A SINGULAR VISION

Frank Pollaro founded the company on August 2, 1988. His vision was simple; to produce the finest handmade furniture in the world using the most unique and spectacular selections of wood. Supported in these early days by luminaries such as Charles Gwathmey, David Geffen, and Larry Ellison – the company has grown over three decades to serve some of the most discerning clients in the world.

Our patrons helped us shape the philosophy of the company by supporting our singular vision. As a result, we have built a legacy of doing things that no one else can. The capability that we nurture simply doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. Each year we make fewer than 200 pieces of furniture, each touched by the irreplaceable skill of our master craftspeople.

Today, the Pollaro team hails from 28 different countries – an orchestra playing together to achieve the highest level of their art. All of our departments including design, engineering, drafting, furniture making, veneer work, carving, finishing, special finishes, gilding, metalworking, and upholstery are located under one roof at our workshop in Hillside, New Jersey.

Frank Pollaro founded the company on August 2, 1988. His vision was simple; to produce the finest handmade furniture in the world using the most unique and spectacular selections of wood.

Supported in these early days by luminaries such as Charles Gwathmey, David Geffen, and Larry Ellison – the company has grown over three decades to serve some of the most discerning clients in the world.

Our patrons helped us shape the philosophy of the company by supporting our singular vision. As a result, we have built a legacy of doing things that no one else can. The capability that we nurture simply doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. Each year we make fewer than 200 pieces of furniture, each touched by the irreplaceable skill of our master craftspeople.

Today, the Pollaro team hails from 28 different countries – an orchestra playing together to achieve the highest level of their art. All of our departments including design, engineering, drafting, furniture making, veneer work, carving, finishing, special finishes, gilding, metalworking, and upholstery are located under one roof at our workshop in Hillside, New Jersey.

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a passion for wood

“I have spent a lifetime being mesmerized by the natural tones of wood. Our collection is the result of a never-ending pursuit to find the finest examples that nature has to offer. We present our patrons with a once in a lifetime selection of colors, grains, and figure. Nothing makes me happier than to see a person have the same emotional connection to the wood that I have.”

Frank Pollaro

“You are a brilliant artist Frank, really without peer in
our current day and age.”

Larry Ellison

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Frank Pollaro – Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,  Frank was raised in New Jersey and founded Pollaro Custom Furniture in 1988.  A master craftsman, Frank is responsible for the creative design direction and oversite of all craftsmen, wood selection, and production methods.  He manages the daily operations and provides direction on Company strategy.

Frank is married to Jennifer Pollaro and they have two children; son Frank James and daughter Eleanora Valentina.  Frank is an avid French wine collector, gardener, and pizzaiolo.

Joseph Atencio, Director – Joe was raised in Los Angeles, the son of a Disney animator, and joined Pollaro’s board in 2016.  Joe earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.  A retired CEO, he has spent over 20 years focused on high-end consumer products manufacturing.  He provides oversite in the areas of project management, manufacturing efficiencies, finance, and brand strategy.  Joe enjoys woodworking and stone masonry. 

Margaret Russell is a native of New Canaan, Connecticut.  A graduate of Brown University, she joined the Pollaro board in 2016.  She is the Editor in Chief of Galerie magazine which focuses on fine art, interiors and luxury lifestyle.  She is the former Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest magazine and Elle Décor magazine.  She is the author of several books focused on interior environments.  She holds the title of Honorary Dean at the Savannah College of Art’s School of Building Arts.  She is a presidential appointee to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and a member of the advisory council of the Philip Johnson Glass House, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  She is a strategic consultant specializing in media, culture, architecture and design.  Margaret provides oversight to Pollaro’s brand identity and strategy, as well as our marketing and advertising programs. 

IN MEMORIAM

Stephen R. Beck – Steve was a director at Pollaro from 1996 through 2018.  Much of our success over the past 25 years was a result of Steve’s guidance.  Steve was raised in New Jersey and he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Stanford.  He joined Pollaro after retiring from an environmental services company he founded.  He provided guidance in the areas of financial, management, and strategy.  Steve lived a rich life with his wife Mary.  He was a collector of fine wine and he enjoyed cooking, and gardening.  He was an avid basketball referee.  We keep his memory alive by following his business principles.

Made without equal

HANDMADE IN THE USA SINCE 1988