For over 150 years Kittinger has been a common household name but what is Kittinger? Who is Kittinger? In 1866, a year after the Civil War had consummated, George and Oliver Colie opened a paper company in Buffalo, NY. After a few years of success they began handcrafting upholstered furniture at their paper plant. In 1885 “Colie & Son” were prosperous enough with their “snappy, original styles in Parlous .