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Founders Furniture Company

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Founders Furniture Company was a short-lived 20th-century American brand that produced enduring mid-century modern designs. The company's streamlined dressers, lounge chairs and coffee tables feature solid wood construction and simple but elegant designs.

The history of Founders Furniture Company began in 1946 when it was established as a subsidiary of Knoll Inc., an esteemed manufacturer known mainly at the time for its pioneering workplace furniture — largely owing to the work of visionary designer Florence Knoll — so it launched Founders as its residential division.

During its years of operation, Founders hired celebrated American modernist designers like Milo Baughman and David Parmelee, who created sleek commodes and sideboards in mahogany and rosewood for the brand. Michigan native Jack Cartwright, a designer at Heritage during the 1950s, also worked at Founders as head designer before moving on to start his eponymous furniture company in 1963.

Founders continued operations until 1965 when Thomasville Furniture acquired it. Established in 1904 in North Carolina — home to other iconic mid-century brands such as Drexel and Broyhill — Thomasville expanded significantly during the 1960s and purchased several other American furniture manufacturers.

Today, the timeless styles and exceptional craftsmanship associated with Founders Furniture Company pieces continue to render them desirable even for today’s interiors.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Founders case pieces, seating, tables and more.

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Mid century modern cane walnut credenza sideboard 4 drawer 2 door
By Jack Cartwright, Founders Furniture Company
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Mid century modern credenza sideboard with two caned cabinet doors and four drawers. The top drawer is fitted for Flatware/silverware. Behind the cabinet doors is an adjustable shelf...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Founders Furniture Company

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Brass

David Parmalee for Founders Eight-Drawer Cabinet Rosewood and Black
By Founders Furniture Company, David Parmelee
Located in Miami, FL
Well-proportioned eight-drawer cabinet for jewelry or anything else.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Founders Furniture Company

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Wood

Midcentury Walnut and Brushed Steel Table by Jack Cartwright
By Jack Cartwright, Founders Furniture Company
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Amazing Mid-Century Modern table by Jack Cartwright for founder in the United States, circa 1960s. Features a book-matched walnut top, X-shaped stretcher, and brushed steel legs with...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Founders Furniture Company

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Steel

Mid Century Modern Walnut, Chrome & Cane Modular Secretary by Founders 20thC
By Founders Furniture Company
Located in Big Flats, NY
***Ask About Discounted In-House Shipping*** A Mid Century Modern secretary offers chrome frame with walnut modular units including caned double door cabinets and drop down desk, mak...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Founders Furniture Company

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Chrome

Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jack Cartwright Founders Credenza/Dresser
By Founders Furniture Company
Located in Wilmington, DE
Mid-Century Modern walnut Jack Cartwright for Founders credenza/dresser Offered is a beautiful Mid-Century Modern Walnut Jack Ca...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Founders Furniture Company

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Walnut

MCM to Modern Founders Furniture Octagon Commode End Table Cabinet Patterns 21
By Founders Furniture Company
Located in Topeka, KS
Wonderful MCM (a.k.a. Mid-Century Modern) to Modern Founders Furniture octagon commode table or end table cabinet #21135 Patterns 21 in solid Mozambique veneer & brass hardware. This...
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20th Century American Modern Founders Furniture Company

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Brass

Founders Console
By Founders Furniture Company
Located in Chicago, IL
Introducing a truly exquisite piece by Founders, this captivating console table masterfully melds aesthetics and functionality, making it a must-have addition to any living space. Bo...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Founders Furniture Company

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Brass

Founders Console
Founders Console
H 27.25 in W 58.5 in D 16 in
MCM Founders Furniture Side Table Chrome Ebony Rosewood CDP#47133 David Parmelee
By Founders Furniture Company, David Parmelee
Located in Topeka, KS
Gorgeous vintage Founders Furniture MCM (Mid-Century Modern) lamp, corner, or side table CDP (Continuing Design Program) # 47133 and attribu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Founders Furniture Company

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Chrome

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Founders Furniture Company furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Founders Furniture Company furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Founders Furniture Company were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kent-Coffey, Merton Gershun , and Conant Ball. Prices for Founders Furniture Company furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $495 and can go as high as $12,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,978.
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