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Kindel Furniture Company
  • 19011901- After years of working at his brothers mattress factory, Charles J. Kindel founds the Denver Bedding Company in Denver, Colorado.
  • 19041904-Kindel moves his business to St. Louis, purchasing the Evans-Smith Bedding Company and renaming it the C.J. Bedding Company.
  • 19051905-Mr. Kindel patents a new convertible bed called the Kindel Parlor Bed. This new Somersaultic Davenport Bed was pronounced “The greatest household invention of the age.”
  • 19121912-After building plants in Toronto, New York and Chicago, Kindel decides to establish a woodworking plant. He breaks ground on a new factory in Grand Rapids, Michigan, also known as “The Furniture City.”
  • 19261926-Sons Tom and Charles M. “Chuck” Kindel join their father in the business. The company becomes known as “The Kindel Furniture Company.” This photo of the Kindel generations was taken in 1936 when Ted Kindel joined the company.
  • 19321932-The company published a monthly newsletter entitled, The Kindel Poster, that proclaimed “1932 will be a Colonial Year.” The bicentennial of George Washington’s birthday was celebrated with a focus on colonial reproductions including a George Washington Memorial Bed.
  • 19351935-Kindel produces a training film of the step by step process of developing a piece of furniture. The film entitled Hidden Qualities was sent to the furniture departments of Marshall Field’s in Chicago, John Wannamaker in Philadelphia, and R.H. Macy and B. Altman of New York. The company further assures customers of high quality by issuing numbered certificates with their product. The certificate offered customers a greater sense of pride in knowing how careful Kindel employees were in building their furniture.
  • 19411941-Kindel launches a national ad campaign targeting women in magazines such as House & Garden and House Beautiful. This advertisement placed in the April 1941 issue of House & Garden showing a well-dressed woman perusing the Kindel lines exemplified Kindel’s intent on marketing the romance of fine furniture.
  • 19431943-Chuck Kindel helps found the Grand Rapids War Industries, a group of 12 furniture companies who produced wood glider plane parts for World War II.
  • 19521952-Kindel moved away from historic lines of furniture and introduced more cosmopolitan lines with a European influence. In 1955 Directoire was created, followed by French Provincial in 1956 and Viennese Classical in 1957
  • 19641964-John W. Fisher, of Muncie, Indiana purchased the company from the Kindel family.
  • 19681968-After 10 years of being a Michigan Chair Company dealer, Kindel purchases the company located on Butterworth Street SW in Grand Rapids solidifying Kindel’s expansion into dining room furniture. New collections included the Bardini, Italian Provincial and Balearic Collections.
  • 19691969-Kindel introduces its first Upholstered Furniture Collection.
  • 1978 (2)1978-Industry veteran, Robert S. Fogarty, entered into a partnership with the Fisher and Ball families. Mr. Fogarty became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kindel.
  • 19781978-The China Trade Collection highlights Kindel’s talent for hand painted decoration and Chinoiserie on furniture.
  • 19821982-Kindel is awarded the license to reproduce antiques from the former estate of Henry Francis duPont, The Winterthur Museum. The Winterthur Museum houses the largest collection of American decorative arts in the world. Kindel develops a reproduction program of the “best of kind” objects, and becomes known for its ability to recreate the treasures of the past at the highest levels of quality, authenticity and scholarship.
  • 19841984-Kindel’s reputation for complex reproductions leads to another licensing program with the Irish Georgian Society. The Irish Georgian Society was founded to preserve Irish art, decorative arts and architecture. The Collection consisted of 22 examples of the best of the Irish Georgian furniture design.
  • 19851985-In collaboration with the United States National Trust for Historic Preservation, Kindel embarks on a third licensing agreement. Royalties generated by the sale of Kindel reproductions went directly to support the Trust. Eighteen new furniture pieces are reproduced from various National Trust properties including Cliveden in Philadelphia, Chesterwood, the ancestral home of Daniel Chester French in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Tarrytown, New York.
  • 19891989-An original mahogany, desk and bookcase made by the Townsend and Goddard families, cabinetmakers in Newport, Rhode Island, sells at Christie’s for a record-breaking $12.1 million in June. Kindel’s reproduction from the Winterthur Collection sells for $21,393.
  • 19961996-Kindel is awarded the “Women in the Workplace” award for the high percentage of woman in manufacturing leadership as well as artisan roles. Leaders included Paula S. Fogarty who became President of the company in 1999.
  • 19991999-Kindel helps with refurbishment of public spaces and suites at The Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
  • 20002000-Kindel joins with Carleton Varney, President of Dorothy Draper and Company, Inc., and introduces the Varney and Sons Collection.
  • 20062006-Kindel is awarded the Mount Vernon license and introduces a collection of reproductions from one of the most important historic homes in America. The collection also includes a collaboration of pieces from Tudor Place, built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter and her husband, Thomas Peter.
  • 20082008-The Varney and Sons Collection becomes the Dorothy Draper Collection with new reproductions of Draper’s work from her commercial projects dating from 1940-1960. Furniture from her projects include: The Carlyle, The Hampshire House in New York, The Mark Hopkins Hotel and The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, The Arrowhead Springs Hotel in Southern California and The Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia.
  • 20102010-Kindel announces a merger with The Taylor Company in Grand Rapids and moves to 4047 Eastern Avenue SE. Kindel gains advanced technology in woodworking allowing for greater efficiency and more flexibility with customization of orders.
  • 20122012-Changes occur once again as Kindel announces a divestiture of the merged companies and returns to focus on its own brand and a century of fine craftsmanship.
  • 20132013-A new licensing agreement is signed with world renowned architectural firm, Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The Robert A.M. Stern Collection joins world class architectural design with Kindel’s unsurpassed furniture craftsmanship to create American design for today’s lifestyle.
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