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Sep 25, 2015

by Robert William

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My name is Robert William LaRow, and I’m the founder and lead designer at Moderncre8ve, a midcentury modern furniture company based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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I grew up in Vermont in a family of woodworkers and carpenters, and I learned early on: if you need something, make it yourself. My journey with building things started as a child, making tree houses with my older brother. I went on to have a career as a music producer, working out of New York City and Los Angeles for 15 years. When I reached a point where I was no longer creatively satisfied with the music I was making, I turned to woodworking on the weekends as an outlet for my creativity. Around that time, I started dreaming about setting up a home workshop and changing careers so I could spend more time with my young twin daughters and newborn baby.

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As I continued experimenting with furniture designs, my excitement grew — until one day, I suffered a debilitating injury on a table saw, severing many of the nerves in my dominant hand and leaving several fingers that were essential to making music completely numb. Once my hand had mostly healed, I took it as a sign to retire from music production. With that, my family and I relocated to Cleveland and purchased a 7,000-square-foot home that was devoid of all furniture. I took it upon myself to design and build everything we needed: dining tables, coffee tables, dressers, shelving, lamps and credenzas. My first few pieces for Etsy emerged from this period, and suddenly Moderncre8ve was born.

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I worked out of my garage until my home became a virtual warehouse, with up to 10 dining tables in it at once. At that point, my wife gently nudged me to move my operation, so in November 2014, I opened a workshop in downtown Cleveland and hired Chad Brockett as an employee. His craftsmanship and organizational skills helped grow the company and streamline our operation, and he’s since become a co-owner of the business.

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My favorite part of what I do is designing new pieces. I believe that it’s important to have a moment in the development of each piece when you fall in love with it, and I don’t consider any of my work to be complete until I have that moment. Throughout the process, Chad is the sounding board for my ideas: he hones in on the final design so that it can be duplicated, and he helps filter which ideas become finished products. We source all the wood and materials ourselves, often working with local sawyers, metal suppliers, and Amish lumber mills. I believe the love and pride we put into our craft really shows in the final pieces. Customers can always tell when there is true love and passion in the work.

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I love working with customers who are as passionate about furniture — and how it’s made — as I am. Once, I worked with someone who had been searching for a dining table for six years before finding us. I sent him photos of the wood as I was building his table — including the tree it came from — and he ended up framing the pictures and displaying them in his home. When people are passionate about the story and process, it transforms a table from just another piece of furniture to a form of self-expression. Our long-term goal for Moderncre8ve is to stay focused on quality and customer service. We believe that keeping our values and our “small batch” philosophy will help grow our following of happy and loyal customers in the years to come.

