Vice president of the 150-year-old family-owned Ligne Roset, Antoine Roset weighs in on the furniture emporium’s signature style, the new Glover Park store, and interior design trends for spring.
How would you describe the quintessential Ligne Roset style?
ANTONIE ROSET: Ligne Roset is a high-end modern furniture company with an anti-conformity spirit.
How does this aesthetic fit in with Washington’s design sensibility?
AR: Our aesthetic is based on a subtle mix of know-how, modernism, and appreciation of the modern life. Washington is a city of history where people from all around the world are living [a life] that is definitely turned to the future. In a way, people living in DC and Ligne Roset are a great match. Now, design sensibility is personal and I hope that people in DC will appreciate our products.
What makes the Glover Park showroom stand out?
AR: At Ligne Roset we like details—and quality goes with details. I think this store [showcases] a lot of details and hope that everyone will be able to judge [the quality] for themselves. We always want to push the envelope forward—to accept challenges of new designers as well as established designers, to invest in new tools and machinery, to use our know-how and share it with the new generation, to be interested in the day-to-day [aspects] of our lives…maybe all of this makes us a bit unique.
Tell us about furniture design trends that you’re seeing right now.
AR: [I’m seeing the use of more] noble materials like wood, stone, or marble. We are seeing curves on a lot of products as well.
Do you have any insider decorating tips for DC patrons?
AR: Be yourself but don’t hesitate to add modern furniture to your décor.
The Ligne Roset showroom, open now. 2201 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-248-3112. Look out for its opening party, May 3. (More information, ligneroset-dc.com)