I thought it would be interesting to research and share information about the great American furniture manufacturers – both those still in existence and those no longer in business - and relate it to the pieces I have acquired over the years. One of Wydeven Design’s primary goals is to applaud this fine heritage and in my own small way, do what I can to extend the life of the fine quality pieces they have produced. It is because they have crafted such exceptional furniture that my business of refurbishing “heirloom pieces” exists – there are many pieces around and available and, with any kind of concerted effort, they will still be around for generations to come.
Over the past seven years, I have carefully recorded the provenance of pieces I have acquired and refurbished whenever that information was available. I noted that many of the finest companies have their origins in North Carolina. Some have simply vanished; some have been merged with other companies both in NC and elsewhere; and some remain to day as they have stood for decades and more. I plan to do a series of blogs on fine American manufacturing and this is my first installment focusing on some North Carolina Companies. In this listing, I will skip well-known and beloved manufacturer, Hickory Chair (Hickory, NC) since I’ve addressed them in another blog.
Bernardt - (link) - Lenoir, NC since 1889. In 1958, they launched their Flair Division.
|Bernhardt Chairs (SOLD)|
Lee Industries - (link) - Newton NC since 1919
|Lee Industries loveseat (SOLD)|
Statesville Chair Company – (link) - Statesville, NC since 1919
Century Furniture – (link) - Hickory NC since 1947
Disque Furniture Company (out of business) - High Point, NC
Schoonbeck Company (out of business) - High Point, NC
Woodmark Originals (now part of Hekman - link) - High Point, NC since 1964
The list goes on and on and I will introduce others in future blogs.
There is one lesson here – if you can find pieces made by these great companies – buy them and preserve them – they represent the best in American craftsmanship!!