Being from Virginia, I’m proud of a furniture line that came out of Martinsville, Virginia with a modern styling and a high design distinction. I grew up in a house full of American of Martinsville furniture with parents that were uber cool and were living the lifestyle of Mid-Century Modernism in its 1950‘s originality. I like to think of them as early patrons of Modernism in a suburbia context.
American of Martinsville was started in 1906 by tobacco farmers and at first, only produced bedroom furniture. By the 1950’s, when my parents bought pieces, the company had extensive lines of furniture ranging from very traditional to cutting edge Modernism. The clean lines of these walnut and teak pieces are beautifully constructed showcasing fine quality furniture design.
Check out this walnut bureau and sideboards. But don’t expect to find these pieces new today as the company has morphed to be mainly furniture suppliers to the hospitality industry. These 1950-1960 designs can be found on sites like 1stdibs and other auction house sites that carry Mid-Century Modern pieces in the $2500-6500 range. These early 1950 pieces are unique treasures that I hope to inherit someday.