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. email@example.com
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
Tara Jackson - Monday, July 23, 2012
Interested in this piece? Contact Charleston Forge for pricing Information at info@Charlestonforge.com or 828.264.0100
Remember, Charleston Forge LOVES to customize. Have an idea for a piece of furniture you want built? We can do it. And we do it "Made in America" style.
Tara Jackson - Monday, July 16, 2012
It's our passion every day to fill orders, speak with designers and customers, and build customs to fit clients wants and needs, right here in America... and we love every minute of it. What can we create for you?
Shown below is a cool cocktail table prototype that came off the line a few weeks ago. If you can dream it in metal we can do it.
Tara Jackson - Monday, June 25, 2012
We love seeing custom pieces come through our shop every day.
The scale of materials, and the finish combinations made this piece especially attractive. This table, shown in our Antique Pewter finish with a Saddle on Maple top complimented by vintage distressing, was custom made specifically for Interior Accents in London, ON, Canada.
Pure and Simple. It's what we do. We are Charleston Forge.
Tara Jackson - Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A classic example of custom opportunities and the advantage of ordering American Made.
We received an order from a "customer in distress" needing 100 custom tables within six days. Charleston Forge to the rescue.
Try that from some far off land.
Tara Jackson - Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The six legged Prague Bench was introduced at the Spring 2012 Market in High Point. That, along with the Legacy Bench, we among our top sellers. They are especially popular because they exhibit who we are and what we do best. Heating metal to more than 2,000 degrees and shaping it by hand and hammer is not an easy task, but one that we take pride in. Pride in our craftsmanship is obvious especially when we are asking our artisans to repeat "the look" more than once, by hand, not by machine.
We've combined top of the line, solft, saddle stiched leather, with solid steel to create these beautiful pieces. Consider placing a bench at the foot of the bed, in the hallway or foyer, or even as an alternative to chairs at the dining room table.
The Prague Bench
(as shown in an Oak Leather with an Antique Pewter Finish 48"w x 16"d x 19"h)
The Legacy Bench
(as shown in an Smoke Leather with an Burnished Finish 48"w x 16"d x 19"h)
Tara Jackson - Friday, April 06, 2012