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Ficks Reed Seating

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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Antique Ficks Reed Wide Arm Wicker Armchair
By Ficks Reed
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Antique Ficks Reed wicker armchair in fresh white paint has closely woven pattern, open lattice work under the arms. The fan back chair is fully skirted for tailored look on all side...
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1920s American Art Deco Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Rattan, Reed, Hardwood, Wicker

Superb Pair of Tortoiseshell Pagoda Loungers by John Wisner for Ficks Reed
By Ficks Reed, John Wisner
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lounge chair frames are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and ready for upholstery...
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Rattan, Hardwood, Cane

Radiant Set of 8 Rattan Chairs in Cordovan and Caramel by Wisner for Ficks Reed
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent dining chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and installation ready. Expert...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Cane, Rattan

Mid Century Ficks Reed John Wisner Bamboo Rattan Sofa
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in West Hartford, CT
Vintage signed Ficks Reed ratan sofa with cushions as shown. Great scale and lines. A John Wisner masterpiece. At 78" wide, it is the perfect size, not too big but not too small. Cus...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Wicker, Rattan, Bamboo

Pair of Ballon-Back Armchairs by Ficks Reed
By Ficks Reed
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Chic midcentury pair of armchairs made by Ficks Reed in the Hollywood Regency taste. Features an iconic balloon shaped back with an open fretwork pattern design. The rattan frame i...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Bamboo, Wicker

Vintage Ficks Reed Rattan High Back Dining Chairs, Set of 4
By Ficks Reed
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Set of four Ficks Reed high back chairs in white rattan. Definite statement pieces for any decor, indoor or out. Excellent structural condition with minor abrasions to the as-found f...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Rattan

Pair of Ficks Reed Rattan Lounge Club Chair Ottoman, John Wisner Campaign Style
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in Pemberton, NJ
Lovely pair Ficks Reed rattan Campaign style lounge or club chairs plus one ottoman with interesting brass cap accents by John Wisner for the Far Horizons collection, 1954. This pair...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Upholstery, Rattan

Pipsan Saarinen & J. Robert F. Swanson, Benches, Steel, Pine Ficks Reed 1949
By J. Robert F. Swanson, Ficks Reed, Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair benches designed by husband and wife duo Pipsan Saarinen Swanson & J. Robert F. Swanson. They were designed by their firm Swanson and Associates as part of the “Sol-Air” line ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Metal

Pipsan Saarinen & J. Robert F. Swanson, Side Tables, Steel, Pine Ficks Reed 1949
By J. Robert F. Swanson, Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson, Ficks Reed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of side tables or benches designed by husband and wife duo Pipsan Saarinen Swanson & J. Robert F. Swanson. Designed by their firm Swanson and Associates as part of the “Sol-Ai...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Metal

Vintage Ficks Reed Sectional Sofas Walnut with Rattan
By Ficks Reed
Located in Laguna Hills, CA
Rare combination of walnut with rattan love seats by Ficks Reed that can be used as one long sofa or as a corner unit or a pair Measurements with out cushions 26.75" high / seat he...
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20th Century Mid-Century Modern Ficks Reed Seating

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Walnut

Superb Restored Pair of Loveseats by Wisner for Ficks Reed, circa 1954
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent sofa frames are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative, meticulously professionally restored and ready for upholstery. Expert...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Cane, Rattan, Hardwood

Coffee Table Bench by John Wisner for Ficks Reed
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Coffee table bench by John Wisner for Ficks Reed, Rattan, cane Mid-Century Modern.
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20th Century North American Ficks Reed Seating

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Cane, Rattan

Vintage Ficks Reed Sectional Sofa and Table
By Ficks Reed
Located in Old Saybrook, CT
Six piece Ficks Reed sectional sofa composed of five seating sections and a table. Original cushions available in fair condition. Structurally sound and in very good condition. Corne...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Rattan

Killer Restored Pair of Rattan and Cane Cube Loungers by Ficks Reed, circa 1970
By Ficks Reed
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lounge chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and upholstered. The chairs ar...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Cane, Rattan, Hardwood

Install Ready Stylish Pair of Modern Loungers by Ficks Reed, circa 1965
By Ficks Reed
Located in Atlanta, GA
Install Ready: Shipped as photographed and detailed in the narrative. A striking pair of modern rattan lounge chairs by Ficks Reed, circa 1965. A beautifully conceived and executed d...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Cane, Rattan

Ficks Reed Folding Lounge Chairs
By Ficks Reed
Located in Pawtucket, RI
Pair of rare folding lounge chairs by Ficks Reed, Cincinnati, OH USA, circa 1940s. Solid maple with upholstered seats and backrests.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ficks Reed Seating

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Maple

1940s Ficks Reed Campaign Style Rattan Reed, Brass Recliner Armchair & Cushion
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Midcentury coveted rattan reed & brass fully reclining and collapsible "Campaign" style armchair designed by John Wisner for Ficks Reed. Chair features original brass end caps, adjus...
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Mid-20th Century Campaign Ficks Reed Seating

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Brass

Majestic Restored Pagoda Coffee Table or Bench by John Wisner, circa 1954
By Ficks Reed, John Wisner
Located in Atlanta, GA
An exquisite meticulously restored Pagoda form coffee table or bench. Stout expertly constructed rattan frame with a beautiful woven raffia top which produces a fabulous parquet effe...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Cane, Rattan, Hardwood

