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Lane Furniture

When the first iteration of the Lane Furniture company began to produce its now-famous Lane cedar chests in the early 20th century, the family behind the brand was unsure of how successful they’d be, so they initially didn’t bother adding their name to the offerings.

The manufacturer was off to a modest start but the family was industrious: The Lanes were made up of farmers and contractors who’d built more than 30 miles of the Virginian railroad. They owned a cotton mill and purchased thousands of acres of land in Campbell County, Virginia, where the Virginian railroad was intended to cross the main line of the Southern Railway. The Lanes intended to start a town in this region of the state, and by 1912, streets for the town of Altavista had been laid out and utility lines were installed. In the spring of that year, John Lane purchased a defunct box factory at a bankruptcy auction. His son, Edward Hudson Lane, was tasked with the manufacturing of the cedar “hope” chests for which the Lane family would become known, even though the company was initially incorporated as the Standard Red Cedar Chest Company.

The Standard Red Cedar Chest Company struggled in its early days but introduced an assembly system at its small factory after securing a contract with the federal government to produce ammunition boxes made of pine during World War I. The company prospered and applied mass-production methods to its cedar-chest manufacturing after the war, and, in 1922, rebranding as the Lane Company, it implemented a national advertising campaign to market its products. Ads tied the company’s strong cedar hope chests to romance. Anchored by copy that read “The gift that starts the home,” the campaign rendered a Lane cedar chest a necessary purchase for young women to store linens, clothing and keepsakes as they prepared to marry.

Wartime production during World War II had Lane producing aircraft parts. In the 1950s, the family-owned company began to branch out into manufacturing tables, bedroom pieces and other various furnishings for the entire home. The brand’s vintage mid-century furniture is highly sought after.

Lane’s Acclaim walnut furniture line, which, designed by Andre Bus, has been compared to Drexel’s Declaration series for its blend of modern furniture’s clean contours and traditional craftsmanship. Ads for the Lane series suggested that it included “probably the best-selling table in the world.” (There are end tables, cocktail tables and more in the Acclaim collection, sporting graceful tapered legs and dovetail inlays.) Later, during the 1960s, Lane offered handsome modular wall units designed by the likes of Paul McCobb. Today, the company is owned by United Furniture Industries and is particularly well-known for its upholstered furniture.

Vintage Lane furniture is generally characterized by relatively neutral styles, which are versatile in different kinds of interiors, as well as good quality woods and careful manufacturing. All of these attributes have made Lane one of the most recognizable names in American furniture.

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Lane Copenhagen Mid Century Walnut and Brass Drop Leaf Coffee Table
By Lane Furniture
Located in Countryside, IL
Lane Copenhagen mid century walnut and brass drop leaf coffee table This table measures: 60 wide x 23 deep x 17 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call r...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Brass

Pair of End Tables by Lane Furniture
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This pair of end tables features an elegant design combining walnut frames and glass tops. Artfully sculpted bases and a minimal square top make this sought-after design by Adrian Pe...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

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Glass, Walnut

  • Pair of End Tables by Lane Furniture
  • Pair of End Tables by Lane Furniture
  • Pair of End Tables by Lane Furniture
  • Pair of End Tables by Lane Furniture
H 20 in. W 30 in. D 23 in.
Mid-Century Modern Burled Olive Wood King Size Headboard by Lane, Refinished
By Milo Baughman, Lane Furniture
Located in South Bend, IN
A gorgeous Milo Baughman style mid-century modern burl wood king size headboard By Lane Furniture USA, 1970s Measures: 80.25"W x 2"D x 42"H. Expertly refinished. Excellen...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Burl

Mid-Century Modern Lane Altavista Mid-Century Modern Full Size Headboard
By Lane Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
For your consideration is a wonderful, Solid wood queen-sized headboard, by Lane Altavista, circa 1960s. In very good vintage condition. The dimensions are 60" W x 2.25" D x 42" H. ...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

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Hardwood

Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
By Lane Furniture
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage Mid-Century table with walnut grain and oak accent trim. Sculpted open frame and single drawer. Table also has a finished back. (Please confirm item location NY or NJ with...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Wood

  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
  • Single Drawer Side Table by Lane
H 20 in. W 22 in. D 30 in.
Small-Scale Magazine Stand Blonde Coffee Table
By Lane Furniture
Located in Ferndale, MI
Early Lane Furniture
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1950s American Vintage Lane Furniture

Midcentury Brutalist Mirror by Lane
By Lane Furniture
Located in Atlanta, GA
Midcentury Brutalist mirror by Lane, American, circa 1960s. This piece retains it's original medium brown finish. If you prefer, we can refinish it in the color of your choice, inclu...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Lane Furniture

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Mirror, Walnut, Wood

  • Midcentury Brutalist Mirror by Lane
  • Midcentury Brutalist Mirror by Lane
  • Midcentury Brutalist Mirror by Lane
  • Midcentury Brutalist Mirror by Lane
H 51.5 in. W 41.5 in. D 1.5 in.
1970s Lane Furniture Walnut Console Table with Asian Accent
By Lane Furniture
Located in Germantown, MD
For your consideration is a solid walnut console table made by Lane. Large solid legs with oriental accent. Table in good condition. Top presents no obvious scratches or defect. Mea...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Lane Furniture

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Walnut

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Lane Furniture furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture from Lane Furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Lane Furniture, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 359 vintage versions of these items, while there are 2 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture from Lane Furniture were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider furniture by Drexel, Maitland Smith and American of Martinsville if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Lane Furniture furniture may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $375 and tops out at $12,500, while pieces like these can sell for $1,695.
Questions About Lane Furniture
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Travertine floors may be considered outdated, they can look quite contemporary if you pair them with more modern elements, like white cabinetry.