(Note: This is an update review. First reviewed on 3.19.04)
A few years ago we heard about Jeff Curran's online catalogue. It was a bit of a secret, and definitely not well known outside of the Pacific Northwest, where he started as a manufacturer's rep in the early 90's. With a good eye and word of mouth, his selection of high end furniture made available at below retail rates has garnered a big following.
Only online and by catalogue twice a year, Jeff Curran's collection has grown a great deal since the 90's and includes a large selection of classic furniture (armchairs - $1500-$2000, sofas - $4000), lighting, floor coverings and outdoor furniture at prices below retail (but still not cheap!). If you are looking for a classic lamp, sofa or armchair, include this site in your search.
The Sale section is often got good stuff in it, so it is worth checking up on that page every now and then. MGR