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Thursday, June 28, 2012


   Wayne Martin is alive and well. I kid you not. He is living in Seattle. He has a brand new showroom with his partner, William. I feel like the stone has rolled away and the crypt is empty. OK! This news might sound a bit bizarre to those in the Interior Design trade. To those who know me, I have always been an honest man with a quirky sense of humour. So the great news is Wayne Martin is in  the wholesale textiles showroom business. He is doing quite well.
    I went to a fabric presentation today at my friend, Chuck Arbuckle's home and design office. I was introduced to Wayne Martin. I was taken back for a second. I thought it was a joke. Here he was breathing, laughing and selling wholesale textiles once again. Wayne is a delightful and charming man
OK, actually the names are the same but this Wayne Martin is a different man. I am proud to know that the spirit of the wholesale trade now lives on with the new Wayne Martin. . He had actually shared a few of his stories how designers in Seattle were confused by the same name.  He is a very delightful man. It was very easy to get along with him as if I had known  him all of my life. He told me that he already knew of me through reading my blog.
     I know that I am a little preachy, in fact, I feel like it is like Easter morning,  running back to tell everyone the " Good News".
       With all my dark humour aside. For those of you that did not know already, William and Wayne have a new showroom in Seattle.
They are located in the old Joan Lockwood showroom which from what I hear has been totally remodeled.
 Their address is
  William and Wayne
Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Avenue South, Suite A203
Seattle, Washington 98108

You can contact them at their phone number: 206-762-2635 or email them at

Their Exclusive lines are to the trade only. You will have to hire an interior designer to be able to visit the Seattle Design Center or their showroom.

Some of the furniture lines that William and Wayne have are and
They also represent many fabulous textiles such as , , , , prisatek fabric at .

by george, I think you've got some great textile and furniture lines.


Gentlemen, Welcome to the industry.
 Welcome to the NW.
Thanks for keeping the wholesale Interior design dream alive.

John A. Thompson
john thompson designer

P.S. our other Wayne Martin is smiling too!