Wilson-Babb Upholstery is a family business operating in Memphis, Tennessee for over 65 years. The company was founded by Ernest Wilson on April 1st, of 1935. In the days before mass produced furniture, Mr. Wilson crafted by hand. He counted among his clients the famous Memphis landmark Peabody Hotel.
Through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s Wilson’s company developed a reputation as one of the highest quality shops in Memphis. It was during this period that Wilson’s grandson J. Eric Babb joined the company. Eric was schooled in traditional upholstery techniques, as Wilson refused to accept such modern conveniences as staple guns. Eric confesses that he spent a lot of his youth “spitting tacks.”
As Eric took the reigns of his grandfather’s company, he witnessed the growing influence of mass production. “Basically, furniture became too cheap. Manufacturers are building for price points instead of quality, and much of what was being produced simply is not worth reupholstering.”
Eric is committed to continuing the company’s legacy of high-quality, detail-oriented upholstery. In the 1990’s Babb began to focus his attention on producing high-quality custom furniture. Marrying the upholstery skills he learned from his grandfather with his own woodworking ability, Babb and his staff continue to create truly unique furniture for customers throughout the mid-south.