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Kittinger

Kittinger is one of the most respected names in the furniture industry, known for its timeless collections that include accent chairs, bedroom sets, sofas and desks. Among its most notable achievements, the company was entrusted in 1969 by Richard Nixon to create a conference table for the Cabinet Room. Kittinger also fashioned the conference table and chairs for the Roosevelt Room. In addition, the company designed the chairs that flank the fireplace in the Oval Office; the sight of many critical meetings with world leaders. Kittinger was founded in 1866 in Buffalo, NY by George and Oliver Colie and was originally a paper factory. Inspired by the abundance of natural resources in their midst, along with the thriving market, the Colies added upholstered furniture to the range. As the business grew, so did its product line. By the late 1880s, its handcrafted pieces inspired by 18th-century stylings were a success. George’s son-in-law, Irvine J. Kittinger, joined the business and founded what is now known as the Kittinger Furniture Company. Though ownership changed hands several times over the decades, the commitment to excellence and pride in high-quality artisanship never wavered. In 1996, one of the company’s lead cabinetmakers, Ray Bialkowski, along with his wife, Karen, purchased the brand. Their goal was to retrace the company’s initial steps and continue to produce the quality furnishings for which it was originally known. Today, the Kittinger Furniture Company thrives, and the brand continues to offer inventive designs.