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The Lucerne
The Lucerne
moderncre8ve
$2,350.29 USD
Walnut Coffee Table, Mid Century Modern Coffee Table, Reclaimed wood Coffee Table, Industrial Coffee Table "The April"
Walnut Coffee Table, Mid Century Modern Coffee Table, Reclaimed wood Coffee Table, Industrial Coffee Table "The April"
moderncre8ve
$1,497.66 USD
Mid century Modern Dining Table, Dining room Table, Walnut Dining Table, Farmhouse Table "The Santa Monica" Bohemian Decor mad men
Mid century Modern Dining Table, Dining room Table, Walnut Dining Table, Farmhouse Table "The Santa Monica" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$1,745.29 USD
modern walnut dresser "The Carlyle" Bohemian Decor mad men
modern walnut dresser "The Carlyle" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$3,135.00 USD
Walnut Platform Bed Frame, Mid Century Modern Bed, Wood Bed frame "The Bosco" Bohemian Decor mad men
Walnut Platform Bed Frame, Mid Century Modern Bed, Wood Bed frame "The Bosco" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$3,004.38 USD
Walnut Nightstand, Bedside Tables, Side Table  "The Gemini" Bohemian Decor mad men
Walnut Nightstand, Bedside Tables, Side Table "The Gemini" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$2,300.00 USD
Mid Century Modern Credenza, "The Haven"
Mid Century Modern Credenza, "The Haven"
moderncre8ve
$5,205.77 USD
Modern Walnut and Geometric Steel Coffee Table "The Yoshi" Bohemian Decor mad men
Modern Walnut and Geometric Steel Coffee Table "The Yoshi" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$1,092.43 USD
Mid Century Modern  "The Clevelander"
Mid Century Modern "The Clevelander"
moderncre8ve
$1,143.62 USD
Modern Walnut Bed Frame, Queen Platform Bed "The Wookie" Mid Century Modern Bedframe
Modern Walnut Bed Frame, Queen Platform Bed "The Wookie" Mid Century Modern Bedframe
moderncre8ve
$2,875.00 USD
Modern Dining Table, Scandinavian Table, Walnut Dining Table, Scandinavian Design, Scandinavian modern table   "The Zoe" Bohemian Decor
Modern Dining Table, Scandinavian Table, Walnut Dining Table, Scandinavian Design, Scandinavian modern table "The Zoe" Bohemian Decor
moderncre8ve
$4,260.49 USD
Mid Century Modern Walnut Dining Table, " The Lanakai" Bohemian Decor mad men
Mid Century Modern Walnut Dining Table, " The Lanakai" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$4,826.25 USD
Walnut Dining Table, Walnut Live Edge Table, Geometric Brass Dining Table "The Provo Dining Table" Bohemian Decor mad men
Walnut Dining Table, Walnut Live Edge Table, Geometric Brass Dining Table "The Provo Dining Table" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$12,860.57 USD
Walnut Coffee Table, Mid Century Modern Table "The April"
Walnut Coffee Table, Mid Century Modern Table "The April"
moderncre8ve
$2,028.92 USD
Modern Dining Table, Mid century Modern Dining Table, Walnut Dining Table, "The Zoe" Bohemian Decor mad men
Modern Dining Table, Mid century Modern Dining Table, Walnut Dining Table, "The Zoe" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$4,484.29 USD
Modern Computer Desk, Writing Desk, Home Office Desk, "The Yoshi Desk"
Modern Computer Desk, Writing Desk, Home Office Desk, "The Yoshi Desk"
moderncre8ve
$3,298.90 USD
Modern House Numbers, Address Sign, Minimalist House Sign
Modern House Numbers, Address Sign, Minimalist House Sign
moderncre8ve
$48.35 USD
Modern Walnut desk, Mid century Modern Office Desk, Home office Walnut Writing desk, "The Bel- Aire" Bohemian Decor mad men
Modern Walnut desk, Mid century Modern Office Desk, Home office Walnut Writing desk, "The Bel- Aire" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$2,145.00 USD
Modern Plant Stand, Large Midcentury planter, Mid Century Planter, living room decor,boho modern,bohemian decor, plant pot,housewarming gift
Modern Plant Stand, Large Midcentury planter, Mid Century Planter, living room decor,boho modern,bohemian decor, plant pot,housewarming gift
moderncre8ve
$147.34 USD
Modern Dining Table, Glass Dining Table, " The Pan Am" Bohemian Decor mad men
Modern Dining Table, Glass Dining Table, " The Pan Am" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$7,313.87 USD
Mid Century Modern Bed Frame, Walnut Bed Frame, Queen Platform Bed, Platform Bed Frame,  "The Stowe"
Mid Century Modern Bed Frame, Walnut Bed Frame, Queen Platform Bed, Platform Bed Frame, "The Stowe"
moderncre8ve
$2,866.83 USD
