In 1948, John and Elinor McGuire launched their furniture company in San Francisco with a mission to transform natural materials into lasting furniture using innovative design principles. Today some of those initial pieces reside in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian.
Standout Piece: This modern-looking outdoor coffee table is made of reclaimed teak originally used in Dutch farmhouses around Indonesia. Company artisans finish the wood by hand.
Long appreciated by decorators, McGuire is a go-to source for pieces that anchor a room, such as sofas, tables, and chairs. The company invites top designers such as Barbara Barry and Thomas Pheasant to develop furniture for it.
Standout Piece: This Jacques Garcia-designed sofa is fashioned solely from rattan, a natural jungle vine that is also the company’s signature material. Blurring the line between outdoor and indoor decor, the sofa reflects a classic California aesthetic.
A dedication to time-tested techniques and decades-old patents does not prevent McGuire furniture from exuding a contemporary feel. John McGuire describes the designs as “contemporary in spirit but reassuring and satisfying as only the natural and handmade can be.”
Standout Piece: A dark finish coupled with glass gives a classic rattan design a distinguished update. When McGuire introduced high-end rattan furniture to the U.S., the concept was both exotic and cutting-edge.
“Taborettes” can be traced back through McGuire’s history to the 1960s. The company has always sought to establish a distinct California style with pieces that feel both relaxed and inventive. These transitional tables, which can double as stools, embody that style and can be used inside and outside.
Standout Piece: These “taborettes” rely on rawhide bindings to hold their form—another trademark of McGuire’s craft. The couple perfected the use of rawhide in the late 1940s. The lightweight nature of these pieces makes them easy to move around your home.