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McGuire Furniture Company
McGuire Furniture Company is best known for its designs that convey unpretentious, approachable style for the home’s interior and exterior. McGuire Furniture Company was founded slightly by chance: when John McGuire and Elinor Stevenson first met, he was serving in the Navy while she was a flight school navigation instructor. After their marriage, McGuire sold advertising before running into a Navy friend who needed help selling a warehouse packed with rattan furniture. McGuire rose to the challenge and, realizing the promise it held, founded the eponymous company with his wife in 1948. Building on the success of the rattan, their mission was to develop timeless furnishings that were crafted primarily using natural materials. Their first great success was in 1956 when Leonard Linden designed the beloved Director’s X-Chair. Combining rattan with rawhide, the chair was celebrated for its comfort and style. Many of the brand’s other accent chairs were designed with the same attention to detail. The Butterfly Chair, dating from 1977, was crafted by Edward Tuttle and is favored for its exquisite shape. Elinor herself designed several of the brand’s most recognized pieces, including the simple, elegant Target Arm Chair and eye-catching Cracked Ice Chair, whose striking geometric workmanship set it apart from other living room chairs of the time. Whether it’s a rattan-wrapped coffee table, a linen-and-rattan armchair ideal for outdoor spaces or a set of sleek bamboo dining chairs, undeniable creativity sets the tone for each handcrafted piece in the collection.