This year, Henredon celebrated its 65th birthday. To commemorate the occasion, an exhibit was set up in the Henredon showroom during the October High Point Market. In the exhibit were one of the very first chests to come off the assembly line, a desk from the 1950’s Frank Lloyd Wright collection, and a leather Anniversary chair that was added to the upholstery collection in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding.
Among the memorabilia was a paper on which suggested names for the new company were scribbled. The winner, of course, was Henredon, taken from the names of three of the founders: Henry Wilson, Ralph Edwards, and Donnell Van Noppen. The fourth founder, Sterling Collett, did not wish his name to be part of the brand.
The chest was on loan from Ralph Edwards III, who had received it as a gift from his father, Ralph Edwards, Jr. The desk also came from the Edwards family. Ralph Jr. once told me it had been used in the Lazarus Clothing store in Morganton, NC, for many years. Newspaper ads from the John M. Smyth Furniture Company in Chicago featuring the Wright collection were also on display, as well as other newspaper clippings. If you would like to see more of these newspaper ads and articles, please look back at our Henredon And Frank Lloyd Wright blog.