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Our Company Heritage

Today, Michigan chair Company is exclusively a custom solid hardwood steam bending company marketing to both residential and contract furniture manufacturers. The Michigan Chair Company name has been in existence for 120 years. Over its history, it has made a variety furniture and furniture parts. It has also gone through a number of different ownerships.

Michigan Chair Company was incorporated in 1890 in Grand Rapids, and initially produced inexpensive furniture, but by 1900 was marketing a line of Mission style furniture. Their catalog by this time included over 1500 chairs in the popular styles of the time. Later they produced chairs of various period revival designs distinguished by a high degree of carving. By the 1930’s they were making Art Deco furniture, but went out of business in 1938 probably due to the depression.

Michigan Chair Company was reincorporated by Albert Kuiper in 1946 in Grand Rapids, as a much smaller company. They produced some Adams style reproductions, but mostly high style Italian chairs. The chair making division was sold to Kindel Furniture Company in 1970, continuing as a contract solid wood bending company. In 1972 Michigan Chair Company moved to Howard City MI. Albert Kuiper died in 1980 and his son-in-law Robert Hoolsema purchased the company. He subsequently sold it to his sons Robert Jr. and Timothy in 2001.

With the numerous changes of ownership and location, catalogs and other information have been lost. Please visit our Historical Gallery Page to view albums and downloadable files we have made available. The Public Museum of Grand Rapids may be an additional source for information. Contact Chris Carron at the Public Museum of Grand Rapids (616) 456-3977
http://www.grmuseum.org.