

“An inviting lobby is the condo version of curb appeal and your first impression of a building,” said Trig Modern interior designer Ann Marie Baum. ”That’s especially important in high-end buildings. The Quorum’s lobby harkens back to a time of elegance and sophistication, and our design speaks to that. We want to emphasize the beauty of the Quorum’s tile floors and Venetian plaster walls by adding layers of texture and color.”

Baum proposed three different color palettes – teal, orange, and gray — that will ensure the modern elements she introduces are warm and inviting.  The Quorum’s board will select one of them.

Each color “story,” as Baum calls them, involves replacing the wood-framed, Regency-style arm chairs in the lobby with either a pair of armless slipper chairs or a sleek, modern sofa in jewel-toned, patterned upholstery. She’ll complete the vignette with modern accent tables.

Each scheme also will replace the current console tables, lamps, and mirrors at the elevators – “which aren’t necessary,” Baum noted — with upholstered benches. She’ll upgrade the wall-to-wall carpet in the corridors with new striated carpet tiles that can be replaced easily if one of them is damaged or stained.

“And on every floor, above each bench, as well as in the lobby, I’ve recommended installing original works of art,” Baum said. “These pieces can be rotated among the floors and eventually rotated out of the Quorum so that new pieces can be brought in.” She will work with Kelly McChessney of Flanders Gallery in downtown Raleigh for the art rotation.

Baum also intends to remove all the artificial plants in the building and upgrade the lighting in the residents’ mail room.

For more information on Trig Modern, visit www.trigmodern.com.


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Modernist Homes Tour in Charlotte, Plus Shopping at IKEA

NCMH’s ModShop Tour is May 9th

The 1964 Mitchum residence is one of the mid-century Modernist houses on the tour.

The 1964 Mitchum residence is one of the mid-century Modernist houses on the tour.

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), the award winning non-profit dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design, will be going on its semi-annual ModShop Tour on Saturday, May 9, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. This popular bus tour includes shopping at IKEA as well as visiting several Modernist houses and a church as part of Historic Charlotte’s Mad About Modern Tour.
Aboard a spacious, wi-fi-equipped bus, tour participants will be taken to five houses and one Modernist church:

  1. The 1964 Hugh C. Mitchum Residence, designed by the late Charlotte engineer Aubrey Arant (pictured above)
  2. 4642 Sharon View(architect unknown)
  3. 2434 Ainsdale(architect unknown)
  4. The Levinson House, 2827 Rothwood Drive, designed by Charlotte architect Stan Russell
  5. The McFarland House, 714 Larkhall Lane (architect unknown)
  6. The1957 Sharon United Methodist Church, which will be demolished within the next 12 months (architect unknown).

Mid Center Salvage, a Charlotte company that restores Mid-Century and Danish Modern Furniture from the 1950s to the 1970s, is sponsoring the tour. The bus will stop there mid-day for a tour and a catered lunch.

After touring more houses, the group will go to IKEA for two hours of imgresshopping before departing for Raleigh.

Tickets are $119 per person and $99 for current members of NCMH’s Mod Squad. The price includes transportation, all admissions, breakfast, lunch, and snacks. For more details and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.ncmodernist.org/modshop.htm. Seating is limited so those interested should secure tickets very soon.

Charlotte residents may purchase tickets to the Mad About Modern Tour atwww.historiccharlotte.org.

redchair smAbout NC Modernist Houses:

North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) is an award-winning, 501C3 nonprofit organizations established in 2007 and dedicated to documenting, preserving, and promoting Modernist residential design. The website is now the largest open digital archive for Modernist residential design in America. NCMH also hosts popular architecture events every month and frequent home tours, giving the public access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. These tours and events raise awareness and help preserve these “livable works of art” for future generations.