Pair of Vintage Ficks Reed Rattan High Back Dining Chairs
By Ficks Reed
Located in Jacksonville, FL
Pair of Ficks Reed high back chairs in white rattan. Definite statement pieces for any decor, indoor or out. Very good structural condition with minor abrasions to the as-found finis...
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1970s Hollywood Regency Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Rattan

Pipsan Saarinen, Sofa, White Fabric, Rope, Steel, Pine Ficks Reed, 1949
By J. Robert F. Swanson, Ficks Reed, Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A sofa designed by husband and wife duo Pipsan Saarinen Swanson & J. Robert F. Swanson. Designed by their firm Swanson and Associates as part of the “Sol-Air” line for Ficks Reed Com...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Metal

Ficks Reed Rattan Lounge Club Chair Ottoman by John Wisner Campaign Style
By Ficks Reed
Located in Pemberton, NJ
A beautiful Campaign style rattan lounge chair and ottoman by Ficks Reed. Made of stout rattan with a gorgeous woven raffia inside and outside back. It retains its original Ficks Ree...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Upholstery, Bamboo

Midcentury Ficks Reed Rattan Sectional Sofa
By Ficks Reed
Located in Old Saybrook, CT
Midcentury Ficks Reed three-piece rattan sectional sofa in original finish. Seat platforms have been replaced with new fabric.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Rattan

Pair of Pipsan Saarinen Robert Swanson Wood on Wrought Iron Frame Lounge Chairs
By J. Robert F. Swanson, Ficks Reed, Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson
Located in Ferndale, MI
Very nicely restored pair of wood frame on wrought iron lounge chairs. Designed by Eliel Saarinens daughter Eva Lisa or Pipsan Saarinen Swanson and her husband architect Robert Swans...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

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Wrought Iron

Superb Restored Pair of Loungers by Wisner for Ficks Reed, circa 1954
By Ficks Reed, John Wisner
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lounge chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and installation ready. Expert...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Brass

Midcentury Ficks Reed Two-Piece Sectional Rattan Sofa
By Ficks Reed
Located in Old Saybrook, CT
Ficks Reed two-section rattan sofa in original factory finish. Unusual woven rattan skirt. Includes two matching ottomans.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Wicker, Rattan

Rare Restored Campaign Sofa by John Wisner for Ficks Reed, circa 1954
By Ficks Reed, John Wisner
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fabulous restored vintage Campaign style sofa from a difficult to find series by John Wisner for Ficks Reed. Exceptional rattan and hardwood construction with Cane back panels. Bra...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Brass

Sol-Air Chair w/ Iron Frame and Cane Seat by Pipsan Saarinen Swanson, circa 1950
By Ficks Reed, Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson
Located in New York, NY
Sol-Air chair with wrought iron frame and original caned seat. Designed by Pipsan Saarinen Swanson, produced by Ficks Reed Company, USA, circa 1950. Iron frame, original caning. A ch...
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1950s American Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Sublime Pair of Modern Rattan and Cane Lounge Chairs by Ficks Reed, circa 1950
By Ficks Reed
Located in Atlanta, GA
These magnificent lounge chairs are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and installation ready. Expert...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Cane, Rattan, Wood

Beautiful Restored Pair of Pagoda Style Loungers by Ficks Reed, circa 1970
By Ficks Reed
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely restored pair of lounge chairs from a low production series by Ficks Reed, circa 1970. Beautifully designed and expertly constructed rattan and hardwood frame with a strikin...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Cane, Rattan, Hardwood

Antique Ficks Reed Wicker Set
By Ficks Reed
Located in Old Saybrook, CT
Antique Ficks Reed wicker set in fresh black paint. Sofa, chair and rocker in closely woven pattern with open lattice work under the arms. Pieces are fully skirted for tailored look ...
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1920s American Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Wicker, Rattan, Reed, Hardwood

Saarinen Swanson Wrought Iron with Wood Frame Couch
By Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson, Ficks Reed
Located in Ferndale, MI
Eva Lisa Saarinen Swanson daughter of Eliel Saarinen and sister of Eero Saarinen married Robert Swanson. Together and with Eliel Saarinen they formed the Saarinen Swanson group. Desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ficks Reed Seating

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Wrought Iron

Pair of Pipsan Saarinen Swanson Wood Frame Wrought Iron Leg Lounge Chairs
By Ficks Reed, Eva-Lisa (Pipsan) Saarinen Swanson
Located in Ferndale, MI
Eva Lisa Saarinen Swanson daughter of Eliel Saarinen and sister of Eero Saarinen married Robert Swanson. Together and with Eliel Saarinen they formed the Saarinen Swanson group. Desi...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Ficks Reed Seating

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Wrought Iron

High Fan Back Woven Wicker Chair by Ficks Reed
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in New York, NY
Stylish woven stick wicker and bamboo fan back chair with exaggerated high back. Asian influenced design, Mid-Century Asia Modern Papasan, Peacock style chair. This example is in or...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Bamboo, Willow

Rare Restored Sofa by John Wisner for Ficks Reed- Pair Available
By John Wisner, Ficks Reed
Located in Atlanta, GA
A fabulous restored vintage sofa from a difficult to find series by John Wisner for Ficks Reed. Exceptional rattan and hardwood construction with raffia wrapped back panels. Brass c...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ficks Reed Seating

Materials

Brass