Artisanal Bath Collections from Room & Board

A new bath collection from Room & Board runs the design gamut from traditional to transitional to minimal.

Founded in 1980, the home furnishings company was something of a visionary at the time – committing itself to artisan workers for most of its products.
Today, they account for 90 percent of its offerings.

The new bath collection consists of vanities – ranging in widths from 26 inches to 60 inches to 72 inches – to fit a wide variety of bathroom sizes.

“In the Midwest our customers have bigger spaces and in urban areas they’re smaller, so we have different sizes and styles for different markets, depending on how people live in their homes,” says Elise Nicpon, outside sales manager for Room & Board.

The firm’s based in Minneapolis, with 19 showrooms across the nation. Traffic in the showrooms may have slowed during this last year of pandemic, but online business has been relatively brisk. The company’s $79 flat fee for delivery probably contributes a lot to that.

And Room & Board’s got a broad customer base. “Our customers run the breadth of young professionals and design enthusiasts who appreciate beauty and quality,” she says. “We have a lot of empty nesters a lot who have grown up with us over the past 20 years.”

Vanities in the new Room & Board collection are designed to celebrate the beauty of real craftsmanship from real artisans. “Each of the vanities is a little different – one called Copenhagen has wood finishes but also saturated colors, to match bold patterns in tile and wallpaper,” she says. “In the Hudson collection, the vanities are sleek, with cleaner and simpler lines.”

There’s an assortment of styles, including Arts and Crafts, Shaker, Midcentury Modern and some with a Japanese influence. Customer can order a top from Room & Board, or install their own with a local stone of their choosing.

The key word here is options. Room & Board vanities are offered in woods and finishes like walnut, oak, cherry, maple and ash, with different stains. “They celebrate the grain of the woods,” she says. “You still see the wood grains in light, darker gray and even charcoal.”

The Copenhagen line is wood but it’s also offered in white, taupe, slate, saffron, gray, sage, cognac and a true ebony, new in April. Most have a steel base that’s either graphite coated or stainless steel, with a mineral finish that’s only on the Adrian collection. “It’s an earthy bronze,” she says.

Whatever the choice, this Room & Board collection is about celebrating a refined material palette.

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