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What is the history of Martinsville furniture?

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What is the history of Martinsville furniture?
The history of Martinsville furniture starts with the founding of the company in Martinsville, Virginia, in 1906 by Ancil Witten and Charles Keesee, a pair of former tobacco farmers. They launched their business with $30,000 in capital and began to manufacture bedroom furniture under the name American Furniture Company. In the 1920s, American Furniture Company expanded its offerings from bedroom furnishings with a range of dining room sets. By the 1950s, the company’s name had been changed to American of Martinsville, and it had gained a reputation for exquisite craftsmanship as well as a variety of furniture styles. Inspired by designers like George Nakashima and Paul László, the brand innovated with wood. Merton Gershun was one of the company's most prolific designers, and he was responsible for some of its most successful modern furniture lines using the richer, darker woods that would become emblematic of mid-century furniture. Gershun's most popular line was Dania, with its sleek walnut credenzas fitted with stylish brass accents and large drawers. Today, American of Martinsville specializes in furniture for the healthcare and hospitality industries. Find a variety of American of Martinsville furniture on 1stDibs.
1stDibs ExpertMay 14, 2024
Mid Century Modern American Martinsville Walnut Drop Front Nightstand Nite Table
By American of Martinsville
Located in Dayton, OH
Mid century modern American of Martinsville nightstand or nite table. Made of walnut featuring drop front with brass hardware, lower cubbie and tapered leg...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Merton L. Gershun American of Martinsville Walnut Dresser
By American of Martinsville, Merton Gershun
Located in Chicago, IL
Excellent original condition Mid-century Modern American of Martinsville credenza or lowboy dresser designed by Merton Gershun. Made of genuine walnut with lacquered drawer fronts an...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Credenzas

Materials

Brass

Merton Gershun American of Martinsville X Inlaid Walnut Coffee Table
By Merton Gershun, American of Martinsville
Located in Forest Grove, PA
A rectangular Merton Gershun for American of Martinsville X Inlaid Mid-Century coffee or cocktail table in the original finish.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Coffee and Cocktail Tables

Materials

Metal

Mid-century American of Martinsville Dining Set of 6
By American of Martinsville
Located in Miami, FL
Mid-century American of Martinsville Dining Set of 6 Offered for sale is a s set of 6 dining chairs with 2 arms and 4 sides. The chairs retain the original tags that say American Fu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Wood

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Night Stand by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Toledo, OH
Walnut mid-century modern American of Martinsville 2-drawer night stand with diamond pattern inlaid drawer fronts and sculpted legs. Great condition. Part of a 4-piece set. 20 1/2" t...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Night Stands

Materials

Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Headboard by American of Martinsville
By American of Martinsville
Located in Toledo, OH
Walnut mid-century modern American of Martinsville headboard with angular pattern panels. Great condition. Part of a 4-piece set. 61...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Beds and Bed Frames

Materials

Walnut

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