Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Stratospheric Furniture Dust

The air is thin at the top. I mean at the very top. Up where you need supplemental oxygen to breathe. Such as a furniture budget equal to what most people spend on a home. Or where people actually do say "if you have to ask, you can't afford it."

But oh what a view!

Like a Ferrari Enzo or a Bugatti Veyron it is the details that justify the price tag. Hand-made to standards that exceed anything a production furniture manufacturer could do, furniture in this class is produced like a one-of-a-kind work of art.

Here are my picks for world's best quality furniture.


I don't impress easily. Gold fixtures in your mountain chalet... so what? Jim and Tammy Baker had those. Monet and Pissarro paintings in the entryway... nice... but sleazy mafia criminals steal those all the time for their homes. Waterford furniture in the guest room? Now that's classy! More


Burton-Ching furniturePresident Sen Ching is a master furniture craftsman. He learned the art of furniture making as an apprentice and honed his talents restoring and repairing fine antiques. Mr. Ching's mission statement for the company can be summed up as: "how much pleasure will a reproduction provide its owners, not just today, but for generations to come?" More


They call themselves "The Last Great American Furniture Company." Karges makes formal French furniture for the very discriminating buyer. Prices are in line with their heirloom quality, limited distributorship and fine design. I got a note from Joan Karges Rogier of Karges that I'd like to pass on to my readers. "... we want you to know Karges is made in the good old USA by fantastic American craftsmen. Our seating is imported, primarily from Italy, as it has been for 40+ years, but our casegoods are made here in Evansville, Ind. We hope that never changes!" 'Nuff said.

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