R-Way Furniture

A French Louis XV style circular four-seat settee or confidante

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A Modernist tall chest designed by Eliel Saarinen and made by R-Way Furniture

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A chest of drawers designed by Eliel Saarinen, made by R-Way Furniture

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R-Way Furniture

The following information was available on Wikicollecting.org (December 2011):

The R-Way Furniture Company was initially founded in 1881 as the Mattoon Manufacturing Company, and by 1900 the business had grown to employ 800 workers on a site which covered 12 acres.

When the company’s founder, George B. Mattoon, died in 1904, the company was renamed the Northern Furniture Company and went on to successfully produce a wide range of furniture, including dining room tables and chairs, desks, bookcases and buffets.

In 1916 the company was purchased by an arm of the C. Reiss Coal Company, and continued to produce furniture under the name of Northern until 1949, when the business changed its name to R-Way Furniture. In 1942 the company had opened a chain of 12 showrooms, in which customers could view products and order items from a catalog.

R-Way went on to operate as a furniture company until 1992, when it began to phase out production at the factory. In 1993 the plant’s equipment was sold at a public auction, and the company finally ceased trading.

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