Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wondrous Wakefield

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The history of Heywood Wakefield dates all the way back to 1826 in Gardner, Massachusetts's wear 5 Heywood brothers manufacturing wood chairs by hand out of their barn adjacent to their fathers farm. After a couple devastating events and plenty of different family members working for the company as well any partners assisting the growth of the company, Heywood Wakefield became one of the most popular furniture manufacturers around. The company was best known for there beautiful modern line of furniture in an Art Deco style of the 1940s and 1950s. Heywood Wakefield produced furniture designed by such masters as Gilbert Rohde, Russell Wright, Leo Jiranek, and Ernst Herrman, among others. The furniture became works of art, but because of the hand crafted nature of the furniture it was very expensive and time consuming to create from start to finish. Resulting in Heywood Wakefield going out of Business in the 1970's. In the late 1990's a furniture company in Florida scavenged estates sales and antique stores for Heywood Wakefield items and began to sell reproduction Heywood Wakefield furniture using the name which they purchased because of the fact the original company when bankrupt.

SpringDale Furnishings has such lovely authentic vintage Wakefield furniture, perfect for online window shopping.


9 comments:

  1. That brings back memories of mum and dad's furniture! xx

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  2. I totally have a Heywake obsession.

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  3. Wow, these are such gorgeous pieces. I really need a house that's mine to decorate!!

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  4. I love it! It looks like the furniture in my grandparents house.

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  5. Retro furniture is so neat! It feels so much more unique and creative than popular furniture today.

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  6. Great blog, Spacify is one of the Retro Furniture Store which has huge collections of Retro Furniture.

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