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BEST Furniture

2011 BEST Furniture, Formal

Webster & Company

Boston

Boston’s interior designers don’t want you to know about Webster & Company: It’s their secret trove of the classic American furnishings that picky New Englanders crave. David Webster and his son Peter have the area’s exclusives on labels like Holly… read more»

2011 BEST Furniture, One-Stop Shopping

Boston Interiors

Brookline Village

The problem with mega-furniture stores is that everything tends to look the same. Boston Interiors, however, offers such a wide variety that you actually can create that it-came-together-over-the-decades look in one shopping trip. Bonus: Most of the stock can be… read more»

2011 BEST Furniture, Everyday

Circle Furniture

Cambridge

Sourced from New England workshops (thus, Yankee to the core), this local company’s beds, dining tables, and upholstered pieces are classically styled and built to last. And don’t avoid the sales associates her—they’ll help you navigate their catalogs to discover… read more»

2009 BEST Furniture, One-Stop
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Circle Furniture

Cambridge

Despite the relentless country-cute styling of the showroom floor, for every table, bed, and chair on display there are at least 20 customizable options, making this strip mall-friendly mini chain a surprise winner almost by dint of choice alone. Because… read more»

2009 BEST Furniture, Specialty
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Machine Age

Boston

In the urban tundra between the Seaport District and South Boston sits an inconspicuous-looking 9,000-square-foot warehouse. Within it you’ll find a candyland for modern-design addicts, a place where George Nelson, Hans Wegner, and Florence Knoll repose in sculptural armchairs and… read more»

2008 BEST Furniture, Modern
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Montage

Boston

At some point, modern Europhiles have to make a choice: either move to Milan or buy furniture from Montage. Showcasing factory-direct B&B Italia and Moroso pieces (along with molto other imports ending in vowels), this Back Bay retailer corners the… read more»

2008 BEST Furniture, Vintage
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Machine Age

Boston

If tripping over midcentury treasures is your idea of a good time, then you’ll party like it’s 1959 in this 9,000-square-foot showroom where Charles and Ray Eames are alive and well. Encompassing hundreds of pieces from the 1930s through the… read more»

2008 BEST Furniture, Traditional
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Furniture by Dovetail

Newton Lower Falls

In the traditional-furniture smackdown, the allure of an artisan hunched over his work right here in Massachusetts always wins out. So in Dovetail, a 20-year-old family-owned company based in Holden, just 50 miles from Boston, it was clear that we… read more»

2007 BEST Furniture, Modern

Montage

Boston

Chris Bates and Liz Cingari, the duo behind Montage, recently executed a flawless makeover of their bright, sleek Arlington Street showroom, and with it, unveiled a brand-new roster of European and American designers, including up-and-coming lines exclusive to Montage. Only… read more»

2007 BEST Furniture, Traditional

Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers

Boston

Your rich aunt left her classic dining room set to your bratty sister? Who cares?! You can build your own inheritance-worthy collection at Thos. Moser, the Maine-based furnituremaker where all the pieces are handcrafted from solid hardwood, the way they… read more»