Best of Boston

BEST Furniture

2004 BEST Furniture, Contemporary

Montage

Boston

If couture décor is fashion for the home, then Montage is the Gucci of interior shops. Store owners Chris and Liz Bates have assembled an enviable collection of Italian “sleek-chic,” meaning everything from B&B Italia to Cassina. Classic Barcelona chairs… read more»

2003 BEST Furniture, Classic

Charles Webb Classic Modern Furniture

Cambridge

Architect Charles Webb has rescued such old standbys as the wing and Windsor chair from historic cliché by reimagining their lines with a contemporary grace. The bedroom, living room, and dining suites on display in his showroom prove that classical… read more»

2003 BEST Furniture, Contemporary

Montage

Boston

This store’s 10,500 square feet of floor space on Arlington Street is brimming with a minimalist but immaculate selection of contemporary pieces from designers such as B&B Italia, Cassina (including designs by Philippe Starck), and Antoine Proulx. Clean lines, solid… read more»

2003 BEST Furniture, Leather

Roche-Bobois

Boston

The folks at Roche-Bobois take their leather very seriously. One sales associate advises massaging the surface with Lancôme moisturizer to keep it supple. “Of course,” he says with a Gallic shrug, “baby oil works just as well.” Just reclining on… read more»

2002 BEST Furniture, Classic

Roche Bobois

Boston

It’s a rare showroom that can be everything to every shopper, but Roche Bobois comes very close. Here you’ll find the true triumvirate of coveted styles: French country, including sumptuous sleigh beds, consoles that morph into dining tables, and beautifully… read more»

2002 BEST Furniture, Modern

Repertoire

Boston

Even if design deities Celeste Cooper and Rick Garofalo weren’t on hand to offer their talents through this magnificently executed showroom, we’d still be standing outside the windows drooling over the wares. Sophisticated, up-to-the-minute pieces—gorgeous leather headboards and an extraordinary… read more»

2001 BEST Furniture, North

Ashley & Barnes

Newburyport

No frilly cottage clutter here—think fine upholstered easy chairs, African-inspired accessories, and handmade dishes in unexpected jewel colors. This Newburyport shop offers sleek and contemporary finds without being faddish. read more»

2001 BEST Furniture, South

Restorations & Originals

Weymouth

This shop’s forte is an outstanding mix of antiques, from imported European country pieces to pine reproductions, plus offbeat accessories and lamps—in short, everything you need to decorate an upscale eclectic home. The 18,000-square-foot warehouse at 1580 Commercial Street stocks… read more»

2000 BEST Furniture, Antique

Autrefois Antiques

Boston

Specializing in 18th- and 19th-century Italian and French furniture (with the odd 20th-century accessory thrown in), Autrefois has a warehouse ambience but a treasure trove of beautiful pieces. Bonus: Original light fixtures from the same eras are on sale, plus… read more»

2000 BEST Furniture, Contemporary

Repertoire

Boston

If you visited Fifteen Beacon in th past few months and wondered how to replicate the sleek look at home, go no further than Repertoire. Showcasing the best of contemporary design and technology, this showroom designed by Fifteen Beacon interior… read more»