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Drexel Furniture

Drexel Furniture (UNITED STATES)

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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Pair of Drexel Bleached Walnut and Mahogany End Tables with Burled Olive Accent
By Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of bleached walnut and mahogany two-tier end tables with lower drawer by Drexel. Recessed apron and drawer casement, tapered legs and incised bordered top. Burled olivewood escu...
Category

1960s American Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Brass

Bert England Appalachian Oak and Carrara Marble Console Cabinet
By Bert England, Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Hexagonal Appalachian oak and Carrara marble console cabinet from Bert England's design for living collection for Drexel. Soft Gothic feel to the brass bow tie shaped hinges, finish ...
Category

1960s American Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Marble, Brass

Rare Pair of Kipp Stewart & Stewart Mac Dougall Walnut Nightstands
By Kipp Stewart, Stewart MacDougall, Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Metal

Pair of Rare John Dickinson Stacked Books End Tables
By John Dickinson, Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Metal

Lorin Jackson for Drexel Reverse Quatrefoil Base Pedestal Table
By Drexel, Lorin Jackson
Located in Chicago, IL
Walnut pedestal dining table with reverse quatrefoil base, designed by Lorin Jackson & Lee Stone for Drexel. Jackson is best known for his designs for Grosfeld House. Hour glass shap...
Category

1960s American Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Drexel Sandia Collection Jacobean Drop-Front Desk
By Drexel
Located in Chicago, IL
Drexel drop front desk from the Sandia Collection, circa 1960s. Interesting writing desk marrying the form of a Govenor Winthrop drop front desk with early English Jacobean style. Co...
Category

1970s American Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Brass

John Van Koert Casa del Sol Tawny Walnut and Stenciled Tall Cabinet
By Drexel, John Van Koert
Located in Chicago, IL
From John Van Koert's Casa del Sol collection for Drexel. Two-piece tall cabinet in bleached walnut, with original hand stenciled green and yellow floral detail on the upper cabinet ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall Walnut Dresser
By Drexel, Kipp Stewart
Located in Chicago, IL
Restored to better than new condition, ten-drawer dresser by Kip Stewart and Stewart MacDougall for their Drexel Declaration collection. Four exposed drawers with original spherical ...
Category

1950s American Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Brass

John Van Koert Casa del Sol Collection Tawny Walnut Dining Table
By Drexel, John Van Koert
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare and exquisite sculptural tawny walnut dining table by John Van Koert for Drexel. Part of a collection he designed for Drexel, called "Casa del Sol." Unexpected and finely carved...
Category

20th Century American Drexel Furniture

Materials

Walnut

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Pair of Tall Wing Chairs in Cut Velvet with Brass Finials by Jim Peed
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Tall back armchairs by Jim Peed for his Esperanto collection for Drexel. Open sides and unexpected scrolled wings with top and bottom brass finials. Walnut frames with cabriole front...
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Pair Rare John Dickinson Stacked Books End Tables.
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Edward Wormley Glazed Elm Dresser For Drexel
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