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Ficks Reed Furniture

Ficks Reed (United States)

Somewhat of an overlooked icon of American design, Ficks Reed was founded by Louis Ficks in 1885 as the National Carriage and Reed Company, a New York purveyor of wicker baby carriages. By the turn of the century, however, the company had moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and, under the auspices of Ficks Reed, began manufacturing furniture with wicker, rattan and bamboo. Over the coming decades, the manufacturer would benefit from an increased interest in Asian imports, as evidenced in everything from the growing popularity of chinoiserie wallpaper and Chinese porcelain to the Japanese influence in Frank Lloyd Wright’s modern architecture.

The brand was also bolstered by partnerships with several prominent architects and designers throughout the 20th century, including Paul László, Pipsan Saarinen, John B. Wisner, Paul T. Frankl and Dorothy Draper.

Each Ficks Reed partner brought their unique sensibility to the designs — Saarinen’s had skeletal frames while Draper, a largely forgotten decorator and pioneer of the Hollywood Regency style, favored more ornate detailing; László created low-slung seats — but all were rendered in the company’s signature wicker and bamboo. Thanks in large part to the Draper relationship, Ficks Reed furniture has long been a fixture at The Greenbrier and Colony hotels, as well as other luxury properties including the Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton resorts and The Breakers in Palm Beach. In 2006, Draper protégé Carleton Varney continued his mentor’s legacy by debuting a new 20-piece collection for Ficks Reed based on her original designs.

A recent resurgence in the popularity of wicker and rattan has given way to newfound demand for Ficks Reed furniture in the secondary market, where original vintage pieces are often refinished, repainted or lacquered to further underscore the textural detail of their bamboo and rattan frames.

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Large Pair of Vintage Ficks Reed Rattan Arm Chairs
By Ficks Reed
Located in Stamford, CT
Large and comfortable pair of 1980s vintage Ficks Reed rattan / reed or wicker arm chairs. Stunning looking from every angle. Substantial and well made.   
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1980s American Vintage Ficks Reed Furniture

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Willow, Rattan

Vintage Ficks Reed Circular Rattan Rocking Chair
By Ficks Reed
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s American Vintage Ficks Reed Furniture

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Faux Bamboo, Rattan

Vintage Ficks Reed Faux Bamboo Chinoiserie Style Sofa
By Ficks Reed
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s American Vintage Ficks Reed Furniture

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Faux Bamboo, Rattan

Vintage Ficks Reed Chinoiserie Bamboo Style Chaise Longue
By Ficks Reed
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s American Vintage Ficks Reed Furniture

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Faux Bamboo, Wood

Vintage Ficks Reed Faux Bamboo Desk & Chair
By Ficks Reed
Located in Stamford, CT
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1970s American Vintage Ficks Reed Furniture

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Faux Bamboo, Rattan

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