As makers, we celebrate a legacy of meticulous workmanship. As creatives, we explore and envision new possibilities. Producing collections and individual objects that elevate heritage craftsmanship with modern sensibility is what Jonathan Charles embodies. Simply stated, it is the “evolution of artistry”.
Our story begins with a passionate drive to create the finest antique reproduction furnishings and accents. Our founder, Jonathan Sowter, assembled some of the most talented makers and craftsmen; built our own factories and foundries so that every piece of hardware, from the custom-designed pulls and handles down to the screws and hinges, could be produced to our exacting standards; and drew on some of the most creative design talent from around the world. We proudly embody that legacy in the furniture collections and lifestyles Jonathan Charles creates today for discerning clients around the globe. That passionate drive is still exemplified in every bedroom, living room, dining and seating collection we offer.
Artistry, by its very nature, is a gift brought forth from the artist’s hand, eye and soul. At Jonathan Charles, we celebrate the artists who create functional works of lasting value using techniques like eglomise (painting on back of glass so that the artwork shows through the front); hand carving wood into real and imaginary designs; eggshell inlay with its intricate, one-of-a-kind patterns; marquetry, designs created from various materials that are overlaid on a wood surface, and lost wax casting to produce exquisite pieces in semi-precious and precious metals.
The evolution of artistry allows us to incorporate these time-honored crafts into both traditional and more modern forms Throughout our lifestyle collections, you will find references to the mid-century movement, Art Deco and Art Nouveau, Hollywood glamour, and Asian-influenced forms as well as transitional and traditional styling. Superior craftsmanship is not limited to one style. It is the unending thread that connects all our works back to our philosophy.
Today, Jonathan Charles Fine Furniture has evolved into one of the most sought-after brands of fine home furnishings. We are part of the Markor family of brands, providing us with outstanding resources, capabilities and leadership. Our collections are available through finer home furnishings retailers and the interior design trade across North America.