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McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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
McGuire Organic Modern Cerused Rattan Footstool
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Lacquered bamboo rattan footstool featuring a cerused or whitewashed finish made by McGuire. Beautifully crafted in the California organic modern style with rattan poles lashed toget...
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20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Leather, Rattan, Fabric

McGuire Mid Century Rattan Barstools - Set of 3
By McGuire
Located in Countryside, IL
McGuire Mid Century Rattan Barstools - Set of 3 Each barstool measures: 20.5 wide x 18 deep x 40.5 high, with a seat height of 31 and arm...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Upholstery, Rattan

Vintage McGuire Rattan Bar Stools
By McGuire
Located in Naples, FL
Bring a touch of retro elegance to your home with these vintage McGuire rattan bar stools. Crafted with exquisite attention to detail, these bar stools ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Philippine McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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McGuire San Francisco Rattan, Rawhide Swivel Stools, Pair
By McGuire
Located in Miami, FL
McGuire San Francisco Rattan, Rawhide swivel stools, pair Offered for sale is a pair of swivel bar stools manufactured by McGuire of San Franc...
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21st Century and Contemporary McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Brass

Pair of Oak & Rattan Side Tables / Stools by McGuire Furniture Co.
By McGuire
Located in San Diego, CA
A nice pair of oak and rattan side tables / stools by McGuire Furniture Co. of San Francisco, circa 1970s. These tables are difficult to find and are in very good vintage condition. ...
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Mid-20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Leather, Rattan, Oak

1980s McGuire Swivel Rattan and Leather Bar Stools, Set of 3
By McGuire
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
On offer on this occasion is one of the most stunning, chairs you could hope to find. This is an ultra-rare opportunity to acquire what is, unequivocally, the best of the best, it be...
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1980s American Bohemian Vintage McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Brass

McGuire Laced Leather & Solid Oak Barstools, Pair
By McGuire
Located in Southampton, NJ
A pair of McGuire solid Oak barstools with leather seats, laced rawhide leather backs, subtly curved back rails and solid brass foot suppor...
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1970s Organic Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Brass

Set of Three Bamboo & Leather Bar Stools by McGuire Furniture Co.
By McGuire
Located in San Diego, CA
Set of three bamboo and leather bar stools by McGuire Furniture Co. of San Francisco, circa 1990s. These stools are difficult to find and are in good vintage condition. Each one meas...
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Late 20th Century American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company Stools

Materials

Leather, Bamboo

Pair of McGuire Organic Modern Rattan Target Back Barstools
By McGuire
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Distinctive pair of rattan barstools made in the California organic modern style by McGuire. Known as target back stools designed by Elinor McGuire featuri...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Organic Modern McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Brass

John McGuire Model 57-3 Table and Nesting Benches
By McGuire
Located in Highland, IN
This handsome and useful design by John McGuire dates to 1959 and was produced for decades after. It features a table with two accompanying upholstered benches which can nest beneath...
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1960s American Organic Modern Vintage McGuire Furniture Company Stools

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Rattan, Upholstery

McGuire Mid-Century Modern Bamboo and Handwoven Leather Top Side Table Stool
By McGuire
Located in Miami, FL
Original McGuire bamboo handwoven leather top side table, end table, bedside table, stool with leather bindings. McGuire metal tag is attached underneath. ALL American Classic.
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Late 20th Century American Mid-Century Modern McGuire Furniture Company Stools

Materials

Leather, Bamboo

Vintage Boho McGuire for Four Seasons Lucite and Rattan Bar Stools - a Pair
By McGuire
Located in west palm beach, FL
A fabulous pair of vintage Boho bar stools. Made by the iconic McGuire group for Four Season. A chic lucite frame with rattan seat and cross bars. Acquired from a Palm Beach estate.
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Late 20th Century American McGuire Furniture Company Stools

Materials

Upholstery, Rattan, Lucite

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Mcguire Furniture Company stools for sale on 1stDibs.

McGuire Furniture Company stools are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of rattan and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of McGuire Furniture Company stools, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original stools by McGuire Furniture Company were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. Prices for McGuire Furniture Company stools can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $715 and can go as high as $3,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,600.

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