Today we’d like to introduce you to Quentin Kelley.
Quentin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Sometime during my college years, while slogging through an engineering curriculum, I started to fantasize about some kind of woodworking / carpentry / design business. I finished the engineering degree, then entered the Peace Corps. Two years later, upon returning to the US, I decided to give woodworking a try, finally. This brought me to Boston. I worked for several shops in Boston and Providence, most notably Rhode Island furniture maker Hank Gilpin, before starting my own business.
Back in Boston, around 2005, I rented my own studio space and started building my designs nights and weekends. My day job at the time, located next door, was building architectural models. And through that job, I met a number of architects and interior designers, one of whom gave me nice large furniture project. I took the leap, and haven’t looked back.
Has it been a smooth road?
Of course not. The biggest challenge has been marketing and maintaining a steady workflow. I’ve often described the business history as a roller coaster ride because we (still) have times when we’re slammed and times when we’re slow. It’s hard to control, and it’s one of the greatest challenges of running the business.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Infusion Furniture story. Tell us more about the business.
We design and build modern furniture and other custom woodwork, such as cabinetry, architectural woodwork, etc. We mix one-off custom pieces, such as the 1010 Reception Desk, with our stock items, like the popular Transformer Table and Trio Stools. I design most of our work, but we also work as fabricators for designers with their own designs. In general, I’m most proud of the collection of more than 50 pieces and projects on the website, with many placed in prominent Boston buildings, and others shipped to clients throughout the US. What sets us apart is a combination of high-level woodworking and fabrication skill and an original and creative design vision.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Well, there has been a massive trend over the past ~10 years with the emergence of a small shop maker movement, throughout the US and beyond, producing furniture, lighting, etc. It’s nice to see locally made items displacing some of the mass produced and imported stuff. And I expect this will continue. The other huge trend is the use of CNC technology in fabrication. Today’s shops employ a mix of new and old method’s and this will continue. But the old methods aren’t going away anytime soon, there are still many things best done with a 100-year-old hand tool.
- Address: Workshop : 49 Victoria Street, Milton, MA 02186
Showroom : 15 Channel Center Street, #409, Boston, MA 02210
- Website: infusionfurniture.com
- Phone: 617 223 1181
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @infusionfurniture
- Facebook: Infusion Furniture
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