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Fall 2015

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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FALL 2015 149 CIRCLE STYLE SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND HIGH-END CRAFTSMANSHIP ARE THE HALLMARKS OF CIRCLE FURNITURE. By Sarah Shemkus I N A SEA OF BIG-BOX STORES WHOSE OFTEN CHEAPLY made furniture can't stand the test of time, Circle Furni- ture offers an alternative. Family-owned since 1952, the company's seven locations serve the entire Greater Boston area with well-made, sustainably created furniture. Peggy Burns, aka "Queen Bee," who owns the compa- ny alongside her husband, Richard Tubman, and brother- in-law, Harold Tubman, explains, "We have countless reasons for going green: concerns for the planet, reducing cost and waste in our business practices, and even the health issues that have been proven to arise with the chemicals used on some furniture." Circle Furniture has a history of keeping their busi- ness practices simple, family-oriented, and eco-friendly. PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC ROTH Circle Furniture has been a family-run affair since 1952. shop Kicking off a 60-year legacy with their first location in Cambridge, the Tubman family began by giving high-quality used furniture a second chance, as well as offering consumers the opportunity to customize their own pieces by selling unfinished tables, chairs, bookcases, and more. "Back then, people wanted real wood and a project to finish. As the need developed for more high-quality new furniture, ready to be used, we started carrying more local products in more loca- tions," says Burns, who joined Tubman in the business in 1985. "There was a great demand for furniture that was beautiful, functional, and eco-friendly wherever possible." Thus began the Circle Furniture tradition of choosing pieces that display superior craftsmanship with minimal environmental impact. Although the company has focused on high-end products since the very beginning, it started adopt- ing sustainable practices seriously in the early 2000s.

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