At Half Crown Design, we are passionate about furniture design and craftsmanship. We provide our clients the very highest quality home furnishings and cabinetry for every room in the home. We have an intense focus on the convergence of design and construction so that each piece possesses the ideal proportions, timeless elegance, and the quality of craftsmanship to last and be appreciated for generations.
Our company was founded in 1984 in a little storefront on Mt Auburn St, in the Half Crown neighborhood of Cambridge. Called Custom Design Woodworking, we specialized in building made-to-order furniture and cabinets in the Shaker and Arts & Crafts traditions of American woodworking. In 1993, the business was renamed William Henry Furniture & Design, in honor of the owners’ father.
In 1999 Jodi Robbins started working as a designer for William Henry Furniture & Design at the same time that she was applying (and later accepted) to the North Bennet Street School for furniture making. Jodi had spent her college years with a focus on sculpture initially which led her to Industrial Design where she fell in love with furniture design and making. In 2000 after working with Jodi for just under a year, the owner of WHFD recognizing her enthusiasm and skill offered to sell her the company. Jodi purchased it with her husband Alex who had a background in small business and management. Under Jodi Robbin’s direction and vision the company has evolved to incorporate elements from many of the world’s great design traditions from America, to Scandinavia, to Asia. Half Crown Design blends the best of these traditions to bring our clients unique designs at home in any setting.
Our furniture and cabinetry is built by true craftsman, the best that New England has to offer. Their skill, attention to detail, and mastery of their craft is evident in every piece that we create. The highest quality materials are specially chosen for every project. Woods are selected for color and grain consistency, and often paired with metal, stone, and other elements to create pieces that are truly ‘one-of-a-kind’.
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