Williams-Sonoma Founder - Kitchen Icon

 

Irwin Weiner ASID - You know you've really made it big when you've been on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but for food icon Chuck Williams, the founder of the Williams-Sonoma empire, I'm sure he probably had a clue that he'd arrived a long time before he landed on her show. The 94-year-old bachelor is literally married to his business, and it was a long and trail-blazing ride, bringing French cookware and high-end appliances into American kitchens. Remember: at one time, you bought old beat-up cookware from stacks on the shelves of hardware stores! Those times have changed forever, thanks to Mr. Williams and his Sonoma, California breakthrough store. Enjoy this video survey of his life and career.  

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