Franklin Report Report Card for Finials Unlimited in New York City
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Finials Unlimited
2107 Borden Avenue, Suite 302
Long Island City, NY 11101
(212) 629-5630
www.antiquefurnitureusa.com
finunlim@aol.com
Main Contact: Joe Biunno
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Hardware

Services & Specialties
Handmade custom finials, rods and rings

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Like his furniture restoration company down the hall, Joseph Biunno's Finials Unlimited displays the type of handmade craftsmanship that is disappearing in today's mass-produced world. At Finials, Biunno's nine artisans, who were all classically trained in Europe or in-shop, manufacture unique curtain hardware (poles, rings, finials). They also do finishes such as gold leaf and custom painting. Products are made of wood, metal and composition (resin), and the business has over four hundred designs. They cover traditional, Art Deco, Modern, French and English. A unique feature is that Biunno's craftsmen also do fully custom work. If you can design it, they will make it, and all the work is done onsite on Borden Avenue.

Biunno started Finials Unlimited in 1984 as an offshoot of his family's successful custom furniture business and the company has been gaining notoriety among New York's most influential designers ever since. The quality of the work done there is so well respected that FIT and Parsons School of Design bring their students in for workroom tours. Clientele at Finials is generally trade-oriented, but Biunno is open to working with individuals. He says that he never turns away a sale; he can recommend some curtain makers, but he does not make curtains at his shop. Timing varies according to the materials and complexity of the design. (It might take a day or more to carve a design in wood, while composition takes half an hour). Finials Unlimited ships coast-to-coast and will also go worldwide. Finial prices range from $50 (for unfinished composition) each to $4,000 each, rods from $15 per foot for a plain design to $300 per foot for a highly decorative one. Rings range from $6 to $90 each. These beautiful finals, rods and rings certainly come at a price, but for a firm that is tried, true and tested by the best in the biz, people are happy to pay for a decorative element that approaches the level of high art.

Representative Client Comments:
“I’ve worked with Joe for many years.” “The people at Finials can fabricate anything in wood.” “Joe Biunno has always been known for his finials and rings.” “He’s a great problem solver and an exceptionally talented man.” “Joe is distinctive in that he is able to think through issues and solve them. He is a smart and responsible businessman.” “If there ever were any problems with a product, Joe corrected them and never said a word to me.” “Joe does almost all our woodworking in the States.” “Their custom hardware & finishes are special & unique. We've relied upon them for almost 20 years.” “Over the years, they've manufactured a tremendous amount of beautiful, complicated, and detailed furniture to our exact specifications.” “They are professional and stick to agreed upon completion schedules.” “They are flexible and willing to make changes to the design.” “They provide old-fashioned full-scale drawings for client review and approval.” “Joe Biunno is a gentleman and a pleasure to deal with, as are the rest of his staff.”

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REGISTERED (2 reviews)
Posted 3/15/2012
Reviewed By:
DavidEaston New York, NY

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Joe Biunno is a gentleman and a pleasure to deal with, as are the rest of his staff.
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Their custom hardware & finishes are special & unique. We've relied upon them for almost 20 years. Over the years, they've manufactured a tremendous amount of beautiful, complicated, and detailed furniture to our exact specifications. They are professional and stick to agreed upon completion schedules. They are flexible and willing to make changes to the design. They provide old-fashioned full-scale drawings for client review and approval.
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Posted 3/16/2012
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MichaelSimonInt New York, NY

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Joe does almost all our woodworking in the States.
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I’ve worked with Joe for many years. The people at Finials can fabricate anything in wood. Joe Biunno has always been known for his finials and rings. He’s a great problem solver and an exceptionally talented man. Joe is distinctive in that he is able to think through issues and solve them. He is a smart and responsible businessman. If there ever were any problems with a product, Joe corrected them and never said a word to me.
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