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Drexel Furniture

While vintage Drexel Furniture dining tables, dressers and other pieces remain highly desirable for enthusiasts of mid-century modern design, the manufacturer's story actually begins decades before its celebrated postwar-era Declaration line took shape.

In 1903, in the small town of Drexel in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, six partners came together to found a company that would become one of the country’s leading furniture producers. The first offerings from Drexel Furniture were simple: a bed, washstand and bureau all crafted from native oakwood, sold as a bedroom suite for $14.50.

One of Drexel’s early innovations was to employ staff designers, something the company initiated in the 1930s. This focus on design, which few other furniture companies were committing to at the time, allowed Drexel to respond to a variety of new and traditional tastes. This included making pieces inspired by historic European furniture, like the popular French provincial–style Touraine bedroom and dining group that borrowed its curves from Louis XV-era furniture. Others replicated the ornate details of 18th-century chinoiserie or the embellishments of Queen Anne furniture. Always ready to adapt to new customer demands, during World War II, Drexel built a sturdy desk designed especially for General Douglas MacArthur.

In the postwar era, Drexel embraced the clean lines of mid-century modernism with the Declaration collection designed by Stewart MacDougall and Kipp Stewart that featured elegant credenzas and more made in walnut and the Profile and Projection collections designed with sculptural shapes by John Van Koert. In the 1970s, Drexel introduced high-end furniture in a Mediterranean style.

Drexel changed hands and visions throughout the years. It was managed by one of the original partners — Samuel Huffman — until 1935, at which time his son Robert O. Huffman took over as president. It was then that the company began to expand, with several acquisitions of competitors in the 1950s, including Table Rock Furniture, the Heritage Furniture Co. and more. With the manufacturer’s success — spurred by its embrace of advertising in home and garden magazines — it opened more factories in both North and South Carolina. By 1957, the company that had started with a factory of 50 workers had 2,300 employees and was selling its furniture nationwide.

Drexel underwent a series of name changes in its long history. Its acquisition of Southern Desk Company in 1960 bolstered its production of institutional furniture for dormitories, classrooms, churches and laboratories. In the following decades, contracts with government agencies, hotels, schools and hospitals brought its high-quality furniture to a global audience. U.S. Plywood-Champion Papers bought Drexel Enterprises in 1968, and it became Drexel Heritage Furnishings. 

In 2014, the last Drexel Heritage plant, in Morganton, North Carolina, reportedly closed its doors. The company rebranded as Drexel in 2017.

The range of vintage Drexel furniture for sale on 1stDibs includes end tables designed by Edward Wormley, walnut dining tables designed by Kipp Stewart and lots more.

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Kipp Stewart for Drexel Mid-Century Modern Declaration Walnut End or Side Table
By Kipp Stewart, Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
Kipp Stewart for Drexel side, end or drinks table designed as part of their declaration line. This table has beautifully bookmatched walnut veneer on the top and a graceful pedestal ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Edward Wormley Precedent Collection for Drexel Bar Cart Server in Dark Espresso
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent collection bar cart or server. Refinished in dark espresso on silver elm with textured glass top and tapered legs on casters.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Elm, Glass

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection 10-Drawer Dresser
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern dresser designed by Edward Wormley for his Drexel Precedent collection. Ten drawer dresser in original finish, beautiful Silver Elm veneer, dresser will be touched...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Elm

Pair of Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Magazine End Tables
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in St. Louis, MO
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Sideboard
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Wormley for Drexel, his Precedent collection sideboard-buffet, originally designed in the late 1940s. Center drawers with end cabinet doors and interior shelves. P...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Elm

Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent Collection Cabinet
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley two-door cabinet in ebonized silver elm with brass hardware, circa 1948. The one shown has recently sold, but have another with slightly different hardware available, ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Brass

Single Edward Wormley for Drexel 48" Chest
By Drexel, Edward Wormley
Located in St. Louis, MO
Edward Wormley for Drexel chests from the Precedent Collection with brass hardware, circa 1947. Size shown in photos are 32" W (sold), now only 48" W available Please email with que...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Brass

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Drexel Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Drexel furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Drexel Furniture collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of Drexel's original furniture was created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Drexel Furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Prices for these items start at $475 and top out at $16,900, while pieces like these can sell for $2,295.

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Questions About Drexel Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Yes, Drexel Furniture makes high-quality furniture in a variety of styles. The company's vintage pieces are highly sought after by collectors. You can find a wide range of Drexel Furniture on 1stDibs.