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Explore the stunning showrooms of three Rhody furniture makers

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O&G Studio
Nothing says traditional New England like the Windsor chair. With its back of rounded spindles, these chairs look like wagon wheels with armrests. O&G Studio creates its Windsor chairs with an almost Shaker simplicity, along with tables, stools, and settees. The muted colors and old-school designs make them perfect for a cottage by the sea, but even if your house doesn’t have its own parlor and widow’s walk, you can contract the O&G staff for custom designs in any variety of interiors. The Warren-based studio is best known for its seating, but they offer lighting and mirrors as well, all which you can see in their new Barrington showroom. A favorite accoutrement: the Tiverton and Point Judith Lamps, fashioned from brass, covered in cognac leather, and topped with round linen shades. If Ishmael had ever needed to upgrade his fittings, he’d almost certainly have started here. 40 Maple Avenue, Barrington

Ball and Claw
They say that cabinetry is the hardest kind of furniture you can make. Jeffrey Greene takes that challenge one step further – by building bureaus and chests in the ornate style of the 18th century. In colonial times, Greene’s highboys might have contained shifts and tuckers, and his desks – with their flowery handles and flip-open tops – are the kind that Thomas Jefferson would have used to draft his letters. Greene employs age-old techniques to handcraft his pieces, including dining tables and grandfather clocks, and the replicas are so convincing that even experts have mistaken them for originals. That dedication to craftsmanship, can be seen inGreene’s book, American Furniture of the 18th Century – which is an opus unto itself – or by visiting his Newport showroom. 29 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport

Sakonnet Furniture Makers
The Sakonnet style is hard to pin down: the lines are sharp, the surfaces smooth, and every piece has been sanded and stained to perfection. Yet the wood’s natural texture features prominently, and you may see every ripple and ring from the original tree. Stephen Kinnane is a relatively new addition to Rhode Island’s custom furniture scene, having established Sakonnet in 2010, but his training is prestigious: Kinnane studied woodworking at the Bennett Street School of Traditional Craft in Boston. Many of his pieces have a modernist appearance, designed for specific living spaces, and he draws all of his designs by hand. Kinnane also runs The Sakonnet Collective Gallery with Padraic Manning, showcasing the work of fellow crafters – just another reason to spend some time in Tiverton Four Corners. 3842 Main Road, Tiverton