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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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McGuire Furniture Wicker Coffee Table or Ottoman
By McGuire
Located in Ross, CA
Wicker ottoman or coffee table by McGuire Furniture. The wicker is woven around steel making it a sturdy piece, the feet are ball design. Furniture can be picked up for free in the ...
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Early 2000s American Bohemian McGuire Furniture Company

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Wicker

McGuire Furniture Square Wicker Side Table or Ottomon
By McGuire
Located in Ross, CA
Wicker ottoman or low side table by McGuire Furniture. The wicker is woven around steel making it a sturdy piece, the feet are ball design. Furniture can always be picked up for fre...
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Early 2000s American Bohemian McGuire Furniture Company

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Wicker

Pair Vintage McGuire Director Style Organic Modern Caned Rattan Dining Chairs
By John and Elinor McGuire, Ficks Reed, McGuire, John McGuire
Located in Decatur, GA
Pair of vintage McGuire rattan dining chairs made in the California coastal organic modern style. The set features stout rattan frames in a dire...
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1970s American Organic Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company

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Leather, Bamboo, Wicker, Cane, Rattan

Beautiful Pair of Oak, Rattan and Cane Campaign Commodes by McGuire, circa 1970
By McGuire
Located in Atlanta, GA
This magnificent pair of commodes are shipped as professionally photographed and described in the listing narrative: Meticulously professionally restored and completely installation ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company

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Brass

Set of Six McGuire Rattan Loop Back Dining Armchairs
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Distinctive set of six McGuire loop-back dining armchairs made in the California coastal organic modern style by McGuire. Designed by Elinor McGuire in the 1970s the Leona loop chair...
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20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Leather, Fabric, Rattan

McGuire Organic Modern Bamboo Glass Console Sofa Table
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Distinctive console or sofa table made in the California coastal organic modern style by McGuire. The table features an iron frame painted golden gate orange for authenticity and wra...
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20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Iron

Vintage Coastal McGuire Octagon Dining Table
By McGuire
Located in west palm beach, FL
A fabulous vintage Coastal dining table. Made by the iconic McGuire group and tagged below. A chic brass cap bundled rattan with an octagonal glass top. Acquired from a Palm Beach es...
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Late 20th Century Philippine McGuire Furniture Company

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Brass

McGuire Organic Modern Bent Rattan Lounge Chair and Ottoman
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Distinctive and rare bent pole rattan lounge chair and matching ottoman made in the California coastal organic modern style by McGuire. The pair feature gracefully curved bent rattan...
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20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

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Faux Leather, Rattan, Oak

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Mcguire Furniture Company furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

McGuire Furniture Company furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of natural fiber and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of McGuire Furniture Company furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by McGuire Furniture Company 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 John and Elinor McGuire, Kreiss, and John McGuire. Prices for McGuire Furniture Company furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $695 and can go as high as $42,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,750.

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