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.
Jeff Greer - Saturday, February 15, 2014
When the second location of Roosters Wood-Fired Grill in Uptown Charlotte was in the planning stages, it was part of the design theme to use as many local resources as possible. Charleston Forge and Wright Table, among other local artisans and manufacturers, were brought together to light, decorate and create for this Charlotte treasure.
Over the last few months, the Rooster's Team, designer Holly Carter, and Charleston Forge, have worked together from concept to install to create metal forged lighting systems (a new, yet very successful venture), and a quite impressively sized wine rack for the restaurants impressive wine selection.
Rooster's, the brainchild of Chef Jim Nobel (of Nobel's Restaurant in High Point, NC) and team, provides upscale mouth watering, reasonably priced fair, in a beautiful atmosphere for the Charlotte area. Imagine walking off the streets of the bustling large city of Charlotte, most often thought of as the banking capital of the southeast, into a warmly lit restaurant filled with wooden tables, hand-forged metals, and beautiful design; all created and welded by the hands of locals with a distinctly upscale southern appeal.
(above: Ernie beginning the welding process on the lighting for Rooster's Uptown location.)
(from left: "Hands on" CEO Art Barber grinding to a smooth finish; Sending the metal through to ensure impurities are removed from the surface; Putting on the final touches at the paint booth.)
(from left: The outside of Rooster's Uptown location; Metalwork from inside the restaurant.)
Charleston Forge - Wednesday, October 16, 2013
A cozy autumn evening in front of the fire most certainly should include indulging in sweet, melting s'mores. Hand forged skewers from CF Home's online store will toast the marshmallows perfectly. And on this particular autumn evening, we sandwiched the toasted marshmallows and melting chocolate between the best home made graham crackers we have ever tasted. Yum! They were baked from Susan Barber's personal recipe, which she will share with you. Just drop Susan an email with 'graham crackers' in the subject line. firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also purchase the skewers for yourself or as a gift, here on our online store:
Charleston Forge - Thursday, October 10, 2013
Andy and Ernie, seen here in the forge, put the final touches on the new Charleston Forge sign, which will be highlighted in our showroom at the High Point Furniture Market October 19-24th.
We will follow up with a photo of the finished showroom very soon!
The World's Home for Home Furnishings
The High Point Market is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, bringing more than 75,000 people to High Point every six months. Serious retail home furnishings buyers can be found in High Point twice a year because if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn't exist.
- 180 Buildings
- 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
- 75,000 Attendees Each Market
- More Than 2000 Exhibitors
- 100+ Countries Represented
- Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
- Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International
Charleston Forge - Monday, October 07, 2013
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. - Albert Camus
Very little compares to the colors of Autumn, waiting for those few days where the color is the ripest is a thrill for the nature lover. The fall color hasn't quite peaked here in the Blue Ridge mountains, Photographer Rusty Alberton's is sharing with his photos taken recently in Arizona, where fall is in full bloom. Enjoy!
Philip Holman - Thursday, October 18, 2012
The High Point Showroom
is always an exciting time — and this market was certainly no
exception. Right from the start our new collections have been getting
great responses from dealers, designers, and end-consumers alike.
feedback and their strong showing at market just reinforces our
belief that we continue to head in the right direction. Here are a few
images of our showroom at Market Square - we hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we do
putting all this together.
Market Square Space 110-A
The Ethos Cocktail Table (center) and the Carolina Nesting Tables (left).
The Roundabout Cocktail and End Tables (center), the Ellipse Cocktail Table (right),
and the Carson Mirror (center back).
The Newhart Collection, including the new Cocktail Table (foreground),
the new End Table (right) and the Large Console (back).
The Matrix Collection, clockwise from left are, the Cocktail Table, the End Table,
the Console, and the new Bench.
The Ethos End Table (left) and the Ethos Console.
Available as part of our new Separate & Together Program are, clockwise from left,
the Ventura, Euro, Camino, and Providence 36” Dining Tables.
Art Barber - Friday, September 07, 2012
Our Monarch 60-inch Bench with our Burnished Iron frame and Bark fabric.
A beautiful combination we
thought you might like to see.
Please share us with your friends.
Art Barber - Thursday, September 06, 2012
Another batch of gorgeous Wormy Maple table tops headed for the finish line.
Our Watson Collection is what Charleston Forge is all about.
We make high-quality furniture, and we make it here in the United States.
We hand forge and build our frames using domestically made solid steel.
The tops are made to order, using 2¼-inch thick solid Wormy Maple.
We hand stain and finish the tops right here in our Boone, North Carolina factory.
It's a multi-step process that brings out the true beauty of the wood.
The result? We think the product speaks for itself. See for yourself.
Art Barber - Tuesday, September 04, 2012
We thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the new introductions to our line.
Clean lines, solid steel. We think the furniture speaks for itself.
Philip Holman - Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A New Take On A True Favorite
The Ventura Small Dining Table base with a 48" glass top.
We like to think it speaks for itself.
Tell us what
you think, either here or on Facebook.