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Lane Acclaim

American

Lane’s Acclaim furniture collection of coffee tables, end tables, dressers and more has been compared to Drexel’s wildly popular Declaration series for its blend of traditional craftsmanship and the impeccably clean contours that are frequently associated with the best of mid-century modern design

When the first iteration of the Lane Furniture company began to produce its now-famous Lane cedar chests in the early 20th century, the family behind the brand was unsure of how successful they’d be, so they initially didn’t bother adding their name to the offerings.

In the spring of 1912, in the town of Altavista, John Lane purchased a defunct box factory at a bankruptcy auction. His son, Edward Hudson Lane, was tasked with the manufacturing of the cedar “hope” chests for which the Lane family would become known, even though the company was initially incorporated as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Company.

The Standard Red Cedar Chest Company struggled in its early days but secured a government contract to produce pine ammunition boxes during World War I. The company prospered and applied mass-production methods to its cedar-chest manufacturing after the war, and, in 1922, rebranding as the Lane Company, it implemented a national advertising campaign to market its products. 

Ads tied Lane’s strong cedar hope chests to romance. Anchored by copy that read “The gift that starts the home,” the campaign rendered a Lane cedar chest a necessary purchase for young women to store linens, clothing and keepsakes as they prepared to marry.

In the 1950s, Lane branched out into manufacturing tables, bedroom pieces and other various furnishings for the entire home. Today, the brand’s vintage mid-century furniture — which includes the Perception, Tuxedo and Acclaim collections — is highly sought after. 

Print advertisements for Lane’s Acclaim series suggested that it included “probably the best-selling table in the world.” Before its offerings expanded to include items for the bedroom and dining areas of the home, Lane was primarily known for its tables and case pieces — there are side tables, coffee tables and more in the Acclaim collection, each sporting graceful tapered legs and dovetail inlays. 

Altavista designer Andre Bus, who joined Lane in 1954, created the Acclaim collection. It initially debuted in the late 1950s before the company revisited and expanded the line in 1962. Crafted in warm walnut, the Acclaim furnishings have understandably drawn comparisons to the Scandinavian modernist furniture that gained popularity in the United States during the postwar years.

Later, during the 1960s, Lane offered handsome modular wall units created by the likes of Paul McCobb, an award-winning Massachusetts-born designer best known for his work at Directional.

The company was acquired by United Furniture Industries in 2017 and became particularly well-known among contemporary consumers for its upholstered furniture. In 2022 United abruptly closed and ceased operations at Lane.  

Vintage Lane furniture is generally characterized by relatively neutral styles, which are versatile in different kinds of interiors, as well as good quality woods and careful manufacturing. All of these attributes have made Lane one of the most recognizable names in American furniture.

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1960’s Lane Acclaim End Tables - a Set of 2
By Lane Acclaim, Andre Bus
Located in Charleston, SC
Lane Acclaim End Tables by Andre Bus Acclaim series side tables with shelf by Andre Bus for lane. The acclaim series side tables feature a two-tone dovetail designed top made of oak...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Acclaim

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Walnut

Lane Tuxedo nightstand or lounge side table
By Lane Acclaim
Located in South Charleston, WV
1961, Lane Furniture. Acclaim. Black walnut with aluminum pulls. Restoration by refinishing and chevron finger pulls repainted and sanded. Beyond some chip repairs to the sides and m...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Acclaim

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Walnut

Paul Mcobb Lane End Table Delineator Walnut Cane
By Paul McCobb, Lane Acclaim
Located in Fraser, MI
Please feel free to reach out for accurate shipping to your location. Walnut and Cane end table from Paul McCobb's Delineator Group for Lane.
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1960s Vintage Lane Acclaim

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Chrome

Vintage 1970s Burl Credenza / Buffet by Lane
By Lane Acclaim
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning original 1970s burl credenza by Lane. All original. Would be great under a TV, with a record player on top or in a dining room. The wood work is stunning! Would compliment a...
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1970s American Vintage Lane Acclaim

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Wood, Oak, Burl

Lane Alta Vista Sculptural Mid Century Modern Mirror Tile Shelf
By Lane Acclaim
Located in Forest Grove, PA
A Lane Alta Vista Mid Century mirror with a greek key tile shelf after the sculptural designs of Vladimir Kagan. The mirror hangs from hooks on top of the side rails. The mark is ver...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Acclaim

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Ceramic, Mirror, Walnut

Set of 4 Paul McCobb Style Dining Chairs by Lane
By Paul McCobb, Lane Acclaim
Located in Boynton Beach, FL
Set of 4 unique dining chairs made by Lane Furniture. Often attributed to Paul McCobb due to the simple yet elegant design. Clean lines through the metal frames working up to the wood and cane backrests. 4 total chairs. One captain chair and 3 side chairs...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Acclaim

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Metal, Brass

Modern Walnut Lane Coffee
By Lane Acclaim
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid-Century Modern walnut coffee table with an X base and rounded edges. Well constructed and retains the branding mark to the bottom, manufactured by th...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Acclaim

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Walnut

Modern Walnut Lane Coffee
Modern Walnut Lane Coffee
H 16 in W 52 in D 24 in
Lane Furniture Chippendale Style End Tables
By Lane Acclaim
Located in Pasadena, TX
This pair of Chippendale Mahogany end tables will make a nice addition to any home. They have beautiful brass pulls and a single deep d...
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Late 20th Century American Chippendale Lane Acclaim

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Brass

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Lane Acclaim furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Lane Acclaim furniture 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 Lane Acclaim furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Lane Acclaim were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall, Heritage Furniture, and Hekman Furniture. Prices for Lane Acclaim furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $347 and can go as high as $5,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,495.
Questions About Lane Acclaim
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Lane Acclaim tables are made out of wood. The tops typically feature walnut veneers, while the legs and bases tend to feature solid wood construction. André Bus designed the Acclaim line for Lane furniture, which introduced the range in 1958. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Lane Acclaim tables from some of the world's top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 22, 2024
    To date a Lane Acclaim table, look for its serial number. You can usually locate it on the underside of the tabletop. When read backwards, the serial number will tell you the day, month and year of production. If you can't locate the serial number, an expert appraiser or antiques dealer can assist you with the dating process. Find a collection of Lane Acclaim tables on 1stDibs.

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