Ingwer Magnussen founded our company in 1931, in the town of Kitchener, Ontario. A cabinetmaker by trade and a craftsman and businessman at heart, Ingwer took the bold step of starting his own company when he was unable to find work during the Great Depression. Serving Canadian upholstery manufacturers, he created beautiful, intricately carved show wood for sofa frames, earning a reputation that allowed his young business to grow into a good-sized company. Over the years, Magnussen Home has continued to grow, expanding to become a global enterprise. Yet, we have maintained the core principles of a family-run business - trust, honesty and respect - as the foundation of our success.
Richard Magnussen, Ingwer's son, joined the company in 1970 at the age of 20. Focused on growing and expanding the family business, Richard guided Magnussen Furniture to the position of Canada's largest occasional table supplier. Building on this success, he founded Presidential Furniture, a division of Magnussen Furniture, in 1986, to serve the U.S. market. Trading as Magnussen-Presidential Furniture, the company kept a keen eye on detail and nurtured a corporate culture based on understanding its customers, as it became one of the most progressive occasional furniture suppliers in North America.
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