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How The History Channel Inspires Us to Make Better Furniture

American RestorationIf you've never seen the show, you might be in for quite a surprise. The tough looking crew from Las Vegas are really history geeks at heart. It seems like their favorite projects are pieces of Americana that were made between the late 19th Century to the early-1950s. They can take an old gas pump, vending machine or toy and restore it to a condition that is as good as if not better than new.

So you might be wondering why you're reading about this on a furniture website. The answer is simple: we are inspired by the construction and longevity of classic American made objects and artifacts. For much of the industrial revolution many everyday objects were made not only to be functional but also to be sturdy and nearly indestructible. This began to change in the 1960s and by the 1990s it would be rare to find any consumer good that was designed not to be essentially disposable.  That's why the show is so interesting. While the items brought into Rick's shop my be dirty, rusted or dinged--in most cases they still work. A phrase that you'll hear time and again is, "They don't build'em like that any more." How true.

The people that work at Carrington Court have the same attitude as those that worked at making products at American companies in the first half of the 20th century. Fashions change and furniture wears out, but our goal to make beautiful dining chairs, wing chairs and benches that will last. We're not going to cut corners to save a few cents here and there, nor do we intentionally design something to wear out after a certain period of time. Carrington Court has been in business since 1984 and nothing makes us happier than to have a customer call and ask for slipcovers for chairs she ordered 20 years ago.

So if you haven't had a chance to see American Restoration, sit back and enjoy a few episodes. You'll enjoy seeing what real craftspeople can accomplish and get a history lesson at the same time.