Henry Kober moved from New York City to the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 1970 to complete his doctoral dissertation and raise a family. He and his wife Elizabeth moved into an 1800s farmhouse with a large barn where Henry began making furniture and selling it to retail stores. What started as a passion gradually grew into a business, and in 1976 he expanded operations from the barn to the old Saranac Glove factory in Littleton, NH.
The company, Design Contempo, incorporated in 1983, and purchased an additional 150,000 sq.ft facility including 8 dry kilns in Lisbon, NH. The company launched into the contract furniture business by earning a Government contract to supply 15,000 bunk beds worldwide. The following year Design Contempo went on to win the Single Award Contract for bunkable beds, producing more than 300,000 beds from 1984-1999.
In 1987, DCI purchased a state-of-the-art hardwood sawmill in Royalton, Vermont. This provided a competitive advantage, put DCI in control of its supply chain, and brought the company to the forefront in environmental sustainability. Keeping pace with the growing demand for student and military housing furniture DCI further expanded to include a 85,000 sq.ft. facility in Lumberton, North Carolina.
In 1993 and 1997 Henry’s sons, David and Amos joined the company. The DCI team now includes more than 200 people in 5 states. Projects range in size from a couple sets of furniture for a small school to multimillion-dollar military housing contracts worldwide. While DCI continually evolves to stay at the front of market demands, the company maintains the traditional values it was built upon - responsibly made, quality products and exceptional service driven by a long-term and close customer relationship.