For over 50 years, D.R. Dimes has been crafting museum-quality furniture, growing from a one-man shop to an American institution.
In 1968, Douglas R. Dimes walked into the shop of Windsor chairmaker Leroy Partridge and immediately knew he had found his calling. Despite holding down a full-time job and having no experience in furniture, he set out to become a maker of early American furniture.
By the 1970s, D.R. Dimes was virtually the only company in America making museum-quality Windsor chairs, putting them a unique position to thrive during America’s Bicentennial. Dimes built his first shop in Northwood, New Hampshire, in 1978.
Since then, D.R. Dimes has been commissioned by such museums as Independence Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, and Old Sturbridge Village to build reproductions of early American furniture. Dimes used each opportunity to learn more about the craftsmanship of fine 17th- and 18th-century cabinetmakers. Since 1990, D.R. Dimes has been a licensed manufacturer for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Now one of great remaining American furniture makers, the company D.R. Dimes is led by the founder’s son, Douglas Partridge Dimes, who started there more than 25 years ago. The furniture is built in tiger maple, oak, and cherry. With three collections of colonial furniture, theirs is one of the widest selections available in the U.S. All reproduction furniture is made in the New Hampshire workshop.
In 2005, about the time Douglas P. Dimes took over as president and chief designer, the company expanded its services into the design and construction of custom kitchens and built-in cabinetry. A Dimes kitchen is built to the same high standards as its reproduction furniture.
Meet Douglas P. Dimes at the
Historic Home Show at the Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Jan. 28–29, 2017.