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Glenn of California

Credited for being at the forefront of the West Coast modernist design movement, Glenn of California introduced a relaxed, breezy and elegant style to postwar America. The company was based in Arcadia, California, a city situated near Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It specialized in the production of easily accessible and reasonably affordable furnishings that included credenzas, chairs, cabinets, tables and more.

However, it wasn’t until Glenn of California hired the prolific American furniture designer Milo Baughman that the company made a name for itself in the annals of American mid-century modern design. Baughman prioritized function — he worked with simple forms and often used sleek, flat-bar chromed metal and natural materials such as walnut in his pieces.

Glenn of California marketed Baughman’s designs along with those of unsung Swedish architect and designer Greta Magnusson Grossman in their successful California Modern collection. The first woman to receive an award from the Swedish Society of Industrial Design, Magnusson Grossman drew on her Scandinavian heritage to create iconic homes as well as furnishings for Glenn and other companies that helped define mid-century-era Southern California. The furniture she and Baughman designed became known for its laid-back Los Angeles style and thoughtful integration of walnut, iron and Formica.

In addition to employing the talents of Baughman and Magnusson Grossman, Glenn of California collaborated with several other notable and influential designers. These included Stanley Young, Kipp Stewart, John Kapel and Paul Laszlo. Laszlo, an American-Hungarian architect, interior designer and furniture designer, was well-regarded among Hollywood’s elite and designed pieces for Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck and Elizabeth Taylor.

While the company is no longer in business, vintage Glenn of California furniture remains highly sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts.

Discover a range of vintage Glenn of California dressers, dining tables, chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

Robert Baron for Glenn of California Headboard, 1970s
By Robert Baron, Glenn of California
Located in Hamburg, PA
An exquisite Robert Baron for Glenn of California rosewood headboard, 1970. Black oak full-size frame with rosewood panels and pol...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California

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Aluminum

Pair of Walnut Nightstands by John Kapel for Glenn of California
By Glenn of California, John Kapel
Located in San Mateo, CA
Pair of walnut nightstands designed by John Kapel for Glenn of California. These feature a book or magazine holder on the inside of a large single door. The inside has one adjustabl...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glenn of California

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Laminate, Walnut

Expertly Restored - Glenn of California Night Stand by Stanley Young
By Glenn of California, Stanley Young
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California

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Steel

Mid-Century Modern Highboy Dresser with Leather Pulls by Glenn of CA
By Glenn of California
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Materials: Walnut, Leather Pulls, Metal Accents
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California

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Metal

Milo Baughman Dowel Bench for Glenn of California
By Glenn of California, Milo Baughman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A multifunctional piece designed in the 1950s by Milo Baughman for Glenn of California. Most commonly seen as a bench, the piece has a walnut frame that tapers towards each end with ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California

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Birch, Walnut

Richard Thompson Walnut Coffee Table for Glenn of California, c.1965
By Glenn of California, Richard Thompson, Milo Baughman
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Richard Thompson Walnut Coffee Table for Glenn of California, c.1965. This piece has been professionally restored.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glenn of California

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Walnut

Expertly Restored - Milo Baughman Tambour-Door Walnut Cabinet Colored Drawers
By Glenn of California, Milo Baughman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precision. With over 17 years of artisanal exper...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California

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Walnut

Expertly Restored - California Modern Dresser by Greta Grossman for Glenn of CA
By Glenn of California, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
________________________________________ Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bringing history back to life, and we take this journey with passion and precis...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California

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Brass

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Glenn Of California furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Glenn of California 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 Glenn of California furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Glenn of California 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 Johnson Furniture Company, Founders Furniture Company, and Romweber Furniture Co.. Prices for Glenn of California furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $895 and can go as high as $26,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,500.
Questions About Glenn of California
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The California dial likely originated in the 1930s because Californians loved mixing Roman and Arabic numbers. However, the style grew in popularity in the 1970s when refinisher Kirk Rich was tasked with creating California dial watch faces. You’ll find a range of California dial watches on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertNovember 2, 2021
    A California watch dial is a clock face featuring half Roman numerals (generally for 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock) and half Arabic numerals (generally for 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock). A dash might replace the hours of 3, 6, and 9 — instead of the comparatively unexciting numerical representation — and an inverted triangle might be used to represent the hour of 12. On 1stDibs, find a variety of antique, modern and contemporary watches.

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