In 1950, there were almost no shops in the U.S. that sold modern furniture and design. Ralph and Mary Rapson wanted to change that. While Ralph selected the designs and worked his day job as a practicing architect and architecture professor at MIT, Mary worked tirelessly on the many details - financial, promotional and operational - of opening a new store for modern design. It all came together. Rapson-Inc. opened in 1950, just a block off Copley Square in the heart of Boston.