About Councill

History

1973

In 1973, Fred and Hope Councill founded Councill Craftsmen in Denton, North Carolina. They believed that the inherent beauty of fine furniture lives forever. Councill has maintained a dedication to the art and craft of fine American furniture making and established a reputation for excellence.

Today, Councill is made to order by the skilled and passionate craftsmen and craftswomen of Kindel Grand Rapids in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are proud of our hand craftsmanship through the selection of unique and beautiful veneers, bench assembly, meticulously tailored upholstery, and hand finishing techniques. Fusing timeless design and time honored tradition, Councill presents you with a comprehensive offering of luxury executive and office furnishings and an elegant array of residential furniture.

Councill has been known for attention to detail and superior execution so that when the company closed in 2015, Kindel was immediately interested in the brand. Councill was founded on the same principles of hand craftsmanship and beautiful execution using the same made-to-order model as Kindel. The Kindel company acquired Councill in the summer of 2015 and moved operations to Grand Rapids. Councill joined the Karges Furniture Company (Evansville, Indiana), another heritage brand from 1886, that was aquired by Kindel in 2014. The uniting of the three companies together in Grand Rapids proved to build strength and awareness for all three important, historic furniture brands.

Grand Rapids has been the home of the Kindel Furniture Company since 1912 when Charles J. Kindel located one of his many furniture factories to The Furniture City, as Grand Rapids was known in the early 20th century. The legacy of the Kindel family transferred ownership in 1964 when Kindel was purchased by John Fisher of Muncie, Indiana. The Fisher family has maintained family ownership for over 50 years with a dedication and commitment to 100% American-made furniture. While other companies have sought lower cost methods and offshore production, Kindel held a standard for domestic work, and today handcrafts 100% of their furniture in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The acquisitions have positioned Kindel, Karges, Councill and Councill Contract uniquely as the preeminent, luxury furniture brands made in the United States that are committed to bench-made methods and superior craftsmanship. The four brands, are collectively known today as Kindel Grand Rapids.

Kindel Grand Rapids is enormously proud to build our furniture every day, using time-honored techniques reflecting a passion for the finest furniture in the world. A commitment to the details: bench assembly, hand-selected veneers, hand carving, hand-painted decoration, and hand finishing defines Kindel Grand Rapids as a true, American, luxury brand.

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