Best of Boston

BEST Furniture

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»

2001 BEST Furniture, South

Restorations & Originals


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


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



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»

2000 BEST Furniture, Mid-Century Modern

Machine Age


Even if mod furniture wasn’t stunningly trendy, we would gush about Machine Age. For nine years, owner Normand Mainville has indulged his passion for such things as classic Herman Miller chairs and Saarinen tulip tables. The oversized showroom’s selection is… read more»

2000 BEST Furniture, Vintage

The Lush Life


At the end of Brighton’s vintage row sits The Lush Life, a shop with a fabulous selection of antiques. Art Deco is a feature here, and the goods include everything from dining room sets, velvet sofas, and chandeliers to quirky… read more»

1999 BEST Furniture, Original/Modern

Machine Age


This downtown store features an extensive selection of midcentury modern and postmodern furniture from designers like Aero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, and Eames. It scours the country looking for original pieces, then has them reupholstered and refurbished. read more»

1999 BEST Furniture, Artist

Judy McKie


McKie’s exquisitely made furniture combines the of ancient and modern design. She crafts tables, chests and chairs in wood, and adorns them with magical carved animals that almost seem alive. She also makes lamps and fountains using bronze and other… read more»

1999 BEST Furniture, Contemporary



Painfully chic and aggressively stylish, this emporium makes you feel as if you’re living in a wallpaper magazine photo shoot. But there’s no questioning the sophisticated taste here, from the Bulthaup kitchens to the post-modern classics from Italy. Repertoire also… read more»