Furniture is one of the most intimate products any of us will acquire. We share our meals around it. We rock our babies in it. We furnish the places of our lives so our families will love returning home, so our friends will look forward to visiting. None of us is aching to inherit our grandmother’s car or television, but her china cabinet would be a prized possession. Great furnitures creates, and carries, memories across time. What makes one piece of furniture an heirloom while another remains humdrum? Special design, painstaking craft and construction, a history. These lend permanence and meaning to what would otherwise be just an object.