American of Martinsville

Posted on August 07 2018

On the heels of the Civil War, parts of Virginia were in need of diversification. Furniture manufacturing was a saving grace for one part of the state, Martinsville (Henry County). In 1906, the American Furniture Company was founded by a group of local business leaders in an effort to stimulate the economy. The area was also home to Bassett and Hooker.

In the 1950’s the company grew, as did their reputation for stylish design. Their designs were often
described as high quality with a “Danish modern” influence. I would agree with that assessment. The first pieces I came to love (and own) had the clean lines and architectural shapes that were so often found in Danish modern furniture.

The furniture made my American of Martinsville was very well made but it was targeted toward middle class Americans.

Several of the pieces we have at StudioSonjaMilan have an Asian influence. They are truly beautiful and functional. My favorites are the oversized walnut nightstands on ebonized bases.

To see examples of American of Martinsville’s designs, schedule a time to stop by our studio.

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