Thomasville Furniture was once a manufacturing giant known for its chic designs and popular licensed collections. Today, every vintage solid wood Thomasville cabinet, dining chair and dining table is a charming piece of American furniture history.
Thomasville was founded in 1904 in the town of Thomasville, North Carolina. The neighboring city of High Point, home to Tomlinson and others, would one day be known as the capital of American-made furniture, while iconic mid-century modern brands Century, Broyhill and Drexel also opened their doors in the so-called “Tar Heel State.”
Thomasville’s initial offerings were limited to one item — the Thomasville chair — and it was known in its early days as the Thomasville Chair Company. People loved Thomasville chairs so much that demand surged for more types of seating and other furnishings. In 1922, there was even a 13-foot replica of the original chair design installed in the town square. Dubbed "The Big Chair," it was rebuilt in 1951 to a height of 30 feet and still serves as the town's most notable landmark.
Thomasville quickly grew and expanded, and was featured in hundreds of retail stores across America. The manufacturer also established Thomasville Home Furnishing stores to carry the company’s products exclusively. In 1995, Thomasville was purchased by Interco Inc.
In 2002, Thomasville unveiled the Humphrey Bogart collection, the first of two highly successful licensed collections. Inspired by the Art Deco movement as well as the Hollywood Regency style, the theatrical line of alluring mahogany chests, mirror-topped nesting tables and other furnishings positioned glamour and sophistication front and center. Upon seeing the collection, Bogart's widow, actress Lauren Bacall, remarked, "They haven't missed a trick."
This was followed in 2004 by the Ernest Hemingway collection, released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the writer's Nobel Prize. The collection, which included sleigh beds, chests, dining tables and more, drew on Chippendale furniture and the French Rococo style. It represented the largest launch in Thomasville's history, boosting the company's sales and brand image.
In 2008, Thomasville introduced a new signature collection in collaboration with designer Darryl Carter. The partnership yielded a line of versatile traditionalist center tables, seating and other pieces with a contemporary twist and saw Carter offering a fresh take on the classic work for which Thomasville is known.
In 2014, Thomasville, then owned by Heritage Home Group, announced the end of operations in its native city.
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- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Thomasville Furniture was founded in 1904 in Thomasville, North Carolina. The company has been inactive since the mid-2010s, with uncertain ownership. On 1stDibs, you’ll find a large collection of antique and modern Thomasville furniture from some of the world’s top sellers.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022To remove Thomasville dresser drawers, first empty them. Then, pull one drawer out to its farthest point. Feel around the interior of the dresser on both sides. Locate the release button. While pushing on the button, lift the drawer up and out. Find a range of Thomasville dressers on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022No, Thomasville Furniture was not made in china. Thomasville Furniture Industries was a furniture manufacturer based in Thomasville, North Carolina. The furniture manufacturer ceased operations and production in 2014, however, secondhand options are still available at reputable retailers, including 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2023Thomasville began making furniture in 1904 in the town of Thomasville, North Carolina. Thomasville’s initial offerings were limited to one item — the Thomasville chair — and it was known in its early days as the Thomasville Chair Company. People loved Thomasville chairs so much that demand surged for more types of seating and other furnishings. In 1922, there was even a 13-foot replica of the original chair design installed in the town square. Dubbed "The Big Chair," it was rebuilt in 1951 to a height of 30 feet and still serves as the town's most notable landmark. Shop a selection of Thomasville furniture on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024Thomasville Furniture went out of business in 2014 when the company announced the end of their operations. At that time, Heritage Home Group owned the North Carolina-based brand. Today, every vintage solid wood Thomasville cabinet, dining chair and dining table is a charming piece of American furniture history. Shop a variety of Thomasville Furniture pieces on 1stDibs.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Yes, Thomasville is indeed considered high-end furniture. It uses high-grade materials to bring its finely crafted designs to life. Founded in 1904, Thomasville has also stood the test of time. On 1stDibs, you can shop a selection of Thomasville pieces from some of the world’s top dealers from the comfort of your home.
- 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022Thomasville Furniture primarily produced wood furniture, relying on mahogany, walnut and oak. The brand produced a lot of French and English revival furniture, Asian-inspired pieces and Mid-Century Modern pieces. The brand was bought out and closed operations in 2014. Shop a collection of Thomasville Furniture from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.