Lynchburg craftsman makes custom furniture from reclaimed wood, other …
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An entertainment center desinged and built by Thomas.

Why should know him: Artist/craftsman Thomas Filiaggi, 29, bought a 10,000-square foot space last year in the Miller Park area of Lynchburg and recently dubbed it Orchard Street Studio; there, he uses a combination of classic machinery, metal and reclaimed wood to build custom pieces like industrial console tables, entertainment centers, modern lounge chairs, storage bins, wine racks and mobile kitchen islands, to name a few. Thomas hopes to one day turn the upstairs section into a gallery for his work, while continuing to cultivate an inventory of one-of-a-kind pieces.
 
Background
After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in business that emphasized Web development, the self-described IT nerd took a job with Georgia Pacific. But 10 months later, Thomas, a Madison Heights native, grew bored with the industry. So, in 2006, he and his father bought and renovated the former Christ Episcopal Church on Cabell Street, an endeavor that allowed Thomas to explore working with his hands. Three years ago, he started a venture that put those budding skills to use by creating a collection of functional modern items made…………… continues on The-Burg

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Flatpack furniture giants Ikea celebrate 25 years in Britain
News from Scottish Daily Record:

4 Nov 2012 00:01

THE SWEDISH firm has grown to become an institution but what makes it such a success?

Ikea store

IT’S 25 years since Ikea opened their first UK store… and now they are part of the furniture.

With two popular Scottish branches in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Swedish firm – who deliver stylish Scandinavian design at very competitive prices – are a success story who continue to grow.

But what keeps us Scots coming back for more?

Today Kenneth McCann, marketing manager at the Glasgow store, reveals the five biggest-selling product ranges north of the Border as well as five Scottish Ikea classics which have stood the test of time.

Kenneth said: “Scotland is a unique market in so many ways.

“Our big sellers include wardrobes and bookcases which can be stacked as tall as you like.

“They are perfect for high tenement ceilings which are particular to Scotland.

“Scots are design conscious and you only have to look at the architecture here to see where that
comes from.

“They also like a bargain but know that by combining affordability and value that they’ll have something…………… continues on Scottish Daily Record

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