The Standard of Excellence in decorative lighting. A unique collection reflecting the talents of Far Eastern and European artisans combined with the creative efforts of American craftsmen. Authentic, time honored designs reproduced with meticulous attention to detail and color in the old world manner. Striking traditional and transitional creations blending techniques and materials of the past to meet the dictates of today’s designs. These lamps grace the homes of those who demand unerring quality and consummate good taste.
Constantly seeking artware of uncommon beauty and distinction, Wildwood designers travel the world over to find glorious Kutani Porcelains from Japan, elegant lead crystals from Germany and Florentine tole ware from Italy. But each lamp is still individually inspired and created by hand. With great care the lamps are richly embellished with hand finished mountings, handsome hardware accents and a wide repertoire of shade treatments to complement form and function. A Wildwood lamp truly yields the promise of beauty to be cherished for years to come.
History of Wildwood
It was 1900. Mr. W.A. Bulluck left the farm and founded a retail furniture store in the small Southern town of Rocky Mount, in North Carolina. (The store included an undertaking and embalming parlor, as was often the custom for furniture stores in the south) The business prospered and was eventually taken over during the depression by his son-in-law, Hatcher Kincheloe.
In 1962 Bulluck’s grandson, Bill Kincheloe, came home from college and soon took over management of the store. There was a special department for lamps and lampshades which held a fascination for him and he developed the process of making customized lamps at the request of some of the customers.
By 1969 a small line of quality handcrafted lamps had been created, using “in house” produced and finished wood parts and some components bought from importers. A furniture rep commented one day that he could SELL these lamps to other stores. He was given the line, it was photographed, and WILDWOOD was born.
In the 1980’s, WILDWOOD expanded to include a vast selection of decorative accessories, floor and wall screens and wall decor, mirrors and a number of eclectic pieces of occasional furniture.
The early 90’s found Wildwood with a selection so large that it was deemed advisable to divide it into style categories. There were “Coastal”, “Casual”, “Southwest” and other sub categories identified and promoted. New catalogs reflected these changes and the business continued to grow. Chandeliers became an important part of the offering; featured were Italian masterpieces in iron, bronze, crystal, antique gold, and others with art finishes on iron and wood.
Then, with the dawn of the new century in sight…2000…the “Millennium”… Wildwood began to recognize that buyer habits and preferences were rapidly changing. The new casual approach to interior decor was firmly entrenched, and there was a generation that wanted to spend less on interiors. Hence MARKETPLACE was born. A lamp line unto itself, with a wide selection that included traditional, transitional, and even contemporary, Marketplace quickly filled a niche in the marketplace and another WILDWOOD star was created.
Now there are two collections of chandeliers. One still features the European masterpieces. And it is complimented by another collection with reproductions at moderate prices and with all the class and detail expected from Wildwood.
The spacious showroom in High Point (now in its 4th expansion) offers display of both chandelier collections as well as 1000 lamp styles and almost 3000 decorative accessories. The WILDWOOD showroom is a must see destination for the discriminating as well as for the store or designer that deals with today’s value conscious customer who seeks the “look”, the “quality”, the “price”, and “availability”.
ARTWARE – in pure brass, lead crystal, hand decorated porcelain, alabaster, iron, and other fine materials – is painstakingly HAND polished, sanded, painted, antiqued, assembled and wired to insure the high quality and beauty expected from a WILDWOOD Lamp. And Wildwood’s designers travel the world, sometimes finding, sometimes creating but always with an eye for the exquisite, the unique, and the beautiful…for lamp making and for decorative accessories of great distinction.
Today, WILDWOOD has further evolved and has endeavored to make a clear distinction between Marketplace and WILDWOOD, the designer oriented resource that can be accessed in most fine furniture stores as well as design showrooms in all major cities. With this new catalog and the unbelievable selection and inventory available for quick delivery, WILDWOOD continues to be recognized as The Standard of Excellence.