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Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Admirers of vintage mid-century modern furnishings likely recognize the Widdicomb Furniture Company name for the fruitful partnerships it forged with iconic designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings and Mario Buatta. But there is more to the Widdicomb story than the albeit quite covetable sofas and bedroom furniture it produced during the middle of the 20th century.

A wealth of pine and oak forests rendered Grand Rapids, Michigan, a logging center during the 1800s, and it eventually gained recognition for its furniture industry. The American city became a destination for furniture makers who hailed from across the United States and beyond. Furniture maker George Widdicomb emigrated from England to the United States in 1845, eventually setting up a cabinet shop in Syracuse, New York, before moving west to Grand Rapids. There, he opened a shop with his four sons, including John Widdicomb, whose name would help carry the family legacy into the 20th century.

The Widdicomb shop in Grand Rapids prospered, as the patriarch’s formal English training allowed him to produce pieces with superior craftsmanship compared to those of his competitors. Although the Civil War halted business and took the life of one of the Widdicomb brothers, the family’s survivors would start anew as Widdicomb Brothers and Richards, soon renamed the Widdicomb Furniture Company.

John Widdicomb, however, split from the family business in 1897 to create the John Widdicomb Company, where he would go on to focus on Louis XV- and French Provincial-style furnishings. Chairs made in these styles have distinct characteristics, such as floral motifs carved in the frames and gently angled backrests. John's company also remained a family affair: The founder’s son, Harry, assumed control of the company when his father died in 1910, while John's nephew Ralph Widdicombe — who retained the English spelling of his last name and joined the John Widdicomb Company at its start — designed every single piece of the offerings at his uncle's manufacturing outfit until he retired in 1951. Ralph was an internationally distinguished furniture designer whose modern mahogany bedroom suite won first prize at the Paris Exposition in 1900.

The original iteration of Widdicomb, which was helmed by John's older brother William while John ran his own brand, had shifted from making period revival styles of furniture, such as Georgian and Chippendale, to manufacturing modern pieces in the late 1920s. Today vintage Widdicomb seating, tables and other pieces produced during the postwar years are particularly sought after by collectors of mid-20th-century furniture.

In 1959, master woodworker George Nakashima created his Origins collection for Widdicomb when the firm merged with Mueller Furniture Corporation and was known, for around 10 years, as Widdicomb-Mueller. Origins, a revered Shaker-influenced group of nightstands, upholstered lounge chairs, dining-room tables and more, saw Nakashima working with woods like Carpathian elm and laurel in his Pennsylvania studio.

Eventually, the two Widdicomb companies would combine in 1970, operating under the name John Widdicomb Co.

In 2002, the business closed after more than a century of operations, and its assets were acquired by Stickley Furniture. Interestingly, it was not the first time Widdicomb and Stickley overlapped: In the final years of the 19th century, the companies opened a shared storehouse in London, while John Widdicomb and Albert Stickley would travel Europe together for the purposes of research.

Find vintage Widdicomb coffee tables, case pieces, dining chairs and more on 1stDibs.

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$5,764
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George Nakashima 'Sundra' Sideboard Credenza for Widdicomb, c. 1960, Signed
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., George Nakashima
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous model-205 'Sundra' two-door sideboard / credenza by George Nakashima for Widdicomb, circa 1960, features beautiful Walnut, Indian Laurel and Carpathian Elm Burl. Incred...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Elm, Walnut, Burl

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern Dining Chairs
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in New York, NY
Set of four T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Mid-Century Modern maple dining chairs, upholstered with green fabric with pink stripes. Measures: 34.5” H x 19.5” W x 22.5” D.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Upholstery, Maple

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Flip Top Server Bar Cart, Newly Restored
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in South Bend, IN
An exceptional Mid-Century Modern extendable bar cart server Designed by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb USA, 1950s Bleached walnut and brass and casters Measures: 3...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Brass

Three-Door Mahogany Cabinet by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Dorchester, MA
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb designed this mahogany cabinet with a minimal, clean-lined aesthetic. Three doors conceal six spacious drawers and, on the right, open storage wi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Mahogany

Widdicomb Modern Original Figured Mahogany Three-Drawer Commode
By Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
Widdicomb modern original Art Deco three-drawer commode with figured mahogany drawer fronts. Picture frame style casing with recessed curved front plinth base. Large brushed brass cu...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Brass

Mid Century T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Blonde Maple 3 Door Keyed Credenza
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Beautiful blonde maple three door 'MING' credenza sideboard with oversized surface and sculptural, tapered legs designed by Robsjohn-Gibbings for Widdicomb Circa 1950. The left and r...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Brass

T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
By Widdicomb Furniture Co., T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings
Located in Raleigh, NC
An elegant modern piece, newly upholstered with refinished walnut toned base. A classic from Robbsjohn-Gibbings with light khaki linen upholstery.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co.

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Linen, Hardwood

  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Loveseat
H 27 in. W 56 in. D 32 in.
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa
By T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Widdicomb Furniture Co.
Located in Raleigh, NC
An elegant modern piece, newly upholstered with refinished walnut toned base. A classic from Robbsjohn-Gibbings with light khaki linen upholstery.
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Widdicomb Furniture Co.

Materials

Linen, Hardwood

  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa
  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa
  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa
  • T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Sofa
H 27 in. W 82 in. D 32 in.
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Widdicomb Furniture Co. furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from Widdicomb Furniture Co. are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our collection of furniture from Widdicomb Furniture Co., although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 299 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Widdicomb Furniture Co. were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. Many customers also consider furniture by Paul Frankl, Lane Furniture and Mastercraft if you are looking for additional options. Prices for Widdicomb Furniture Co. furniture may vary depending upon size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$250 and tops out at US$110,000, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,900 on average.

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