In 1947, California-based interior designer Marjorie Reese Carson found herself in a quandary. Brimming with creative ideas for her clients' posh homes, nobody made the caliber of furniture she needed to bring her designs to life. Unwilling to compromise and to be an entrepreneur at heart, she took matters into her own hands. In this post-war environment, she hired two upholsterers and converted an old chicken coop into a custom upholstery shop. This bold move ultimately resulted in the creation of her own furniture lines and decorative upholstery to fill a frustrating void in the residential furniture marketplace.
Marjorie's relentless commitment to creating fresh, creative, and stylish furniture with high-quality craftsmanship quickly earned her the reputation as the proven, exclusive source for creatively fashionable and comfortable upholstery and case goods for fine homes.
By 1953, improved production facilities were established in California, where the offices and factory of Marge Carson, Inc. operated until 2022. In October 2022, Marge Carson, Inc’s former CEO Jim LaBarge, announced that he would be ceasing operations to focus on his health. Linly Designs purchased the brand.
Today, Marge Carson Global is privately owned and operated by Clarendon Hills Interior Design firm Linly Designs. Linly Designs was established in 2002 and has since been a leader in the design industry, providing a resource for fine furniture, luxury home décor, and interior design services. With an 11,000-square-foot retail store, Linly Designs has been one of Marge Carson, Inc’s largest accounts in the Midwest for more than a decade. Janet Linly, President & CEO of Linly Designs and Marge Carson Global, now continues the entrepreneurial legacy that Marjorie Reese Carson began 75 years ago.
Even in the whirlwind of constantly evolving fashions and lifestyles, Marge Carson Global remains true to Marjorie's founding premise: introducing to the marketplace beautiful designs with impeccable quality, terrific shape & scale, and perfectly tailored applications of phenomenal fabrics, trims, finishes, and accents. It is a name known and respected throughout the furniture and fashion industry for several generations.