Saw this display cabinet/bookcase. Had to have it. It is a gorgeous piece of mid-century modern furniture attributed to Keller Manufacturing and in the style of Broyhill’s Brasilia line or some of the MCM furniture by Kent Coffey. It is a narrower width at 32 inches than most like cabinets so is perfect for our smaller living spaces we are inhabiting today. Comprised of a dark wood veneer, we think walnut, having two full length doors with four panels of arched glass in the upper three quarters and solid below. The cabinet is lighted and the top three shelves are wood trimmed glass so that the light can shine through to display your collection beautifully. The fourth shelf is solid since it sets below the glass line. The cabinet’s depth at 13.5 inches is also a bit shallower than most china cabinets increasing its placement options. It is very versatile and will be stunning in an entryway, living room, dining room, bedroom, or office, and even your bathroom. Or maybe it’s a bar cabinet! Its MCM verging on Brutalist lines will stylishly blend with many other design edicts including Hollywood Regency and Modern Country. So, no matter your style or where you plan to place this gorgeous piece and how…you need to make it yours.
Keller Manufacturing dates to 1866 when the Keller Store was established in Corydon, Indiana. Subsequently incorporated in 1906. Through its years in business it did many things including running an electrical light plant; manufacturing spokes for farm wagons; farm wagon production with an astounding 300,000 wagons built from 1901-1912; building barns; producing wooden porch furniture, wooden truck bodies and refrigerator boxes; as well as building end tables, magazine racks, chair parts and, in 1933, a drop leaf table. In 1942 with the invention of the farm tractor the Keller wagon became obsolete sending Keller in search of another form of income. In late 1943 the company developed household furniture. First with breakfast room suites and dinettes and in 1960 introducing bedroom groups. With the success of the furniture lines, new plants were needed and built in 1965 in Culpeper, Virginia and in New Salisbury, Indiana in 1973. At one point they even expanded into trucking. Keller now is a company in name only having waited too late to begin overseas production. They were determined to keep manufacturing in the USA but could not keep up with the supply and demand when so many companies were outsourcing. Thus by 2005 they had only three full-time employees in a downtown Louisville office, and by 2020 are no longer.