Kittinger, Kindel, Henkel Harris, Stickley, Baker

nolefan_2006June 25, 2013

We have a formal home and we're looking for pieces for our living room. The rest of our home is Henkel Harris. Our friend, an interior designer has suggested pieces from Kittinger or Kindel. We don't have any experience with these manufacturers. Can anyone out there tell me about their experiences with any of the manufacturers I've listed above? How to do they compare to Henkel Harris? Same, better or lesser quality?

Specifically, we're looking for newport style block and shell pieces (Sarah Slocum style and a secretary) as well as pembroke tables, a pie crust table, cocktail table, wingback chairs and an 84" sofa. We want pieces of excellent quality. Buy once and keep for a lifetime. Any suggestions for a very formal living room? Best sofas?

Thanks

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repac

We have several pieces of Kindel furniture, and all are of exceptional quality and design. Both our dining room buffet and china cabinet are Kindel, with a beautiful cherry finish that has certainly withstood the test of time--20+ years and counting. These pieces still look new. Also, we have a Kindel sofa in the living room. It was reupholstered once, not because of wear but--well, styles change! While the sofa doesn't get a lot of use (it's in our formal living room), it is still in excellent shape, with cushions still plump and comfortable. If they're still making furniture the same way, I would highly, highly recommend Kindel.

We also have some Baker tables. They are beautiful but have not held up as well (also in our formal living room, not a lot of wear on them). I'd put them in a tier or two below Kindel.

I don't have any Henkel Harris or Kittinger, so I can't comment on those. Certainly they have great reputations, but have no personal experience with them.

Whatever you decide, it sounds like your furniture will be gorgeous! Please post!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 5:09PM
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nolefan_2006

We will as soon as we find order and receive the furniture. It might take 6-9 months.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 6:51PM
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hounds_x_two

I have my mother's Kittinger sideboard. It is lovely, beautifully constructed, and has certainly held up in the "test of time" category.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 7:59AM
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john_wc

The brands you posted are all high-end manufacturers. I would add Karges to the list.

Stickley opened a plant in Vietnam a few years ago. It's not clear if they sell any of the Vietnam-made furniture in the US but something you may want to check out.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 3:21PM
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nolefan_2006

Thanks, John WC. Will do.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 12:58AM
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