KAISER KUHN LIGHTING
Went out of business in 2003. They were a source for Traditional designs in porcelains, floor, candle lamps, brass, stoneware. They also carried a fine selection accessory items as well as paintings, plates, porcelain table settings, and wall brackets.
1501 W. Maryland St.,
Evansville, IL 47712
Fax: (812) 425-4016
Take a deep breath, you are in for a treat. Karges makes formal French furniture for the very discriminating buyer. Prices are in line with their heirloom quality, limited distributorship and fine design. I got a note from Joan Karges Rogier of Karges that I'd like to pass on to my readers. "... we want you to know Karges is made in the good old USA by fantastic American craftsmen. Our seating is imported, primarily from Italy, as it has been for 40+ years, but our casegoods are made here in Evansville, Ind. We hope that never changes!
Joan Karges Rogier
Karges Furniture Co.
Keller left furniture residential furniture business January 2005 after acquiring Paragon Door Designs. They no longer have parts for any Keller furniture. They began by manufacturing spokes for wagon wheels, then complete wheels, and finally the wagons themselves around 1900. By 1931 Keller wagons were showing up China, The Philippines, and New Zealand as well as Europe, Russia and South Africa. By 1942 Keller was phasing out of the wagon business to make room for tractors and interstates. Like many companies, Keller survived the war years by producing needed supplies for the war effort. Among other things, they made walk-in ice boxes for Army kitchens, and Army vehicle bodies for General Motors. Small world isn't it? Following the war, Keller used its vast experience to quickly retool for peace and began making solid wood furniture.
2805 Trent Road
New Bern, NC 28561
Phone: (252)633-3669, FAX: (252)633-3997
In its day, Kent-Coffee was a very popular brand of furniture. It was reasonably well-made, sold in stores all over the East Coast and was priced so the average consumer could afford it. As Baby Boomers inherit grandmom's old furniture or clean out their parent's attic it is inevitable that a new generation gets their first exposure to the name. Hardly a week goes by that I don't get several letters that start out... "I just inherited a Kent-Coffey kitchen set. Can you tell me anything about them?"
Kent-Coffey was a furniture company in Lenoir, NC owned by Harold Coffey, a leading influence driving the North Carolina furniture industry in the early 1900's. He was friend, neighbor and competitor of such icons as James Broyhill and John Bernhardt. As tribute, his former home at the corner of Harper Avenue and Maple Drive in Lenoir has been preserved as a bed and breakfast Sharon Elizabeths.
I called the owners of the B&B who, it turns out, have been researching the company's history and would love to hear from any readers or former employees who have first-hand knowledge of Kent-Coffey's past.
Through the 60's Kent-Coffey made promotionally priced, but decent quality furniture. For unknown reasons, they were sold to the Singer Furniture Company, a subsidiary of the Singer sewing machine fame. Singer should have stuck with sewing machines because around 1997 the furniture division went bankrupt. In 2001, Kent-Coffey was named as co-defendant in a lawsuit brought by a former Singer employee suing over asbestos related illness.
After that the trail goes cold. I would love to hear from former Kent-Coffey employees who can fill in any of the blanks.
8600 Gateway East
El Paso, TX 79907
tel: (915) 591-8161
Fax: (915) 598-7353
Metal occasional, baker's racks, bedroom and dining. Kessler offers one of the best selections of occasional tables and baker's racks in metal. Very classic styles with a great selection of finishes.
503 C Street
N Wilkesboro, NC 28659
Since 1927 Key City has worked hard to maintain a standard of excellence and a reputation for great quality. The company has remained in family hands since it's founding by James Caudill, with the grandsons currently at the helm. It may seem quaint in today's business environment to find a family-owned manufacturing business still being run with the same core values that were in existence when the company was founded; but for the 200 employees at Key City those values are a source of great pride. Many of the people at Key City have been working there for decades, mainly because they like the family, but just as notable is the pride they have knowing they are producing a quality product in an industry that is importing more and more cheap furniture. With more than 400 products and 1200 fabrics your choices for Traditional, European, Provincial, Transitional or 18th century upholstery will be limited only by your imagination. Construction is very good with the standard padding, kiln dried double doweled, corner blocked and secured hardwood frames you would expect at an upper end price range for investment quality furniture. There are three comments I would add though. One, although there are five optional seats available it would be nice to see a multi-density cushion as standard instead of the 1.8 polyurethane one used. (Nothing wrong with that, but it is the same cushion used by competitors who don't come up to their standards in other areas - that's just my opinion.) Secondly, they use pocketed coils in the back. This is a high-end feature and should be noted by the consumer as a sign of quality. Third, they use a 10-way hand-tied coil for the seat. This is really unusual and quite exceptional in this price range, you can probably count on two hands the number of companies going to this level of detail. Some might say it is actually "overkill" but I say more power to them. When others are dumbing down quality, here is a company that is holding the line and maintaining an exceptional value for consumers.
