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Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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.

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Creator: Glenn of California
Glenn of California Walnut and Lacquered Dresser by Milo Baughman
By Glenn of California, Milo Baughman
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Beautiful vintage two-tone dresser designed by the iconic designer Milo Baughman for Glenn of California in the United States, circa 1950s. This dresser has a minimalist design that ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Stainless Steel

Greta Grossman for Glenn of California Midcentury Walnut 3 Drawer Chest, Pair
By Glenn of California, Greta Magnusson Grossman
Located in Countryside, IL
Greta Grossman for Glenn of California midcentury walnut 3 drawer chest - pair Each chest measures: 32.75 wide x 18 deep x 32.75 i...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Brass

Vintage MCM Rosewood Lingerie Chest by Glenn of California
By Glenn of California
Located in Topeka, KS
Stunning vintage mid-century modern lingerie chest by Glenn of California. Comprised of rosewood, aluminum strip, and black painted sides. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear. Black paint has been touched up on corners & top was sanded and Danish oil applied. A fresh coat of Danish oil was also applied to the drawer fronts. Please see photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Circa, Mid-20th Century. NOTE: If you love this lingerie chest by Glenn of California we have a matching nightstand here for sale if it is still available. What a beautiful way to spoil your lingerie!! This is a stunning vintage mid-century modern lingerie chest designed by Glenn of California. It is comprised of GORGEOUS rosewood top and drawer fronts bordered by an aluminum strip, grooved handle pulls on the sides of the drawers, cased with black painted sides. It has eight drawers that graduate in size from smaller at the top to larger at the bottom. Maybe you don’t have lingerie?? No worries!! Although it is called a lingerie chest you could certainly use it as a tall, narrow dresser in your bedroom or dressing area. It would be a lovely cabinet to use in a study, office, hall, or entry for linens, books, office supplies, or anything you want to stow away in a phenomenal piece of mid-century modern excellence. Glenn of California was owned by father and son team Isaac and Robert Baron and based in Arcadia California and has been credited for being at the forefront of the West Coast modernist design movement in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The company made a name for itself when it hired Milo Baughman. They would go on to hire Swedish architect and designer Greta Magnusson-Grossman, the first woman to receive an award from the Swedish Society of Industrial Design. The significant furniture line she and Baughman designed called the California Modern Collection became known for its laid-back Los Angeles style and integration of walnut, iron, and Formica. Glenn of California collaborated with many notable designers including Kipp Stweart, Paul Laslo, John Kapel, & Stanley Young. Although Glenn of California is no longer in business, their high-end vintage furniture is sought after today. This fabulous vintage rosewood lingerie...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Aluminum

Vintage MCM Rosewood Nightstand End Table by Glenn of California
By Glenn of California
Located in Topeka, KS
Fabulous vintage mid-century modern nightstand or end table by Glenn of California. Comprised of rosewood, aluminum strip, and black painted sides. Beautiful condition, keeping in mind that this is vintage and not new so will have signs of use and wear. Black paint has been touched up and the top sanded then the top and drawer fronts were given a fresh coat of Danish oil. Please see photos and zoom in for details. We attempt to portray any imperfections. Circa, Mid-20th Century. NOTE: If you love this nightstand by Glenn of California we have a matching lingerie chest here for sale if it is still available. Is it a nightstand? YES! Is it an end or side table? It certainly could be… YES!! Either way, isn’t it FABULOUS? We sure think so!! This is a stunning vintage mid-century modern nightstand or end table designed by Glenn of California. It is comprised of GORGEOUS rosewood top and drawer fronts bordered by an aluminum strip, grooved handle pulls on the sides of the two drawers, cased with black painted sides, and the top drawer is slightly smaller than the bottom. It will be fantastic beside your bed used...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Aluminum

Pair of Stanley Young for Glenn of California Mid-Century Walnut 4-Drawer Bach
By Glenn of California, Stanley Young
Located in New York, NY
PAIR of American Mid-Century walnut bachelor's chests with four drawers in descending size with curved wooden drawer handles. (STANLEY YOUNG FOR GLENN OF CALIFORNIA)(PRICED AS PAIR)
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Walnut, Wood

Stanley Young for Glenn of California Wooden Curved Handle Three Drawer Chest
By Glenn of California, Stanley Young
Located in New York, NY
American mid-century blonde wood three drawer chest with curved plywood drawer pulls resting on four tapered dowel legs. (STANLEY YOUNG FOR GLENN OF CALIFORNIA)
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall Highboy Chest for Glenn of California
By Glenn of California, Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall Highboy Chest for Glenn of California. ________________________________________ Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern furniture is like bring...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood, Walnut, Lacquer

Milo Baughman Two-Tone Lacquered Highboy for Glenn of California
By Glenn of California, Milo Baughman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Milo Baughman two-tone lacquered highboy for Glenn of California. ________________________________________ Transforming a piece of Mid-Century Modern...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Steel

Stanley Young for Glenn of California Mid-Century Modern Chest in Dark Espresso
By Stanley Young, Glenn of California
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Stanley young for Glenn of California four drawer chest of drawers on tapered dowel legs, walnut refinished in dark espresso with handles of aluminum and bentwood....
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Aluminum

Chest of Drawers by Craig Nealy for Glenn of California, US, 1950s
By Glenn of California, Craig Nealey
Located in Berlin, DE
Beautiful vintage chest of drawers designed by Craig Nealy for Glenn of California in the United States, circa 1950s. This handsome, tall chest design feat...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Wood

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Glenn Of California commodes and chests of drawers for sale on 1stDibs.

Glenn of California commodes and chests of drawers 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 commodes and chests of drawers, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original commodes and chests of drawers by Glenn of California were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider commodes and chests of drawers by Calvin, Conant Ball, and Heritage-Henredon. Prices for Glenn of California commodes and chests of drawers can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,995 and can go as high as $12,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,700.
Questions About Glenn of California Commodes and Chests of Drawers
  • 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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