Ask any interior designer what “makes a house a home” and chances are you’ll get the same answer. The key to pulled together home design is selecting the right furniture and accessories. And Rubin’s Contemporary Furniture in Madison has been providing exceptional furnishings since 1931.
Rubin’s is a family owned and operated business and has been for four generations. “Some say we are a fixture or a ‘destination’ store for Madisonians and others love to visit us when they are here from out of town,” says owner Bob Rubin. “We are a thriving downtown business, always unique and everchanging. We offer a vibrant and diverse shopping experience, while continuing to be a trendsetter for Madison and the larger Midwest area.”
Danielle Curti, an interior designer at Rubin’s, recently worked with a client who was relocating to Madison. She initially started communicating through email and then met the customer in person at the store.
“Our designer interviewed the client and used floor plans and design inspirations to come up with an overall presentation. The direction of the design for this home is mid-century modern with a contemporary flair,” Rubin says.
The customer’s living room showcases a bench-built sectional and ottoman by one of Rubin’s manufacturers from North Carolina, alongside two exposed wood arm chairs, a live-edge accent table, and for a pop of color, a hand knotted rug to tie the room together.
The dining room showcases a custom solid-wood dining table and chairs from Canada that were customized in a two toned fabric and leather combination. In the office, Rubin’s incorporated an iconic chair design, a leather hide rug and contemporary home office furniture alongside the client’s personal art. Tying together a myriad of manufacturers in the home’s furniture design resulted in a cohesive look and feel.
This home illustrates how Rubin’s can bring a blank slate to life and incorporate a client’s personal possessions, such as artwork, alongside new furniture selections.
To ensure the ideal furnishing and accessories are selected, Rubin’s designers take a hands-on approach— visiting a customer’s home, taking photos and measurements, and then formally presenting their ideas to the client.
“Fine furniture and art are an investment and Rubin’s is there to guide you through every detail,” says a recent client. “This is the home I longed for and hoped for, it’s a reflection of me, and Rubin’s had a significant hand in that.”
Rubin’s Contemporary Furniture
317 E. Wilson Street & 670 S. Whitney Way, Madison