WHY WORK WITH US
The Hendrixson’s difference includes more than 50 years of expertise in the worlds of furniture and interior design, and also the warmth and dedication that comes with a family enterprise and exquisite personal touch.
Hendrixson’s understands that each person who walks through their doors is unique, with varied tastes and visions for what makes their home, office or vacation retreat tailored to them.
THE EARLY DAYS
In 1965, Paul and Virginia (Ginny) Hendrixson opened Hendrixson’s Furniture with the dream of earning a reputation as purveyors of the finest quality furniture and interior decorations. Over the years they have realized this dream by seeking out the best in the products they represent and in the quality of the design services they offer. Along the way they have seen their business grow from a small shop showcasing fine bench-made colonial reproductions to a multi-location business, in both Bucks and Lehigh Counties, representing a broad range of design styles from classic to contemporary.
Paul Hendrixson’s interest in fine furniture and interior design originated in his childhood, much of which was spent in his father’s custom upholstery shop. At a very early age he and his older brother Harry learned the time honored methods of upholstering fine furniture. Assisting their father, they stripped furniture down to bare frames and learned the process of securing coil springs to a chair or sofa’s deck with Italian twine tied and knotted eight-ways across the springs. They learned how to pad the arms and seat with horse hair and how to ‘spit tacks’ – the traditional way of securing upholstery to a frame with an upholstery tack and hammer. They learned how to tailor and flow-match the most intricate fabric patterns. Paul would also help his father and brother deliver the finished product into their client’s homes and there he was exposed to the broad quality of interior design to be found in the finest homes of suburban Philadelphia.
From this last part of his experience apprenticing with his father, Paul developed a fascination for fine wood case pieces as great as his love for upholstery. To encourage this interest, his father introduced him to Albert Sack’s seminal Fine Points of Furniture: Early American – Good, Better, Best, which taught him to discern, not only excellence in furniture design, but also the finer points of traditional construction. As an adult, Paul joined his brother in opening their own upholstery business, but when his brother chose to move to Maine and open shop there, Paul decided to expand the business into retail furniture.This gave him the opportunity to acquire furniture lines that represent the principles of design and construction that had fascinated him in his childhood and to explore his growing interest in interior design.
WHO WE’VE BECOME
Paul and Virginia worked side by side developing the business. Paul explored his love of Georgian architecture, expanding the store’s building using the brick symmetry of this style. Virginia plotted out the interior elements of their newly designed building working with their expanding design staff.
The design of the new building was the perfect backdrop for the fine reproductions that constituted the core of their product offerings. They held events to showcase the growing number of fine lines they represented: companies such as Kittinger, with its Williamsburg collection, and Kindel, with its Winterthur, National Trust, and Irish Georgian reproductions.
And when, in the late 1980s, the L. and J.G. Stickley company chose to expand beyond its 18th century and colonial product by returning to its roots, it reintroduced the Craftsman or Mission style of furniture it had pioneered in America during the turn of the last century. Although Hendrixson’s Furniture had been proud to carry Stickley Furniture’s fine traditional furniture for years prior to the introduction of the
Mission line in 1989, this newly reintroduced collection represented a departure from Hendrixson’s primary focus on 18th century design.
This expansion seemed to call for its own showcase. Soon after beginning to carry Stickley’s Mission furniture and finding that it has attracted an entirely new clientele, Hendrixson’s undertook an entirely new expansion into an independently standing building, adjacent to its existing store.
More recently, Hendrixson’s expanded into the Lehigh Valley, opening a store just a few miles south of Allentown, Pa. In doing so, the Hendrixson family found a building eloquently expressive of their attitude towards furniture – a 1735 stone building featuring mortise and tenon in its roof construction and a walk-in fireplace dating back to its former days as a stage coach shop.