Drexel Profile

The Drexel Profile furniture collection was designed by John Van Koert, and it was in production from 1955 to 1961. Van Koert started out as a jewelry designer for Harry Winston after WWII and later branched into industrial design. He also is well known for designing silver for Towle, particularly the Contour design; his particular attention to the drawer pulls and other hardware on Profile pieces is noted in the catalog. Thanks to Femme1 for obtaining this information – including this complete 1960 catalog, courtesy of the excellent customer service at Drexel.  Femme1 owns the walnut dining table and chairs #K40, and the round extension table, with #K62, the side chairs.

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1960 catalog – complete:

Comments

  1. Colleen says

    I have recently inherited from my Grandmother the K35 Buffet and K35 Deck. I love it, but it is missing one of the glass pieces and I cannot find a replacement light bulb. It was sitting vacant for many years, but when I plugged in the cabinet the bulb actually worked. Now it has burnt out and I can’t seem to find a replacement bulb, I just returned from another search at Lowes. I wonder if they even make this bulb anymore? Does anyone know any information about the lighting that was used in this cabinet? I went to the Drexel customer service page but it said they are not replying to requests about lines that are currently not on their site. The bulb is a long round bulb and what I am able to still read on the bulb it says it is a General Electric, 60 W, 125 V. There are a few other words on there that have faded off… It seems all of the bulbs I found that looked similar have the prongs on the end, this bulb does not.

    • Tracee' says

      The bulbs for the K35 Buffet can be found. My electrician friend found them through one of his on line electrician sites for 75.00. It’s worth it because they last so long! I used mine on a set timer for hours every night.

  2. Tyler says

    I picked up what appears to be a children’s school desk today. It has legs similar to the large desks featured in the above catalogue and is stamped as being Drexel. Does anyone know if the Profile lineup extended into Drexels institutional and educational lines? I feel like I may have found a rare piece because I can’t find anything like it online. It is definitely the coolest child sized mid-century desk I have ever seen.

    • Janet says

      Hi Tyler, not knowing exactly what your piece looks like but they did make a piece called a writing desk, I believe. It is small and without the drawers on it. If you want to see a pic google “drexel profile writing desk worthpoint” on the web and look at the listing from the Worthpoint web-site. There is a picture of it there.

  3. Chris says

    My parents left me the Drexel Profile K92 cocktail table and two (2) K76 End Chests with very heavy travertine tops. Can anyone tell me what they are worth? I would like to sell them.

  4. Ellie says

    I have a 1965 Motorola stereo console in a Drexel cabinet. The cabinet is on casters. There are three cushions on top for seating. The right and left opens on top. Does anyone have a manual or other written info?
    I would appreciate any info you can share.

    Thanks,
    Ellie

  5. Ken says

    The Drexel folks are so nice! My parents bought several pieces from their “Casa del Sol” collection in the late 1950s, and we’re still using them today. I contacted the company to ask what other pieces were in that particular line, and they scanned an original 26 page catalog and sent it to me in a .pdf file. Now, comes the fun part of tracking down other pieces for my collection!

  6. Kenny says

    I have the “step” tables and a “corner” table. I’m wanting a cocktail/coffee table, but the search has been fruitless thus far. I recently have seen other items that are NOT in the PDF above, one particular one I saw on Etsy recently is a surfboard coffee table that is two pieces and can become end tables. really cool.

  7. Diane says

    I would like to know how to treat scratches from my cat on my Profile dinning table. The pecan colored wood seems very soft. Also the chair seats appear to be the original leather in gray. Is the true do you think?

    • Bill Lukens says

      Yes, my sister has my parents dining table, the chairs have grey leather seats. Our set was bought in 1957.

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