5 of the Most Well Known American Furniture Designers

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Vermont Woods Studios was founded on two core principles- a desire to protect the world’s forests and a reverence for high quality craftsmanship.

Over the years, we’ve added a handful of Vermont craftsmen to our offerings, all of whom design furniture and decor that is beautiful, high quality, and uniquely their own. However, it’s hard to ignore the influence that some of America’s most prolific designers have had on the furniture designs produced today.

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” -Isaac Newton

Here are some of the most renowned American furniture designers of all time, which continue to inspire craftsman all over the world today:

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Adrian Pearsall: Everything You Need to Know

Last updated on June 22nd, 2020 at 04:52 pm

Adrian Pearsall's Compass Dining Table
Shown here, an authentic Compass Table, designed by Pearsall and built by Craft Associates in the mid 1900’s.

Adrian Pearsall may not be as widely recognized as other furniture designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, but his contributions to the world of design have not been forgotten. After founding Craft Associates in 1952, Pearsall went on to become one of America’s most prominent furniture designers during the “Atomic Age” of mid-century modern stylings.

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Frank Lloyd Wright: Everything You Need to Know

Modern High Back Dining Chairs and Metropolitan Dining Table by Lyndon Furniture
Our Modern High Back Chairs mirror the High Back Chairs that Frank Lloyd Wright designed back in the early 1900’s.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is one of the most well-known architects of all time. He is often referred to as the “father of organic architecture” for his work to pioneer and define the concept. Throughout his career, Wright designed more than 1,000 structures, many of which remain historical icons.

Although he was best known for his work in designing buildings, he also made significant contributions to the field of furniture design. Inspired by the mission & craftsman movement of the early 1900’s, many of Wright’s designs included the vertical rectangular cuts seen so often in the furniture of that period.  However, Wright went beyond the established designs of the American Craftsman era, infusing his own signature style into chairs, tables, and more.

During the later stages of his career, Wright’s furniture designs would evolve from distinctly craftsman into what would help to define the style now known as mid-century modern.

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Vermont Made Furniture: A History

Last updated on March 16th, 2020 at 07:30 am

History of Vermont Made Furniture
The American Shaker Bedroom Furniture Set is handmade here in Vermont using the same timeless Shaker styling and craftsmanship that Vermont’s been famous for over 250 years.  Learn more about the History of Vermont Made Furniture in our encyclopedia.

250 Years of Woodworking and Furniture Making in Vermont

Last year we had so much interest from customers about the history of Vermont made furniture, we started an encyclopedia of sorts.  Did you know that Vermont furniture making history can be traced back to the 17th century?  And by the 18th century almost every town in Vermont had woodworkers making furniture, tools and utensils.

Wood products became the single most important manufacturing industry in Vermont during the 19th century.  It was then that Vermont made furniture and wood products began their long history of export to customers all over the U.S. and abroad.  Wood furniture, wooden cutting boards and bowls, bowling pins, baskets, drumsticks, toys, musical instruments, golf tees, cheese boxes, wooden dolls, gun racks, Scrabble tiles, snowshoes, clothes pins, and wooden shipping boxes were (and continue to be) all products of a thriving Vermont woodworking industry.

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Outdoor Furniture: Wood or Recycled Plastic?

Last updated on March 16th, 2020 at 07:31 am

Recycled Plastic Outdoor Furniture | Polywood
If you’re shopping for wooden outdoor furniture this season, you’ve probably noticed there are a lot of new faux wood furniture sets, made from recycled plastic. Shown here is the POLYWOOD Euro dining set. It has the look and weight of wood but lasts longer and doesn’t require any maintenance.

Why Recycled Plastic Instead of Wood?

When customers asked us to start carrying outdoor furniture naturally we searched for a real wood product. However, while there are weather resistant species such as cedar, teak, eucalyptus and redwood that make fine outdoor furniture, we still worried about the longevity of the furniture, maintenance, and the environmental impact.  While researching high end outdoor wood furniture we discovered recycled plastic lumber (RPL) made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE).  Also known as Poly-Wood, it looks like real wood & has the heavy weight of real wood plus it’s durable, versatile and environmentally friendly.

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Top 5 Dining Table Designs: All About That Base

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Our French Country Dining Table and Round Back Chairs

We always put so much focus on the tabletop, but what about those legs?

I’m a perfectionist by nature and attention to detail has always been something I pride myself on. That being said, it can make doing things, like shopping for a new dining table, a challenge sometimes. I tend to be really indecisive because I like knowing what I’m choosing is the best possible product for me. I take everything from color, material used, shape, size and design into consideration. But what about the base of a table? It can aesthetically make or break a room, so why do the table tops get all of the attention?

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What Ever Happened to H.T. Cushman Furniture?

Last updated on September 17th, 2019 at 08:59 am

Cushman Furniture: Brand Plate for Cushman Colonial Creations

The H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Company was founded in 1886 and spent close to 100 years building furniture in Bennington, Vermont. The company began by building coat racks, pencil boxes, hat hangers, and more, but soon became well known for their furniture.

The business was sold to General Industries in 1964 by Hall W. Cushman, the third generation of the Cushman family to manage the business. In 1971 the facility was sold to Green Mountain Furniture Co, which subsequently went out of business in 1980.

Even though the H.T. Cushman company is no longer producing furniture, their impact on the legacy of furniture craftsmanship in Vermont is clear.

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What Ever Happened to Manchester Wood?


 


Manchester Wood was founded in 1976 and spent 42 years manufacturing solid wood furniture in the state of Vermont. At its peak, the company was generating $8-12 million per year in revenue and employed close to 200 people.

The founder, Clifford “Cliff” Pierce, built Manchester Wood into a multi-million dollar business by selling in bulk to retailers across the country. He had over 300 wholesale clients including LL Bean, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, Sears, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, and more.

The business was known for building high-quality, solid wood furniture. The most popular products were mission style bookcases and sofa tables, adirondack chairs, and folding desks and tray tables. It was a multi-generation family business.

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It’s POLYWOOD Quattro Season!

Last updated on October 2nd, 2019 at 11:08 am

POLYWOOD Quattro Collection | Gray, blue, teak, red, sand, lime, green, yellow, orange, white & black
POLYWOOD’s 7 piece Quattro dining set in slate grey. Also available in vivid blue, teak, tangerine, red, sand, mahogany, lime, lemon yellow, green, black, aruba blue or white. We are the only store that offers a lifetime guarantee plus free shipping.

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NEW: Modern Industrial Furniture Collection

Modern Industrial Dining Set
Our Modern Industrial Table and matching Modern Industrial Benches shown in natural walnut wood

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new collection designed by our very own team at Vermont Woods Studios. Please welcome, the Modern Industrial Furniture Collection.

The Modern Industrial collection features solid wood table tops with powder-coated black steel legs. They’re perfect for the modern kitchen, commercial restaurants and pubs, or just to spice up a room with some new colors and textures.

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