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John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

Like so many artists and designers, husband and wife John McGuire (1920–2013) and Elinor Stevenson (1914–2005) became masters in their trade by accident. For the founders of McGuire Furniture Company, well, furniture wasn’t actually in the plans.

The couple met just before the start of World War II (during which John was in the U.S. Navy and Elinor was a navigation instructor) and got married after it ended. They settled down in San Francisco where John held a couple of jobs — among them selling newspaper ads for the San Francisco Examiner while Elinor worked for Boeing Aircraft. Soon, an old Navy buddy of John’s asked him to help sell a bunch of rattan furniture and, needing the money, John agreed. His side business became so successful that John decided to quit his ad-sales job and work full-time in design.

In 1948, McGuire Furniture Company was born. Alongside the mid-century modern furniture designs then gaining popularity in the United States, John introduced an unconventional idea: traditional armchairs, stools and tables made of natural materials such as bamboo, which was strong yet could be rendered pliable when steamed, that were intended for the indoors rather than the front porch.

The brand’s first success was the now famous Director’s X-Chair by Leonard Linden. The military-campaign-style solid oak folding chair launched in 1956 and saw rattan binded with rawhide strips and a high-grade leather slug seat and back that eliminated the need for a plush cushion. Elinor, too, designed some of the brand’s popular pieces, such as 1968’s Cracked Ice chair. With its rattan oval back a dazzling celebration of geometric forms that give it its charming moniker, the Cracked Ice chair was an instant classic and is one of the brand’s most recognizable designs.

Today, McGuire and another American furniture manufacturer, Baker Furniture Company, comprise Baker Interiors Group. McGuire remains true to the founders’ ideals and commitment to crafting the kind of organic modern furnishings that are synonymous with the warm and relaxed feel of California design. The company has collaborated with interior designers Steven Volpe, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy and Nicole Hollis, and, as of 2019, its luxury furnishings share a 16,500-square-foot showroom with Baker’s in San Francisco. Some of the earliest McGuire Furniture Company designs are part of the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

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Creator: John and Elinor McGuire
Pair McGuire Beside Tables or Night Stands
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Pasadena, CA
This is a superb pair of McGuire Bedside Tables or Stands that dates to c 1970. The tables are in overall very good to excellent original condition. The cerused finish combined with ...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Brass

Pair Vintage McGuire Director Style Organic Modern Caned Rattan Dining Chairs
By John and Elinor McGuire, Ficks Reed, McGuire, John McGuire
Located in Decatur, GA
Pair of vintage McGuire rattan dining chairs made in the California coastal organic modern style. The set features stout rattan frames in a dire...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Elinor McGuire for McGuire San Francisco Rattan Dining Chairs, a Set of 4
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A beautiful set of four M-74 dining chairs designed by Elinor McGuire for McGuire San Francisco. Chairs have the original finish and feature McGuire’s signature woven rawhide binding...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

Elinor McGuire for McGuire San Francisco Rattan Dining Chairs, a Pair
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A beautiful pair of M-74 dining chairs designed by Elinor McGuire for McGuire San Francisco. Chairs have the original finish and feature McGuire’s signature woven rawhide bindings wi...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

Set of Four McGuire Rattan Leona Loop Back Dining Arm Chairs
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A set of four rattan arm chairs, designed by breakthrough innovator Elinor McGuire in the California organic modern style. These impeccably crafted dining chairs display a gestural l...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo, Rattan

A Pair of McGuire San Francisco Rattan Target Arm Chairs or Dining Chairs
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A pair of rattan arm chairs or dining chairs designed by breakthrough innovator Elinor McGuire in the California organic modern style. These impeccably crafted chairs display an open...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

Vintage 80s McGuire Antalya Directors Style Dining or Occasional Chairs Rawhide
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in St. Louis, MO
Pair of Classic 1980s directors style McGuire dining or occasional armchairs with lattice style rawhide seats and backs. These rattan framed chairs with backrest and seat woven in ra...
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1980s Philippine British Colonial Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Hide, Rattan

Pair Of McGuire Bamboo Target Back Chairs
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in San Carlos, CA
Gorgeous set of 2 California organic modern McGuire lounge chairs. or arm chairs. Made with thick bamboo and rattan and weaved around the joints with rawhide leather. These chairs ar...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

McGuire Rattan Target Arm Chairs or Dining Chairs, a Pair
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A pair of rattan arm chairs or dining chairs designed by breakthrough innovator Elinor McGuire in the California organic modern style. These impeccably crafted chairs display an open rattan back, which frames McGuire's iconic Rattan Target design. Chairs feature gracefully curved arms, McGuire's signature rawhide laces on the exposed joints, and thick rattan frames in a medium brown wood tone. Seats have a loose cushion with vintage fabric that rests on a stick deck, and each chair retains the McGuire San Francisco brass plaque. If you are interested in a set of four or six McGuire Rattan Target Chairs...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

