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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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Creator: McGuire Furniture Company
Dealer: Again & Again
McGuire Oak & Bamboo Writing Desk
By McGuire
Located in Dallas, TX
Mid-century modern desk with light wash color that highlights the woodgrain and brass drawer drop handles. The neutral finish makes this desk more contemporary than its dark brown an...
Category

1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company

Materials

Oak

Set of 6 McGuire Rattan Cathedral Dining Chairs
By McGuire
Located in Dallas, TX
Fantastic set of 6 McGuire rattan dining chairs in the original finish, with rawhide laces and recently upholstered cushions. The set includes six armchairs and each chair has the Mc...
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Late 20th Century North American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Rattan

Pair of McGuire Rattan Armchairs
By McGuire
Located in Dallas, TX
Gorgeous pair of McGuire rattan armchairs with goldfish print upholstery. Excellent condition.
Category

Late 20th Century North American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company

Materials

Leather, Upholstery, Rattan

Barbara Barry for McGuire Boxback Sofa
By Barbara Barry, McGuire
Located in Dallas, TX
Limited edition McGuire boxback sofa by Barbara Barry. This timeless design is classic in form and scale, with a gunmetal wood frame and a gracefully curved back that ensures comfort...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Mid-Century Modern McGuire Furniture Company

Materials

Upholstery, Wood

McGuire Rattan Sofa
By McGuire
Located in Dallas, TX
Iconic 3 seat rattan sofa by McGuire. Solid construction, rawhide corner wraps, bullseye back, great quality and form, circa mid-late 20th century.
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1970s Mid-Century Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company

Materials

Rattan

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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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