What a wonderful story this Vermont based family business has to tell! Started in early 1970 with a vision to create a family owned business making wood products from natural hardwoods it has grown to be a state of the art manufacturing facility located on the banks of the Connecticut River in Bradford Vermont.
Their first product was cider presses for home and small scale orchard use. Gradually the focus changed to home furnishings – this continued evolution of design has coincided nicely with the resurgence of appreciation for designs from the Arts and Crafts, Mission, Shaker and Scandinavian movements. As well with their roots firmly ensconced in Vermont they are part of a culture that has historically placed a high value on solid and natural wood products as well as the preservation of such.
The furniture designs coming out of Copeland can best be described as transitional – not strictly contemporary or traditional but that beautiful balance that incorporates classic proportion with modern simplicity.
Copeland and Green definitely go hand in hand – preservation and stewardship are values that run deep in Vermont and the Copeland family has embraced this to an astonishing level. They have been the recipient of the Sage Award for environmental excellence and were awarded Silver Exemplary Membership Status by the Sustainable Furnishings Council. This has been given to only a handful of companies in the Home Furnishings industry and is awarded for proven performance in meeting a range of specific sustainability measures.
Using sustainably harvested hardwoods in forests within 500 miles of the factory; using Greenguard certified water based finishes; reducing packaging with the installation of a box making machine; using wood waste to help heat the building and recycling all packaging wastes are just a few of the reasons they are so admired in the green community.
We of course are proud to have their product on our floor. They make beautiful bedroom sets like the Catalina Bedroom Collection, occasional tables and dining sets like the Audrey Extension Table. Their dining chairs are so exquisitely made they look like pieces of art. However above and beyond all of this is the quality of the Copeland family. They make you proud to be an American – they are honest, fair, hardworking and fun to be with! A true successful American entrepreneur.