07 January 2009

Check out RegencyShop.com

This is an Isamu Noguchi table made by Herman Miller. The Nocuchi is an icon and I would trade a body part to have one gracing my living room. I love every aspect of this table, from its sculptural base to the top that seems to float. I love it I love it I love it. Isamu Noguchi designed this table in 1947 and Herman Miller put it into production in 1948. Herman Miller's been cranking them out ever since. Like a lot of modern furniture, the Noguchi Table was intended to be mass-produced from day one.

A licensed original will set you back around $1300 and you can find them at Room and Board and Design Within Reach, among others. Oh man, love a Noguchi though I do, I cannot justify spending $1300 on a coffee table. If anybody out there feels like buying me a present though...

So what to do? I love the Noguchi table, but not enough to part with $1300. Well, I think I've found an answer in the form of LA-based RegencyShop.com. Regency Shop sells reproductions of modern classics and I like to refer to their wares as homages rather than knock offs. Regency's Modern Coffee Glass Table shown here sells for the mind-bendingly low price of $199. That's not a typo. This table costs $199.

I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around that price. I've been corresponding with the fine folks at Regency Shop for the last couple of weeks and I believe them to be a legitimate business. But I'm telling you, at $199 a pop these babies won't be in stock for long. If you'd love an homage to Noguchi, now's your time. Head over to RegencyShop.com and tell them I sent you!


  1. regencyshop.com is a TERRIBLE online merchant. Their Eames chair replica is upholstered with 100% fake leather. I tried to return the chair and the owner, Mike, was extremely obstinate and condescending. Eventually, I had the "leather" from the chair analyzed by the Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati and they conclusively demonstrated with rigorous scientific and microscopic analysis that not only is the material 100% synthetic, but a LOW quality synthetic. When I tried giving regency shop a chance to resolve this peacefully by telling them that I only wanted a return/refund and would no longer pursue any other action, the owner, Mike, became even more of a condescending jerk. So, I reported them to the BBB, requested a reverse of charges with my credit card company, and eventually regencyshop.com had to refund all of my $. The owner still tried claiming that his chair was upholstered in leather, so the claims went through arbitration, and he was resoundly defeated.

    I'm posting this to warn any potential consumers of regencyshop that THIS MERCHANT IS FULL OF CRAP AND FRAUDULENTLY ADVERTISES CHEAPLY MADE FURNITURE FROM CHINA. In addition, he also posts fake "consumer reviews" himself at various online consumer reporting sites, all with the same theme of "I bought a wonderful chair from regencyshop and am so pleased with my purchase that i'm thinking of buying another one or two for my family/friends." THIS IS ALL A SCAM.


    for genuine reviews of this company from real people, please check out yelp.com.


  2. I am sure I would agree with the above review if I'd actually received the products I'd ordered. I am sure this site is simply a front for a single guy in his garage reselling furniture, which would be fine except that guy 'Mike' does not care. If you decide to order here...say hi to him for me when you call his "Customer Care" line.

  3. Mike and his gang are pure fakes and crooks. I was nearly burned by them but dug in and stayed firm with my intentions to post review upon review


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