Store Opening

October 21, 2007|By [STEPHANIE SHAPIRO]

Calligaris Shop by Pad

1500 Thames St.

410-563-4723, www.calligaris.it

Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Any number of the lofts and that ring Baltimore's waterfront call for fresh furniture to match their airy, industrial-chic interiors. And then there are all of those mid-20th century modern homes in Mount Washington deserving of makeovers that will return them to the primary shapes and colors that characterize 1950s style.

Enter Calligaris, a venerable Italian furniture company that opened its fifth shop in the United States in June on Thames Street in Fells Point. Nicholas Johnson, also owner of Su Casa and Pad, is the licensee. In the showroom, customers can roam through a clean, well-lighted place filled with frosted glass dining tables equipped with self-storing leaves, low-slung sofas in sherbet hues and "strata" rugs, woven with thick plugs of wool.

Sideboards, beds, coffee tables and dozens of wooden stools and chairs extend the streamlined label.

With its simple lines and ingenious construction, the Calligaris effect is snappy, not to mention, "clean, neat and functional," Johnson says. Prices range from $20 for a vase to $8,000 for a leather sectional sofa, with plenty of offerings in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

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