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Come Join Us for the Bassett Book Signing!

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Come join us Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 5:30pm-8:30pm, to hear John D. Bassett III of Vaughan Bassett Furniture speak about keeping manufacturing in the USA and saving American jobs. He’ll also be signing copies of the New York Times Best Seller “Factory Man”, written by Beth Macy, which chronicles history of the Basset Family and their rise to domination of wood furniture manufacturing in the USA throughout the 20th century. It also addresses American furniture manufacturer’s brush with extinction as global capitalism led to outsourcing and the massive loss of 73,000 jobs, as well as the crippling of many southern furniture towns. It finally details John D. Bassett III’s years’ long Capital Hill fight to save these American jobs from Chinese takeover. The book is getting special treatment as Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman plan its production as a miniseries for HBO.

 

Books will be available for a discounted purchase of $20. All proceeds from the book sales will go to the Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation, a New Jersey charity, and Suburban Furniture will be matching the donation to the foundation. Also Vaughan Bassett Furniture will be giving away a bedroom set valued up to $2000. All non-furniture attendees will have a chance to win!


Suburban Furniture on Rt. 10 in Succasunna has long been a Made in America bedroom gallery by Vaughan-Bassett, Bassett’s bedroom manufacturing company. Vaughan-Bassett is known for its quick delivery in the customers’ choice of many finishes and sizes. Like Vaughan-Bassett, Suburban Furniture has been family owned and operated for over 50 years.

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Welcome to Our Hot Buys!

You know we have some of the lowest prices in town but do you know about our Hot Buys? Our Hot Buys are on display now in our showroom and online but with a price too low to show you online. So simply browse our Hot Buys online, contact us for a price quote, or visit us today to try them out in person! Trust us, you won’t be disappointed! Here’s a taste of what you’re in store for:

Corsica L-Shaped Library Wall with 60-Inch TV Console, Library Desk and Sliding Ladder by Parker House

This extravagant library and entertainment wall unit is outfitted to serve all of your entertainment, study and home office needs with a 60″ TV console, myriad shelving and cabinet storage, a work desk with a pull-out keyboard/laptop drawer and a full-length, ladder rail system and library ladder on casters. The wall is decorated from dentil fluted crown to traditionally sculpted plinth base, and is crafted from poplar solids and birch veneers with an antiqued Vintage Dark Chocolate finish. Showcase your media, literature, accessories and artifacts with thirty open shelves, neatly compartmentalized for organization or archival use.

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Attic Heirlooms Leg Dining Table With Leaves by Broyhill Furniture

This simple and stylish dining table will be a nice addition to your formal dining space. The 1 5/8″ thick rectangular planked top adds rustic character. Thick table legs add to the farmhouse appeal. This table has two 18 inch leaves so you can easily accommodate dinner guests.

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Frontier – Canyon RAF Corner Chaise by Signature Design by Ashley

With modern appeal and versatile comfort this right arm corner chaise lounge adds flexible options for relaxing and entertaining. Use as part of a sectional sofa group or on its own for bold contemporary style. The back and seat feature contemporary buttonless tufting. Create a cozy spot to indulge yourself in comfort by putting up your feet and curling up to watch TV, read a book, or chat on the phone. Faux leather upholstery and tapered block feet complete the sophisticated look.

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Marion Glass Round Cocktail Table w/ 4 Backless Stools by Signature Design by Ashley

Perfectly capturing the beauty of contemporary styling, the Round Cocktail w/ 4 Backless Stools features four matching stools, beautifully upholstered in a medium brown faux leather upholstery, that fit flawlessly underneath the table. Pull out these luxurious stools for extra guests and a night of fun and games and push these stools in when you’re done to save space.

SF Marion 477_T477-8-bWhat are you waiting for? Visit us online today, then drop by the store or call for a quote! We can’t wait to help you find your new furniture!

Arts and Crafts Furniture (1880-1910)

Are you having as much fun as we are exploring the history of American made furniture?  We hope you are!  In today’s blog we’ll take a look at a style of furniture that was around at the same time as the Victorian Style Era – Arts and Crafts furniture, also known as Mission style or Craftsmen style.  This style is characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, and exposed joinery, often using medium or dark stained oak.

Arts and Crafts was an international design movement that was led by artist and writer, William Morris during the 1860s and inspired by the writings of John Ruskin and Augustus Pugin.  While it first developed in the British Isles, it quickly spread to North America.  This movement was largely a reaction against the impoverished state of the decorative arts at the time as well as the conditions in which they were produced and challenged the tastes of the Victorian era.  It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and has been said to be essentially anti-industrial.

In Europe, the Arts and Crafts style was created with the goal of produce beautiful objects that would enhance the lives of ordinary people, and at the same time provide decent employment for the craftsman. However, in time the English Arts and Crafts movement came to stress craftsmanship at the expense of mass market pricing. The result was exquisitely made and decorated pieces that could only be afforded by the very wealthy. Thus the idea of art for the people was lost, and only relatively few craftsman could be employed making these fine pieces.  In the US, however, the idea of this movement was more fully actualized.  The Stickley Company in New York was trying to serve a burgeoning market of middle class consumers who wanted affordable, decent looking furniture. By using factory methods to produce basic components, and utilizing craftsmen to finish and assemble, he was able to produce sturdy, serviceable furniture which was sold in vast quantities, and still survives.

Why was this style also referred to as “Mission style” in the US?  This term reflects the influence of traditional furnishings and interiors from the American Southwest, which had many features in common with the earlier British Arts and Crafts forms.  This style incorporated Hispanic and Native American influences into the designs. In fact, the collecting of Southwestern artifacts became very popular in the first quarter of the twentieth century partially because of these influences.

Join us next time as we look at the Art Noveau movement!  In the meantime, we hope this look to the past has inspired you in any decorating endeavours you’ve had in mind.  Drop by our showroom today so we can help you pick out the perfect furniture style, vintage or new!