May 13, 2011MCM Home Improvement- The New Heywood-Wakefield
By Sablemable aka Jan
Many of us have vintage Heywood-Wakefield furniture, but did you know you can buy brand new reproduction pieces? There is a new Heywood-Wakefield Company that started making furniture in 1992-93 and this is how it began.
In 1985, the owner of the South Beach Furniture Company in Miami and his partner, purchased the remnants of the original H-W Company from bankruptcy court. The partners re-registered the original name and logo and started researching, then making new H-W furniture. They named their new furniture Streamline, which captures the essence of the Mid-Century era. The furniture is modeled after original pieces, however, when H-W was purchased, the new owners acquired no patterns, tools, nothing, not even historical information. I think they did a smashing good job reproducing the original pieces, as you will soon see. Visit their site, www.heywood-wakefield.com for more interesting facts on how the company operates and to drool over the complete line of furniture they offer.
Let’s start with the bedroom, which I’ve decided to purchase the bed, the Stylemaster that comes in Queen, Eastern King and California King sizes. If you’d like to avoid the box spring mattress, you can purchase the platform adaptor kit and get by with just the top mattress. Vintage H-W beds only come in twin and full sizes, so kudos to the Stylemaster Bed that keeps it real and large in size!
Here’s one of the nightstands that coordinates with the bed.
Heywood-Wakefield has three living room groups – Biscayne, Madeline and Margaret. There are matching chairs and ottomans for each grouping.
This is the Madeline Group. Love it!
The Biscayne sofa. Very Danish in style, too!
The Margaret Davenport.
H-W has the tables to go with your living room furniture. The ever popular revolving cocktail table and the step-end table. All of the tables are reproductions of the original Modern Line.
On to the dining room. The infamous “dog biscuit” dining chair and the extension tables are also reproductions of the originals. The table comes in small (original) and large (new).
Other pieces of interest are the desk, bookcases and a record cabinet. There is a entertainment cabinet offered, but for me, I’d buy the record cabinet for the television set.
H-W has a large choice of quality upholstery fabrics to choose from, but if you’d like to supply your own, they will gladly accommodate you. Here’s a sample of their fabric.
The wood finish used is called Amber, which is clearer and lighter than the original champagne and wheat stains. If you’d like, however, to have your wood furniture left unfinished, the new H-W will happily oblige. That way you can stain them with the duplicate champagne or wheat stains that are offered on Ebay.
While the new Heywood-Wakefield Company manufactures the furniture, they do NOT refinish, nor do they appraise the vintage H-W pieces. They will, however, direct you to professional appraisers and finishers that specialize in these areas.
I did not include prices for the furniture, but the pieces I think are very reasonable, considering they are made of solid wood construction.
Oops! I almost forgot! Heywood-Wakefield also has area rugs in fabulous prints and solids to complement your new furniture.
A great big thank you to the owners of the Heywood-Wakefield Company
for reviving this beautiful furniture!