I’ve been a fan of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams for some now, and it was purely because of their furniture and their customer service. I shop at MGBW for many of my clients, knowing that I’ll find classic pieces that are stylish and comfortable. Somehow I never knew the story of the duo and how the company started. I was looking forward to receiving their 25th anniversary book, Who We Are, which details how Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams got their start, how they were pioneers in comfort and what they’ve accomplished in their 25 years.
My biggest takeaway from reading this book is that Mitchell and Bob truly believe in comfort, and not just having comfortable furniture pieces in your home, but being comfortable in all aspects of your life. They see comfort as a lifestyle and I believe they were one of the first to have this believe. Now, we look at almost every furniture store and hear about comfort but Mitchell and Bob were pioneers. And they really do make comfort look good!
The dashing duo is also at the forefront of design. After being in the business for 25 years you have to learn to adapt to what customers are asking for, and you also have to learn not to follow every trend. They have analyzed how their customers live and designed pieces accordingly. Mitchell and Bob have managed to continuously make contemporary pieces with a traditional feel, or traditional pieces with a contemporary feel, however you choose to look at it. They are adaptable and they know what timeless means.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams started working out of their home, as most small companies do. They quickly expanded to a team of 23 and now they have over 600 employees. They maintain that their employees are what make their company great, and they know they cannot be where they are today without the hard work and dedication of those who work for them. When writing design books many don’t acknowledge their staff and I was happy to read that Mitchell and Bob took the time to do so here. They take pride in creating American-made furniture and creating jobs for our economy.
Mitchell and Bob love to entertain, and the gorgeous furniture they make sets the perfect stage for entertaining. I was surprised to see a small collection of recipes at the back of the book! They created a special tasting menu created by Chef Sean Robinson which includes appetizers, soup, salad, entree, dessert and even a signature cocktail.
“Food is one of the most gracious ways to communicate to people that you’re happy they’re visiting and that you care about them.”
Who We Are is full of surprises and full of inspiration, not just for design, but for ideas on how to live your life happily. This is a wonderful book sharing details about a couple, a company and a lifestyle worth living!