The company name actually comes from that of Marc and Richard Desplaines' grandmother, Antoinette Proulx. At the turn of the century, Antoinette's father was a builder of fine homes in New England.
A century later, in 1993, Marc Desplaines founded the Antoine Proulx collection of handcrafted furniture when he became frustrated at not being able to find a dresser. He designed one, and asked his brother, Richard Desplaines, who was already established as a master furniture maker, to make it for him. A design-build partnership was born.
Antoine Proulx is an extensive collection of finely crafted furniture such as armoires, beds, benches, desks, and tables. Balance is a key component, and is often achieved through asymmetry and cantilevering.