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BEST Furniture

2012 BEST Furniture, North

Andrew Spindler Antiques & Design

Essex

There are furniture stores, and then there’s this exquisite Essex shop, where every last piece is quirky, unusual, and utterly compelling. From colorful vintage prints to a stunningly original art deco aluminum bedroom set, Andrew Spindler’s eclectic inventory says as… read more»

2012 BEST Furniture, South

Cabot House

Weymouth

While the crowds at Ikea load up their minivans with pre-boxed goods, savvy homeowners hunt for their furnishings at family-owned empire Cabot House. Here’s where upscale American brands like Ralph Lauren Furniture, Sealy, Baker, and Thomasville mingle in posh, roomlike… read more»

2012 BEST Furniture, West
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Arhaus

Natick

With its extensive collection of upholstered and casework pieces, Arhaus is the suburban homeowner’s dream destination. The company has worked hard to stay on top of the latest trends—their beautifully styled showroom features the tufted sofas, wrought-iron coffee tables, and… 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»

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»

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»