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Lane Furniture

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.

The manufacturer was off to a modest start but the family was industrious: The Lanes were made up of farmers and contractors who’d built more than 30 miles of the Virginian railroad. They owned a cotton mill and purchased thousands of acres of land in Campbell County, Virginia, where the Virginian railroad was intended to cross the main line of the Southern Railway. The Lanes intended to start a town in this region of the state, and by 1912, streets for the town of Altavista had been laid out and utility lines were installed. In the spring of that year, 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 introduced an assembly system at its small factory after securing a contract with the federal government to produce ammunition boxes made of pine 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 the company’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.

Wartime production during World War II had Lane producing aircraft parts. In the 1950s, the family-owned company began to branch out into manufacturing tables, bedroom pieces and other various furnishings for the entire home. The brand’s vintage mid-century furniture is highly sought after.

Lane’s Acclaim walnut furniture line, which, designed by Andre Bus, has been compared to Drexel’s Declaration series for its blend of modern furniture’s clean contours and traditional craftsmanship. Ads for the Lane series suggested that it included “probably the best-selling table in the world.” (There are end tables, cocktail tables and more in the Acclaim collection, sporting graceful tapered legs and dovetail inlays.) Later, during the 1960s, Lane offered handsome modular wall units designed by the likes of Paul McCobb. Today, the company is owned by United Furniture Industries and is particularly well-known for its upholstered furniture.

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.

Browse storage cabinets, tables and other vintage Lane Furniture on 1stDibs.

Classic Lane Glass and Walnut Kidney Shape Coffee / Cocktail Table
By Lane Furniture
Located in Buffalo, NY
This mid-century coffee table by Lane features a unique kidney shape in the style of Adrian Pearsall. Its solid walnut construction and sculpted base offer a modern flare to any home...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

Materials

Glass, Walnut

Mid-Century Modern Lane Altavista Mid-Century Modern Full Size Headboard
By Lane Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
For your consideration is a wonderful, Solid wood queen-sized headboard, by Lane Altavista, circa 1960s. In very good vintage condition. The dimensions are 60" W x 2.25" D x 42" H. ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

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Hardwood

Lane Mid-Century Modern Side Table Night Stand Perception
By Lane Furniture
Located in New York, NY
Lane side table night stand perception line. Mid century modern side table night stand by Lane AltaVista Perception Line. Minimalist modern cube with waterfall edges and sculpted han...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Walnut

Mid-Century Sculptural Walnut Side Table by Lane, U.S.A, 1960s
By Lane Furniture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mid-century sculptural walnut side table with new glass top. Made by Lane in the 1960s.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

Materials

Glass, Walnut

1950s Lane, Tiered Side Table
By Lane Furniture
Located in Salt Lake City, UT
Tiered side table with black laminate top, walnut base and black sabot. Listing is for one table.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

Materials

Laminate, Walnut

  • 1950s Lane, Tiered Side Table
  • 1950s Lane, Tiered Side Table
  • 1950s Lane, Tiered Side Table
  • 1950s Lane, Tiered Side Table
H 21.5 in. W 18 in. D 32 in.
Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Mid-Century table with walnut grain and oak accent trim. Sculpted open frame and single drawer. Table also has a finished back. (Please confirm item location NY or NJ with...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Wood

  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
H 20 in. W 22 in. D 30 in.
Paul Evans Style Lane Brutalist Mid Century Walnut 9 Drawer Lowboy Dresser
By Paul Evans, Lane Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Paul Evans style Lane Brutalist mid century walnut 9 drawer lowboy dresser Dresser measures: 80 wide x 20.25 deep x 30.25 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

Materials

Walnut

Impressive Two-Piece Sideboard with Display Shelf by Lane
By Lane Furniture, Warren C. Church
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This Mid-Century Modern sideboard features iconic Warren Church design for Lane, including carved wood handles and basket woven details. The upper display cupboard features shapely d...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

Materials

Walnut

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Lane Furniture Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Lane Furniture Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Lane Furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 355 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original Lane Furniture furniture was created in the Mid-Century Modern style in North America during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider Furniture by Widdicomb Furniture Co., Maitland Smith and Drexel. Prices for Lane Furniture can vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $375 and tops out at $12,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,636 on average.
Questions About Lane Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Travertine floors may be considered outdated, they can look quite contemporary if you pair them with more modern elements, like white cabinetry.