Words by Andrea Darr | Shop photos by Brynn Burns
When it comes to finding fine home goods, shop size doesn’t matter, from KANSO’s tiny storefront to Seville Home’s full-scale showroom.
love for the finer things in life led Jason Duke to making a career of it. But he didn’t want to join the trendy crowd.
“I am tired of waste, especially in the home design world, where you just swap everything out,” he says.
Instead, he prefers classic and timeless designs, such as a slender pair of award-winning scissors from the 1960s, or the modern manufactured lines coming from foreign meccas of design like Copenhagen. Those are the types of objects that he loves and wants to share with the world.
With his design ethos grounded in natural materials and clean—but not stark—lines, Jason dipped a toe in the Kansas City waters with a popup shop a few years ago. “I used it as a test to see if beautiful objects from Scandinavia and Japan would resonate here—and they did,” he says.
That temporary shop has since grown in business—but not necessarily in square footage. Kanso—The Japanese Zen principle of simplicity or elimination of clutter—embodies his ethos (literally and figuratively) in a few hundred square feet of space in the Crossroads, purveying beautiful and sustainable items ranging from nail clippers to sofas.
This tiny storefront has only enough room for a few favorites, while a huge online retailership supports brisk business. Kanso ships thousands of items each month from a local warehouse.
Jason personally handpicks and tests everything before offering it for sale.
“It all must fit our narrative,” he says. “Everything is cohesive and streamlined. When you’re browsing, it feels right.”
The Bauer (alley entrance)
115 W. 18th Street, Suite 106
Kansas City, Mo.
Even with 18,000 square feet of space located along south Johnson County’s bustling 135th Street corridor, Seville Home is not another big box store.
“We are a boutique hybrid,” says owner Stuart Wilkins, whose family has owned the company for 20 years.
The store contains the region’s first and only Bernhardt Interiors Boutique (examples shown below) as well as an extensive collection of fabrics for custom upholstery.
The high quality of goods is at a level often accessible only to professional designers. But Seville Home’s business model is open to everyone.
“We have designer showroom product for the consumer,” Stuart emphasizes.
Equally important, product availability separates Seville Home from other stores, where items must be ordered. Everything on the floor can be purchased and taken home that day—a big selling point with today’s supply chain waiting game.
In fact, during the pandemic, Stuart doubled down and increased inventory. He also refused to cancel any orders.
Seville Home’s selection of high-end home goods extends to every space in the house, including the outdoors. The showroom floor is arranged in room vignettes from casual to formal. The style leans transitional and approachable.
“It’s all beautiful to look at but comfortable to live in,” Stuart says.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday.
5205 W. 135th Street