We wanted to showcase the incredible showrooms that feature our furniture line. We thought we’d kick off this series by interviewing Tom Hunter at Trammell-Gagné. Trammell-Gagné was our first showroom partner after LUMA Design Workshop launched our first line. Located in Suite 105 at the Seattle Design Center, Tom’s sophisticated style and dedicated staff put his showroom on the map. Tom graciously caught us up to speed on all things Trammell-Gagné.
When did you open Trammell-Gagne and what brought you to the business?
I opened TG in May of 1999. I entered this industry in about 1995 by chance. I was working for Nike, living in Denver. I made friends with someone that worked in the Kneedler Fauchere showroom in Denver who wanted to start a showroom in Phoenix, I agreed, we moved to Phoenix, the partnership lasted about 4 years then I moved on to Seattle to openTG on my own. It’s the best happenstance in my life.
What are the most rewarding parts of your business and what are the challenges?
Our biggest challenge is finding talented staff. It took almost 2 years, and a COVID pandemic to hire our last sales rep. The most rewarding experience working in this industry is truly the talented people that we get to work with, the amazing art and architecture that we are exposed to, and the privilege of being a minor part of the creation of such beautiful spaces.
How would you describe your showrooms’ aesthetic and what sets you apart?
TG has always been a contemporary showroom and we have pretty much stayed true to that style since we arrived in Seattle. We will be doubling down on the contemporary feel in our space in December when we launch Italian brands, Henge and Giorgetti furniture in the showroom.
What are you looking for when you add a new line/artisan to your showroom?
We ask: is it unique, will it sell in the PNW, do we love it, do we want to work with the artist/owner?
How do you connect with your customers and draw them in? How has this changed since 2020?
The showroom has been an enormous asset since COVID. Our foot traffic has quadroupled. Design and Architcture firmes are mostly not accepting in-person presentations so they have been coming to see us. Our other otlets are mailings, telephone, and Instagram (social media).
What is popular right now? What type of pieces, finishes, and/or materials are customers most drawn to?
As a catagory, lighting has been HOT for about a year. Oil rubbed Bronze is still a favorite for metal but it is more and more common to see warmer brass finishes showing up more prominently in projects.
If you had your choice, what type of home would you buy and decorate for yourself, Craftsman, Mid-Century, Cap Cod, ranch, etc..?
My all time favorite space to live in would be an Italian Palazzo. Everything about the style is appealing to me; stone, courtyards, fountains, plaster, fire places, open windows.
What does a day off look like for you and/or your employees?
I think it is very different for each of us, I will try to guess an activity that each of us might participate in: playing dinosaur with kids, drinking mimosas and vacuuming, beer pong, gardening and knitting, visiting parents, doing drag, washing the school bus.
Since 2014, our team at LUMA Design Workshop has worked towards making the most refined and highest quality customizable furniture line. With years of experience building custom metal projects and the expansion of our existing furniture line under our belt, it was time to try something new. Our team is thrilled by every aspect of the design and build process and we were looking forward to put that energy towards an entirely new line of products.
Throughout our entire LUMA line you will find inspiration from natural forms and organic textures. Our goal was to carry on this inspiration to whatever new product we came up with. Pulling inspiration from classic LUMA forms and our tried and true materials, the Vessel collection was born.
These elegant home accessories add a unique sculptural statement to their surrounding environment.
At LUMA Design Workshop, we are continuously trying to think outside the box. How can we reimagine this piece of furniture? How can we use our design and build expertise to create something unlike anything we’ve done before? How can we push our boundaries?
With tons more ideas on our minds, we are excited to continue coming out with new products that provide our modern aesthetic and traditional craftsmanship to different areas of people’s lives.
We’ve spent the past few months expanding our line of furniture and we’re very excited to introduce our newest pieces. The Strap Dining Table with Cast Glass, the Geo Collection, and the new Strap Desi Coffee Table are just a few of the new pieces that have recently been added to our collection.
Our favorite classic, the Strap Dining Table, is now offered in the iconic Cast Glass. Where do we even begin? This 2 inch thick material is hand poured by a local craftsman whose incredible process guarantees each piece is unique in texture and appearance. With new structural additions, the Strap Dining Table is now capable of featuring this unbelievable material for small to large projects.
Inspired by natural elements and modern lines, The Geo Dining Table, Coffee Table and Occasional Table offer sculptural and geometric forms to transform spaces. This collection’s unique shape and contemporary angles gracefully elevates modern interiors unlike any other. Like the rest of LUMA Design Workshop’s table offerings, the Geo Collection is available in custom sizing, materials and finishes to empower one-of-a-kind designs.
Building on the legacy of the original Strap Desi, the new Strap Desi integrates more of our foundational metal material while maintaining the trio of material options. The option of choosing three materials allows for you to create a completely unique piece for your next project.
The furniture design process is one of the most challenging and exciting jobs that we do at LUMA Design Workshop. Aside from our love for furniture design, we are passionate about the craftsmanship that goes into every piece we create. Our goal to design and build unique, timeless pieces incorporates traditional craftsmanship and locally sourced materials. We are very excited to begin sharing more of our new pieces as well as bits about our process, things that inspire us, and more!