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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
Bamboo Dining Table Sheaf of Wheat by McGuire, circa 1970, United States
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Malaga, 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 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 Dining Set, Six Cracked Ice Dining Chairs and Dining Table
By John and Elinor McGuire, Leonard Linden, McGuire
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage McGuire dining set, six cracked ice dining chairs and 60” dining table, rattan and bamboo and raw hide The table was designed by Leonard Linden. 60" round glass top and ba...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan, Glass, Bentwood

Elinor McGuire King/ Two Twin "Cracked Ice" Rattan Headboard
By John and Elinor McGuire, McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
Elinor McGuire's iconic "cracked ice" design in a pair of two panel headboards by McGuire of San Fransisco, the company she started with her husband John. They can be used individual...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Rattan

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

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Brass

McGuire Rattan & Oak Side Table
By John and Elinor McGuire, 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 m...
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1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Rattan, Oak

Ficks Reed Bamboo Sheaf Dining Table and Five Swivel Chairs
By John and Elinor McGuire
Located in Hingham, 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 bevel...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Bamboo, Rattan

Elinor McGuire Rattan Side Tables
By McGuire, John and Elinor 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

Dramatic Restored Pair of Cerused Oak and Brass Commodes by McGuire, circa 1970
By John and Elinor McGuire, 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

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Brass

McGuire of San Francisco "Cracked Ice" Dining Chairs, Set of Six
By John and Elinor McGuire, McGuire
Located in Miami, FL
McGuire of San Francisco "Cracked Ice" dining chairs, set of six. Offered for sale is an elegant, tropical chic set of six vintage McGuire of San Francisco, CA rattan and caned di...
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Late 20th Century American John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Cane, Rattan, Wood

Elinor McGuire M-71 Occasional Chair
By John and Elinor McGuire, 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

Pair Mid-Century McGuire Barrel Back Arm Chairs, Organic Modern Rattan + Cane
By John and Elinor McGuire, Ficks Reed, John McGuire, McGuire
Located in Decatur, GA
Exquisite pair of vintage McGuire organic modern barrel back arm chairs by John and Elinor McGuire. Featuring original ox blood tone naugahyde seats - a rare original colorway. Each ...
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1960s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Naugahyde, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Elinor McGuire Model 226c Caned Desk
By John and Elinor McGuire, 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

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Brass

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

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

Vintage McGuire Rattan Sheaf of Wheat Form Dining Table, Original White Lacquer
By John and Elinor McGuire, 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

Elinor McGuire NP-12 Elliptical Dining Table
By John and Elinor McGuire, 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 California Circular Glass & Bamboo Dining Table, USA, circa 1970
By McGuire, John and Elinor McGuire
Located in London, GB
Circular glass top dining table constructed in iconic McGuire California leather wrapped bamboo. Excellent original vintage condition. Very minor wear from age.
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1970s American Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Bamboo, Glass

Elinor McGuire "Giant Chaise"
By John and Elinor McGuire, McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This large and dramatic Model RW-32X chaise by Elinor McGuire for McGuire of San Fransisco is as comfortable as it is a strong statement piece in any room. The undulating, organic fo...
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1980s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Wicker, Rattan

McGuire Daybed, Mid-Century Organic Modern Rattan Leather Chaise Lounge
By John and Elinor McGuire, Ficks Reed, John McGuire, John Wisner, McGuire
Located in Decatur, GA
Vintage mid-century bamboo rattan daybed chaise lounge by McGuire, San Francisco circa 1965. Hand-crafted in the California organic modern style - this piece features a sturdy rattan...
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1960s American Organic Modern Vintage John and Elinor McGuire Furniture

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Leather, Chenille, Bamboo, Rattan

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Furniture by John and Elinor McGuire are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Natural Fiber and are designed with extraordinary care. In our John and Elinor McGuire furniture collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 19 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by John and Elinor McGuire were created in North America during the 20th century in Hollywood Regency style.. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gampel-Stoll, John Mascheroni and Phyllis Morris. Prices for John and Elinor McGuire furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $1,020 and tops out at $42,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,237 on average.

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