Coming Soon and in for restoration! John Kapel designed these nightstands for Glenn of California with beautiful oiled walnut and curved wood handles. The drawers glide on metal rails with internal wheels which means they open with very little effort. This is a modern touch not seen in many any other mid century case pieces. The cabinet opens to an adjustable shelf. These will be getting the full treatment in our workshop and will be restored to a beautiful gleaming state. These are stunning in person.
Dimensions: 22.5'h x 33.75'w x 21.5'd
About the Designer:
John Kapel graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI (other noted alumni include Harry Bertoia, Charles and Ray Eames, and Eero Saarinen). After a short stint training in Yugoslavia, he moved to New York to work with George Nelson (chief designer of Herman Miller Furniture Company), who hired him as a general designer. After two years at George Nelson & Associates, Kapel headed westward to California and landed in what was then the farmland of Los Gatos.
Kapel enjoyed challenge of creating a design that could then be produced in a factory. He had seen how George Nelson & Associates earned royalties off its popular designs. To Kapel, that was much more appealing than hand-making every single stick of furniture his mind could dream up. Kapel, who explained his decision by saying, "My fellow craftsmen...thought I was a sell-out. I didn't care. I wanted a nice house and designing for a manufacturer allowed me to do that."
He made some prototypes and piled them into his station wagon, journeying from Los Gatos to Los Angeles, where he knocked on factory doors. The first he tried was Glenn of California. After showing his samples to owner Ike Baron and striking a mutually satisfying agreement, the two embarked on a partnership that would last more than 20 years—with only a handshake binding their deal. John Kapel furniture was born and his legacy now lives on.
While Kapel insists he's not famous, his work is nevertheless exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (From Incollect)