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Drexel Furniture

Drexel Furniture (EST. 1903)

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 Drexel furniture for sale at 1stDibs includes end tables designed by Edward Wormley, walnut dining tables designed by Kipp Stewart and lots more.

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Milo Baughman for Drexel Perspective Buffet or Credenza
By Milo Baughman, Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
Milo Baughman for Drexel Perspective buffet or credenza This gorgeous Drexel credenza was part of a special collection designed by Milo Baughman in the 1950s. Has a sleek finish, ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

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Wood

Drexel Heritage 5ft Diameter Intricate Carved Wood Chinoiserie Dining Table
By Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
Versatile size, could be used as a side or dining table depending on desired look. Features a hexagon top with "X" like base. Intricate carved wood throughout. Measures: Table wit...
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Mid-20th Century American Chinoiserie Drexel Furniture

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Wood

Set of 6 Vintage Chin Hua Drexel Heritage Dining Chairs
By Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
6 Drexel heritage Chin Hua side chairs Includes 5 side chairs and 1 armchair Measures: Armchairs 23" W x 18" x 32" H Seat H 17.25", arm H 25.25" Side chairs 20" W x 18" D...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

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Cane

Drexel Heritage Consensus Pecan Cabinet
By Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
1 Drexel Heritage Consensus Pecan cabinet 1970s Campaign style cabinet made by Drexel Heritage for the Consensus line. Solid Pecan with brass pulls. two-door with ample storage. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Drexel Heritage Consensus Pecan Nightstands
By Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
Pair of Drexel Heritage consensus pecan nightstands 1970s Campaign style nightstands made by Drexel Heritage for the Consensus line. Nightstands in solid Pecan with brass pulls....
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

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Wood

Pair of Plaudit by Drexel Two-Toned Wood Nightstands Side Tables
By Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
Drexel Pair of two-tone Plaudit by Drexel walnut nightstands with plinth base and panelled doors. Brass pulls. Measures: 27".
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Drexel Furniture

Materials

Cane

Edward Wormley for Precedent by Drexel Coffee Table
By Edward Wormley, Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
Vintage 2 tier Coffee Table designed by Edward Wormley for Drexel Precedent line 271 1949 Heavy solid with textured glass serving tray on top that can be separated.
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Drexel Furniture

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Glass, Wood

Drexel Asian Motif Coffee Table
By Drexel
Located in Pasadena, TX
A square coffee table made by Drexel with Asian lines, decorated with Asian motifs, and a beveld glass top.
Category

1970s American Vintage Drexel Furniture

Materials

Glass, Wood

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Drexel Composite Series Black Lacquer Dresser
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