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Pair Mid-Century McGuire Barrel Back Arm Chairs, Organic Modern Rattan + Cane

US$2,750per set

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Exquisite pair of vintage McGuire organic modern barrel back arm chairs by John and Elinor McGuire. Featuring original ox blood tone naugahyde seats - a rare original colorway. Each chair retains their brass McGuire badges as well as their original paper labels. The paper labels notate that these chairs were originally sold by Rich's Department store in Atlanta, GA. Rich's was a high end retailer in the south that later merged with Macy's. Rattan and rawhide joinery is all in excellent condition and displays a gorgeous warm patina. No issues of note. The original ox blood red naugahyde shows signs of use, but is still in excellent condition with no holes, runs, tears, etc. This set has been been fully cleaned and conditioned and is ready for use. Measures: W24" x D24" x H28.5" (seat H16")

Details

  • Creator
    John and Elinor McGuire (Designer),John McGuire (Designer),McGuire (Maker)
  • Similar to
    Ficks Reed (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 72.39 cm (28.5 in.)Width: 60.96 cm (24 in.)Depth: 60.96 cm (24 in.)Seat Height: 40.64 cm (16 in.)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Organic Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Rattan and rawhide joinery is all in excellent condition and displays a gorgeous warm patina. No issues of note. The original ox blood red naugahyde shows signs of use, but is still in excellent condition with no holes, runs, tears, etc.
  • Seller Location
    Decatur, GA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU6647228316072

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Ships From: Decatur, GA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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About the Designer

John and Elinor McGuire

Like so many artists and designers, husband and wife John McGuire (1920–2013) and Elinor Stevenson (1914–2005) became masters in their trade by accident. For the founders of McGuire Furniture Company, well, furniture wasn’t actually in the plans.

The couple met just before the start of World War II (during which John was in the U.S. Navy and Elinor was a navigation instructor) and got married after it ended. They settled down in San Francisco where John held a couple of jobs — among them selling newspaper ads for the San Francisco Examiner while Elinor worked for Boeing Aircraft. Soon, an old Navy buddy of John’s asked him to help sell a bunch of rattan furniture and, needing the money, John agreed. His side business became so successful that John decided to quit his ad-sales job and work full-time in design.

In 1948, McGuire Furniture Company was born. Alongside the mid-century modern furniture designs then gaining popularity in the United States, John introduced an unconventional idea: traditional armchairs, stools and tables made of natural materials such as bamboo, which was strong yet could be rendered pliable when steamed, that were intended for the indoors rather than the front porch.

The brand’s first success was the now famous Director’s X-Chair by Leonard Linden. The military-campaign-style solid oak folding chair launched in 1956 and saw rattan binded with rawhide strips and a high-grade leather slug seat and back that eliminated the need for a plush cushion. Elinor, too, designed some of the brand’s popular pieces, such as 1968’s Cracked Ice chair. With its rattan oval back a dazzling celebration of geometric forms that give it its charming moniker, the Cracked Ice chair was an instant classic and is one of the brand’s most recognizable designs.

Today, McGuire and another American furniture manufacturer, Baker Furniture Company, comprise Baker Interiors Group. McGuire remains true to the founders’ ideals and commitment to crafting the kind of organic modern furnishings that are synonymous with the warm and relaxed feel of California design. The company has collaborated with interior designers Steven Volpe, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy and Nicole Hollis, and, as of 2019, its luxury furnishings share a 16,500-square-foot showroom with Baker’s in San Francisco. Some of the earliest McGuire Furniture Company designs are part of the permanent collection at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City.

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