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Our Story

Laurel Crown’s story began with a passion for solid wood furniture and the astounding beauty of design found in Thomas Chippendale's The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker's Director.

The Laurel Crown Chippendale Chair

Peter Lok, an architect by trade, fell in love with the Chippendale style while working on Jakarta’s lavish Mercantile Club. The beauty of antique design, particularly of the club’s Chippendale chairs, left a lasting impression on Peter. He went out and bought a copy of The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director and began hand-drafting the designs within. From that point on all Peter wanted to do was design and build beautiful, handcrafted furniture.

Pursuing this dream, Peter left his position as Principal Architect and CEO of Design Office in 1989 and co-founded one of the first and largest antique reproduction furniture companies in Indonesia; the vision was to export these timeless furniture designs worldwide. Just one year later, Laurel Crown was born; established in San Francisco, California in 1990, inside the historic Baker & Hamilton building. Appropriately, one of the first designs Laurel Crown produced that year was the ball and claw Chippendale chair; its stately frame, refined carving work, and rich mahogany wood have come to represent everything we love about our brand.

Today, Laurel Crown makes more than just Chippendales. Today Laurel Crown also custom designs and custom builds furniture for our clients; all the while maintaining our principles of good design, quality materials, and exceptional craftsmanship. Peter still works personally on every custom furniture project and we still craft every Laurel Crown piece by hand from solid hardwoods, just as we did over three decades ago.

Our Advantages

  • Trustworthy Reputation.

    Online businesses come and go, but our customers trust our 26 years of experience building fine furniture to deliver on our promises. Read our story and our customer reviews to see why people love Laurel Crown.

  • Quality is our Priority.

    We don't take shortcuts. We like to do things the old-fashioned way and that includes the way we make our furniture. Fine hardwoods, solid joinery techniques, hand-tied upholstery—just a few ways we build our furniture to last through wear and tear over the years.

  • Yes, We Customize.

    Don't see what you want? We'll work with you to design and build the perfect custom furniture for your individual home. Just want to change the upholstery or wood color? We do that too, just give us a call. We love doing custom projects for our customers!

  • 100% Money-Back Guarantee.

    We understand buying furniture online can be daunting so we offer a 100% money-back guarantee and no restocking fees on all orders except when customized or shipped internationally. We offer a satisfaction guarantee because we stand by the quality of our workmanship. And not only do we believe in our products, we use them too!