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John Kapel Gentleman's Chest by Glenn of California


In for restoration is this Gentleman's Chest Designed by John Kapel for Glenn of California.This Gentleman's chest has beautiful sculpted walnut drawer pulls, gorgeous oiled walnut wood and black plinth base and drawer accents. It's a two-piece armoire. This piece features four drawers that slide on metal tracks, and a cabinet on top. The top cabinet doors open up to adjustable shelving and a mirror. Behind the mirror has additional shelving and underneath the mirror are three more drawers.  It's a gorgeous piece, and is constructed of walnut with a black curved plinth base and black accents along the drawers. It's the perfect size for the bedroom, and has an incredible amount of storage.

We also have a pair of matching nightstands.

The dimensions are 70 1/2" h x 42" w x 20" d

The top cabinet armoire portion is 16" 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 ( taken from: Incollect)