By Laura Eckstein Jones By Laura Eckstein Jones | September 6, 2022 | Home & Real Estate People Home & Real Estate People Feature Home & Real Estate Feature
Featuring a beautifully curated collection of furniture and decor from an international roster of brands like Paola Lenti, Porro, Flexform and more, Space Bazaar stands out as the go-to Southwest source for inspiring and important design offerings. Here, founder Jennifer Wilson shares her philosophy behind the showroom, her thoughts on why it stands out, and clues us in on what’s next.
Space Bazaar founder Jennifer Wilson stands in the Porro dressing room at the showroom. The White Cherry structure has iron and glass doors and Cuvee metal details. Photographed by Cole Horchler
Another vignette shows off a custom Porro Load-It wall system made from ribbed Noce Canaletto wood and heat-treated oak with floating iron shelves. Beside it is a Flexform Joyce armchair, Islands low coffee tables in lacquer and wood designed by Stephen Burks for Living Divani and an Atollo glass lamp by Oluce. Photographed by Cole Horchler
When did you first become interested in interior design? Is it something you always loved, or something you grew into loving? I’ve always been drawn to design, and knew early on I wanted to do something creative in the arts. In my early 20s, I was introduced to an architect based in Milan who introduced me to Italian design. Everything that happened since has been organic hard work and dedication. I am blessed to be doing what I love every day.
How has opening Space Bazaar built upon your strengths and interests? Launching my own business has allowed me to bring my passion for fashion and design together. And being an entrepreneur gives me control over my businesses, including who we work with, clients we engage with and manufactures we represent in my showroom. I surround myself with good people and strong business colleagues and have incredible mentorships.
How would you describe the showroom’s overall look, feel and concept? International, sophisticated and refined
What does Space Bazaar offer in terms of product and services? We have indoor and outdoor furniture, boutique closets and dressing rooms, wardrobes, storage and shelving systems, bookcases, media storage, rugs, lighting and accessories
The hot-rolled steel reception desk is accented with Blade suspension lamps in antiqued brass by Baxter. Paola Lenti armchairs, side tables and the Shell pouf—in shades of green and turquoise—add a pop of color. Photographed by Cole Horchler
And what are some things the business offers that might surprise readers? We specialize in designing boutique closet and dressing rooms. The closet is becoming one of the most important spaces in our clients’ homes. Designers, architects and homeowners seek our services and products to create highly customized dressing rooms and personal sanctuaries that add real value to the home.
The Jupiter table by Baxter is surrounded by Baxter Gemma dining chairs and a Baxter Proton Cone suspension lamp. Photographed by Cole Horchler
How does Space Bazaar stand out from other businesses in the area? We represent some of the most important brands in interior design that, if you wanted them, for a very long time, you had to travel to Europe, Los Angeles or New York to purchase them. Now, they are available in the Southwest.
The Marlene mirror by Baxter draws the eye toward a vignette featuring a Living Divani Islands console and an Oluce Atollo lamp. Photographed by Cole Horchler
How does the showroom reflect your personal tastes and style? I am a minimalist at heart and value quality and attention to detail. My showroom has incredible architectural details and is very well edited and executed.
Where do you get your design inspiration? Italy, of course. It’s in my DNA and is an extension of my life and work. Italian fashion and design are the emblem of style and elegance of the bel paese (beautiful country).
Outdoor furniture by Paola Lenti mingles with colorful artwork by German artist Joséphine Sagna. Photographed by Cole Horchler
“I am a minimalist at heart and value quality and attention to detail. My showroom has incredible architectural details and is very well edited and executed.”–JENNIFER WILSON
A setup featuring Flexform pieces—including the Groundpiece sofa, Bangkok ottomans in hide leather, the Fly side table in Noce Canaletto and the Brigs coffee table—is welcoming and elegant. Photographed by Cole Horchler
What can readers expect next from you and Space Bazaar next? We are in the process of expanding. I am opening a monobrand B&B Italia showroom in Downtown Scottsdale off Third Avenue in a building designed by Chen + Suchart Studio. It will be the first to open in the United States under Lissoni & Partners’ new and contemporary B&B Italia retail identity.