Monthly Archives: September 2013

Featured Furniture Maker: Jackson Furniture

At Suburban Furniture, we carry several different brands of furniture and we know it can be hard to make an informed decision about which brand is right for you.  We thought we’d help you out by giving you a little more information about each brand.  Now you’ll be able to have brand information in one place rather than searching for several different websites!  Today we’d like to feature Jackson Furniture as well as their reclining furniture brand, Jackson Furniture.

Born in 1903, Mr. Ray Jackson left very humble beginnings in Cleveland, TN to set out on his own at age 16. After working for several years in an auto assembly plant in Ohio, he returned back South to Tennessee to try the chair upholstery business. After quickly learning the upholstery craft, he took the $30 in his pocket—ALL that was left after the banks closed during the Great Depression and started Jackson Furniture Company. The business grew and grew with expanded factories and more people hired and put to work. His $30 gamble paid off as by the 1970’s, he had over 1.3 million square feet of furniture manufacturing space in TN, MS, TX, and FL and was one of the largest family owned furniture enterprises in the USA.

His greatest turning point was determining the assembly line production of Platform Glider Recliners was the key to a “comfortable America”.  He took the knowledge from the automobile industry and applied it to Chair/Glider production. These same techniques are still used every day in the plants as the culture still thrives under 3rd generation leadership.

Mr. Jackson would often comment that much of his success came from good old fashioned hard work and a dedication to giving employees an opportunity to “better themselves”.

Today, Jackson Furniture remains focused in the USA. They have over 4 plants in the USA along with thousands of employees and vendors committed to producing the most comfortable and longest lasting furniture that money can buy.

Their sole focus is on the living room—they have been specialists in fashionable, comfortable sofas and recliners for over 75 years adding along the way, professionally designed tables and rugs to complement their seating products.

Have a look below at their quality construction!

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Featured Furniture Maker: Craftmaster

At Suburban Furniture, we carry several different brands of furniture and we know it can be hard to make a decision about which brand is right for you.  We thought we’d help you out by giving you a little more information about each brand.  Now you’ll be able to have brand information in one place rather than searching for several different websites!  Today we’d like to feature Craftmaster.

Craftmaster

Craftmaster specializes in custom-order upholstery furniture that is fashionable, yet affordable. Its fine-quality products feature over 120 living room styles, over 100 accent chairs and ottomans, over 30 recliner styles, and over 1000 fabric options. Custom arm, back, leg, finish, and seam options are also available, making Craftmaster an industry leader in custom order! Founded in North Carolina, Craftmaster continues to be manufactured in the USA, and is proud to be the exclusive upholstery manufacturer of the Better Homes & Gardens Furniture Collection and the Paula Deen Home Collection.

Craftmaster’s rich history of building quality furniture began in 1972 in the rural town of Taylorsville, N.C. In this region of the United States furniture is more than a business, it is a family tradition. The furniture manufactured in their North Carolina facilities is made the old fashioned way – by hand, with pride.

Craftmaster was the vision of two native North Carolinians, Jack Stokes and Steve Lackey, who had a goal of building the finest quality upholstered furniture in their price range that is fashionable, yet affordable. The company has grown from 20 people to over 500 employees today. Many in the Craftmaster family have been with the company for over 25 years, some from the very beginning. Craftmaster was purchased in May 2006 by Samson Holdings and has continued to grow its business, making Craftmaster one of the most well known upholstery manufacturers in the country.

The work ethic and pride in craftsmanship is alive and well  in the foothills of North Carolina and is evident in every piece of upholstery that is made at their factories. They have over 400,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehousing and are the third largest employer in Alexander County.  Custom Order is their strength – consumers can select the style and fabric that best suits their decorating need and order it through any of their 1,000+ retail dealers around the world and have it in their homes in a short period of time.

American Modern (1925-1940)

We’ve spent quite a while recently exploring the history of American made furniture and we’ve almost made it through the years and ages.  Last time we met, we took a look at Art Noveau but what came next?  Next up was the American Modern movement – sit back, relax and read on to learn more!

American Modern was a distinct American design aesthetic formed in the period between 1925 and World War II.  Created by a pioneering group of designers, architects and artists, this movement is distinguished by the absence of traditional ornament, the use of new technologies and materials, and the application of mass-production techniques to create affordable objects for the expanding middle class.  The impact on the lives of the everyday American is exemplified through a wide array of objects from furniture to graphic arts.

In the beginning, most of America’s modern design reflected the widespread influence of the Paris fair which brought to international prominence the chic French luxury style of Art Deco, with its emphasis on costly materials and fine workmanship. Dramatic economic, industrial and technological changes, however, would significantly impact design during this time of drastic growth in mass production and mass consumption.

America’s most innovative designers adapted the clean lines, pure geometric forms and machine-made materials of Germany’s Bauhaus movement which forged an alliance between art and industry. The onset of the Depression served to enhance the aim of the Bauhaus to create objects that were both attractive and affordable.

Interestingly enough, an important factor in the start of American design influence and dominance was an influx of foreign talent.  More than a third of the designers involved in the American Modern movement were immigrants drawn to America by the promise of economic opportunity or escape from political oppression.  Not only designers and manufacturers, but department stores, museums and galleries joined in an effort to promote innovative work in overcoming the country’s generally conservative taste for traditional forms which pushed the movement further.

This movement lasted until the 40s when the American taste moved from streamlined to comfort which ushered in the next movement of Scandinavian Contemporary.  And that concludes our look at the history of American made furniture!  We hope you’ve enjoyed this look back at the past and we’re glad you joined us!  Don’t forget to check out our website or stop by our store to find the furniture style that best suits your taste!