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By Rita Ho-Bezzola, chief executive officer, Somerton Dwelling

My father has been building furniture using generations-old techniques for as long as I can remember. That’s why I am so excited to announce Somerton Dwelling’s expansion into the solid wood category. Now, when shopping on our site, you’ll find solid wood contemporary essentials crafted in North America by dedicated craftspeople, many of whom have spent their lives honing their skills.

North American maple forest
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This is furniture that is built to last, using the same kinds of quality construction techniques that I grew up with. Those that know me well know that I recycle everything at home, and I am fiercely devoted to the cause of sustainability. Building heirloom quality furniture resonates with me personally because the longevity of these new designs translates into less landfill waste. Of course, there are other environmental benefits, including SFC certified sustainably harvested wood with a documented chain of custody, and low VOC finishes that are not only better for your family and mine to live with, they are also better for our builders and the planet as a whole.

As you explore these fresh, yet classic designs, watch for key details like dovetail construction, the pinnacle of careful craftsmanship, and mortise-and-tenon joinery, which is a time-honored technique that signals a lifetime of stability. 

Dovetail construction
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We’ve coupled these with the kind of modern touches you expect from Somerton Dwelling, like full-extension drawers with sexy, soft-close mechanisms that respond beautifully to your touch, and fully finished and sealed draw interiors. You might wonder why the latter is important. Simple: It means you don’t have to worry about clothing snags. Finishing the drawers on the inside, as well as out, means delicate fabrics are properly protected.

You’ll find we haven’t skimped on great style selection either. Since smart, smaller-scale living is one of our hallmarks, our new solid wood offerings are ideal for urban dwellers and mid-size suburban spaces, with clean lines that blend in with existing pieces and make a statement at the same time. Surprisingly affordable, the first offerings (there will be more to come!) include two bedrooms, two accent table groups and two writing tables.


Ready to explore? I invite you to check out Evo for the bedroom. I think its tawny finish, dressed up with bright nickel hardware, equals tall, dark and mysterious with staying power. Or, kick up your morning routine even before the coffee is served with solid wood Arcadia, featuring a mocha finish and oiled bronze hardware.

In the living area, there’s a solid wood table for every need, from the streamlined curves of Fluence in a weathered gray finish that looks as at home in a coastal cottage as it does a big-city apartment, to the upbeat Tempo. In a warm latte finish with nickel hardware, it’s designed to jazz up any space with a double-shot of cool sophistication.

And as for our new, solid wood writing desks, well, we expect to hear you’ve been inspired to pen the great American novel…a book to be enjoyed, just like our new solid wood furniture, for years to come!

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