"Color puts a smile on the face of the room," says Christopher Coleman, a New York City-based interior designer known for his use of bold hues and clean geometric shapes. To play off the brightly colored glass collection in a 1980s Lloyd Schwann grid cabinet, Coleman chose a cobalt-and-orange "Simdu" rug from Odegard (to the trade only; 800-670-8836). Echoing the curves of the glassware are the strong oval shape of the Eero Saarinen pedestal table from Knoll ($3,130; 800-343-5665) and the elegant backs of the 1940s Italian rosewood chairs.
Coleman adored the Lloyd Schwann cabinet, purchased at Property (917-237-0123), and thought it would make a perfect showcase for the owners' collection of vintage glass. He mounted the cabinet on a sideboard of his own design (with a drawer to store tablecloths). Most of the glass, including a 1960s red flared vase, from the Danish company Holmegaard's Carnaby line, from the End of History ($850; 212-647-7598).