1600 W. Breitung Ave
Kingsford, MI 49802
Fax: (906) 774-8211
"Real wood for real life" is their slogan. Features bedroom, home office, entertainment centers and outdoor furniture. It is notable that they are using Garapeira wood for their outdoor. Garapeira comes from Brazilian sustainable growth forests. Bedroom is available in Aspen, Oak, Pine and Birch, home office in Aspen, Oak and Birch and entertainment centers in aspen. Styles range from mission and shaker to contemporary. They now offer over twenty finishes including stains and paint colors that can be custom applied to many pieces. Construction featurs include: solid wood and plywood, mortise and tenon construction and dovetail drawer fronts. They also use side mounted rails which eliminate many drawer problems.
7711 E. Pleasant Valley Rd.
PO Box 318010
Cleveland, OH 44131-8010
216.573.1000, 216.573.1001 FAX
Becoming the leader in the lighting fixture industry is hard. Staying on top is even harder. Kichler® Lighting is a four-time winner of the Arts Award as Lighting Manufacturer of the Year- the highest accolade our lighting industry can give.
Today they're the largest decorative lighting fixture company in the world. Founded in 1938, Kichler remains a privately held, family owned and run business staffed by people who understand decorative home lighting fixtures and who care about customers. They built their reputation on original, design-oriented, high quality lighting products at competitive prices, backed by what they think is the finest customer service in the industry.
Helping to make your house a home is their job - and number one priority. They do this by providing you with the widest assortment of home lighting fixtures and accessories in the industry. The Kichler® family of brands offers products for every room in your home, designed to fit every pocketbook, offering choices to complement your lifestyle and tastes.
Facilities include world headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, manufacturing facilities in Carson, California; Wallingford, Connecticut; Juarez, Mexico, and multiple distribution warehouses around the country.
Kief Walls Group
1901 60th Place - Suite L-9030
Bradenton, FL 34203
Store planning, accessory buying and display maintainence
KIMBALL HOME FURNISHINGS
2704 N. Newton St
Jasper, IN 47549
The industry buzz has Kimball going out of business around January 2005.
"In 1946, George and J. Wade Kincaid began making cedar chests and wardrobes in a small building with five employees in Hudson, N.C. Over fifty years later, employing more than 1,400 workers in five plants, Kincaid is the world's largest manufacturer of solid wood residential bedroom, dining room, occasional, and entertainment furniture. The original manufacturing philosophy of George and Wade Kincaid is uncompromised. Their furniture collections are made of oak, ash, cherry, pine, and maple woods harvested in the continental United States. Kincaid continues to grow and expand. Attention to detail, style, quality, and manufacturing has contributed to Kincaid's tremendous success and wide spread demand. These gains were made possible in part from recent adjustments to plant layouts, addition of state-of-the-art machine technology and keen concern about quality by all employees. Direction and guidance is traceable to the original Kincaid family philosophies. Today, the company is steadily led by Steve Kincaid (Wade's son) as President. Kincaid Furniture Company, Inc., is now part of La-Z-Boy, Inc. This has added to the strength and to their potential development. La-Z-Boy is the third largest manfacturer of furniture in the industry, with annual sales exceeding $1.3 Billion. Taking a leading position in design and style, Kincaid has a broad base of collections that include cherry, pine, oak, maple and ash wood species. Again guided by the strong commitment to their heritage and their environment, Kincaid offers style, value, and finely crafted solid American wood products to join the leaders in the home furnishings industry."
