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2005 BEST Furniture, Antique

Antiques on Cambridge Street


Antiques shopping is notoriously hit-or-miss, but at the 12,000-square-foot Antiques on Cambridge, you’re bound to run into something special. After all, this depot represents about 100 venerable vendors. Elegant dining tables and chairs, upholstered furniture, and armoires mingle with collectibles,… read more»

2005 BEST Furniture, Contemporary

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams


Contemporary doesn’t have to mean mod. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams gets this, and sells a mix of retro furnishings alongside pieces with cleaner, more classical lines. There are sophisticated neutrals and playful colors, accent pillows and striking lamps, even… read more»

2004 BEST Furniture, Antique

Room With a Vieux


The brightest star in the constellation of Charles Street antique dealers, Room With a Vieux specializes in French pieces picked by owner Jeff Diamond on monthly pilgrimages to France. The pieces themselves, while wholly international in style, are finely tuned… read more»

2004 BEST Furniture, Contemporary



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


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



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



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


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



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


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»