McGuire Organic Modern Rattan Bamboo Pedestal Dining Table Base, with Label
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Designed for a glass top, this rattan pedestal dining table base is marked McGuire San Francisco and has the original light wash finish. Shaped like a sheaf of wheat, the organic mod...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo, Rattan, Wood

Elinor McGuire Rattan Target Arm Chairs or Dining Chairs, a Pair
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A pair of rattan arm chairs or dining chairs designed by breakthrough innovator Elinor McGuire in the California organic modern style. These impeccably crafted chairs display an open rattan back, which frames McGuire's iconic Rattan Target design. Chairs feature gracefully curved arms, McGuire's signature rawhide laces on the exposed joints, and thick rattan frames in a medium brown wood tone. Seats have a loose cushion with vintage fabric that rests on a stick deck, and each chair retains the McGuire San Francisco brass plaque. If you are interested in a set of four or six McGuire Rattan Target Chairs...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Rattan

Mc Guire table set with 12 Mc Guire 70's chairs
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Roma, RM
Table with glass top + set of 12 mc guire 70's chairs in black lacquered rattan Table dimensions: 270 x 125 x 76 cm Chairs dimensions: 45 x 45 x 78 cm Prod...
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1970s American Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Cotton, Rattan, Glass

McGuire B-1 Rattan Two Seat Sofa
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This important early design by Elinor McGuire dates from the 1950s. It's from their "Style 1" series, and was offered as this model B-1 loveseat, as a single lounge chair, and also a three seat sofa...
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1950s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Upholstery, Rattan

McGuire C-1 Rattan Three Seat Sofa
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This important early design by Elinor McGuire dates from the 1950s. It's from their "Style 1" series, and was offered as this model B-1 loveseat, as a single lounge chair, and also a three seat sofa...
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1950s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Upholstery, Rattan

Mcguire Furniture Company, center/dining table, Midcentury
By John McGuire, McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Stockholm, SE
Elinore Stevensson (1914-2005) met Johan McGuire (1920-2013) just before World War II. They settled in San Francisco and began selling rattan furniture which led to the birth of McGu...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo

Rare Mcguire Bamboo and Cane Magazine Rack
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare bamboo and cane magazine rack by John and Elinor McGuire of San Francisco purchased from the estate of the original owner, circa 1970. This unusual item is in original conditi...
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1970s American Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo, Cane

McGuire Model 69 Rattan Coffee Table
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This handsome early design by Elinor McGuire for her company McGuire of San Fransisco has a top and shelf supported by a rattan frame joined by McGuire's trademarked rawhide method. ...
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1950s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Formica

McGuire A-1 Rattan Lounge Chair
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This important early design by Elinor McGuire dates from the 1950s. It's from their "Style 1" series, and was offered as this model A-1 lounge chair, and also a two or three seat sof...
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1960s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Upholstery, Rattan

Elinor McGuire Rattan Cane Oval Back Dining Arm Chairs, a Set of Four
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A set of four graceful and airy dining chairs designed by breakthrough innovator Elinor McGuire. Chairs have an oval rattan double-caned back and the original tobacco brown finish. T...
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20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

McGuire 104 B Corner/ End Table
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
A great example of John and Elinor McGuire's sensibility– combining organic modern materials with a restrained modernist form, this rattan table supports a glass top and a mahogany l...
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1950s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Glass

McGuire Set of Four Armchairs
By John and Elinor McGuire, McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
Another elegant design by Elinor and John McGuire, these armchairs are not only beautiful, but incredibly well built with McGuire's patented method using rawhide binding at the joint...
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1960s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Cane, Rattan

Elinor McGuire NP-10 Center / Dining Table
By John and Elinor McGuire, McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This elegant piece is the perfect center table, and can also serve as a dining table. One of Elinor McGuire's most iconic and enduring designs for McGuire of San Fransisco, the NP-10...
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1980s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Glass

McGuire Three Tier Natural Rattan Bamboo and Leather Rolling Bar Cart
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Germantown, MD
McGuire three tier ebonized rattan rolling bar cart in excellent vintage condition. Measures: 25.5" in diameter and stands 30" tall. Lower tier has a 13" clearance and the middle t...
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Late 20th Century American Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Paint

Bamboo Dining Table Sheaf of Wheat by McGuire, circa 1970, United States
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Marbella, ES
Bamboo dining table sheaf of wheat by McGuire, circa 1970 United States Measure of the foot of table 72 x 61 cm.   
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Late 20th Century American John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo, Glass

McGuire Three Tier Ebonized Rattan Rolling Bar Cart
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Germantown, MD
McGuire three tier ebonized rattan rolling bar cart in excellent vintage condition. Measures: 25.5" in diameter and stands 30" tall.
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Late 20th Century American Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Paint

