With a name like Vanguard, it’s no surprise that Vanguard furniture takes an avant-garde approach to furniture design. Plucking inspiration directly from the runways means that Vanguard furniture is sophisticated, inspiration-driven and editorial-level chic. Founded in the 1970s when two visionaries produced a single velvet chair, Vanguard Furniture has since expanded to an expansive collection which includes chairs, tables, sofas, and even bar carts and sleeper sofas! Despite the explosion in growth, Vanguard Furniture is still produced in Hickory, North Carolina, the way it was on day one: by hand. Since virtually every inch of Vangaurd Furntiure is customizable—from fabrics to woods to hardware—no two Vanguard furniture pieces are ever alike. While most vintage Vanguard furniture pays homage to classic French design, contemporary Vanguard furniture mixes elements of cool-lined modernism with touches of high regency glamour. Among contemporary Vanguard furniture, chairs with streamlined silhouettes and tables and case pieces with finishes like brass, nickel, marble and acrylic reign supreme. As of late, Vanguard Furniture has also done a series of high end taste makers like Michael Weiss and Thom Filicia, cementing its status as a total trend-setter. Looking for even more Hickory, North Carolina brands? Check out Century Furniture and Baker Furniture.