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Glenn of California Folding Bookcase/ Display Shelf/ Room Divider

$6,000

About

This fantastic folding piece by Evans Clark for Glenn of California can serve as a bookcase, a display shelf or a room divider. The mahogany case has five shelves on each side attached with a piano hinge. The shelves have channels on both sides for the sliding panels which can be arranged in innumerable configurations. It’s a clever, versatile, and highly functional design with a very good build quality.

Details

  • Creator
    Glenn of California (Maker),Evans Clark (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 60.5 in. (153.67 cm)Width: 64.5 in. (163.83 cm)Depth: 8 in. (20.32 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good original vintage condition.
  • Seller Location
    Highland, IN
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU909116197142

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    Ships From: Highland, IN
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Maker

Glenn of California

Credited for being at the forefront of the West Coast modernist design movement, Glenn of California introduced a relaxed, breezy and elegant style to postwar America. The company was based in Arcadia, California, a city situated near Los Angeles at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It specialized in the production of easily accessible and reasonably affordable furnishings that included credenzas, chairs, cabinets, tables and more.

However, it wasn’t until Glenn of California hired the prolific American furniture designer Milo Baughman that the company made a name for itself in the annals of American mid-century modern design. Baughman prioritized function — he worked with simple forms and often used sleek, flat-bar chromed metal and natural materials such as walnut in his pieces.

Glenn of California marketed Baughman’s designs along with those of unsung Swedish architect and designer Greta Magnusson-Grossman in their successful California Modern collection. The first woman to receive an award from the Swedish Society of Industrial Design, Grossman drew on her Scandinavian heritage to create iconic homes as well as furnishings for Glenn and other companies that helped define mid-century-era Southern California. The furniture she and Baughman designed became known for its laid-back Los Angeles style and thoughtful integration of walnut, iron and Formica.

In addition to employing the talents of Baughman and Magnusson-Grossman, Glenn of California collaborated with several other notable and influential designers. These included Stanley Young, Kipp Stewart, John Kapel and Paul Laszlo. Laszlo, an American-Hungarian architect, interior designer and furniture designer, was well-regarded among Hollywood’s elite and designed pieces for Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwyck and Elizabeth Taylor.

While the company is no longer in business, vintage Glenn of California furniture remains highly sought-after by collectors and enthusiasts.

Discover a range of vintage Glenn of California dressers, dining tables, chairs and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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