Elinor McGuire M-86 Rattan & Cane Chair
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
Elinor McGuire designed this model M-86c occasional chair for McGuire of San Fransisco, the company she started with her husband John. The only thing more impressive than the many su...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Upholstery, Cane, Rattan

Ficks Reed Bamboo Sheaf Dining Table and Five Swivel Chairs
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Hanover, MA
California modern sun room dining set with table and five armchairs. Off-white lacquered bamboo sheaf pedestal base dining table raised on arched supports with a 42 inch round...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo, Rattan

Elinor McGuire M-59 "Host" or "Target" Chair
By John and Elinor McGuire, McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
Elinor McGuire designed this model M-59 occasional chair for McGuire of San Fransisco, the company she started with her husband John. Originally named the "Host" chair, it has become...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Upholstery, Rattan

Elinor McGuire Rattan Side Tables
By John and Elinor McGuire, McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
Elinor McGuire designed these rattan side tables/ nightstands for McGuire of San Fransisco, the company she started with her husband John. McGuire furniture is made to last generatio...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Glass

Elinor McGuire M-71 Occasional Chair
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
Elinor McGuire designed this model M-71 occasional chair for McGuire of San Fransisco, the company she started with her husband John. McGuire furniture is made to last for generation...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Rattan

"McGuire" 1970s Bar Server Buffet, Trolley with Extendable Top
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Roma, RM
"McGuire" 1970s bar Server Buffet - Trolley with extendable top. Designed by John and Elinor Mcguire in the seventies this item is part of a dining room set that can be bought toge...
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1970s American Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Wood

McGuire Queen Size Headboard in Rattan and Cane
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
John McGuire designed this model 146 queen size headboard for McGuire of San Fransisco, the company he started with his wife Elinor. McGuire furniture is made to last generations. No...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Cane, Rattan

Vintage McGuire California Circular Glass & Bamboo Dining Table, USA, circa 1970
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in London, GB
Vintage McGuire California Circular Glass & Bamboo Dining Table, USA, circa 1970 Circular glass top dining table constructed in iconic McGuire California leather wrapped bamboo. Exc...
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1970s American Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Glass

Beautiful Restored Pair of Mahogany, Rattan and Brass End Tables by McGuire
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Atlanta, GA
These fabulous end tables are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation ready. ...
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1970s North American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

Materials

Brass

McGuire Rattan & Oak Side Table
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
An exceptional design by Elinor & John McQuire for their eponymous company, this rattan side table has a subtle beauty and grace as well as an impeccable build quality. The organic modern rattan base has four legs with a cathedral arch...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Oak

Elinor McGuire NP-12 Elliptical Dining Table
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
One of Elinor McGuire's most iconic and enduring designs for McGuire of San Fransisco, the NP-12 dining table has a base of rattan gathered at the waist like a sheaf of wheat that su...
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1980s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Glass

Vintage McGuire Rattan Sheaf of Wheat Form Dining Table, Original White Lacquer
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in St. Louis, MO
Vintage Hollywood Regency McGuire rattan sheaf of wheat form glass top dining table or breakfast table designed in the 1960s. Beveled edge glass top has few minor scratches. Glass i...
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1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan

Dramatic Restored Pair of Cerused Oak and Brass Commodes by McGuire, circa 1970
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent married pair of commodes is shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely instal...
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1970s North American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

Materials

Brass

Elinor McGuire Iconic Cracked Ice Dining Chairs, a Set of 6, with McGuire Label
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Vero Beach, FL
A set of six iconic cracked ice chairs designed by breakthrough innovator Elinor McGuire in 1968. The design is famous for its rattan oval back that frames smaller rattan pieces boun...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

Sheaf of Wheat Bamboo Pedestal Dining Table by McGuire
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Norwood, NJ
Elegant dining/center table. One of Elinor McGuire's most iconic and enduring designs for McGuire of San Fransisco, the NP-10 dining table has a base of rattan gathered at the waist ...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo, Glass, Wood

McGuire Rattan Expanding Game/ Dining Table
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
An ingenious design by McGuire featuring a top that flips open to double in size, the model 127 game- dining table has a base of mitered rattan over hardwood supporting the top cover...
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1960s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Wood

Elinor McGuire Model 226c Caned Desk
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This exquisite design by Elinor McGuire for McGuire of San Fransisco is an exercise in subtle beauty and refined detailing. With a body covered in cane, an oak top, slightly splayed ...
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1980s American Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

Materials

Brass

John And Elinor Mcguire furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

John and Elinor McGuire furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of rattan and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of John and Elinor McGuire furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by John and Elinor McGuire were created in the Hollywood Regency style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Wicker Works, John McGuire, and John Hutton. Prices for John and Elinor McGuire furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,800 and can go as high as $6,400, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,800.

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