About Keith Clayton Furniture, Inc.

Keith Clayton Furniture, Inc. is a Chicago-based design company that specializes in designing and building high-end contemporary custom furniture for the home. Keith’s designs primarily incorporate solid wood and veneers, often accented with stainless steel and glass.

Keith holds a Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA, 1998) degree in furniture design from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to that, he received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA, 1995) degree in sculpture and ceramics with a minor in Art History from Bradley University.

After graduating from RISD, Keith returned to Chicago and went to work as a studio assistant for Tim Cozzens at Workshop/Cozzens Inc. This small high-end custom shop is where Keith learned the ‘ins and outs’ of furniture making and honed his skills under the watchful eye of one of the best in the business. Keith began to take on commission work during his nights and weekends and eventually decided that opening his own shop would be his next step.

In 2002, Keith opened a small 800 square foot furniture studio. As a one-man shop, his work was limited to smaller furniture pieces. Over the years, the business grew to a size of 5,400 square feet and now has numerous employees and capabilities. Although its primary business is still custom furniture, it has the capacity and ability to complete much larger scale jobs including kitchens, baths, and home theatres; all with the same attention to detail that Keith has always prided himself on.

Today, Keith Clayton Furniture, Inc. is a full service design studio where Keith and his team of highly skilled artisans hand craft beautiful furniture for Chicago’s most prestigious clientele. His award-winning pieces have been published in numerous books and magazines and have been included in various juried shows and exhibitions throughout the country.

Aside from building his own designs, he is a favorite among architects and interior designers for his ability to execute their unique visions and satisfy their clients’ needs. A few of the photos shown on this site are designs by Architects Tom Nahabedian of NC Collaboration and Patrizio Fradiani of Studio F. There are also photos of work designed by interior designers Joann Lang, Emanuel Feingold, and Bradley Bowden to name a few. They are all included to illustrate the commitment of Keith and his team to use their professionalism and expertise to fabricate beautiful designs, regardless of their source.

In 2004, Keith Clayton was approached by Eastern Accents, a Chicago based bedding company, to design and build a few beds to showcase Feathersound, their contemporary bedding line. After the success of that project, Eastern Accents decided to carry Keith’s beds and make them available to the design trade. Today, Keith Clayton Furniture, Inc. still makes each bed by hand in Chicago and supplies them to Eastern Accents’ most demanding clients. The list of available products has grown to include other furniture objects such as side tables. Please contact Eastern Accents for more information.

Keith’s shop has the ability to take on commercial work as well, regardless of scale or location. Larger projects include an office for eighteen hotel managers in the U.S. Virgin Islands and mobile gallery walls for Columbia College. Smaller projects include tables and cabinetry for some of Chicago’s finest restaurants including NAHA, Chizakaya, and Salpicon.