Good design does not pander to parties. In fact, Gunlocke Furniture has seated virtually every president—from FDR to JFK—simply because it is so marvelously unmatched.
An early proponent of the steam bending technique that was introduced by Thonet, Gunlocke’s origins were primarily based in corporate seating. Thanks to a deal with Western Electric in the 1920s, Gunlocke pieces gained national attention, including that of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who chose their chairs to furnish the White House. It was an apt choice, as Gunlocke furniture was indebted to Mid-Century ideals of efficiency, but also infused the style with elements of American classism in the form of a barrel back or sumptuous oxblood leather.