Antoine Proulx was founded in 1992 by Marc Desplaines who launched the U. S. corporation of renowned Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto in New York City. The Antoine Proulx collection of handcrafted furniture was designed by Marc out of his frustration at not being able to find what he was looking for in the market. As fate would have it, his brother Richard Desplaines was already established as a master furniture maker with nearly 20 years of experience producing one-of-a-kind pieces for designers and architects. The two brothers cemented a design/build relationship that would land their furniture in prestigious magazines such as Interior Design, Progressive Architecture, I. D., and the New York Times. The name, Antoine Proulx, is derived from the brothers’ paternal grandmother, Antoinette Proulx, whose father was a builder of fine homes in New England at the turn of the twentieth century.
Since 1992, Desplaines has grown the Antoine Proulx collection from its initial sixteen pieces to two hundred thirty distinct items. With increased recognition in the high-end residential market, some of Marc’s furniture for Antoine Proulx was chosen for sets in two films, How Do You Know (Columbia Pictures,2011) and Autumn In New York (MGM Pictures, 2000). Television credits include While You Were Out (TLC, 2003) and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (Bravo, 2007). His furniture is sought after and owned by some of the country’s best known sports figures (Mike Piazza), entertainers (Ron Howard), and financial analysts (Suze Orman). His furniture for Antoine Proulx may also be seen in luxury resorts worldwide including The Ritz Carlton, The Four Seasons, W Hotels, and Sheraton. The Antoine Proulx collection is represented nationwide.