With the vast increase in the choice of materials and methods of making, the role of traditional furniture-makers and retailers has been whittled away. There are still many small businesses in the trade but the turn of the century saw the beginning of a tendency to move towards factory production on a larger scale. This occurred especially in the United States, in centres such as Grand Rapids.
In England a move away from London's East End towards the Lea Valley Trading Estate was exemplified by the Lebus company who at one time had the largest furniture factory in the world. In the second half of the century the trade has become international in its markets. This has been helped greatly by the development of the knock-down (KD) method of construction.
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