Necessary Objects from OTR’s Design Lab

By Jackie Reau, Publisher/Editor
Photos and video by Madison Schmidt

Design Lab, a stylish showroom on Elm Street across from Washington Park and next to Music Hall, opened for business last spring by business partners Barbara Neyer and Renan Menninger. 

The duo share a passion for modern European design and Design Lab doubles as the home for their design consultancies working in both commercial and residential interior design. Design Lab represents numerous European lines, many exclusive to the region, including Ligne Roset, Meridiani, and Mooi, to name a few. The pair has an exquisite eye for hot designers such as British designer Tom Dixon, and Italian artist Rina Menardi. 

On a recent visit to Design Lab, Barb and Renan offered a tour of the showroom and shared their design philosophy: The concept of five necessary objects for the home. Here are their thoughts.

Reading Lamp

“Everyone needs a reading lamp that is visually unobtrusive, functionally easy to operate, has a full range of light output. The Juniper Thin light is available as a table/task, floor/reading, pendant and wall light/art light.”

Lounge Chair
“The Bart Swivel Lounge chair is a perfect accompaniment to our reading lamp. It provides comfort, beauty and flexibility with a swivel base in your space.”

Sofa
“The Gentry sofa system, designed by Patricia Urquiola, one of the most influential designers in the world, is a comfortable, functional and timeless sofa. With a steel frame, removable covers and a wide range of seat heights, sofa depths and configurations, the Gentry is the perfect sofa. Gentry’s discrete personality allows it to blend into any decor or setting.”

Scent
“We love the power of a scent. It evokes memories, connections, feelings, places and serenity. Like a song can capsulate us in a moment in time, the Mad et Len candle, with its array of all natural scents, can help you create that scent in your space.”

A Throw
“A great throw. We think everyone needs one. It provides texture, layering and comfort.”

Design Lab, located at 1401 Elm Street, in Over-the-Rhine is open Tuesday through Saturday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment.