First Circle started cutting wood in 1991, but has a history steeped in original thinking and design. The company’s roots go back to Warren Ramsey, a long time and well-loved Oklahoma City interior decorator. He was at the top of his field for over 50 years, finishing his last major job at age 81.
One innovation Warren Ramsey made was to bring into his operation all the trades necessary to run a large design job. His company employed seamstresses, upholsterers, and furniture makers – all producing just for his projects. This collection of trades, simply known as the shop, is the antecedent of the First Circle.
Two years after Ramsey’s death in 1985, his grandson John Chapline took over the business with a handful of loyal original employees. A few years later the shop took on the name of First Circle, from John’s favorite jazz album by guitarist Pat Metheny.
Not unlike a jazz guitarist, First Circle experimented with and refined its style over the years. Today, the line of furniture includes “jazz” interpretations of classic Ramsey designs, as well as new compositions from the creative members of First Circle. We are known today for our beautiful finishes and sleek, innovative designs.
First Circle has quietly grown from a quartet to an ensemble. Like any great collection of songs or furniture, the First Circle line is the expression of gifted craftsmen working together.