- Legacy was designed by John Winer. John lives in Mountain City, Tennessee. He is a contributing designer and has worked for Charleston Forge for many years. Find out more about him in his biography blog, here.
- The legs of the Legacy are the thickest production part that we currently forge in our factory.
- The process of heating the legs so they are ready to forge takes at least as much energy as it takes an average car to drive 25 miles.
- They start out as 2" thick cold solid steel. They are heated and hammered to about a 1" taper. Our workers than reheat the legs and bend them into shape.
- Each steel wrap, like the ones you see Chad working with below, is 4 feet long. That is over 16 feet of steel to heat and wrap for each piece we make. Chad does a beautiful job. Enjoy these behind the scenes photos of Chad working on a table wrap.
Charleston Forge has a long history of hand-building beautiful, high quality, steel, wood, and leather furniture. We have an extensive catalog of products and do a large amount of custom work and have built product for retailers such as Room & Board, Restoration Hardware, Crate & Barrel and Bloomingdales, just to name a few.
Behind every piece of art there is an artist. Behind every artist there is a story. It is the story within the artist that gives them inspiration and unharnesses their imagination, allowing them to create things that astonish us and move us. We so love sharing our artists and their inspiration with you. We want you to know the whole story, so when someone asks, "where did you find that lovely piece”, you don't simply tell them where you bought it, you can add, “ And let me tell you the story behind it”…
At Charleston Forge we work with a lot of artists, beginning with design and creation of each piece. One of our designers, John Davis from Roanoke, Virginia, has a story about the concept behind the Monarch base. John was crossing an ancient arched stone bridge over a rushing stream in Sweden when he felt inspired to interpret the scene into a console for Charleston Forge. It was a grey day, cloudy and misting but the shape of that bridge piped rays of beauty into his imagination. Instantly he knew that the frame finish had to be done in our hand-rubbed antique silver, reflecting the character of that day. The path over the bridge was covered in fine small ebony colored stones, the likes of which he had never seen. So, he directed the solid maple top of the console to be a soft, alligator skin texture in our hand applied, ebony finish. Mission accomplished, a magnificent console, inspired by ancient shapes, interpreted into modern form.
This is the original Monarch Console as designed by John Davis.And now more of the story...
From John's original design, other stunning Monarch creations have emerged...
and a multitude of custom pieces requested by interior designers and everyday Charleston Forge customers, such as this one shown below.
To find out more about our Monarch designs, either what is currently in our line or a custom idea you may have, contact us at Charleston Forge here.
John Davis also designs the most unique and high quality, Silver Tear Campers, click here to see more.
even when elsewhere might be easier and cheaper." - SL 2014
Charleston Forge wants to shout out 'kudos!' to Southern Living Magazine for their recent article on interior design, hand-made in the south.
"[Southern Artisans] are energizing the world of interiors with bright colors, unique materials and fresh ideas. Here we've chosen to spotlight both the old and new- school companies and individuals who are churning out inspiring, made -in-the-south goods...even when elsewhere might be easier and cheaper. Because, let's be honest: BUYING LOCAL is often more expensive, just as you'd expect to pay more for a handcrafted beer than a regular old Budweiser, the same is true here. You're investing in the quality of the fabrics, construction, materials and design. Pieces are built one at a time, often by hand. They are crafted by true artisans, woodworkers, painters, and metalsmiths who are too quickly being replaced by machines and assembly lines in other parts of the world. This level of craftsmanship is the antithesis of our so called disposable society...creating heirlooms for future generations of this wonderful place we call home." - SL 2014
Every day we get to see our customers' creativity making its way through our shop. Whether it's color, shape, size, a combination of new elements, or something else, we enjoy learning from your input.
Creating out of the ordinary furniture has helped us achieve the status of being a multi-recipient of the furniture industry's prestigious Pinnacle Award, the highest honor given by the American Society of Furniture Designers.
"Historic Market Square is a former furniture factory that has been transformed into unique upscale showrooms. The building features five floors with an incredible backdrop of original hardwood floors, exposed brick, massive wood columns and other original features of this re-purposed factory complex. Market Square is North Carolina’s largest adaptive-use building listed on the National Register of Historic Places." (copy from http://www.imchighpointmarket.com)
Charleston Forge has a beautifully designed showroom located in the heart of Historic Market Square. Walking though the halls of the building feels like walking back in time and architecturally there is so much to take in. We love being located in this building, it is where we began and it is where our roots are. With our introduction pieces already on display in High Point, we took our photographers, along with Art and Susan Barber to do all the grunt work, and spent several days photographing for the new catalog. The finished images will be released soon enough, but in the meantime, enjoy these behind the scene candid shots. You can tell we had so much fun! We love what we do and sharing it with you!
Philip Holman, photographer and marketing director for Charleston Forge, checking lighting and exposure. A lot of work goes into each detail of each shot.
Susan and Mindy kick off their shoes and get to work...who are we kidding, this didn't feel like work.
Art sneaks into our shot, notice the mischievous grin.
Our designers set up the shot for this Baker's Rack, double checking each detail.
Um...Art...I think you missed a spot.
Shooting from a different perspective.
Still smiling at the end of a long day.