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Kent Coffey

American

Established in 1907 by Finley H. Coffey and Dr. A.A. Kent, a contemporary and competitor of furniture makers John Bernhardt and James Broyhill, the Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company in Lenoir, North Carolina, developed a name for itself by designing and mass-producing durable, affordable and stylish bedroom furniture, dressers, tables and other items.

Consider Kent-Coffey a precursor to IKEA, with sturdy oak and mahogany furniture rather than particleboard structures and an American-design bent rather than a Swedish one. The company's mid-century modern furniture, under the leadership of Finley’s son Harold, took off. A magazine ad from the era for the brand’s Perspecta collection positioned a minimalist bedroom set front and center, with its walnut and rosewood dresser, an elegant nine-drawer piece that rested on tapered legs and featured gorgeous sculptural details carved into its drawer fronts, occupying most of the page’s real estate. The materials for Kent-Coffey furniture were sourced locally, as the company touted its relationship with the Lilly Company in nearby High Points, North Carolina, as a supplier of its mahogany, for example.

In 1964, Kent-Coffey Manufacturing Company was sold to Magnavox (but reportedly operated as a wholly owned subsidiary thereafter), and later, in 1983, the company became part of the furniture branch of the Singer Company (of the sewing-machine fame). Singer shuttered its furniture division in the late 1990s.

Today, as is the case with most of the sophisticated furniture designed in postwar America, work that originated at Kent-Coffey is hard to come by. 

Previously owned walnut headboards and vintage bedroom dressers with Formica tops from the company’s Perspecta line and sandalwood continental dressers, for example, are highly valued by collectors. Kent-Coffey’s various mid-century modern lines — such as Goldenaire and Town House — were always clearly branded with identifiers such as drawer markings or stamps on the underside of its coveted end tables.

Find vintage Kent-Coffey case pieces and cabinets, nightstands and other furniture on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$2,267
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Materials
Mid-Century Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Triple Dresser
By Kent Coffey
Located in Clarksboro, NJ
This listing is for a Mid-Century Kent Coffey Perspecta Walnut Triple Dresser. Featuring six center drawers, two doors on each end that open up to three hidden drawers, original hard...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kent Coffey

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

Kent Coffey The Wharton Mid Century Walnut and Stainless 9 Drawer Lowboy Dresser
By Kent Coffey
Located in Countryside, IL
Kent Coffey The Wharton mid century walnut and stainless 9 drawer lowboy dresser Dresser measures: 72 wide x 20 deep x 31.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in wha...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kent Coffey

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Stainless Steel

Side Tables
By Kent Coffey
Located in Germantown, MD
Fine pair of antique nightstands. Estate find. Highly desirable Kent Coffey high quality furniture. The Mainwaring collection. Beautiful rich mahogany, solids and veneers. Bow front ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey

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Brass

  • Side Tables
  • Side Tables
  • Side Tables
  • Side Tables
H 28 in. W 20.5 in. D 18 in.
Kent Coffey Perspecta Mid Century Nightstand
By Kent Coffey
Located in Countryside, IL
Kent Coffey Perspecta mid century nightstand Nightstand measures: 23 wide x 15 deep x 24.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintage cond...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kent Coffey

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Wood

Pair of Kent Coffey "Tableau" Nightstands in Walnut
By Kent Coffey
Located in Dallas, TX
Newly restored walnut nightstands by Kent Coffey. Brass trim on recessed handles.
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Kent Coffey

Materials

Walnut

1960s Mid Century Lacquered Crendenza
By Kent Coffey
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An extraordinary mid-century lacquered chest of drawers is crafted out of walnut wood and has been newly stained in a walnut & ebonized color combination with lacquered finish by our...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kent Coffey

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Metal, Steel

  • 1960s Mid Century Lacquered Crendenza
  • 1960s Mid Century Lacquered Crendenza
  • 1960s Mid Century Lacquered Crendenza
  • 1960s Mid Century Lacquered Crendenza
H 31 in. W 76 in. D 21 in.
Kent Coffey Perspecta Mid-Century Walnut and Rosewood Buffet and Hutch
By Kent Coffey
Located in Countryside, IL
Kent Coffey Perspecta mid-century walnut and rosewood buffet and hutch The buffet measures: 66 wide x 21 deep x 30 inches high. The hutch measures: 62 wide x 15.75 deep x 48 inch...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kent Coffey

Materials

Brass

Kent Coffey Perspecta Pair of Nightstands
By Kent Coffey
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Kent Coffey Perspecta pair of walnut and rosewood nightstands. Unique and uncommon design! Good Original Condition, one nightstand shows mopre wear to top surface, probably the Husba...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Kent Coffey

Materials

Rosewood, Walnut

  • Kent Coffey Perspecta Pair of Nightstands
  • Kent Coffey Perspecta Pair of Nightstands
  • Kent Coffey Perspecta Pair of Nightstands
  • Kent Coffey Perspecta Pair of Nightstands
H 25 in. W 24.5 in. D 17 in.
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Kent Coffey Sellers

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Kent Coffey furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from Kent Coffey are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Kent Coffey collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 75 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Kent Coffey's original furniture was created during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Thomasville, Raymond Loewy and Merton Gershun. The prices for Kent Coffey furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $395 and tops at $5,400, while pieces like these can sell for $2,200 on average.

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