In celebration of Karges Furniture’s 130th anniversary, Kindel, which acquired the company in 2014, is releasing the Edwin Entry Table, a limited-edition collection of entry tables made from a particularly special wood. Karges was founded in 1886 by an Indiana woodworker named Albert Karges; when the company was sold to Kindel two years ago, Karges’s collection of century-old Honduran mahogany lumber was included in the sale. The wood was intended to be used for long bar tabletops for Karges’s local bar industry, but was left unused as the company encountered Prohibition in addition to economic and other obstacles.
Now, the wood is being used to produce a limited-edition piece that celebrates the Karges family tradition. The brand has chosen an archival drawing by Edwin F. Karges; Edwin was Albert’s son and a furniture designer who created more than half of the company’s designs. The piece features cabriole legs, a leaf motif on the feet, a floral medallion detail on both sides of the table’s legs, as well as floral carvings on the apron. Each piece is numbered and includes an authenticity certificate, and will be available through all Karges distributors.
“I think because the wood was so fine, and the boards were large and rare, no one ever had the nerve to actually do anything with it. We would often just talk about the great story the mahogany would create, but then we just let it sit,” says Gretchen Keith, the great-great-granddaughter of Albert Karges who is supervising the brand’s transition to Kindel. “What better time to use this beautiful wood than now, the anniversary of 130 years of furniture making in America? It is something of which we are all very proud.”
“We are very proud to celebrate this banner milestone in Karges’s history and introduce the Edwin Entry Table to the collection,” says Rob Burch, CEO of Kindel Furniture. “Adding Karges to the Kindel family of brands has been excellent for expanding the business and continuing the tradition of delivering on providing the highest quality of furniture to the luxury end of the market.”