The Art of Furniture

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.

This Monarch Rules

Charleston Forge - Thursday, October 30, 2014

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... 

Meet our Master craftsman, Ernie.  Out in our factory, Ernie works hard with John's original drawings. He and his team then build each and every piece of the console by hand, carefully measuring each bend, cut and weld. 

From John's original design, other stunning Monarch creations have emerged...

Meet our Monarch Bench...

Our newest desk introduction...

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. 




The 2012 Charleston Forge Annual Sale!

Tara Jackson - Monday, May 14, 2012


The Charleston Forge Annual Sale runs from Friday, June 1st from 9am-5pm, until Saturday, June 2nd from 9am-4pm at our Boone, NC factory location. Items available will include Charleston Forge classics, along with new items and market samples. Other local vendors offerring items such as mattresses, sofas & recliners, leather sectionals and oriental rugs will have product on location and available to the public. Be sure to stop by early for the largest selection!

Charleston Forge Furniture and Hurricane Katrina

Tara Jackson - Wednesday, February 08, 2012

We love to hear it when people love our furniture (I mean, who doesn't like the occasional pat on the back?) Yes, it tells us we're doing a good job, but it also lets our customers know that we have built a piece that was meant to last. Recently, we have received calls and e-mails from multiple different customers who purchased a Charleston Forge product 20 years ago and want a couple more. They had looked at replacing them with brand new product, simply so they would have matching pieces, but the quality and durability just didn't match what they had grown to love. So, our team custom makes a piece or two to match their current barstool, or table. 

However, this story really kind of tops them all. Our marketing director had a chance to speak with a husband and wife who had first hand experience with the disaster that was Hurricane Katrina:

Despite being raised 13 feet off the ground, the first floor of Kay and Chris Harris’ home in Pascagoula, MS found itself under 4 feet of water for days after Hurricane Katrina’s hit the southern US in 2005. Only half a block from the Gulf of Mexico, the Harris’ home had in fact faired far better than many of the homes around it – homes that weren’t raised up on concrete piles.

“They were gone,” Chris said during a visit he and his wife, Kay, made to the Charleston Forge factory in Boone, NC recently.

“The house was severely damaged,” Kay told company co-owner, Susan Barber. “Everything downstairs was destroyed except for your tables and an antique dining table that had been recently rebuilt.”

Despite sitting in salt water for days Chris said that the steel table bases needed only a light sanding and touching up with paint.

“The wooden tops were fine,” added Kay. At the time they owned four pieces of Charleston Forge furniture — two end tables, a sofa table, and a coffee table.

The Harris’, who no longer own the Pascagoula house, now split their time between homes on Beech Mountain, near Boone, and their home in Chocowinity, NC near the Atlantic coast. The furniture is now part of the décor at the Beech Mountain property.

“It’s lasting furniture,” said Chris.



A New Outdoor Bench

Art Barber - Friday, November 18, 2011

 

We thought you'd like to see some recent work we've been doing. We just baked on a powder coated finish for this outdoor bench — we hope you "Like" it! One of the great things about building all our product here in the US is we can develop new pieces and put them into production very quickly. It enables us to work with local furniture designers, architects and interior designers and respond to industry trends. The result is it helps us keep our product line fresh and diverse. We'll have more outdoor pieces coming for next spring! Handmade right here in the North Carolina mountains.

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