John Kapel for Glenn of California Credenza

$2,995.00

Mid Century modern credenza designed by John Kapel for Glenn of California in the United States circa 1950’s. Beautifully crafted in light walnut wood, this versatile credenza design features the designer’s signature sculpted walnut handles that open to reveal ample storage space within. The credenza interior features two shelved compartments plus two drawers on the left side. The black stripe details and black base beautifully complement the intricate, natural wood grain detail. 

Dimensions: 72L x 20 D x 30 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 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)