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Oskar Huber Offers Variety, Custom Looks

Apr 12, 2019

The Oskar Huber family business has built on integrity and quality since 1927, while today staying fashion-forward with the latest looks, the most exciting trends in home décor. The third and fourth generation are at the helm in the flagship Southampton, Pa., store and the Ship Bottom showroom and design center.

Oskar Huber Sr. was an artisan who made singular furniture, one exceptional piece at a time. No wonder American craftsmanship is supported in the store.

“His legacy, along with our longstanding knowledge of furniture construction, has honed our eye for quality,” notes the family.

The Long Beach Island coastal showroom “celebrates a blissful beach aesthetic that complements sand and surf,” as the website describes.

Many customers are looking for ways to reflect the seashore feel into their beach retreat. Said Bob Huber Jr., fourth-generation in the business, “They do want to relax and get away from the chaos of normal daily lives; they want it to be a fun and inviting space; they want it to relate to exactly where they are: on an island.”

The collections display incredible variety, yet customization is Oskar Huber’s specialty. Clients can custom order to fit a specific space, to achieve a certain look, and to serve different functions.

Customers are invited to bring in photos and magazine clippings to share their vision of what they want. “Our goal is to build the right pieces for you and your space. You’ll be surprised at the seemingly limitless options – and how your budget does not need to limit you,” invites the team.

Some need a little help outfitting their abode or rental property or even just choosing a piece to fit a certain area. Design service is another Oskar Huber feature. Design team members are ready to listen, consider your tastes and lifestyle, and suggest ways to make it all happen.

Complimentary in-store guidance can help folks to:

• Gain access to a vast array of unique furnishings and accessories.

• Discover how to create a custom look that reflects your style and vision.

• Consider new ideas, current trends that can work with your home’s décor.

• Find solutions for wall, window, floor, and ceiling treatments.

• Get solutions that stay within your budget.

Ask them about in-home design consultation as well. There is a charge for an in-home visit, but the fee goes toward the purchase of furniture.

“The unique thing about how our designers work is that we really listen to our clients,” said Bob Huber Jr. “Our designers ask the right questions – how is the room going to be used, if it’s a family room or main gathering space. They know how to put the proper furniture in there so the traffic patterns flow correctly. If the homeowner and their family are going to be entertaining a lot or if there are extra guests that need extra sleeping spaces, for example – they really drill down to how the owner or the family is going to be using the house.”

Design aesthetics can create the ultimate beach house feel. “Our store is filled with coastal furniture, whether it’s coastal cottagy, coastal chic; we have lots of different styles that are geared towards that beach life,” Huber outlined.

Classic coastal features crisp navys, whites, traditional silhouettes, nautical accents.

Another design aesthetic is contemporary coastal/coastal chic. Coastal chic brings in some vibrant colors – pops of coral and orange, for instance – colorful yet sophisticated.

Coastal cottage incorporates shutter-type furniture, bleached or washed hues. A very soft color palette could relax with light blues, light grays, light green or khaki.

Using durable “performance fabrics” such as Sunbrella is something to consider at the beach, Huber suggested. Family and friends are coming off the beach, maybe still carrying sand on them, and the salt element can give furniture a beating.

“One of the other big areas that we service for our clients is outdoor living,” he added.

Much of shore living takes place outside, whether on the patio, on the rooftop deck or in the backyard. A good plan takes into account the proper amount and layout of seating, and the right furniture to withstand the elements.

“Outside with the salt air, you want to make sure your furniture is not going to rust, is able to withstand harshness and wear and tear. That’s where our designers come into play to educate our customers about what’s on the market.”

The Huber family has been part of the Long Beach Island and surrounding communities’ lifestyle for four generations, and has the knowledge to make good recommendations.

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What’s new? Stop in to the store at 101 West Eighth St., Ship Bottom, where Escape, the new Coastal Living Collection from Universal Furniture, has been introduced.

“The new Coastal Living collection has been really doing well, and everything about it is truly meant for homes at the beach,” noted Bob Huber Jr.

Also newer in terms of forward-thinking eco-initiatives are actions toward protecting the environment.

Says the company, “We align with craftsmen and companies that are members of organizations dedicated to earth-friendly practices. These organizations include the Forest Stewardship Council, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. As such, our stores can offer you ‘green’ products like soy-based, flame retardant-free cushions; recycled fiber filling for pillows; furniture with recycled metal components and very low VOC finishes. We further reduce our showrooms’ carbon footprint by using energy-saving LED lighting as well as carpeting and countertops made from recycled and renewable materials.”

As much as the company’s 91-year-history is important, keeping current is at the forefront.

“We try and do our best with keeping up with current trends, always bringing in new products and keeping ourselves relevant,” said Huber. “We definitely have generational customers.

“Our customers tell us they love it. We just want our clients to feel comfortable about us and their purchasing, and we make every effort to make sure that they’re going to be repeat clients of ours.”

For more information, visit the Ship Bottom store, see the website oskarhuber.com or call 609-494-8127.

— Maria Scandale

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