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What are the best-built popular high end furniture brands?

- 22 Jan 2014 -
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Design within Reach?
Restoration Hardware?
Crate and Barrel?
Pottery Barn?
West Elm?

Can you rank them Best to worst?

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- 22 Jan 2014

Well
For starters, except for DWR, none of these are really "high-end" furniture brands. I believe DWR oversees manufacturing for a few of their catalog items, but I can't speak to the quality.

Herman Miller and Knoll are good quality. Personally, I don't have much experience with truly "high-end" residential furniture. I'm sure others on the forum do though.

- 22 Jan 2014

CB2
CB2's prices sure do feel high end to me. But what do I know. I'm just a kid.

- 22 Jan 2014

??
Is "high end" furniture determined by price, or quality??

just curious,

Aunt Mark

- 22 Jan 2014

CB2
Can't really speak to their furniture, but they have some nice/cool accessories. Again, not exactly high-end though.

- 22 Jan 2014

Dear HouseKebab
The experts will correct me, but I'd concentrate on fundamentals, the way John Wooden used to teach basketball, because there isn't a Consumer Reports for mcm furniture.

Beauty, function, and durability are the criteria I'm referring to, with function the most important.

I wanted to give you an example:

I bought a Herman Miller Palisander molded wood chair, which is a new design. It's one of the most beautiful wood chairs I've seen. I know someone who works at one of the companies already mentioned, and she had told me she was drooling over it.

Costly mistake.

I then found a thread on here I had discounted because the chair wasn't even out at the time (they were just analyzing a photo).

I was amazed how accurate the thread was.

http://www.designaddict.com/design_addict/forums/index.cfm/fuseaction/th...


- 22 Jan 2014

this is easy
HouseKebab,

Everything you mentioned would never be considered "high end". Try the Luminaire site for help with this question.

http://luminaire.com/


- 22 Jan 2014

For regular,
every day high end, I like Roche Bobois. Nothing on your list is high end, in my opinion. More like Target with delusions of grandeur.

- 22 Jan 2014

.
I too, like Roche Bobois, b&b italia, and decent vodka.

Blessed and bloated,

Aunt Mark

- 22 Jan 2014

Gave all of our
male relatives Swiss vodka this year for holiday gifts from our one and only vodka/gin distillery in the country. Don't actually know if the glacier water used in the recipe makes a difference but I was voted best gift-giver this Christmas, Aunt Mark. The packaging is also cool.

http://www.xellent.ch/en/

- 22 Jan 2014

Why those lucky boys!
Jesus would be proud.

Cheers**

Aunt Mark

- 22 Jan 2014

DWR is definitely at the top...
DWR is definitely at the top of the list, but I disagree with others that Crate and Barrel isn't high end.

*puts flame suit on*

I will say that most of their products and more notably most of their recent products are certainly not high end, but much of the hand crafted, Made in USA stuff are high end in my opinion. I have a solid walnut compact office desk constructed with interlocking / dovetail joinery and a walnut bookcase that weighs about 300 lbs at least. These are really the only two products of C&B that I can speak of, but they are very well constructed and beautiful pieces of furniture in my opinion.

- 22 Jan 2014

High-End
Certainly "high-end" can mean different things, but generally for consumer products (including furniture), it refers to brands that are at the upper echelon of pricing, presumably due to their pedigree of quality of materials, craftsmanship, innovation, design, durability, customer service, etc. In this regard, Crate & Barrel along with the others really aren't high-end brands at all.

Certainly well-made things can be purchased at prices that are affordable to most.

- 23 Jan 2014

Yea yea, it's not "high end"...
Yea yea, it's not "high end" like $59,000 sofa.
That's why I used "popular" in the title.

Allow me to rephrase the question for the Aspies in the house:

What shitty mass market tres gauche design wanna-be poser brand (that is significantly more expensive than Target and Walmart) is the best built?

Design within Reach?
Restoration Hardware?
Crate and Barrel?
Pottery Barn?
West Elm?

Can you rank them Best to worst?

- 23 Jan 2014

Give me Fritz Hansen
or give me death.

Or give me a haiku on the subject, if you can't give me either of the above. I'm really not that picky.

- 23 Jan 2014

American solid-hardwood
makers that come to mind: Room & Board, for the lower end, in walnut, etc, and Thomas Moser (production quality par excellence), originally limited to cherry an d ash . . .

- 23 Jan 2014

..... ....... .....
Room & Board, Kabab?

Magic 8 ball, grasshopper

Let it speak to you.

Aunt Mark

ps evil in the womb.

- 23 Jan 2014

"High End"
Practically speaking, I consider "high end" to simply mean Fine Furniture, the kind of thing that is not disposable, but not necessarily only for movie star and aristocrat incomes etc.

If you buy from Internet Lifestyle Catalog type companies you are buying all of their associated marketing and convenience policies too, this will not ultimately reflect a good comparative value... these companies are importers with healthy profit margins.

Some good American solid wood furniture-

Thos. Moser (as mentioned above) can indeed take one's breath away, this is pretty expensive, can be 2k for a dining side chair

Harden furniture has some similar pieces, lesser priced

Also Copeland, and Lyndon still nice but simpler and cheaper

There are Amish companies such as Abner Henry that do very good work as well, "craftsman" style for the upper end of the interior decorating market (middle class, anyway), these sources will be like Stickley but with greater customization.

All of these things can potentially work with mid-century modern styles but are often more influenced by American Colonial styles, Shaker in particular.

In my experience, though, middle class consumers will often pay premium prices for what could be described as junk (relatively) because the pictures are so pretty and you can just click and her friend did it and it got so many facebook likes etc.

Perceptions of quality vary very widely by demographic, and most people don't know how to see.

- 23 Jan 2014

people here try very hard to help you
HouseKebab

Your thread, "best-built popular high end furniture brands", indicates ignorance of the field and your reply, "______ mass market tres gauche design wanna-be poser brand (that is significantly more expensive than Target and Walmart) is the best built", is resentful.

I am sure that Riki, Mark and others on this forum, regardless of their beginnings, do not look negatively upon those with less or more. HouseKebab, people here try very hard to help you.

- 16 May 2017

What objectworship said.

Might add Baker and Random harvest

Maple Leaf (not verified)
- 24 Jul 2017

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