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Trig Modern Opens in Downtown Raleigh

A new home furnishings and interior design concept debuts in downtown Raleigh with the grand opening scheduled for March 1, 2013.

Raleigh, NC, January 16, 2013 --( Interior designer Lee Tripi and furniture and lighting specialist Bob Drake, who owned the “Metro” showroom in Charlotte for 26 years, have debuted a new home design/home furnishings concept with the recent opening of Trig Modern in Raleigh.

Located at 328 W. Jones Street in the heart of downtown Raleigh, the expansive store features both new and vintage modern home furnishings, a custom kitchen and bath showroom, modern lighting concepts, and original art and objects. It also serves as a working studio and resource for Tripi’s well-established design firm, Lee Tripi Interior Design.

Already open to the public, Trig Modern will celebrate its official grand opening on Friday, March 1.

The word “trig” is both a British slang adjective for “neat and smart, in appearance,” and a verb that means “to make neat and smart in appearance.”

Lee Tripi explained the concept behind Trig Modern: “Today, people live with a mix of furnishings: Grandma’s hand-me-down dresser, the mid-century lamp, the modern leather sofa, and the Asian antique chair. It’s a metaphor of our lives and an expression of personal style and life experiences. At Trig Modern, we present a realistic portrait of sensible living and an antidote to excess, formality, and convention.”

Tripi and Drake see their clientele as “the diverse population of the Triangle and North Carolina in general,” Drake said. “People who work and live here come from all areas of the United States and the world. Our well-traveled population is the core of our market. These folks have been exposed to many styles seen around the world.”

Trig Modern represents Lee Tripi’s custom label as well as several cabinet fabricators, both domestic and foreign, including Berloni kitchen cabinetry, countertops and appliances.

“Berloni’s European-made cabinets are like the finely tuned engine of an Italian sports car,” Tripi noted. “And even though they appear to be expensive, the cabinets are affordable because they’re produced in an assembly line fashion in a highly automated facility.”

Tripi and Drake say Trig Modern will be an active member of the local arts community. The showroom features furnishings and objects crafted by local artisans and artists, and Trig participates in Raleigh’s First Friday gallery walk. During January's First Friday event, for example, the showroom featured an art exhibit by New York-based pop abstract painter Robert Reitzveld.

For the grand opening on March 1, the featured artist will be Tom Warren whose acrylic abstract paintings capture patterns, textures, and colors from the natural world. There will also be “a drawing for prizes, music, and other surprises,” said Lee Tripi.

Trig Modern is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information visit, email Lee Tripi at, or call 919.516.8744.

About Trig Modern:

Trig Modern is a modern future and design showroom located at 328 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Establishing his presence in the Triangle over the past 22 years, co-owner Lee Tripi designs furniture, interiors, landscapes. He’s also a modern kitchen and bath planner. A devotee of the Asian-Modern aesthetic, with its clean lines and clutter-free philosophy, Tripi’s influence can be found throughout North Carolina and as far as Europe. Co-owner Bob Drake is a furniture and lighting specialist and owned the former “Metro” showroom of Charlotte for 26 years. A firm belief in quality customer service is the reason for his longevity. For more information visit or call 919.516.8744.
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