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June 28, 2015

Boggs rocker
As a master chair maker, North Carolina’s Brian Boggs has made comfort and sophistication his calling card. His sought-after furniture designs can be found in resorts, restaurants and trophy homes around the world.

The founders & company: Brian Boggs started making wooden chairs in 1982 in Berea, Ky. In 2008, he moved to Asheville. The next year, he and his wife Melanie, who is co-owner and CEO, started Brian Boggs Chairmakers.

The goods: Several chair and bar stool collections. For indoors, collections include the Greenwood collection ($1,200 to $2,700 per piece) and the timeless Ladderback Collection ($1,900 to $4,200 per piece). For outside, there is the Sunniva Outdoor Collection ($850 to $6,000 per piece), which includes a cocktail table, dining table, settee, armchair, rocking chair, dining chair, porch swing, and swing stand.

Materials: The indoor collection is made of domestic hardwoods, predominantly cherry, walnut and maples. For its outdoor furniture, the company uses sustainably sourced Honduran mahogany.

What’s popular: The Sunniva Outdoor Rocker ($2,500) has been a top seller this year and last. Also popular: the Deluxe Porch Swings ($6,000 for swing and $4,200 for stand) and the Sonus Guitar Chair ($2,000 to $2,800), born out of a collaboration with guitarists.

Other favorites: The Ladderback: Brian’s signature chair for years.

Claim to fame: Boggs, who is an award-winning tool designer and founding director of GreenWood Global.org, is also a frequent contributor to publications like Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking magazines, as well as a speaker at events like the annual conference of The Furniture Society.

Caught the attention of: The late Sam Maloof, an icon of California modern furniture design and a master woodworker. Also, Frank Pollaro, the acclaimed furniture designer to the stars.

What’s new: More hospitality projects. Boggs is now building 30 stools for the Smoky Park Supper Club, a new riverside restaurant built from shipping containers in Asheville.

Where to buy: www.brianboggschairmakers.com or the company’s shop at 239 Amboy Road in Asheville.

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