When the Smithsonian wanted to link up with a furniture maker, the choice was simple: Bernhardt has been making some of the country’s most elegant wood and upholstered furniture since 1889. Not that its wide array of items are stuck in the past – your plasma TV will fit just fine in one of its decadent entertainment centers – but this family-owned company has had more than 120 years to perfect its craftsmanship. Now it’s your turn to reap the benefits.
Since 1889, this family-owned company has been making some of the most elegant wood and upholstered furniture in America. But while these pieces reference history, they’re hardly stuck in the past—as evidenced by the Soho console table, which features a tempered-glass top and brushed-aluminum finish. If you want something that combines sleek style with an Americana flair, try a piece such as the Arlington Diamond mirror. Or opt for a more classic, traditional look, like a round cocktail table covered in tufted leather. Also on offer: Martha Stewart's collection of clean-lined classics, from a classic, upholstered spindle-back armchair, to a stately China cabinet.