Glenn of California 8 drawer dresser by John Kapel


We have restored this piece and it is in excellent condition. Photographing this piece is challenging because it is 83.25 inches long but it is stunning in person.  

This 8 drawer dresser by John Kapel features beautiful rich walnut grain,  curved wood handles, sitting on a classic black plinth. Black accents along the top of each drawer finish off this beautiful chest of drawers. The drawers slide on metal rails with wheels that ensure smooth, silent gliding drawers for years to come.  We think it's the nicest rolling chest of drawers in Mid Century furniture. This piece will be restored back to excellent condition. 

Dimensions: 83.25"L x20"D x29.5"T

 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 the 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 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)