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CIRCA WHO: Gabriella Crespi
Gabriella Crespi, a Milanese designer, best known for her sculptural furniture designs of the 1960s and 1970s. She issued her first line, the “Small Lune” collection, in the 1950s. Crespi studied at the Polytechnic in Milan, where she garnered a fascination with the seminal work of Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright. Crespi’s life was an inspiring story of self-reinvention, one that included a 20-year spiritual sojourn in the .
CIRCA WHO: Henry Link
CIRCA WHAT: Bali Hai Collection
Henry Talmadge Link (b.1889 d.1983) had been a banker in Lexington, N.C., and New York before he organized Dixie Furniture Company in 1936 with 90 employees. Dixie Company The company, now Lexington, still owns the Link brand and last marketed it several years ago. The Henry Link Corp. dates back to 1964 and was considered the first company to produce casual wicker home furnishings. “We have had many fine .
CIRCA – GARDEN SEATS
Garden Seats may have evolved out of the Buddhist garden tradition, where natural elements like tree stumps and smooth rocks were used as seats. Though mainly used in the landscaped gardens, they started to be used indoors from the beginning of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The material in which they were used to make these stools varied from stone, wood, glazed stoneware and later on porcelain.   Indoor stools .
CIRCA…. WHAT
The Chippendale design is prevalent throughout Circa Who Furnitue and the design elements incorporated into our mid century tropical style. It is one of the most sought after styles we sell. Chippendale furniture was created by Thomas Chippendale, a cabinet maker from London. Thomas Chippendale had a vision to combine multiple design cultures to create the much-desired Chippendale style. The style grew strong from 1750-1780 in England and American .
CIRCA .. WHO
Franco Albini, born in 1905 in Italy, was a Neo-Rationalist Architect, Designer, and University Instructor of Design throughout his life. Franco Albini is known well for designing the La Rinascente, a department store in Rome, in 1960. In 1928 Albini designed the now-iconic “Albini Desk”, combining steel, glass and wood with a striking minimalistic balance. Albini obtained three Compasso d’Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.  
CIRCA Kittinger Furniture Company
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 .
Century Company WHO
Not a week goes by without one of our clients proclaiming that they have featured Century Furniture in their homes for decades. Harley Ferguson Shuford, Sr. established Century Furniture Company in 1947 and he built a plant in Hickory, North Carolina. In 1952, Mr. Shuford hired Raymond K. Sobota to design for Century. Sobota’s forty year relationship with Century is considered the reason Century was known for style and .
CIRCA Foo
Fu Dogs Who? Fu Dogs are staples in home decor known for their highly stylistic features and ability to blend into any environment. They have a rich history which spans back thousands of years to the Han Dynasty. Fu/Foo Dogs or correctly known as Fu Lions, meant to be positioned in pairs, are highly auspicious symbols believed to protect the building from harmful spiritual influences.  Proper placement of the pair is vital to .
Donghia WHO
Angelo Donghia, acclaimed interior designer, born in Vandergrift PA in 1935. Working in his father’s tailoring shop as a child, he grew an eye for design. His father actually gave him his first interior design job! He founded Donghia Furniture Inc. in 1968. Donghia Headquarters in New York expanded to their first showroom in Los Angeles in 1976. He had a unique modern approach to interior design and transformed .
WHO McGuire Designs
John McGuire and Elinor Stevenson met on the eve of World War II; he was in the Navy, she was a navigation instructor. They fell in love and got married after the war, eventually settling in San Francisco. At first, there was no sign of what was to come. He worked at Standard oil and then sold newspaper ads for the San Francisco Examiner, she worked for Boeing Aircraft .