McGuire Legacy

Remembering
John
McGuire

May 1920 — December 2013

John McGuire Interview

John McGuire Interview

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John and Elinor McGuire

John McGuire, in a life-long collaboration with his wife Elinor, brought imagination, skill and a refined sense of style to define a luxurious, comfortable lifestyle.

Beginning in 1948, the McGuires had a dream of great design, coupled with the finest natural materials and expert craftsmanship. They bent, wove, and formed rattan poles into new forms; they invented the patented process of using rawhide to bind rattan; they brought new life to rattan through color.

McGuire design has found its way into many of the world’s finest residences, including the White House. It has added grace, elegance and comfort to resorts, hotels and clubs. It has been included in the Smithsonian Collection at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.

We will miss our friend and mentor.

To honor the memory of John & Elinor, we will continue to embrace their ideals, work tirelessly to their highest standards, and ensure that every piece we produce embodies their spirit of a life well lived.

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Heritage

The name McGuire has been synonymous with timeless style and natural materials for 66 years.

The Art of McGuire

The Art of McGuire

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McGuire Heritage

It’s always been about more than just making furniture. It started with a bold idea: to explore the relationship between outside and inside; between elegance and raw nature. When John and Elinor started their company in 1948 their goal was to reinterpret natural materials into objects of perfect proportion and design.
Imaginative and uncompromising, they used best in class materials and adhered to a meticulous quality of workmanship. Our mission is to uphold that mantle — to continue to elevate craft to an art form that reflects today’s new definition of luxury, comfort and design. Today, we still delight in doing the things that are unexpected; like leather fringe lounge chairs, rawhide bindings and timeless joinery methods that have been around for centuries. We want our customers to know that every piece of the process is considered, to create a life well lived.

Town & Country magazine once wrote, “The story of John and Elinor McGuire and the success of McGuire is a singularly American saga … of a young couple’s imagination, determination, hard work and mutual dedication to values of taste and quality. ”

History of Design

  • 1950s

    McGuire’s unique manufacturing process of binding rattan with rawhide is perfected through the creation of designs by John and Elinor McGuire; Andrew Delfino, Eleanor Forbes, the famed interior design director of San Francisco based Gump’s; as well as other designers. The OH-10FG Director’s X-Chair by Leonard Linden is a prime example of the smart simplicity that McGuire’s legendary designs exude. Circa 1956.

  • 1960s

    McGuire introduces another exotic material to the interior design community — bamboo. McGuire also unveils its famed M-90 Cracked Ice® Chair. The new design shatters forever the image of what rattan furniture could be, given the creativity and craftsmanship it deserves. While the chair has inspired many imitators, none have duplicated its construction or unique pattern — the design patent is owned exclusively by McGuire. Circa 1968.

  • 1970s

    Elinor McGuire develops one of McGuire’s most beloved designs — the M-59 Rattan Target® Arm Chair. Classic and contemporary, this hand-crafted chair offers a virtual canvas for any designer. Finished by skilled artisans in the McGuire tradition, the design often features contrasting colors, gold or silver leaf on the rings of the target. Circa 1979.

  • 1980s

    The McGuires create another novel way of working with rattan and rawhide. Inspired by the woven laced rawhide seats of the Oregon Trail chairs of the 1850’s, John McGuire designs the LM-45 Laced Rawhide Arm Chair which is still on the the McGuire’s most loved classics. Circa 1984.

  • 1990s

    McGuire expands their line by collaborating with internationally renowned designer, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy adds a number of pieces to McGuire’s indoor and outdoor offerings, including Portico Teak and the M-202 Salon Arm Chair. Circa 1996.

  • 2000s

    McGuire offers several new collections, including collaborations with famed designers Thomas Pheasant, Laura Kirar, Barbara Barry, Robert Kuo and Michael Vanderbyl. They also expand their Outdoor collections and introduce a casual Kitchen line of chairs, barstools and tables — handcrafted from an organic range of materials. Circa 2006.

  • 2010s

    McGuire collaborates with award-winning designer, Bill Sofield, to create a collection that expresses the beauty of quality handcraftsmanship through natural materials and flawless design. An architectural showpiece, the Bill Sofield Baton Arm Chair blends blackened steel and Danish cord to create a modern desk or occasional chair. Circa 2011.