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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Glenn of California

A few days ago, I promised a post about Glenn of California, but to my surprise, there was very little detailed background information about the company to be found, so I will have to share the most cursory of facts with you, along with information about who designed for them.

Glenn of California was a furniture company based in Arcadia, California, that was at the forefront of the California Modernist design movement in the 1940s and 1950s. The most significant influence on the development of the company was the California Modern collection by Milo Baughman and Greta Magnusson Grossman. Using walnut, iron and Formica, they created a distinctive Los Angeles style.

Other well-known designers who created furniture for Glenn of California were Paul Laszlo, John Kapel, Robert Baron, Stanley Young and Kipp Stewart.


Milo Baughman desk
midcenturia.com

Multicolored chest
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Chest of drawers by John Kapel
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Milo Baughman credenza
redmodernfurniture.com

Stanley Young chest
redmodernfurniture.com

Greta Grossman chairs
pichaus.com

Milo Baughman table
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Three-panel folding screen
pichaus.com

Paul Laszlo chair
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Kipp Stewart coffee table
1stdibs.com

Robert Baron nightstands
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Glenn of California label
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Early mark on a Greta Grossman "Good Design" chair
midcenturymoderndesignfinds.blogspot.com

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19 comments:

  1. I love the desk...what a super statement piece!

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    1. Baughman and Greta Grossman designed a number of incredibly modern pieces for the company, and I think that desk was one of the stand-outs.

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  2. I'll have the folding screen, what stylish whimsy! ......and the desk too :)

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    1. I think I'm putting in my order for that coffee table with the built-in planter. Such fun!

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  3. Dear Santa: I would like the multicolored chest & the folding screen.

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    1. I'll be sure Santa gets the message. :)

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  4. Dana, I have been meaning to read this post. I have been curious about this manufacturer. What a bunch of good looking things, don't you think? My favorites are the first 2 at the top. I like that idea of lacquer with the wood. Hmmm.... Okay, look at those two nightstands again, and look at this piece I got on eBay. John Stuart. Interesting, huh? Really close match. http://www.midcenturymodernremodel.com/2012/08/purging-pottery-barn-from-mid-century.html -- Who copied who?

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    1. Your armoire is beautiful! And it really is close in design to the Baron bedside tables. The longer I deal with mid-century furniture, the more I find similar pieces by different designers, and who copied whom is sometimes very difficult to figure out, unless you get lucky and find dated brochures or magazine ads. I don't know if you had started following my blog when I did the series on "You Look So Familiar," but it was about look-alike pieces. Sometimes it seems there really is nothing new under the sun.

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    2. In this case, nobody copied. That "John Stuart" armoire was produced for John Stuart by Glenn of California.

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    1. I'm lucky to have a John Capel dresser, designed as a 4 drawer sid
      e-by-side, side magazine cabinet with pull out writing table and a round end table.

      So many people don't realize or recognize the history and design specific to LA Modern.

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    2. You're right that the California Modernist movement played an important role in the history of Modernism.

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  6. Robert Baron is my father. He (at 87 years of age) is enjoying the renewed interest in Glenn's work. I suspect my brother ( a former Glenn executive) might be noodling within this blog

    Thanks so much for your love of something our father worked so hard at

    M Baron ( the Craig of Craig Nealee)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing this information. I'm glad you found the post!

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  7. I never communicated to you that regretably our Pop (Robert Baron) passed last March at the age of 88. He was some talented kind of person.

    Thanks for shining light on his passion

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  8. I was very impressed with the furniture designed by John Kapel and manufactured by Glenn. In the late seventies, I purchased a complete bedroom set, including a pair of nightstands, a lowboy dresser and a high dresser, and a headboard for California king bed, all of which were in oiled walnut veneer. Upon delivery, I found numerous places where the walnut veneer had split, and been crudely masked, the walnut of the nightstands, and the dressers did not match in coloring. In other words, it looked as if they had sent me a pile of rejects. I ordered the whole lot returned and replaced. The replacements were somewhat better, although the walnut veneer of the high walnut dresser contained a knot, which marred the appearance. Over the forty odd years since buying this set, I have had, repeatedly found it necessary to repair the drawers of the two dressers, as either the bottoms fell out or the fronts came off. In general, I found the quality of manufacture very poor. My understanding is that the company went out of business shortly after my purchase, which is hardly surprising.

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  9. I can offer a little information on the origins of Glenn, if you wish. Dana, you are welcome to contact me at innerqidoc at Yahoo. It may take me a few days to reply, but I'm glad to offer what I can.

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  10. You forgot one of their best designers. Richard Thompson (my father) he is in his 80"s now lives in Prescott Az and still drives Ducati motorcycles!

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