We stopped at the Thomas Moser showroom, a very well known furniture designer/maker influenced greatly by Shaker design. There is certainly a mid-century feel to many shaker pieces, but they tend to be a bit more robust. The craftsmanship is impeccable and the company's reputation is stellar. I apologize that in the B&W you can't make out the wood hue, but the lighting in the showroom set me up for a better shot without the color.
I really enjoy watching Darrick inspect furniture. The woman running the showroom knew he was a woodworker right away, the beard?
She also went out of her way to show us the mechanics of the leaf in the dining table.
A new piece from their new more "modestly" priced line (will still set you back about 10 grand). The prices were not outrageous for what the work was, but these days it is obviously easier for people to cut spending corners by purchasing IKEA items. Although, these pieces are clearly investments, built to last and if anything ever goes wrong with a Moser piece they fix it for you free of charge. In building a hand-crafted design business, Darrick and I have many conversations about bridging the gap between IKEA cheapness (not that I don't love certain things from the Swedish giant) and $10,000 dining sets.