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Famed Furniture Experts, the Keno Brothers, Introduce New Collection at Robb & Stucky in Naples, FL

Published: Feb 11, 2011 3:07 AM EST

Famed Furniture Experts, the Keno Brothers, Introduce New Collection at Robb & Stucky in Naples, FL

Fort Myers, FL – Television celebrities and furniture experts Leigh and Leslie Keno introduced their new hand-crafted, classically modern furniture collection, the Keno Bros.™, at Robb & Stucky Interiors in the Naples, Florida showroom.

The brothers encouraged the audience to touch the furniture, knowing they had designed it to be a wonderful, tactile experience, with smooth curves and ergonomic design.  When speaking about one of their favorite chairs and the natural fit, Leigh Keno said it should be like “holding hands with the chair”.    

Hundreds of fans were at Robb & Stucky to greet the identical twin brothers and see the brand new collection first-hand.  The Keno brothers delighted fans with their personal stories and posed for pictures and signed autographs for the huge crowd.

With an avid interest in beautiful and rare Americana for more than 30 years, the Keno brothers are considered among the country's foremost experts on antiques. As appraisers on the Emmy-nominated hit PBS television show, Antiques Roadshow, they have garnered a dedicated following. Approximately 10 million viewers watch the program weekly, according to PBS.

The Keno Bros.™ collection, by Theodore Alexander, is made up of approximately 100 individual pieces, ranging in style from 18th Century classics to 20th Century modern adaptations—perfect for those who want to individualize their interiors with select "collected" pieces.  Mahogany, ebony, sycamore, tiger maple and rosewoods are represented in the collection and with nearly 20 different kinds of wood in all, the collection is unique and exciting.

Multi-purpose functionality is built into the designs—dining tables can also serve as desks; accent tables work also as nightstands; a secretary doubles as a server. These pieces meet the needs of today’s consumers with style.

Quality is paramount—premium woods, gold-standard craftsmanship, crisp finishes—these are traits which create pieces that endure and are treasured by buyers who want to be sure their furnishings dollars are invested wisely.

The Keno brothers are extremely passionate about furniture and design and have a real understanding of how to bring tomorrow's treasures to today's consumer.  All the pieces of the Keno Bros.™ collection are destined to become heirlooms. 

About the Keno Brothers:  Leigh Keno currently owns and operates Keno Auctions in New York City.  Prior to Keno Auctions, Leigh owned and operated Leigh Keno American Antiques where he sold an impressive variety of American furniture, folk art and paintings including several masterpieces, often setting world record prices.  Leigh is proud to have helped build some of the best private and institutional collections of Americana in the world.  He has written articles for Art and Antiques, Antiques Magazine, and has co-authored two groundbreaking articles on Boston seating furniture for the Journal of American Furniture.

Leslie Keno is Senior Vice President and Director of American Furniture and Decorative Arts at Sotheby's in New York.  During his tenure of nearly 26 years at Sotheby's, Leslie has been directly responsible for numerous record-breaking sales of Americana, most recently the 2005 sale of the Nicholas Brown tea table attributed to John Goddard. Estimated at $2 million to $5 million, the table achieved a spectacular $8.4 million, a new auction record for any table and the second-highest price for American furniture. 

The Keno brothers also authored Hidden Treasures: Searching for Masterpieces of American Furniture.  Beginning in 2001, they wrote monthly furniture and design columns for House Beautiful and This Old House magazines and are currently Editors at Large for Traditional Home magazine for which they write a monthly column.  In 2005, the President awarded both Leigh and Leslie with the National Humanities Medal.

About Robb & Stucky Interiors:  Founded in 1915 in Florida and celebrating 95 years of style, Robb & Stucky is an internationally recognized interior design and premier home furnishings retailer with showrooms in Florida, Nevada, Texas and Arizona. Robb & Stucky offers a unique lifestyle shopping experience with an unparalleled collection of fine furnishings and an award-winning ensemble of designers. For more information, visit www.robbstucky.com

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