For Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams, inspiration comes from everywhere. Whether it be from visiting one of their 30+ Signature Stores or traveling the world, Gold and Williams are always on the lookout for good designs and things that inspire. “We offer styles from Mid-Century to ’70s Mod to new takes on traditional that can work together in an original mix,” says Mitchell Gold, co-founder and chairman of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. “We are inspired by what we see happening in the fashion world, restaurants, hotels. We travel all over visiting our stores across the country looking for inspiration.” In 1989, Gold and Williams started a business during the economic downturn. Williams attended Parsons School of Design and worked as the promotions art director at Seventeen Magazine and Gold worked in the furniture business and at Bloomingdales in its 70’s heyday prior to meeting each other. Today, these best friends have turned an initial investment of $60,000 into a $250 million dollar brand. “We were trying to decide between opening a Christmas tree farm and winery in Virginia or starting a furniture business,” says Gold. “Luckily, we chose the latter!” Their staying power stems from creating their own trends and trying not to react to what is popular at the moment. While they can accommodate any design taste, they like clean and modern with comfort in mind. “We gravitate toward a soothing color palette and create ‘pattern’ using a variety of textures in a room,” says Williams, co-founder and President of Design. With headquarters in Taylorsville, North Carolina, Gold and Williams oversee more than 1,000 employees in a more than 1 million square-foot warehouse and manufacturing facility that creates their own American-made, environmentally conscious furniture. “Given that we are environmentalists, we ensure all of our products are made in an environmentally responsible way,” says Gold. Regardless of style and tastes, comfort is always key for Gold and Williams. “Our mission has always been to make the world a more comfortable place,” says Williams. “It’s such a rewarding thing to wake up and do every day.”
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Signature Store is located at 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, 630-288-7020, mgbwhome.com.