Hudson & Crane “urban industrial mercantile and home decor/lifestyle showroom” opening late November/early December in Adams Morgan

1781 Florida Ave, NW near Pleasant Pops

From an email:

“Hudson & Crane, a new urban industrial mercantile and home decor/lifestyle showroom, is opening in late November/early December 2014 in the U Street/Adams Morgan (1781 Florida Ave. NW).

Hudson & Crane will offer a variety of furnishings, decor, art (featuring local artists and others), lighting, soft goods and gift items. Curated with an eye for accessible design and style, the store inventory will be constantly updated with new offerings monthly. All of the store inventory will be offered as cash & carry, allowing our customers the instant gratification of being able to purchase a piece of furniture and take it home the same day, and we will of course offer affordable and fast delivery as well.”

Photo of showroom courtesy Hudson & Crane

Photo of showroom courtesy Hudson & Crane

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  • justinbc

    Ooh nice, looks like my kind of shop!

  • Furniture store. It’s a furniture store. “Urban industrial mercantile and home decor/lifestyle showroom” is just a random jumble of words.


    Snark aside, it does look lovely and a great addition to the neighborhood. Nice to see new retail coming in.

  • More. I want more of these kinds of places. Towards the eastern end of U St, please.

  • OK, instead of all the snarky comments that rushed to my brain when I read this, I want to ask a serious question. Do they really need to point out that it’s “cash & carry”? Isn’t that how stores work? (I don’t ever buy furniture, let alone expensive and/or fashionable furniture, so maybe furniture stores are different.)

    • I think they’re hinting that they won’t provide a delivery service as is done by most (all?) other furniture stores.

    • Furniture stores are often different. I think if you go into Room and Board, you can’t walk out with much (maybe some pillows). They just don’t stock that much on site.

      • maxwell smart

        Right. Also Room & Board (and many other stores) have moved towards a model of customization so that you – the end user – can go in and choose the fabric, the wood color, etc. – and get a piece of furniture you kind of designed.

    • maxwell smart

      No, most furniture stores, regardless of price-range, are generally not “cash & carry” as the space required to inventory a sufficient quantity of furniture is extremely limited, especially in the city. Think of how big something like Ikea, which is “cash & carry” (for the most part) and then imagine that every furniture store was that big. Yikes! So while a store may have a limited stock, especially of smaller pieces that are easier to store, I don’t think you should expect to walk in somewhere and walk out with an 8 piece dining set.

      • Yeah, I thought about the space thing, I guess I was comparing it in my mind to something like Miss Pixie’s or Pier 1 where (I assume) you could take it with you, or that they would have at least one of almost everything in stock.

      • Yeah, that was my assumption — that they keep the various items on site, rather than requiring you to wait 6-8 weeks for your sofa to be shipped from some central warehouse.
        I’m not clear whether that’ll mean (as Anonymous 9:56 am was suggesting) “This is literally the only sofa we sell so once it’s gone, it’s gone and no one else in DC will have this sofa (until we order another one),” or whether they’ll have some kind of minimal inventory on site — say, 2 or 3 of a particular sofa.

    • They might also not provide financing, which many larger furniture stores offer.

  • Now that I’m in my 30’s I feel like I’m at a point in my life where I should start buying furniture, but I have no idea where to begin. It seems like the only stores are either way out of my budget and too industrial/modern (like this one from the looks of it), or they’re places like Value City with gigantic furniture that’s ugly and inappropriate for an urban home. I just want some small, comfortable furniture that doesn’t look like it came from a barn or the set of Mad Men.

    • Emmaleigh504

      small is the biggest problem I have furniture shopping. lots of chains try to cater to the mcmansion set. I’ve done well with quality hand me downs from family and antique stores.

      • This! We are pretty much sticking with Crate and Barrel and Room and Board for this reason. Last year we went out to a bunch of furniture stores on Rockville Pike looking for a dresser, and were actually laughed at when we asked if they had anything for small spaces. And then told we should “try ikea.” Thanks.

      • maxwell smart

        Although it definitely sways more towards a mid-century aka Mad Men look, check out BoConcept. Although my sofa was not cheap, they custom make all of their pieces (so expect 12 weeks from order to delivery) – so in addition to choosing the fabric, wood, etc you also get some choice on the size of the piece as well, so you can say, scale up or down a sofa as needed. Also since the pieces are modular, if for some reason 5 years down the road you move and want to add a segment to your sofa – no problem (other then maybe a fabric mis-match).