From the Kincaid Web Site.
The story of Kinder-Harris begins in 1970. The journey has led the company from it's beginnings as a small art supply and custom frame shop in Stuttgart, Arkansas to a position as an internationally recognized design leader in the Home Furnishings Industry.
Framed art of unique beauty that is painstakingly created with unusual and unexpected effects are the hallmark characteristics that produced the initial demand from the market place. The industry's desire for even more innovation from Kinder-Harris led to expansion into accessories in 1985. In 1990, the company's own special touch was added to a line of lighting. All of these, framed art, lighting and accessories harmonize together perfectly in a room setting while maintaining the strength to stand alone as a focal point in the finest home.
The demand for excellence in creative design is just one aspect of the Kinder-Harris success story. Dedicated artisans working with the best materials in a state of the art production facility are assurance of receiving only the highest quality products. To offer these elements of design and quality, Kinder-Harris has developed a world class sales team of enthusiastic professionals.
KING HICKORY UPHOLSTERY
Dept.I, PO Box 667
Eden, NC 27289
Fax: (336) 627-9935
Started in 1935 as an antique business specializing in the restoration of chandeliers. Searching for parts led the owner, D. F. King, to the European crystal market where the finest quality lead crystal in the world was being produced. King began creating his own designs and found such a receptive market that he created the first nationally advertised mail order chandelier company in the U.S. I don't normally list companies that sell direct to the public in this part of the magazine, but this is a highly specialized niche market and King's is producing such fine quality products that I thought our readers should know about this opportunity to acquire superb chandeliers. Their web site has great information on sizing and placement of chandeliers that you'll find helpful when choosing the right product.
PO Box 1748, Hickory, NC
Small collection of upholstery made in North Carolina to very high standards. All traditional with three finishes: cherry mahogany, medium oak, white wash. Of special interest is their Star Spangled Collection. A Martha Washington, a gooseneck arm chair and an ottoman done in flag designs of the Revolutionary War.
126 W Holt Street
Mebane, NC 27302-2622
Tel: (919) 563-3531
It was 1904 when Kingsdown began making mattresses by hand using state-of-the-art materials such as corn shucks and horsehair insulation. Ninety-five years later, the state-of-the-art materials have evolved into space age technology, but one thing hasn't changed-Kingsdown mattress sets are still handcrafted, often by the descendents of those early pioneers who were Kingsdown's first employees.
Known as the leader and innovator in the industry, Kingsdown has created sleep systems designed to provide the healthiest sleep possible. Independent laboratory tests, in fact, have proven that Kingsdown sleep systems give much better spinal support.
After research from some of the world's most renowned sleep clinics revealed that proper body support and reduced pressure are essential to healthy sleep, Kingsdown conducted an exhaustive engineering project to perfectly combine these two essential elements into a single sleep system.
Through the extraordinary craftsmanship of Kingsdown's dedicated professionals, intense care is taken to assure unparalleled quality at every step in the creation of its sleep systems. From concept to fabrication, a Kingsdown sleep system will go through numerous check systems, all with the goal of HEALTHY SLEEP for the end user.
In a quest for a good night's sleep, not even the smallest detail escapes the eyes and hands of the Kingsdown craftsmen. Details such as Kingsdown's delivery of more usable sleep surface-up to 15% more-which means less disturbance for a good night's sleep. Kingsdown's patented Flexatron cushioning is produced from only man-made fibers and baked in ovens at 350 degrees to create an allergy-free, mildew-resistant and odor-free sleep environment, unlike the bacterial supportive natural by-products used in most other bedding sets.
Components from England, France, Belgium and Switzerland along with methodologies from the U.S., Canada, and Germany have been brought together to create Kingsdown's distinctive sleeping environments-the ones by which all others are judged. By delivering HEALTHY SLEEP to customers for almost an entire century, Kingsdown has become one of the largest independent manufacturers in the nation.
Headquartered in Mebane, North Carolina, Kingsdown is in a distinctive position of being a nationally-distributed mattress manufacturer with headquarters in the heart of the furniture capital of the world. With six manufacturing/distribution facilities located across the United States, Kingsdown has grown from a southeast regional company to one with international distribution in over seventeen countries in Asia, the Middle East, Canada and South America.
