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September 21, 2016



Whether it is a cabinet or candle holder, Tennessee designer Peter Fleming artfully juxtaposes high style with down-to-earth functionality.

The company: Nashville-based Building #9 is a product and design company founded by Fleming in 2011.  With a focus on home goods, the company custom builds tables, cabinets, mirrors and table-top accessories including candle holders, boxes, book stands and easels.

The founder/designer: Fleming, who grew up in a small mining town in Southern Australia, earned a degree in an interior design from Auburn University. After graduation, he moved to New York to study at the Institute for Classical Architecture and work in the office of architect Robert A.M. Stern, and most recently Bobby McAlpine, who lives in Atlanta. Before starting his company (Building #9), Fleming taught courses on the history of furniture and decorative arts at O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tenn.

The company name: As a professor, Fleming’s classes were held in a converted shoe factory, specifically in the factory’s Building #9.

Known for: Original designs and experimenting with a variety of materials, including steel, plaster, parchment, leather and solid woods.

What’s popular: Mirrors ($1,800 to $3,000) and cabinets ($1,500 to $10,500) designed for specific rooms.

Other favorites: Side tables ($800 to $1,600).

Fun (or unusual) request: Producing some custom headphone stands for a singer/songwriter.

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