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Arm & Leg Cabinetry and Furniture

Using clean, straight lines and a warm aesthetic, William Armsby designs and fabricates minimal, highly functional cabinetry, tables, and benches that are livable and practical. A wall-mounted sapele key rack features space for books and a cutout to hold a bike frame—a perfect substitute for the entryway table. $$$

Associated Fabrication

72 N. 15th St., nr. Banker St., Greenpoint; 718-387-4530;

A digital-fabrication, Corian-fabrication, and architectural-millwork company, Associated makes high-concept objects and furniture. It also creates prototypes at any scale and builds 3-D models on many software platforms. The firm designed the interior of the Melissa store in Soho. $$$-$$$$ (made in N.Y.)

Benchmark Furniture Manufacturing

300 Dewitt Ave., at Bank St., East New York; 718-257-4707;

In its Brooklyn factory, Benchmark crafts custom cabinetry, closets, and kitchens and also upholsters, repairs, and refinishes furniture. Other products include smart-home technologies and stone counters, and staff can also customize furniture for your home. $$-$$$ (made in N.Y.)

Fifty Three Restorations, Inc.

38-16 Skillman Ave., nr. 39th St., Long Island City; 212-566-1053;

With a staff that includes an architectural conservator, master carpenters, and highly trained craftsmen, this firm has an extensive array of renovation capabilities. It is known for its masterful wood-window restoration and fabrication work. $$-$$$ (made in N.Y.)

Gothic Cabinet Craft

1646 Second Ave., at 85th St.(various locations); 212-472-7359;

Specializing in classic American woodworking, this local chain began as a shop in the East Village in the late ’60s. This isn’t heirloom stuff; these are basics like bookshelves and platform beds, solidly built and really durable. Items come in pine, birch, oak, and ash, and are finished in a choice of 20 stains. Most stores are staffed with draftsmen who work with customers to create anything from radiator covers to entire kitchens. $-$$ (made in N.Y.)


49 Bogart St., nr. Grattan St., Ste. 47, Bushwick; 917-456-2484;

Adherents of the ethics of minimalism, Mike Kresse and Emma Fletcher build tables and chairs with only two materials: steel and wood. Requiring an eight-week lead time to build, their slat lounge chair comes in a variety of muted colors for the steel base and finds the elusive midpoint between style and comfort. $$$ (consulting services)

Little Wolf Cabinet Shop

1583 First Ave., nr. 82nd St.; 212-734-1116;

The custom-made cabinets, libraries, kitchens, and entertainment units at this family-run shop hark back to old-world England and Renaissance France. Prices depend on size, the wood selected, and the number of carvings, arches, columns, and other frills. $$$ (made in N.Y.)

Manhattan Cabinetry

227 E. 59th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-750-9800;

The motto at this top-notch custom-furniture shop is “If you can imagine it, we can build it.” Its artisans might turn out a slick mahogany bar with a black-marble top, or all manner of beds, bookshelves, bureaus, and wall units. $$-$$$ (made in N.Y.)

Nino Woodcraft Corp.

95 Montgomery Ave., nr. Victory Blvd., Staten Island; 718-442-7491

Craftsman Nino Lo Savio and his workers hand-carve parts to replace missing details in brownstones and woodwork, a service that is increasingly hard to come by. It’s no wonder high-profile clients like Madonna call on LoSavio for his singular expertise. $$(made in N.Y.)

Premium Millwork

43 Coffey St., nr. Dwight St., Red Hook; 718-422-7774;

Premium specializes in custom cabinets, kitchen and bathroom millwork, veneering, shelving, and freestanding furniture. The team here works with general contractors, architects, interior designers, and private clients. $$$ (by appointment only / made in N.Y.)

Radius Construction

201 Van Brunt St., at Seabring St., Red Hook; 718-243-0280;

A design-build firm led by Marc Appelbaum, Radius (in collaboration with Bergen Street Studio) transformed a Boerum Hill auto-repair shop into a stark, gleaming residential triplex and won a Building Brooklyn Award for it. $$$ (by appointment only / made in N.Y.)


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