ClearLake Furniture wins top Vermont Fine Furniture design awards

Company awarded for Rachel's Console and Coolidge Rocker

A console crafted of exotic wood and a rocker inspired by a former president earned ClearLake Furniture the top two awards in the 2008 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition. 

The Ludlow, Vt.-based custom furniture company won first and second place from a field of 65 competitors. 

Rachel's Console, named for the daughter of ClearLake Furniture's founder and master craftsman Brent Karner, was crafted in cocobolo with ebonized walnut accents. Cocobolo, an exotic rosewood from Central America, features dramatic striping in a range of colors that includes red, orange and yellow. An abundance of natural oils makes it a durable hardwood, ideal for indoor and outdoor furniture. The console also is available in a wide range of wood choices, sizes, leg styles and even tabletops, like glass or granite. A larger version, the Thacher Console, is appropriately named after Rachel's big brother. 

The second prize in the annual competition was awarded to ClearLake Furniture's Coolidge Rocker. The chair was crafted in cherry with a contrasting curly cherry used on the slats. Inspired by President Calvin Coolidge, who enjoyed the peace of rocking on the front porch of his Vermont homestead, a ClearLake version resides in The White House, to be enjoyed by each sitting president. It was presented to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1998.

"We were thrilled to receive not one but two awards in this prestigious competition," said Karner, who founded ClearLake Furniture in 1992. "The pieces showcased the natural beauty of some exquisite woods, something we continue to marvel at every day."

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