5587-B Guinea Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
703-978-7200, 703-978-7222 (FAX)
"Kingsley-Bate, Ltd. is America's leading manufacturer of teak outdoor furniture. Offering only the highest quality products to the casual furniture market, Kingsley-Bate leads the way in the responsible manufacture of its furniture. Preservation of the Earth's ecological system is today a major concern. Indiscriminate deforestation of the Amazon Basin and other rainforests has led to widespread suspicion by the public of those companies in the teak industry. Kingsley-Bate is the first American company to use Javanese teak in the manufacture of its furniture. Our teak is harvested from carefully controlled plantations, established in Indonesia by the Dutch in the Mid-19th century. The Indonesian government allows the felling of a limited number of trees each year, and ensures that an equal amount of reforestation takes place. In 1983 Kingsley-Bate, in conjunction with the Indonesian government and its people, undertook to develop a teak furniture program in Java. Since then, Indonesia and Kingsley-Bate have shown that such a program can be implemented without detriment to that country's natural resources.
In 1983 Kingsley-Bate began producing window boxes and has since expanded the line to include eleven bench and armchair styles, dining tables and chairs, lounge and resort furniture, rocking chairs, planters, market umbrellas and more. Manufactured with precise mortise and tenon joinery, the furniture is shipped partially assembled. The factory fully assembles each piece prior to shipment to ensure that reassembly will take a minimum of effort and all pieces will fit together to our precise specifications. The design of the furniture incorporates the talents of skilled wood carvers and craftsmen. Every year the line is expanded to incorporate new products – in the fall of 1999 we anticipate the largest expansion yet, including new bench, dining, lounge and chaise groups.
Consistently listed as a top selling line by retailers in CASUAL LIVING magazine's feature "Hot Sellers", Kingsley-Bate is a popular line with pool and patio stores, casual furniture retailers and garden centers. The site line of furniture is regularly specified by interior/exterior designers, architects, and landscape architects worldwide for use in commercial, institutional and residential properties including hotels, parks, universities, resorts, and restaurants.
PROJECTS OF NOTE:: Disney World, Hyatt Regency, Boston Symphony Orchestra-Tanglewood, Newport Aquarium, Ronald McDonald House, Kiawah Island Resort, Longwood Gardens, Biltmore Estate, Westin Vail Resort, Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis, Martha's Vineyard Ferry Terminal, Stouffer Hotels, City of Telluride, Chicago Botanical Gardens, University of California-Berkley, Sea Island Properties, City of Santa Clara-CA, University of Oregon, El Conquistador Resort, M.I.T." Quoted from the Kingsley Bate web site
2495 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Kittinger is one of America's oldest surviving "high-end" manufacturers of traditional mahogany furniture. Dating back to the 1800's, Kittinger furniture can be found in the White House, embassies, estates, boardrooms and executive offices for some of the world's top companies. But Kittinger is not restricted to the office, their timeless 18th century English and American design can also be found in refined homes around the world. I like this quote from Kittinger: "Whether for the office or for the home, Kittinger's designs remain timeless. From magnificent dining room ensembles to complete custom executive office suites, Kittinger crafts furniture destined to be passed through and prized by generations. Our use of only the finest woods and veneers, precision detailing, and superb craftsmenship make certain that every piece accentuates the Kittinger quality that has been upheld for over 138 years." All hand-made product. Many companies talk about being bench-made, but Kittinger is truly hand-made. One craftsman works on each piece from start to finish. There are so many reasons why Kittinger stands at the top of the list of custom high end furniture. The president of Kittinger started on the line as a craftsman for twelve years. They do over 40% of their business as custom, meaning if the table you see is too small, the factory will customize it to meet your needs. If a writing desk is not wide enough, let them know what you need and they'll alter a line item just for you. Kittinger has had a relationship with the White House since the 1970's creating custom pieces throughout the house. Many of the items you see on tour can be reproduced and placed in your own home. Look for the Kittinger name on the furniture you see in many Fortune 500 executive offices and suites. Upholstery is available on in COM, which means you supply the fabric, they supply the finest hand-crafted quality upholstery in the world.
