As American as Apple Pie

 

While we have a huge selection of Danish designed items on our showroom, we also have furniture that was made right here in the good ole US of A. Currently on the floor we have a Widdicomb bedroom suite that is a classic All American product. But first, who were the Widdicombs and where are they from?

 
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According to Wikipedia...

"The company was founded in 1858 when George Widdicomb started a cabinet shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The company grew and with twelve employees, moved to a new, larger location. His four sons went into business with him and the company was named George Widdicomb & Sons. All four sons would serve in the American Civil War. The company dissolved in 1863, while all four sons were enlisted.

"The oldest sons opened a small furniture shop in 1864, with the other two brothers joining them around when the war ended. Brother George Widdicomb died in March, 1866. In 1868 the store had grown considerably and was moved to a new location in Grand Rapids. They had 25 employees. T.F. Richards came into business with the sons on January 1, 1869. They renamed the business Widdicomb Bros. & Richards. They built a larger building and had a capital of $12,000. They formed the Widdicomb Furniture Company on December 1, 1873. Eventually capital would reach $380,000. They had a new building and approximately 150 employees in 1871. At that time, Widdicomb Furniture Company as known for their spindle bed frames. William Widdicomb, who served as President, retired from the company in 1883." 

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photo: billheads.blogspot.com

Wiki goes on to say...

"In 1915, it was sold to Joseph Griswold, Sr. and Godfrey von Platen. The company would merge with Mueller Furniture Corporation, becoming Widdicomb-Mueller Corporation, in 1950. Ten years later Mueller would split from Widdicomb. In 1970, the company name is acquired by John Widdicomb Company.

In 2002, Widdicomb went out of business; design and manufacturing rights for John Widdicomb Company were acquired by Stickley in August 2002. Stickley continues to offer pieces under the John Widdicomb Collection.

From 1943 until 1956, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings served as designer for the company, designing Modern furniture. George Nakashima also worked for Widdicomb, from the 1950s to early 1960s. He created the "Origin Group," of pieces."

 photo:  wmmodern.com

photo: wmmodern.com

Currently on the floor you will see these beauties!

 

Pair of Widdicomb nightstands

 1960's Rosewood Credenza with Tambour Doors
  • Widdicomb
  • T.H.  Robbsjohn -Gibbings Design
  • Set of two
  • Measures: 19" x 15" x 25.5"
  • See more here
 
 

Tall Widdicomb Dresser

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  • Widdicomb
  • Designed by T.H. Robbsjohn-Gibbings
  • Set of two
  • Five drawers 
  • Measures 34" x 21.5" x 47.5"
  • See more here
 
 

Keep in mind our Spring Sale is still happening! 

Stop by SE 7th and Clay today to check out this iconic American furniture brand! While you're here, make sure to visit our Industrial Design showroom, and shop other home accessories! Come say hi!