Furniture Cleaner, Wood Cleaner, Furniture Polish, Wood Furniture Cleaner,Wood Conditioner, Wood Care, Beeswax,"Lareaux's Furniture Care Ki"
Furniture Cleaner, Wood Cleaner, Furniture Polish, Wood Furniture Cleaner,Wood Conditioner, Wood Care, Beeswax,"Lareaux's Furniture Care Ki"
moderncre8ve
$29.11 USD
Mid Century Coffee Table, Coffee Table, Walnut Coffee Table, industrial, Bohemian Modern, Cocktail Table, Sofa Table - The Clevelander
Mid Century Coffee Table, Coffee Table, Walnut Coffee Table, industrial, Bohemian Modern, Cocktail Table, Sofa Table - The Clevelander
moderncre8ve
$900.00 USD
Mid Century Modern Walnut Dining Table, Small and Large wood kitchen table"The Santa Monica" Bohemian Decor mad men
Mid Century Modern Walnut Dining Table, Small and Large wood kitchen table"The Santa Monica" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$1,745.29 USD
Mid century Modern coffee Table, Walnut Coffee Table, Modern Coffee Table, The Mila
Mid century Modern coffee Table, Walnut Coffee Table, Modern Coffee Table, The Mila
moderncre8ve
$1,044.94 USD
Wood Blanket Ladder, "The Eileen"
Wood Blanket Ladder, "The Eileen"
moderncre8ve
$322.69 USD
Solid Walnut Dining Table, Dark Walnut Dining Table, Kitchen Table, Modern Dining Table, Mid Century Modern Inspired, "The Sputnik"
Solid Walnut Dining Table, Dark Walnut Dining Table, Kitchen Table, Modern Dining Table, Mid Century Modern Inspired, "The Sputnik"
moderncre8ve
$1,899.00 USD
Mid Century Modern Walnut Side table, Bedside Table, Accent Table  "The Nellie"
Mid Century Modern Walnut Side table, Bedside Table, Accent Table "The Nellie"
moderncre8ve
$2,202.45 USD
Modern Dining Table, Dining Table, Walnut Dining Table, Conference Table, Walnut Table, Live Edge Table, Brass Dining Table "The April"
Modern Dining Table, Dining Table, Walnut Dining Table, Conference Table, Walnut Table, Live Edge Table, Brass Dining Table "The April"
moderncre8ve
$10,717.14 USD
Mid Century Modern Floor Lamp, Tripod Floor Lamp
Mid Century Modern Floor Lamp, Tripod Floor Lamp
moderncre8ve
$863.36 USD
Modern Table, Modern Coffee Table, Coffee Table, Geometric base, Industrial Modern, Pink, Steel, "The Yoshi Steel"
Modern Table, Modern Coffee Table, Coffee Table, Geometric base, Industrial Modern, Pink, Steel, "The Yoshi Steel"
moderncre8ve
$2,947.23 USD
Queen Platform Bed, Mid century Modern Bed, Walnut Bed, Wood Bed Frame "The Baxter" Bohemian Decor mad men
Queen Platform Bed, Mid century Modern Bed, Walnut Bed, Wood Bed Frame "The Baxter" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$4,697.37 USD
Mid century Modern Dining Table,  Mid Century Dining Table, Black Walnut Dining Table " The Santa Monica" Bohemian Decor mad men
Mid century Modern Dining Table, Mid Century Dining Table, Black Walnut Dining Table " The Santa Monica" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$1,999.29 USD
Black Walnut Dining Table, Small Dining Table , "The Sputnik"
Black Walnut Dining Table, Small Dining Table , "The Sputnik"
moderncre8ve
$1,899.29 USD
Live Edge Coffee Table "The Ricochet"
Live Edge Coffee Table "The Ricochet"
moderncre8ve
$3,461.63 USD
Mid century Modern Bench"The Continental
Mid century Modern Bench"The Continental
moderncre8ve
$1,714.74 USD
Live Edge Table, Natural Edge Table, Modern Dining Table, River Table " The Yoshi Dining Table"
Live Edge Table, Natural Edge Table, Modern Dining Table, River Table " The Yoshi Dining Table"
moderncre8ve
$7,368.03 USD
Mid Century Modern Dining Table, Walnut Dining Table, Mid Century Dining Table, Small Dining Table "The Santa Monica"
Mid Century Modern Dining Table, Walnut Dining Table, Mid Century Dining Table, Small Dining Table "The Santa Monica"
moderncre8ve
$1,879.29 USD
Live Edge Dining Table, River Table, Large Dining Table, Glass Dining Table, "Yoshi Live Edge"
Live Edge Dining Table, River Table, Large Dining Table, Glass Dining Table, "Yoshi Live Edge"
moderncre8ve
$7,368.03 USD
Modern Coffee Table, Industrial Coffee Table, Mid Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table "The Miami" Bohemian Decor mad men
Modern Coffee Table, Industrial Coffee Table, Mid Century Modern Walnut Coffee Table "The Miami" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$1,017.06 USD
Modern Table, Modern Coffee Table, Coffee Table, Geometric base, Industrial Modern, Pink, Steel, "The Yoshi Steel"
Modern Table, Modern Coffee Table, Coffee Table, Geometric base, Industrial Modern, Pink, Steel, "The Yoshi Steel"
