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1940s Lovely Deco Heywood Wakefield 2 RIO Dressers in Maple Wood by Leo Jiranek

US$3,150per set

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Dressers 1940s designed by Leo Jiranek RIO 2 Tall Dressers for Heywood Wakefield Listed are two Highboy Dressers Chest of drawers crafted in Maple Wood. Unparalleled construction solid wood- built to last forever. Dimensions: 45.25H x 19.5D x 32W (one dresser slightly taller at 46.25H) Original Unrestored Vintage Preowned Condition. Please see the images provided. Delivery to LA is available.

Details

  • Creator
    Leo Jiranek (Designer),Heywood-Wakefield Co. (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 45.25 in. (114.94 cm)Width: 32 in. (81.28 cm)Depth: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1940s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor fading. Original Unrestored Vintage Preowned Condition. Please see all the images.
  • Seller Location
    National City, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: STRG08082111stDibs: LU971524820072

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  • Shipping
    US$799In-Home Delivery Shipping
    to United States 0,arrives in 3-8 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: National City, CA
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer

Heywood-Wakefield Co.

Created by the 19th-century merger of two venerable Massachusetts furniture makers, Heywood-Wakefield was one of the largest and most successful companies of its kind in the United States. In its early decades, the firm thrived by crafting affordable and hugely popular wicker pieces in traditional and historical styles. In the midst of the Great Depression, however, Heywood-Wakefield reinvented itself, creating instead the first modernist furnishings to be widely embraced in American households.

The Heywoods were five brothers from Gardner, Massachusetts, who in 1826 started a business making wooden chairs and tables in their family shed. As their company grew, they moved into the manufacture of furniture with steam-bent wood frames and cane or wicker seats, backs and sides. In 1897, they joined forces with a local rival, the Wakefield Rattan Company, whose founder, Cyrus Wakefield, got his start on the Boston docks buying up lots of discarded rattan, which was used as cushioning material in the holds of cargo ships, and transforming it into furnishings. The conglomerate initially did well with both early American style and woven pieces, but taste began to change at the turn of the 20th century and wicker furniture fell out of fashion. In 1930, the company brought in designer Gilbert Rohde, a champion of the Art Deco style. Before departing in 1932 to lead the Michigan furniture maker Herman Miller, Rohde created well-received sleek, bentwood chairs for Heywood-Wakefield and gave its colonial pieces a touch of Art Deco flair.

Committed to the new style, Heywood-Wakefield commissioned work from an assortment of like-minded designers, including Alfons Bach, W. Joseph Carr, Leo Jiranek and Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky, a Russian nobleman who had made his name in Europe creating elegant automotive body designs. In 1936, the company introduced its “Streamline Modern” group of furnishings, presenting a look that would define the company’s wares for another 30 years. The buoyantly bright, blond wood — maple initially, later birch — came in finishes such as amber “wheat” and pink-tinted “champagne.” The forms of the pieces, at once light and substantial, with softly contoured edges and little adornment beyond artful drawer pulls and knobs, were featured in lines with names such as “Sculptura,” “Crescendo” and “Coronet.” It was forward-looking, optimistic and built to last — a draw for middle-class buyers in the Baby Boom years. 

By the 1960s, Heywood-Wakefield began to be seen as “your parents’ furniture.” The last of the Modern line came out in 1966; the company went bankrupt in 1981. The truly sturdy pieces have weathered the intervening years well, having found a new audience for their blithe and happy sophistication.

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