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Mastercraft

Mastercraft is among the industry’s leading examples of early 20th-century excellence in design and artisanship. The company was founded in 1946 in Grand Rapids, MI when brothers Charles and William Doezema returned from World War II and entered the family furniture business under their father, Riner. The brothers hoped to build on the family’s cabinet-making background and to design pieces that were influenced by their time abroad. Upon its official launch in 1947, the company showed an exquisite and exclusive selection of handmade chairs and storage cabinets. Through the years, they forged alliances with other designers, most notably Bernhard Rohne, a Canadian artist whose signature oxidized brass panels and plaques added alluring distinction to the Doezema coffee tables, storage cabinets and desks. Mastercraft would establish a strong industry reputation for its use of metals such as brass and meticulous attention to detail. Combined with their traditional woodworking roots, the new brand focuses on metals that yield a range of unique and unexpected pieces heralded for their endurance and elegance. In 1974, the Doezema family sold Mastercraft to the pioneering Baker Furniture firm, leaders in the area of period-influenced design. Baker Furniture's expert guidance only improved the brand's reputation for historical detail and quality, in collections that ranged from Art Nouveau to Neo-classical influence. The result has been a marriage of glamour and functionality. Today, Mastercraft originals are highly coveted by vintage furniture collectors.