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McGuire Furniture Company

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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$3,645
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Vintage Coastal McGuire “Cracked Ice” Rattan Dining Chairs - Set of 6
By McGuire
Located in west palm beach, FL
Spectacular set of 6 vintage Coastal dining chairs. The coveted “Cracked Ice” design made by the iconic McGuire Group. Beautiful bent rattan chair with inset cane seats. Custom cushi...
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Late 20th Century Philippine McGuire Furniture Company

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Cane, Rattan

McGuire Bamboo Table with Steel Supports and Glass Top
By McGuire
Located in West Hartford, CT
Round McGuire MA-34 mottled bamboo pedestal table with 54'' beveled glass top. Base features heavy steel frame construction veneered in bamboo; leather wrapped detail in the iconic M...
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1980s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company

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Steel

McGuire Rattan Target Design Cocktail or Occasional Table
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Exceptional McGuire two-tier cocktail table, coffee table, or occasional table designed by Elinor McGuire. The table features a rattan frame with McGuires iconic target design on eac...
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20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Leather, Cane, Rattan, Glass

Versatile Set of Three Nesting Tables by McGuire
By McGuire
Located in Hopewell, NJ
This a set of three nesting tables in cerused wood by McGuire. The largest table is a coffee table (measurements provided below) and the two tables that tuck underneath measure 18.5”...
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2010s North American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Wood

Set of Four McGuire Rattan Chinese Officials Hat Dining Chairs
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Dramatic set of four rattan dining chairs made by McGuire. The chairs are made in the manner and style of a Chinese Ming officials hat chair crafted from rattan poles lashed together...
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20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Leather, Fabric, Rattan

McGuire Antalya Rattan Laced Rawhide Leather Sofa Settee
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Rare, organic modern McGuire Antalya sofa or settee featuring a laced rawhide leather covered frame. Model number MCLC10 is crafted from thick rattan poles creating a frame which is ...
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20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Leather, Fabric, Rattan

Late 20th-C. Rattan or Bamboo Ottomans by McGuire of San Francisco
By McGuire
Located in Kennesaw, GA
This is a nice large pair of rattan ottomans by McGuire out of San Francisco. They have a silver label and peg construction. The ottomans have a nice large scale. The upholstery is v...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Upholstery, Rattan

McGuire Organic Modern Bamboo Rattan Rectangular Dining Table
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Handsome bamboo rattan rectangular dining table made in the California organic modern style by McGuire. Genuine McGuire model #MCBA22 with an iron frame painted golden gate orange fo...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Iron

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McGuire Furniture Company furniture for sale on 1stDibs

McGuire Furniture Company furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Natural Fiber and are designed with extraordinary care. In our McGuire Furniture Company collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock of these items we have 144 vintage editions, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by McGuire Furniture Company were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture from Palecek Furniture, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy and Wicker Works if you’re looking for additional options. The prices for McGuire Furniture Company furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $390 and tops out at $42,000, while pieces like these can sell for $3,500 on average.

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