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Pair of Nightstands by John Kapel for Glenn of California

$1,495.00

Price includes restoration to excellent condition 

 

Pair of nightstands by John Kapel for Glenn of California. This  pair of nightstands has beautiful sculpted walnut drawer pulls, gorgeous oiled walnut wood and black plinth base and drawer accents. Inside a pull out shelf with white laminate surface perfect for food, drinks, ashtrays etc. an adjustable shelf and a perfect storage area for magazines, books. Seriously everything you need in compact nightstands/cabinets.  These will have a beautiful oiled walnut look. Glenn of California incorporated stunning wood grain on there nightstands and will are excited to bring them back to life. 

Dimensions: 28L x 20 D x 24 H

 

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 ( Credit: Incollect)