About trig modern

-- an antidote to excess, formality and convention. Classic modern furniture rests comfortably beside new modern accessories and iconic items from the mid-20th century. A wide array of modern light fixtures and ceiling fans hang from the ceiling. A wall of colorful pillows, many designed by Trig’s owner, Bob Drake, gazes down upon modern area rugs on the floor. ur Design Center serves up samples of Trig Modern’s delightfully modern wall coverings and upholstery choices, including a line specifically for apartment dwellers.

At Trig Modern, we believe in a thoughtful approach to modern interiors and furnishings that emphasizes the imagination and comfort of real people living real lives. Drop in sometime. We look forward to meeting you!



Bob, a Raleigh native, graduated from NC State. In 1986 he opened a design store called The Metro in Charlotte, North Carolina. There were several bumps in the road getting it established; for example, after a heavy rain he opened the store the next day to shelving units completely smashed after the supporting cardboard boxes collapsed from getting wet. After five years in the Elizabeth neighborhood, he moved the store to a larger location in Dilworth. Metro grew rapidly and the landlord offered to cut a hole in the first floor for a staircase to the lower level, doubling the space to 5000 sq ft.

In 2011, ready for a change, Bob made a business connection who enabled him to relocate the store to Raleigh.  He opened Trig Modern in December of 2012. The store is going strong and Bob is happy with the move. Bob has designed furniture for many clients, and he has worked with architects and designers to make lighting concepts come to fruition.  Bob loves modern design and has enjoyed creating a space for those who appreciate it like he does. He is constantly introducing new product and has access to hundred of vendors.

Bob grew up in North Hills and returned to live there in a 1960 split level where he has his collections of modern art, percolators, and modern and mid-century furniture.



1053 East Whitaker Mill Rd.,
Raleigh, NC 27604


Monday - Saturday
10am – 5pm



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“Trying to find contemporary furniture is very frustrating. I saw a picture of what I wanted, got in touch with the manufacturer and was referred to TrigModern in Raleigh. The minute I drove into the parking lot, I knew this was my store! I met with Bob Drake(an absolute delight), who spent a lot of time configuring the sofa to work in my space—-and with a lot of patience and persistence, he came up with the perfect design. I will not shop anywhere else!

And the icing on the cake, his showroom is like a work of art, so worth going to see. ”

Durham client

“What a pleasure it was to work with Ann Marie furnishing our new-construction modern house! She is diligent, attentive, upbeat, confident, and professional...and with impeccable good taste! More important, she listens. We worked together purchasing wonderful new pieces from her treasure trove of resources, repurposing several “given” pieces...even incorporating the occasional thrift store find for “character” (aka budget)! Thank you, Ann Marie!”


“We faced a significant design challenge when we purchased and renovated a mid-century modern home. We loved the modern aesthetic but we had always lived in and decorated more traditional homes. Our renovated modern home was gorgeous, but much of our furniture just didn’t work in the space. We wanted to modernize our decor, but didn’t have the budget to replace everything we owned. We engaged Ann Marie and she made an immediate positive impact. She quickly evaluated what we had, what our budget was and got a sense of how we live in the space. She took the time to assess what we liked and didn’t like and put together multiple concepts for how we could change the design. Ultimately she designed a living space that used our existing couches and entertainment unit, but added new furniture, lighting and pillows to pull the whole room together. It not only looks great but it is also entirely functional for the way we live, and it was within our budget. She also addressed a design mistake we had made in our dining room. We purchased a table that was a bit undersized for the room. Instead of suggesting we buy a new one, she leveraged design techniques to make it work visually. 

Ultimately, she transformed our living room and dining room into something you might see in a magazine. We loved the result so much, we engaged her to do similar work in our master bedroom. She did an amazing job there as well- finding window treatments, pillows and art that turned the room from bland to gorgeous. When you work with Ann Marie you get the benefit of her excellent taste, knowledge of design and trends, genuine consideration for your lifestyle and budget, and most importantly you get confidence. Unlike doing it alone, you never second guess the decisions you make when you work with her.”