News: "Furniture with a Story" January 04 2016

One of the hottest interior design trends in 2016 will be "furniture with a story," according to Bernabe Somoza, owner of Mission Avenue Studio.

Whether you've just moved into a studio apartment, purchased a new house or want to bring new life to a 'tired' room, a colorful piece of furniture with a unique story will capture the attention of everyone who steps into your home. 

Bernabes's intriguing approach combines well-crafted U.S. and European wooden furniture from the 1930s to the 1980s with colorful, modern fabrics and fine finishes.

In 2016, consumers will be looking for accent pieces with bright colors, like yellow and silver, according to Somoza. "The monotone beiges and browns of the 1990s are gone with the wind," he adds.

To keep Mission Avenue Studio at the cutting edge of the home furnishings market, Somoza uses top current designer fabrics lines including James Huniford for Kravet and Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher to give the pieces new life. "This great design combination brings together the best of the past and the present," says Somoza.

In past years, Somoza's most popular vintage pieces have been French furniture of the 1920s and '30s, and pieces from the earlier Victorian-era. But they certainly see Trends come and go

"In 2015 we saw a strong demand for cabinets, chests and sideboards made by well-known American companies from the 1930s and '40s," he says. "The craftsmanship is extraordinary and the wood is so beautiful that in many cases we simply clean and refinish the piece," he says.

With the slogan, "Vintage Reborn," Somoza's Mission Avenue Studio salvages beautiful pieces of neglected or unwanted furniture at its 10,000-square-foot facility, the largest of its kind in Florida.
The studio's team includes upholsterers, painters and carpenters who prepare pieces for sale locally to Gulf Coast residents and nationally online via Mission Avenue Studio's website and others such as One Kings Lane

Both the creative vision and the entrepreneurial energy for Mission Avenue Studio are provided by Somoza, the oldest child of former Nicaraguan president Luis Somoza. After moving to the U.S. in the 1980s, Somoza became CEO of Andromeda Inc., a holding company for a variety of business ventures. He also founded Somoza Fine Art in Houston, which specialized in 19th-century art, before moving to Sarasota in 2011.

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