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Glenn of California Chairs

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, 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.

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Creator: Glenn of California
Set of Four Greta Grossman Walnut Dining by Glenn of California
By Glenn of California, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a restored set of four walnut dining chairs by Greta Grossman for Glenn of California. Also shown and sold separately is an expanding round dining table by Grossman. This it...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California Chairs

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Glenn Of California chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Glenn of California chairs 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 chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by Glenn of California were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 1960s. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by George Mulhauser, Ward Bennett, and Adrian Pearsall. Prices for Glenn of California chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $5,850 and can go as high as $5,850, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,850.
Questions About Glenn of California Chairs
  • 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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