Frank Pollaro founded Pollaro Custom Furniture, Inc. in 1988; a highly successful producer of museum quality furniture for residences, superyachts, and select corporate projects. The company, located in 60,000 square feet in Hillside, NJ, employs 45 master craftsmen, skilled in the disciplines of furniture making, finishing, special finishes, gilding, veneer work, carving, design, engineering, drafting, metalworking, and upholstery. All of these departments exist inside of one building. The Company also houses the largest collection of wood veneer and timber in the world with over 600 unique logs and 100 species. The wood collection is presented in a dramatic setting.
Pollaro has completed more than 3,000 projects for clients on six continents. The firm typically produces about 200 pieces of furniture in a year. Each piece is hand made, without the use of computerized machinery.
Pollaro’s client list includes the world’s finest shipyards including Lürssen and Feadship as well as top interior design and architecture firms. Selected clients include members global business community such as Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle; David Geffen, CEO of DreamWorks ; Lee Kun-Hee, CEO of Samsung; and Hui Ka Yan, CEO of Evergrande Real Estate Group in Shenzhen, China. Pollaro is lauded for creating special environments for their homes, yachts, and offices.
In September 2017 Pollaro unveiled The Teak + Titanium Collection of fine exterior furniture at the Monaco Yacht Show in Monte Carlo. A family of pieces designed by Pollaro for ultra-luxury, exclusively built from Burmese teak and pure titanium.
Frank holds five design patents. The latest, is a design created for Steinway & Sons, commemorating the milestone of their 600,000th piano. The Pollaro designed and built Fibonacci Art Case piano was sold to a private collector for a record setting $2.4 million US dollars.
Frank has collaborated with Brad Pitt on the creation of a furniture collection designed by Brad and fabricated by Pollaro Custom Furniture. The Pitt-Pollaro collection was featured in over 300 publications globally. Pitt and Pollaro continue to collaborate with new pieces planned for release in 2019.
Frank has been the subject of more than 400 articles in the decorative arts press and has personally authored more than 30 articles on fine woodworking, and has lectured nationwide on Ruhlmann and woodworking business.