"Now this is a piece of furniture!" Watty announces. "Sure, it’s an investment, but it would follow you through life. It’s a future heirloom." Carter agrees. "Clearly it is a stand-alone piece," he states, marveling at the stately silhouette, grand scale, and intricate detailing. The chest "really has such an extraordinary presence."
Height: 57"; width: 29.5"; depth: 21"; material: cherry in chateau finish with black marble top; delivery: 4–6 weeks; price: $11,620. From the Jacques Garcia Collection by Baker Furniture Co. (for information: 800-592-2537; ).
"So Miami," Carter notes of the clean lines and sleek modern countenance. "It sort of blends in, but I love it for that very reason. This could live in any room." Watty has only one in mind. "The steel frame with the white lacquer to me says kitchen," she declares. "The shallow drawers would be perfect for tableware or utensils."
Height: 64.5"; width: 22"; depth: 18"; material: steel frame with white-lacquer drawers (other sizes, materials, and finishes available); delivery: 2 weeks; price: $2,840. By Didier Gomez for Ligne Roset (for information: 800-BY-ROSET; ).
Watty deems this "timeless," praising classic details like brass pulls and leather drawer fronts. "This could pass for antique—it has that old-world strength." Carter calls it the most formal of the lot: "It’s monumental because of its historic inspiration." The leather drawer fronts are handsome, he says, but the optional "flame mahogany panels are incredible."
Height: 60"; width: 33"; depth: 22"; material: mahogany with leather or wood drawer fronts; delivery: 1 week; price: $9,885 as shown. By Ralph Lauren Home (for information: 888-475-7674; ).
"This has an eclectic feel," proclaims an admiring Carter. "And the price is obviously great for such a sexy piece." Watty, on the other hand, dubs its mirror paneling and diminutive scale "whimsical" and imagines it placed in a woman’s dressing room or at the end of a hall. "Its shallow drawers are perfect for little things that get lost."
Height: 50"; width: 20"; depth: 15" (other sizes available); material: painted wood with mirror inlay in antique-silver finish; delivery: 2–4 weeks; price: $795. From Z Gallerie (for information: 800-908-6748; ).
"Very modern," Watty says of the streamlined shape. "It’s curvy, like a woman’s body." She wouldn’t necessarily place it against a wall, though: "The back is so elegant." And Carter wouldn’t settle for buying just one. "I’d like two or three grouped together, in an all-white bathroom, for instance.” All those drawers, he suggests, would be ideal for toiletries and hand towels.
Height: 59"; width: 25"; depth: 17"; material: mahogany; delivery: 3 weeks; price: $2,195. By Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (for information: 800-789-5401; ).
"I love the utility of this piece," Carter comments. "It’s not trying to be anything other than what it is. And the wheels are fantastic." His fellow judge shares his enthusiasm. "Oh my God!" Watty exclaims. "It could be moved around depending on where you need it." She knows just the spot: "I want some of these for my office."
Height: 51"; width: 20"; depth: 20" (other sizes available); material: galvanized steel; delivery: 5–7 days; price: $925. By Giulio Lazzotti from The Conran Shop (407 E. 59th St., New York, NY 10022; 866-755-9079; ).
"The red-lacquer finish gives it an Asian feel—it’s beautiful and exotic," Watty says. "Something this stunning can fit into any space." Carter is likewise taken with the color: "It’s imposing in a good way." Again, he considers using more than one. "It would be attractive to have three side by side," he says. "I’d top them off with blue-and-white ceramics."
Height: 57"; width: 24"; depth: 20"; material: hardwood in lacquer finish (other sizes and finishes available); delivery: 16 weeks; price: $7,920. By Todd Hase Furniture Inc. (261 Spring St., New York, NY 10013; 212-871-9075; ).
Carter admires the multicultural character of this semainier, noting the African-blackwood accents. "It’s a piece that has traveled." Watty is a fan of the lockable top drawer. "It’s intended for jewelry," she explains, on discovering the velvet insert. "But it could also be used for important documents, like your passport."
Height: 56"; width: 24"; depth: 17.5"; material: wood in chestnut finish with African-blackwood details and hinged-mirror top; delivery: 2 weeks; price: $1,935. By Stickley (for information: 315-682-5500; ).
"The mahogany reminds me of hardwood floors on a yacht," Watty remarks of this chest’s nautical good looks. And never mind storing just underwear, she jokes—"this could fit all the clothes you’d need for a week." Carter applauds its adaptability. "The form is as clean and simple as it gets. It’s not trying to make a statement, so it could go almost anywhere."
Height: 53"; width: 23.5"; depth: 23.5"; material: mahogany in light mahogany finish (other sizes and finishes available); delivery: 14–16 weeks; price: $3,200. To the trade from Julia Gray Ltd. (for showrooms: 212-223-4454; ).
"This belongs someplace semi-outdoors," recommends Carter, who appreciates its solid-cane frame. "A sunroom or any room that overlooks a garden." Watty pictures it in a beach house in Florida or the Hamptons. She delights in the color. "Because it’s practically black," she reasons, "this is wonderfully versatile."
Height: 52"; width: 20"; depth: 16"; material: cane frame with plywood drawers in dark chocolate tortoise finish (other finishes available); delivery: 8 weeks; price: $1,400. By Red Egg (for information: 336-887-3541; ).