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, in honor of the owners’ father.

In 2000, the business was purchased by Alex and Jodi Robbins.  Under Jodi’s direction, 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 Master Craftsmen have been building our furniture and cabinets for over 33 years in the same woodshop, located in an old brick toy factory in Winchendon, Massachusetts. Their skill, attention to detail, and mastery of their craft is evident in every piece.

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’. 

Our showroom is now located about a mile from its original home, in the wonderful Huron Village district astride the historic Brattle Neighborhood of Cambridge. Our name serves as a reminder of our heritage and the continuity that comes from over 34 years in business.


 Jodi Robbins and Alex Robbins

Jodi Robbins and Alex Robbins