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Raymor Furniture

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Few had their finger on the pulse of American furniture like importer and distributor Raymor. Founder Irving Richards first had his eyes opened to the world of furniture while attending the 1928 Salon d’Automne art and design fair in Paris. He joined Lightolier two years later and developed its business relationships, including with designer Russel Wright.

Wright and Richards met in 1935 and Russel Wright, Inc. was formed in 1936. Its American Modern ceramic tableware, produced under the name Wright Accessories in 1938, was a notably lucrative collaboration. Following the early success of American Modern, Richards obtained the majority share of Wright Accessories and changed its name to Raymor Mfg Division Inc. in 1941.

By 1952, the exclusivity over American Modern had ended (the line was initially produced by Wright Associates and later manufactured by Steubenville for two decades). To keep up with American markets, Raymor worked with prominent designers such as George Nelson, Arthur Umanoff, Ray and Charles Eames, and Hans J. Wegner.

The company’s imports expanded to Denmark, which contributed to the rise of Scandinavian modern designs in the American market. Throughout the 1950s, Richards established relationships with factories in Scandinavia, Italy and Germany, as well as with the influential tastemaker and importer Charles Stendig.

The furniture company Simmons bought Raymor in 1963 and changed its name to Raymor Richards, Morgenthau Inc. in 1969. During that time, Raymor’s Omnibus range of Scandinavian-style wall units became widely popular, along with Italian glass and pottery like Bitossi ceramics designed by Aldo Londi and Bagni ceramics by Alvino Bagni

Shifting styles coupled with rising competition, and the departure of Richards from the company, ended Raymor. By the late 1970s, Raymor faced a wave of international factories able to produce similar products of lesser quality for a lower cost. Buyers were eager to frequently change their interior styles, limiting the need for high-end, durable furniture, which Raymor had been importing. 

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Raymor ceramics, lamps, decorative objects and more.

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Creator: Raymor
Dealer: Design/One
1960's Aldo Londi Bitossi for Raymor Italy Abstract Ceramic Pottery Rimini Vase
By Raymor, Bitossi
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Wonderful vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi ceramic/pottery Rimini blue vase, circa 1960s. Made in Italy and is signed on the bottom. Appears to have never been used. Great abstract form an...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Raymor Furniture

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1960's Aldo Londi Bitossi for Raymor Italy Abstract Ceramic Pottery Bird Vase
By Raymor, Bitossi
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Wonderful vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi ceramic/pottery red ashtray, circa 1960s. Made in Italy and is signed on the bottom. Appears to have never been used. ...
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Vintage 1960's Raymor Alvino Bagni Abstract Ceramic Wall Mount Sculpture Italy
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Wonderful Raymor ceramic/pottery abstract wall hanging plaque art piece or charger low bowl. This charger has a hole that you would attach a piece of wire so you could hang it on the...
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Raymor furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Raymor furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Raymor furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Raymor were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Murano Glass Sommerso, Alfredo Barbini, and Flavio Poli. Prices for Raymor furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $150 and can go as high as $22,297, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,500.

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