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.
As the 20th Century came to a close, furniture manufacturers around the world began tapping into a huge growth opportunity. Among the first to take advantage of this opportunity, Magnussen-Presidential Furniture started importing from Asia in the late 1980s, a decade before this trend caught on in the broader furniture trade. The relationships, infrastructure and skills we developed during this ten-year period empowered us to provide our customers with beautifully designed, high quality, high value furnishings, delivered in lead times and at service levels that are unrivalled in the industry.
In 2002, Magnussen-Presidential Furniture became Magnussen Home. The addition of “Home” reflects who we are and what we offer as a company: fine furniture, designed for today’s lifestyles and created by a family of craftsmen from around the world, to enhance the most important rooms in your home.