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Russell Woodard Furniture

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Woodard Furniture Company’s diverse offerings have included everything from pine caskets to premium patio and garden furniture over the years.

Lyman E. Woodward founded the family business Woodard Brothers (he dropped the second w for his venture’s name), later Woodard Furniture Co., in Owosso, Michigan, in 1866. Woodard Furniture produced wood furniture such as birch and oak bedroom pieces, window and door blinds and even pine caskets. Demand for the latter increased during the spread of the Spanish flu in America, and Woodard’s casket business — a new company called Owosso Casket Company — thrived, becoming the largest casket manufacturer in the world throughout the 1920s. Two U.S. presidents, William McKinley and Benjamin Harrison, were buried in Owosso caskets.

On the furniture side, Lyman’s son Lee Woodard spun off his own business as Lee L. Woodard and Sons, opening a shop with his sons, Joseph, Lyman II and Russell Woodard. During the 1930s, the new company explored the use of metal in furniture-making and introduced a wrought-iron set of patio dining furniture featuring ornate grillwork inspired by French design called Orleans in 1940. The line became a best seller and kick-started the company’s international reputation as a patio-furniture maker, even as the Woodard factory subsequently shifted toward supporting the wartime efforts in manufacturing parts for trucks and military equipment. After World War II, the business returned to making furniture. Over the years, Woodard and Sons would go on to master metallurgy in furniture making, developing expertise in wrought iron, cast aluminum and tubular aluminum for both indoor and outdoor pieces. In colder regions, wrought iron, which can be left outdoors all year round, was the material of choice in outdoor furniture designs for the Atomic Age, and vintage Woodard outdoor furniture is widely coveted by collectors today.

While the business started with more traditional styles of furnishings, the company would go on to embrace mid-century modernism. In fact, one of Woodard’s most famous pieces is 1956’s Sculptura chair, variously credited over the years to Russell and/or Joseph. The Sculptura was reportedly the first sculpted chair made without molds. Not unlike Harry Bertoia’s elegant steel-wire Side chair (also a mid-century darling) in its undulating form, the Sculptura chair, which is composed entirely of enameled woven wrought-iron wire, bears similarity to Eero Saarinen’s Womb chair for Knoll and Charles and Ray Eames’s DAX chair. The beloved Woodard chair was added to the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection in 1994.

While the Woodard business is no longer in family hands, the company continues to produce fine patio furniture today and even reintroduced the Sculptura chair in 2015 as nostalgia for mid-century modernism gained steam again. 

On 1stDibs, find vintage Russell Woodard lounge chairs, dining chairs and patio furniture today.

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Creator: Russell Woodard
Dealer: Century Design Ltd.
Russell Woodard Mid-Century Modern Sculptura Wrought Iron Settee - Restored -
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard designed Sculptura wrought iron mesh settee. This settee to be restored, includes sandblasting, dipped in rust coating and sprayed with satin black...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Russell Woodard Round Black Wrought Iron & Mesh Patio Coffee of Side Table
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Russell Woodard designed round coffee or side often see along side his Sculptura line chairs and settees. Nice original or possibly older repaint.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Rare 1950s Woodard Wrought Iron & Mesh Dining Patio Table 4 Chairs Ball Finials
By Russell Woodard, Salterini, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Classic and Rare 1950s mid century Palm Beach Style, outdoor wrought iron & mesh patio / garden set with four dining chairs and round table by Woodard Furniture Co. From the Carolina Forge...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Russell Woodard Wrought Iron 3 Tiers Bakers Rack W/ Glass Shelves, Plant Stand
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Russell Woodard for Woodard Furniture Company, 1950s MCM Sculptura line 3 - tiered bakers rack with three glass shelves and scroll design. The wrought iron and mesh frame has recentl...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Set of 4 Russell Woodard Restored Iconic Sculptura Mesh Lounge Patio Arm Chairs
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Newly restored set of four Iconic Russell Woodard Mid-Century Modern wire mesh lounge patio arm chairs from his 1950s Sculptura Line. Just b...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Steel

Russell Woodard 30" Round Black Wrought Iron & Mesh Patio Coffee of Side Table
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Russell Woodard designed round coffee or side often see along side his Sculptura line chairs and settees. Shown in original matte black paint is sold, is now sold . I have one in gre...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Wrought Iron

Satin Black Russell Woodard Sculptura Mesh Dining Arm Side Chairs, Restored
By Russell Woodard
Located in St. Louis, MO
Satin black Woodard sculpture mesh dining chairs with arms, restored condition. Each chair has been sand blasted, dipped in rust inhibitor primer an...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Iron

Russell Woodard Mid-Century Modern White Mesh Sculptura High Back Lounge Chair
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Mid-Century Modern Russell Woodard for Woodard mesh Sculptura high back lounge chair. Older white paint, shows some wear, loss to paint. Can be sandblasted, dipped in rust-prohibitor...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Iron

Russell Woodard Round Black Wrought Iron & Mesh Patio Side Table or Drinks Stand
By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
Russell Woodard designed round side or drinks table often see along side his Sculptura line chairs and settees. This table has been blasted, dipped in rust inhibitor and repainted sa...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Russell Woodard Furniture

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Wrought Iron

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By Russell Woodard, Woodard Furniture Co.
Located in St. Louis, MO
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Satin Black Russell Woodard Sculptura Mesh Dining Side Chairs, Newly Restored
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Located in St. Louis, MO
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Located in St. Louis, MO
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Russell Woodard furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Russell Woodard furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Russell Woodard furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Russell Woodard 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 Arthur Umanoff, Charles Eames, and Salterini. Prices for Russell Woodard furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $175 and can go as high as $12,495, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,195.
Questions About Russell Woodard Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To identify Russell Woodard furniture, look for the Woodard Furniture company name. Some pieces feature paper labels bearing the name "Woodard." Some even have the designer's handwriting on them. Wrought iron furniture pieces often display an embossed name on their frames, while upholstered pieces tend to have metal labels. Shop a selection of expertly vetted Russell Woodard furniture on 1stDibs.

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