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.
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.
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 - Saturday, June 16, 2012
Whenever we introduce a new product, we keep our fingers crossed that the product will retail. With the Roundabout, we sold more than a hundred thousand dollars worth before we even made the first table... and to top it of, we are now seeing re-orders. Want one in your home? Click here to find a retailer near you.
Good Design. Good Value. End Consumer Appreciation.
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!
Tara Jackson - Friday, May 11, 2012
Due to it's hand crafted appeal, Charleston Forges Pacific Drink Table, designed by John Kolkka, and featuring a beautiful exposed metal look paired with crisp cast glass, made it to page five of the 2012 Spring/Summer issue of the Market Style Report.
Click here to download and view the full report listed under "Spring 2012 Market Style Report."
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Tara Jackson - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
One thing about our style here at Charleston Forge is that we create very classic, beautiful, "will-work-in-most-any-setting" furniture. Our furniture has been loved by designers and customers alike for a long time for that reason... along with the fact that it is built to last and wont fall apart after 2-3 years of use. It's sturdy, and it's made in America at our Boone, NC plant (a huge positive selling point right now!)
However, since we do so much custom designed furniture to fit the needs of our clients, we will, on occasion, get a not so run of the mill request. A table base painted in a bright teal or a barstool cushion lined in a vibrant red zebra stripe. We create these pieces on an individual bases for our customers, or for a designer who has a color scheme in mind and just can't find anything else to fit their vision. Recently, the flash sales site Rue La La has, for a three-day period, featured a fairly non-traditional color palate and asked contributors such as Charleston Forge to provide pieces around that color scheme. With spring on the way, with all its bright colors and vibrant hues, Rue La La has requested purple. We obliged.
Today is the last day of their purple sale. Be sure to go by and take a look to satiate your purple craving.
Tara Jackson - Tuesday, February 07, 2012
At Charleston Forge, we are best known for our furniture. Our bakers racks, our dining tables, our drink tables, our swivel counter stools and chairs... even our beds which have had the pleasure of gracing the bedrooms of some of the top celebrities. However, what many don't realize is that we cater to a whole range of needs.
The Town of Boone, NC commissioned us a few years back to create street signs that looked classic, and remained sturdy (hey, it's what we're known for,) but also fit the small town feel of this quaint little place that has made it to so many "Best of..." lists (most recently being listed as number 4 on Forbes list of Fastest-Growing Small Towns.) We were more than happy to be a part of this project for this town were we live, work and play. Since that time, we have created signs for other main street areas in other states.
In addition, we have recently been a part of furnishing brand new upscale hotels, building lighting systems and a huge wine rack (which covers an entire wall) in a soon to open restaurant in Uptown Charlotte. We are in the process of creating table bases for a major golf course here in the south (stay tuned for that story within the next few weeks,) and although it's not something we do on a daily basis, we did design and create some beautiful banisters for an outdoor stone patio and entertainment area at a clients home. They could have gone with someone else, but they wanted our quality and our style along with our craftsmanship . We are so much more than furniture (although it is something we're great at.)
Downtown Boone, NC
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Art Barber - Tuesday, October 04, 2011
The 6250 Warehouse End Table
If you take an old piece of lumber and clean it up a little, put it on a table base that you heated and hammered out of solid steel and somebody loves it and buys it, then you have a feeling of accomplishment and pride that very few have a chance to experience. It's what our artisans do every day and we love it. No wonder we have a passion for what we do.
Jeff Greer - Monday, August 01, 2011
Vicki Krueger, right, of West Jefferson, NC is seen with me, Art Barber, company chairman, when Vicki came by our Boone, NC facility last week to pick up the Cascade Drink Table she won during the Facebook competition the we held earlier this year. Vicki received the very first of these tables that we built. The competition asked Facebook fans to suggest names for the new product and to get their friends to “Like” their idea.
Vicki, a kindergarten teacher at Two Rivers Community School in Boone, toured the company’s factory with her husband, Steve, and got to see the manufacturing process up-close from start to finish. During the tour Vicki got to meet Ernie Houser, one of the company’s team of long-serving employees and the artisan who built the prototype that she now owns.
“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to own such a beautiful piece and have the opportunity to win it through the Facebook contest,” said Vicki. “Knowing that my table is from right here in the United States makes it more special to me.”
The hammered steel base of the table is one of the signature looks of Charleston Forge furniture and is similar to the company’s Hudson collection. It is complemented by a unique cast-glass top. The Cascade was introduced at the High Point Furniture Market in April 2011 and has been added to the catalog following a very strong reception from buyers and designers there.
As always, thanks for your interest.
Co-Founder & CEO