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Renzo Rutili Ivory and Brass Nightstand Johnson Furniture Co., circa 1950

$2,500

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Sophisticated brass glass and translucent Ivory lacquer over strongly grained walnut give this nightstand/ end table visual interest. Designed by Renzo Rutili, the head of design at Johnson Furniture for 30+ years. The case rests on gold toned brass cones. The nightstand needs restoration which we are in the process of addressing. The intention is conservation with in painting not re-lacquering. The four drawer pulls need attention, the dents in the brass trim seem irreversible so if you are looking for a piece that looks brand new this is not a piece that you would be happy owning. The glass appears to be in excellent condition.

Details

  • Creator
    Renzo Rutili (Designer),Johnson Furniture Co. (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)Depth: 24 in. (60.96 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Brass,Glass,Polished
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor structural damages. has had a tough life.
  • Seller Location
    Camden, ME
  • Reference Number
    Seller: App 3211stDibs: LU8984911989

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    Ships From: Camden, ME
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer

Johnson Furniture Co.

Take a medal from the King of Sweden, a splash of the roaring twenties, and a series of talented designers and you get Johnson Furniture Co.’s elegant Art Deco and period-revival furnishings as well as a taste for why the Johnson name prevailed for over a century in American furniture manufacturing.

A wealth of forests rendered Grand Rapids, Michigan, a logging center during the 1800s. It eventually gained recognition for its furniture industry. The city became a destination for woodworkers who hailed from all over the United States as well as Europe, and Johnson Furniture Co. cofounder Carl Johnson, who had been recognized for cabinetmaking by the head of the royal family in his native Sweden, brought his royally acknowledged talents to America with his two brothers, Hjalmar and Axel in 1887. Together, they established Cabinetmakers Co. in Grand Rapids. In 1908, the brothers sold their start-up and founded Johnson Furniture Co.

Tom Handley, of the well-respected English furniture company Waring and Gillow, became an in-house designer with Johnson Furniture Co. in its early days. Handley would stay on as part of both the Johnson label and of Johnson-Handley-Johnson — a companion company that spun off from Johnson in 1922 — until his death in 1926. At the time, archaeological discoveries were all the rage. The greatest influence on Art Deco jewelry, for example, was the excavation of the tomb of King Tut in 1922, and some vintage Tom Handley designs were adaptations of Egyptian furniture. The brand specialized in a range of styles that included Art Deco, Chippendale, Queen Anne and more.

Acclaimed designer David Robertson Smith, who had made furniture in the Arts and Crafts style for the likes of Gustav Stickley, carried the Johnson Furniture Co. creative team into the early 1930s. Grand Rapids had by then become a thriving hub with respect to the mass production of furniture, and Smith’s sophisticated Dynamique line — a collection of coffee tables, cabinets and more in alluring woods such as walnut and mahogany and based on French furniture — was among the first mass-produced modern furniture made in America.

Johnson hired Lorenzo Rutili, a Carnegie Institute graduate who studied design in Europe, to lead the brand’s design division. Rutili oversaw 30 years of successful Johnson Furniture Co. collaborations with other notable designers including Paul Frankl, Eliel Saarinen, Bert England, J. Robert F. Swanson and Pipsam Saarinen Swanson. After wrapping up his tenure at Johnson, Rutili moved on to design furniture at Tomlinson in North Carolina.

During the 1960s, Kipp Stewart and Milo Baughman designed residential furnishings for Directional — a favorite of mid-century modern furniture enthusiasts — and Johnson produced these pieces, becoming the sole manufacturer for the North Carolina brand.

After a merger with Timberline Inc., Johnson Furniture Co. secured contracts for hotels, motels and university dormitories. In 1983, Johnson and Rose Manufacturing became RoseJohnson Inc. It was later purchased by La-Z-Boy.

On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Johnson Furniture Co. case pieces and storage cabinets, tables and other furniture.

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