moderncre8ve
$2,974.01 USD
Modern Platform Bed, "The Nellie"
Modern Platform Bed, "The Nellie"
moderncre8ve
$2,952.57 USD
Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza, "The Carlyle" Bohemian Decor mad men
Mid Century Modern Walnut Credenza, "The Carlyle" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$5,065.20 USD
Platform Bed, Floating bed frame,Queen platform Bed, " The Baxter" Modern Bed
Platform Bed, Floating bed frame,Queen platform Bed, " The Baxter" Modern Bed
moderncre8ve
$4,099.00 USD
Walnut Coffee Table, Tulip Table, Mid Century Modern Coffee Table "THE SOHO"
Walnut Coffee Table, Tulip Table, Mid Century Modern Coffee Table "THE SOHO"
moderncre8ve
$1,392.16 USD
Modern Live Edge Walnut Dining Table "The Prima" Bohemian Decor mad men
Modern Live Edge Walnut Dining Table "The Prima" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$9,423.80 USD
Modern Walnut Coffee Table
Modern Walnut Coffee Table
moderncre8ve
$1,017.06 USD
Console Table, Neon Pink Hallway Table, mid Century Modern Table
Console Table, Neon Pink Hallway Table, mid Century Modern Table
moderncre8ve
$4,603.42 USD
Walnut Dining Table, Modern Dining Table, Danish Modern, Custom Dining Table, Real Wood Table, Large Dining Table, "The Santa Monica"
Walnut Dining Table, Modern Dining Table, Danish Modern, Custom Dining Table, Real Wood Table, Large Dining Table, "The Santa Monica"
moderncre8ve
$2,099.29 USD
Extendable Modern Walnut dining table, Mid Century Modern Dining Table with Leaves " The Santa Monica Extension" Bohemian Decor mad men
Extendable Modern Walnut dining table, Mid Century Modern Dining Table with Leaves " The Santa Monica Extension" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$3,299.00 USD
Modern Bench, Hollywood regency, brass table,  Gold Accent table, Scandinavian Design, Danish Design
Modern Bench, Hollywood regency, brass table, Gold Accent table, Scandinavian Design, Danish Design
moderncre8ve
$2,249.53 USD
Industrial Modern, Steel and Wood, Coffee Table, Industrial Table, Industrial Design, Modern table, Iron table, "The Ricochet"
Industrial Modern, Steel and Wood, Coffee Table, Industrial Table, Industrial Design, Modern table, Iron table, "The Ricochet"
moderncre8ve
$1,061.01 USD
Mid century Modern walnut Dining Table Bench "The Santa Monica Bench" Bohemian Decor mad men
Mid century Modern walnut Dining Table Bench "The Santa Monica Bench" Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$940.62 USD
Round Walnut Dining Table,  Round Table, Tulip Table, Walnut Dining Table "The MILA 52"
Round Walnut Dining Table, Round Table, Tulip Table, Walnut Dining Table "The MILA 52"
moderncre8ve
$3,199.29 USD
Kitchen Table, Dining Table,Mid Century Table,Mid Century Modern,Glass Table,MidCentury Furniture, Modern Furniture, Danish Modern, THE MAUI
Kitchen Table, Dining Table,Mid Century Table,Mid Century Modern,Glass Table,MidCentury Furniture, Modern Furniture, Danish Modern, THE MAUI
moderncre8ve
$4,093.94 USD
Walnut Dining Table, Black Walnut Table, Mid Century Modern Dining Table, Contemporary Dining Table "The Santa Barbara" Bohemian Decor
Walnut Dining Table, Black Walnut Table, Mid Century Modern Dining Table, Contemporary Dining Table "The Santa Barbara" Bohemian Decor
moderncre8ve
$3,436.29 USD
Coffee Table Modern, Coffee Table, Sofa Table, Live Edge Slab, Live Edge Table, Walnut Table, Modern Coffee Table, Industrial Table
Coffee Table Modern, Coffee Table, Sofa Table, Live Edge Slab, Live Edge Table, Walnut Table, Modern Coffee Table, Industrial Table
moderncre8ve
$3,461.49 USD
Coffee Table, Modern Coffee Tables, Midcentury Modern, Scandinavian Modern, Powder Coated Table, Walnut Coffee Table,  "The Yoshi"
Coffee Table, Modern Coffee Tables, Midcentury Modern, Scandinavian Modern, Powder Coated Table, Walnut Coffee Table, "The Yoshi"
moderncre8ve
$1,092.41 USD
Dining Table, Round Dining Table, Modern Dining Table, Walnut dining Table, Walnut Table, Dining room table, Mid Century Table"The Mila"
Dining Table, Round Dining Table, Modern Dining Table, Walnut dining Table, Walnut Table, Dining room table, Mid Century Table"The Mila"
moderncre8ve
$3,214.49 USD
Mid Century Modern Dining Table, Contemporary Dining Table, Black Walnut Table Bohemian Decor mad men
Mid Century Modern Dining Table, Contemporary Dining Table, Black Walnut Table Bohemian Decor mad men
moderncre8ve
$1,999.29 USD

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