Sklar Furnishings Celebrates 15 Years, Showcases Latest Home Trends

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By: Marisa Gottesman Associate Editor
It is a candy shop for those decorating or re-decorating a home, except the candy is furniture that comes in all sizes, shapes and colors.
The completely customizable, contemporary furniture fills a 22,000-square-foot award-winning Boca showroom and design center.
“We scour the world to try to find different opportunities for our clients to have some of the best things on the planet,” co-owner Rick Howard said. “The goal is to make sure we have something new, different and exciting that is also practical, made correctly and sustainable.”
Howard and his wife Pat have owned Sklar Furnishings for 15 years. They opened in 2002 with 10 employees. Now, they have more than 40 employees and their goal is the same, to bring the newest, most sustainable high-end furniture to Boca. To do so, they spend time in Milan over the summer, which Howard said hosts the mecca of furniture shows, looking for the newest trends to bring to their showroom.
Currently, that trend is furniture that fits in a room no matter the size. That means tables that expand, wall units that with extra storage that holds a table and chairs and a vanity mirror that flips over to convert into a tabletop desk. One piece converts a dining room table into a pool table. Another looks like a decorative end piece, but it expands to seat a table of 12.
Howard said the practicality is useful in all the condos, apartment complexes and urban spaces that are being completed around town.
“Furniture is much more than a static piece,” Howard explained as he effortlessly opened up a wood table that didn’t look like it could expand.
The tables become works of art as they swivel to provide more space and couches become more practical as the middle section flips to become a place to put drinks.
Technology is also part of furniture. Electronic recliners are equipped with USB chargers and wall units can come with speakers for the TV.
About 75 percent of the pieces in the showroom are exclusive to Sklar meaning you likely won’t find them in any other local furniture store. A majority of the furniture is from Europe.
In addition to keeping up with the trends, Howard said Sklar looks for furniture that is green and sustainable. Even the showroom has taken steps to be green. All lights are LED and for any wood purchase, Sklar makes a donation of a tree to a Florida forest to promote sustainability.
To celebrate their birthday, Sklar has dedicated 15 months to 15 different nonprofits. The showroom has hosted fundraisers for nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, which Howard chairs, and Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.
The company also recently received three top honors this year at the 2016 ASID Florida South Chapter Design Excellence Awards (DEA) Gala. Sklar took home Best Showroom Design, Best Website Design and Best Bathroom Design.
To maintain the utmost professionalism and integrity of the ASID DEA Awards, the judging is done anonymously and not locally. All entries are first blinded by the local chapter –  removing submitter names – before the entries are sent to another state to be judged by peers from that ASID chapter.  There are no second or third place levels awarded in DEA competition, only one ‘best’ awardee in each category for which Sklar Furnishings and its Designer Sonia Longchamp, ASID won their specific categories.
Sklar Furnishings, located at 6300 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, is opened seven days a week: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays 12 Noon to 6 p.m. and evenings by appointment. For more information, visit sklarfurnishings.com or call 561-862-0800.