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. 




A Sweet and Cozy Evening in Front of the Fire

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.  sbarber@charlestonforge.com
You can also purchase the skewers for yourself or as a gift, here on our online store:

















Charleston Forge is getting dressed for furniture market

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.

Current Demographics

  1. 180 Buildings
  2. 11.5 Million Square Feet of Showspace
  3. 75,000 Attendees Each Market
  4. More Than 2000 Exhibitors
  5. 100+ Countries Represented
  6. Tens of Thousands of New Product Introductions
  7. Approximately 10% of Attendees Are International





A Rare Red Maple Tree Stump Table Base :: Exclusively from Charleston Forge

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. 

A Cocktail Table Prototype :: Charleston Forge :: Quality Furniture Made in America

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. 

Custom Opportunities :: Last minute emergency, Charleston Forge to the rescue

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. 

Done.

Try that from some far off land. 




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Roundabout is Turning :: A Charleston Forge Collection

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.

Charleston Forges 2012 April High Point Showroom

Tara Jackson - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
If you didn't have the chance to make it by our showroom at this Aprils High Point Furniture Market, here is what you missed! A lot of new items, twists on our classic pieces, new looks and partnerships with quality artists. Charleston Forge is reinventing itself, while remaining loyal to the quality that you've always known. 

Above: The entrance to our showroom, envisioned and pulled together by designer Diane Davant


Above: The New Carson Platform Bed, complete with upholstered headboard

Above: The Charleston Forge classic - Parsons Mirror, Console (with a Don Wright wood top) and Bench


Above: The Parsons Table paired with the Studio Side Chairs


Above: Many of Charleston Forges new drink table designes. 

Charleston Forge: The Roundabout Collection

Tara Jackson - Tuesday, March 06, 2012

We are announcing our "Roundabout" collection. A very clean design that compliments any interior and available as a cocktail table, side table and console (not shown above.) Shown here in Oil Rubbed Bronze, this beauty has captured a wide range of audiences after initial release to our dealers and designers, and orders have soared within the last few weeks (even before we had the first piece made)  and we are focused on getting them out of the factory as quickly as they are made!

Want one? Want the whole collection? Be sure to contact your interior designer and ask for Charleston Forge specifically, or head on over to our "where to buy" page and find a local Charleston Forge Dealer. If they dont have one of these beauties in stock yet, be sure to ask for it!


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Getting to know designer Holly Carter: Holly Carter Design

Tara Jackson - Thursday, February 23, 2012

1) Did you always want to be a designer? 

No, I wanted to be a professional horsewoman but lacked the talent (even though I still have the desire.) Design runs deep in my genes. My family on both sides is filled with artists, inventors, engineers, and the like. My parents, as a hobby (that was really an obsession,) bought and restored old stone farmhouses in historic Bucks County, Pa. The very essence of architectural integrity was a daily experience as they did project after project bringing these magnificent homes back to their original splendor. They would then go to antique auctions in the surrounding areas and furnish these houses. 

I can remember my mother on her hands and knees using Johnsons Paste Wax to polish the old pegged floors. When she was done, she would always ask me to hop on her electric buffer and get a “ride” while she buffed the floors up to a shiny patina. She said she needed the extra weight for a good shine.   

 2) What’s your design philosophy? 

As a tag line: Creating environments that nurture the soul! My Design philosophy is really simple; there is nothing new under the sun… just another viewpoint on the already well-known wheel so to speak. So it has to be beautiful, it has to have a purpose and it has to be justifiable.  I use as many organic materials as I can. And if the project dictates...I have to have the inside of the home transitioning with the outside, or I go mad! 

It's not about me...its about my clients. I want it to look like their home and feel like it’s them. if it’s a commercial project, I aim to give it a shot of soul.   

 3) From where do you draw your inspiration? 

My Inspiration comes from God. The master creator… look outside yourself and your questions will be answered. 

Then of course my family and all of my memories and experiences [bring inspiration].  I think a lot of personal life experiences play into developing your taste and style. I had a Grandmother that painted and gardened daily. Her home was always a great inspiration to me. She had this greenhouse that opened into the foyer in this redone carriage house in Yardley, Pa. It smelled like turpentine and hot dirt. It was quirky, but cool. Then she had a studio in the back of the house where the light was best with a hallway that connected the two areas; so when you would enter you got that whiff of turpentine and dirt. It sounds weird, but it’s comforting to me. She always had fresh flowers and lots of light streaming in everywhere. Her husband, my grandfather was an inventor, very much a southern gentleman; birds would sit on his hands and take seed when he fed them. He was very gentle... He impressed me a lot. 

My inspiration also comes from being an equestrian, along with many trips abroad foxhunting in Europe and seeing the world.   

4) Is there a specific design feature you like to use or feel fits in almost any situation? 

Oh yes, I would say a signature piece for me for an interior would be something antique ... every room should have one; even if it’s a book. An exterior signature piece could be a serpentine wall of some organic composition such as brick, stone or a fence line. It just undulates with the lay of the terrain.   

5) Tell us a little bit about your first solo design job, was it smooth sailing, or a nightmare? What did you learn? 

My first project was a dream project. My clients had just purchased a home and it needed a lot of cosmetic renovations along with an addition, and then total furnishing. The wife wanted to keep the wallpaper and save money. The husband didn’t give an opinion but eventually asked me what I thought. I was afraid to give my honest opinion. I was sweating the idea of having to tell them what I thought because I simply wanted the job. I finally advised them to do it right the first time and to get rid of the hideous wallpaper. He said, “Good, the jobs yours!” 

To be honest, clients are paying me for my opinion, and if a designer is afraid to give an honest opinion than they aren’t being true to themselves as a creative individual or to their clients. If that happens, then the integrity of the project can become compromised.


6) What other profession do you think you would love or be good at? 

There are quite a few: Set design, the old fashioned way (they never told us about that at career day in school.) Loving history as I do, I wanted to be an archeologist at one point. Honestly, if I could go back in time, I’d love to be an architect; one who draws by hand not in a cad program, which I feel takes the design evolution away from the process.   

7) What’s your greatest achievement to date? 

My greatest achievement would be still having a business after the horrible recession we have all been through. I’m still young enough, energetic enough and passionate enough to get out of bed each day and enjoy my work and the many wonderful friends I have met in this business (whom I am so grateful for and to!) 

Having your own business is a challenge. When I would complain about the trials of having your own business, my good friend Randall Tysinger would say to me “H, if it was easy, everybody would have their own businesses.” I am grateful to be self-employed. I never ever would have believed it if anyone had told me that one day I would have my own firm.  


Holly Carter is a designer located in Aiken, South Carolina. She offers complete interior design services...as well as the finest American and English furniture, European antiques, luxury gifts, and accessories. 

www.hollycaterdesign.com   phone: 803-226-0025   facebook fan page 





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