Trig Modern Voted Best Place To Buy Contemporary Furniture in the Triangle

Trig ShowroomAfter thousands of votes were counted, Trig Modern in downtown Raleigh emerged as The Best Place to Buy Contemporary Furniture in the Triangle in 2015, according to readers of Triangle Downtowner magazine.

“Of course we’re delighted,” said Trig’s owner, Bob Drake, who moved to Raleigh from Charlotte to open the store. “We’ve only been here a little over two years, so it’s very gratifying to receive a ‘people’s choice’ recognition from the Downtowner’s readers.”

Ambiente and NC Modern Furniture came in at second and third places, respectively.

Opened in 2012 in a freestanding building at 328 West Jones Street, Trig Modern is the only showroom and design service in downtown Raleigh that specializes in modern furniture and lighting in tandem with an eclectic blend of compatible furnishings and accessories, including mid-20th century items and a throw pillow collection that Drake designed himself.

“Trig is a very different kind of showroom,” Drake said. “We combine both new and vintage furniture, kitchen and bath, lighting, original art, and objects.”

Trig also offers new lines of modern kitchen systems, he noted, and a host of modern wall coverings, including a line of peel-and-stick wallpaper that he believes are tailor-made for apartment dwellers.

The Best of Downtowner Awards is an annual poll that allows the monthly magazine’s readers to vote for their favorite places to dine, drink, dance, shop, etc. The print edition is on newsstands now.

For more information on TRIG Modern, visit or call 919.516.8744.

About 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, call 919.516.8744, and find Trig Modern on Facebook.

Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture Opens Auction To Benefit Cancer Research


Fine furnishings from the “My Carolina Today” set are available to the highest bidder.


November 8, 2010 (CARY, NC) – The contemporary furniture that has graced the set of NBC 17’s morning show “My Carolina Today” for the past three months is about to be sold to the highest bidder. Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture in Cary is holding an auction of the furniture the store provided for the TV show’s set. Proceeds will benefit Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research at Duke Medicine.


The auction is part of “Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma” and is taking place on the store’s website at Contemporary pieces from the “My Carolina Today” set include:


Two Sirio Side Chairs

The Copeland Sarah Sideboard

Two Lazar Dylan Chairs

The Elite Contessa Barstool

The Elite Link Barstool

The Calligaris Retro Cocktail Table

The Surya 6×9 Area Rug


Bidders can click on images of the pieces for more information then place their bids on the site. The auction will continue through December 31st. “Buy It Now” prices are also listed for each item.


The contemporary furniture store’s owner, Jerry Nowell, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May. Since then he has teamed with the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center to help raise funds for cancer research at Duke Medicine.


Multiple Myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow. It is diagnosed in approximately 20,000 new patients every year in the US, and the illness claims the lives of nearly half that number annually.


“One hundred percent of the sales of the ‘My Carolina Today’ furnishings will benefit multiple myeloma research at Duke Medicine,” he stressed when he first announced the auction on a segment of the show that aired Monday morning, November 1. An in-store fundraiser will also be announced later this month. 


To participate in the bidding on the “My Carolina Today” set pieces, go to For more information on the Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma, visit


About Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture:


Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture is located at 900 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511. Operated by Jerry Nowell, the store is in its third generation of local ownership with a commitment to contemporary and modern furniture supported by a talented in-store design team and professional delivery crew. “Defining Style Since 1905.”