KITTY HAWK DISTRIBUTION
1905 72nd Dr E
Sarasota, FL 34243
Fax: (941) 727-2722
Division of Carter Grandle. They make outdoor wicker furniture.
405 Lewallen Road
Ashboro, AL 27203
Drawer 220, 405 Lewallen Road
Ashboro, NC 27203
336.625.6174, 336.626.0905 FAX
Klaussner Furniture Industries is among the largest furniture manufacturers in the United States and is the largest privately held furniture manufacturer in the country. Since 1979, when Hans Klaussner, a German furniture entrepreneur, purchased an Asheboro, North Carolina upholstery manufacturing operation, the company has seen growth unprecedented in the industry. The company is well known for its quality, value priced home furnishings, all produced by highly skilled employees and distributed through furniture retailers throughout the world.
Today, Klaussner has 20 manufacturing plants, as well as numerous support facilities in the US and abroad. Subsidiaries, Prestige Fabricators, a foam manufacturing company, and Technimark, Inc., a plastic injection molding company, ensure that Klaussner's superior quality standards are maintained. Its corporate headquarters and 100,000 square foot showroom are located in Asheboro, North Carolina. The company ships from distribution centers located on both the east and west coasts. Included in the upholstered product line are sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans, sectionals, sleep sofas and chairs, and reclining furniture, with over 1,000 fabric and leather choices.
The Klaussner group of companies includes: JDI®, known for its extensive array of occasional tables and casual dining rooms; Realistic™ Furniture Industries, producer of value priced upholstery; Paoli™ Furniture and Tellus™ Furniture, offering residential and commercial office furnishings; Revolution Motion, promotionally priced motion furniture; and Klaussner® Furniture, producer of a broad selection of upholstery distributed in the United States and internationally. In 1996, Klaussner partnered with Sealy®, Inc., the largest bedding manufacturer in the country, to produce quality Sealy Furniture™. Sealy Furniture is available at fine furniture retailers across the country
Evansville, IN 47733-3436
(812) 421 5600
(812) 421 5608 fax
Since 1873, Koch Originals has been bringing comfort to the home to make life a little more enjoyable. They not only strive for excellence in the quality of our product, but they also strive for originality. Now, they're excited to share their one-of-a-kind collections and accessories with you in their Web Site.
From occasional tables to baker's racks, there's nothing as original as a Koch piece. And, there's nothing that gives greater satisfaction than to help make your dream home come true. When you have a Koch Original, you're assured not only of superior quality, but also of unparalleled style. They also carry etegeres.
225 Central Avenue, South
Bethpage, NY 11714
516-293-2000, fax 516-293-2054
Kravet is a fourth generation family business offering the widest range of fabrics and furnishings in the home decorative industry. The company began by supplying traditional and transitional fabrics to the interior design trade in 1918. Years later, Kravet developed an upholstered furniture collection as well as a mahogany wood-exposed chair collection, which together has made Kravet Furniture a success. Since then a complete variety of styles and additional products have been added including ottomans, footstools, occasional tables, sleepers and more. In 1993, as Kravet entered its 75th year in business, the company launched a licensing division with high profile names such as Mark Hampton, Larry Laslo, Biltmore Estate and Joseph Abboud. For the Millennium, Kravet has re-merchandised its business into three divisions: kravetcouture, kravetdesign, and kravetbasics. Kravetcouture is the high-end designer only brand that consists of the most luxurious weaves and printed products available today. Kravetdesign contains the most diverse product offering with traditional, transitional and fashion forward designs. The majority of the licensed product is held within this division. The kravetbasics brand focuses its view on the continuous need to offer reasonably priced basic product such as solids, chenilles and multi-purpose wovens and prints. With the introduction of these three new brands, Kravet will grow to be even more successful and maintain its leadership position in the home decorative industry.
From the Kravet website.
2560 E. Philadelphia St
Ontario, CA 91761
Fax: (909) 930-2101
Now approaching twenty years in business, Kushwood makes entertainment centers, bedroom, dining room, bookcases and office furniture, curio cabinets, occasional tables and bar furniture. Styles include maple and mission styles as well as great transitional designs. Prices are right!