      • The more I look at antiques vs. contemporary pieces, the more I think antiques are the way to go for most non-upholstered things, and for upholstered things that are suited to DIY reupholstering (e.g., dining chairs with simple flat seats).

        • So where do you all go for antique furniture? I like it too but my lifestyle doesn’t really accommodate driving around rural areas on the weekends.

          • Emmaleigh504

            There’s a big antiques mall in Fredrick that has good reasonably priced furniture (also some really expensive stuff). I don’t remember the name, natch. I think it’s on the main st.

          • I haven’t done a whole lot of antique-shopping, but I browse Craigslist from time to time.

    • It is really tough to find good quality furniture in a style you like without breaking the bank. I like CB2 for smaller pieces. Their stuff is scaled down to be more apartment-sized than most furniture vendors’ stuff is. You could also check out online clearinghouses like AllModern and HayNeedle, they have a wide variety and tend to have better prices than the big box furniture stores.

    • actually, weirdly, Restoration hardware has a “small spaces” section of their website…

      • Emmaleigh504

        that’s good to know! When I worked there I loved their stuff, but most of it was too big for my moderately sized New Orleans place. Now I live in a tiny DC place and just gave up on RH. I’ll have to see if they have anything good. I’m looking for a small dresser, too. If only I still had the employee discount…

        • Emmaleigh504

          oof. What happened to RH?! I don’t like anything anymore.

          • I laughed when I saw that there were only six minutes between your two comments, but then I looked at the RH website, too. I am with you – not liking much of anything.

          • I know – I worked at RH one holiday season and now their furniture is so – ughh! But their towels are good – and on sale after Christmas.

    • People are always dissing IKEA, but I’ve been happy with my Karlstad sofa and chair.
      I was originally going to get a sofa from RoomStore that was twice the price… and then they went out of business between when I placed the order and when my sofa was supposed to be delivered 6 weeks later.
      I think the quality of IKEA items isn’t consistent across their entire product line, though. Every IKEA table I’ve ever had was pretty solid, but their dining chairs are uneven in quality and so are their chests of drawers.
      Price-wise, it seems like Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn are in between IKEA and the fancier places, but I’m not convinced that their stuff is markedly superior.

      • The “quality” range is huge at IKEA. They sell a lot of throw-away furniture, but also quite a few really nice pieces of furniture. It’s definitely hit or miss. The Karlstad sofa is on the “quality” side of things. (Well, at least it used to be. I know that they also like to continue redesigning many of their popular pieces to hit a lower price-point, which more often than not ends up with a far inferior product.)

      • It really depends on the pieces, I think. My SIL has some IKEA pieces she has had for decades and loves. But in my experience, the bookshelves and storage units I’ve gotten from C&B and CB2 have been way more solid and durable that anything I ever got at IKEA. I’ve had them for years and they have stored my gigantic collection of books without problem and still look new. Compare this to my IKEA shelves, which are wobbly and unstable, no matter how carefully I assemble them. Maybe all of C&B pieces aren’t this much better, but my experience, coupled with the fact that C&B is miles ahead of IKEA on style make me leery of shopping IKEA for anything I need to last beyond my next move.

    • Hi you are right. It’s time but you should think of your purchases as an investment. Buy quality items that you love. You might have to buy a piece at a time. You can also mix in items that are less expensive and functional. Some items will do for now and you are likely to replace when you can buy what you really want. Don’t fall into the pressure that you have to get it all right now.

      • That might work for you, but I have dogs and messy hobbies. I don’t want to spend $1000 on a kitchen table, even if it’s the only furniture I buy for the next 5 years, only to have it get messed up.

    • I feel ya. I like Pier 1, World Market, Ballard, West Elm, CB2 and Grandin Road for normal, usually reasonably priced furniture.

  • I guess they’re trying to fill the now empty “Design within Reach” niche which, of course, was overpriced pretentious stuff, that wasn’t within reach.

  • Hilarious. Whoever wrote that copy must work at The Onion.

  • No one ever went broke selling yuppies over-priced, over-styled crap.

  • I’m a bit confused. This place is taking over the And Beige space. Did And Beige close? Are the two shops consolidating under a single owner?

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