Linly Designs acquires Marge Carson brand

CLARENDON HILLS, Ill. — Luxury interior design firm and retailer Linly Designs has acquired California-based custom furniture brand Marge Carson.

In a release announcing the transaction, the parties did not reveal the purchase price or other related terms.

This follows the announcement earlier this month that Jim LaBarge, chief executive officer, would be ceasing operations in order to focus on health issues.

“Out of many interested and highly qualified parties, I have chosen Janet as my successor to carry on the spirit, quality and design excellence of Marge Carson,” said LaBarge. “She is someone in the industry with brilliance, a reputation for achievement, and a mindset for success,” LaBarge said of Janet Linly, president and CEO of Linly Designs.

Linly started Linly Designs in 2002. Operating in an 11,000-square-foot store, it has been a resource in the Chicago area for luxury home décor and furniture and has been one of Marge Carson’s largest accounts the past 10 years. It also provides interior design services.

“We are celebrating our 20-year anniversary this year, so I could not be happier for this acquisition,” Linly said. “Within the design industry, the Marge Carson brand has become synonymous with luxury and excellence, and I feel fortunate and honored that I will be able to continue that legacy.”

The Marge Carson brand dates back to 1947 when it was started by Marjorie Carson, and is believed to be the only major furniture manufacturer to be started by an interior designer.

“It feels that the brand has come full circle from its inception with Marjorie Carson now that Janet Linly has acquired the brand,” LaBarge said, adding, “I feel that the Marge Carson name is in the best possible hands.”

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at and at 336-508-4616.

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