In the depths of our furniture hunting depressions, we have been touched by the many words of encouragement and suggestions. More than once, the name "Room & Board" came up, with links. Clicking through, we found an operation that is clearly looking to elbow its way to the table with the playahs like Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware...
The pieces are in classic styles (Arts & Crafts, Mid Century Modern, Asian....,) and can be drop shipped to you in seconds with the fabric combination of your choice, often for not much more than $1,000. The Room & Board web site uses words like "passion" and "inspiration" and "committment."
Not to mention "customer."
We sense the presence of a hard-working MBA behind the scenes. In addition to their thorough site, Room & Board has stores in four mid-western and western states in addition to their large SoHo shop. That should provide a nice break from the prices at Ligne Roset.