Our three stores are full of furniture from the top-name brands: Baker, Thomasville, Henredon, Ethan Allen, and Henkel Harris. But every now and then we'll get some exquisite pieces from lesser-known boutiques. Here are three names you should know if you love high quality and cutting-edge design:
Minton-Spidell offers an eclectic mix of reproductions of 18th and 19th century European-style furniture along with new, transitional, clean-lined pieces. The company is known for its hand-applied finishes ranging from French polish-style wood stains to artfully aged paints and 23k burnished gold.
This week, at our new showroom in Natick, we have a set of 12 chairs by Minton-Spidell. Here's a link so you can take a look:
Dakota Jackson has been a leading designer in American furniture for four decades. Born to a family of traveling magicians, Jackson himself was a magician until he began making props for other performers in the early 1970s.
As a furniture-maker, his avant-garde work often featured moving parts or hidden compartments. Among his patrons is Yoko Ono, who once commissioned him to make a desk for her husband John Lennon. She wanted a "mystical object" like a Chinese puzzle, Jackson has said.
His furniture is featured in collections at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Germany's Deutsches Architektur Museum and The London Design Museum.
In our showroom in Hanover, we have two chairs designed by Dakota Jackson. The espresso frames and graphic fabric give the chairs a sharp, updated look. Check them out:
Bausman is one of the leading manufacturers of French, English & Italian reproductions. The company is known for its complex and detailed finishing processes.
Bausman is fussy about its lumber. Typically, it uses only three kinds of lumber. One is Western alder from the Pacific Northwest, a fine-grained hardwood with a light tan or honey color. Second is walnut, which ranges from creamy white sapwood to chocolate brown heartwood. Bausman has stopped using mahogany because of the damaging effects on the environment of harvesting mahogany trees. Instead, it is now using oak.
Check out the beautiful Bausman dining-room set in our showroom in Hanover:
Swaim, a family-owned company since 1945, designs luxurious contemporary furniture in High Point, North Carolina, the furniture capital of the world. Its pieces have clean, classic lines but you can enhance a sense of funk or quirk with its vast arrays of fabrics.
Check out these armless chairs done in an animal-print upholstery in our showroom in Natick: