Family owned since 1975, El Greco Woodworking crafts heirloom-quality kids' furniture with an emphasis on safety and sustainability.
Inspired by an early love of woodworking, George Theofilactidis left behind rural farm life in Greece and made his way to Toronto, where he continued his study of furniture-making techniques. Soon after settling in Jamestown, New York, the self-taught craftsman and his wife, Kathy, founded El Greco Woodworking.
Today, two generations of the Theofilactidis family oversee the company's workshop, where they build quality cribs, beds, bunks and dressers to their patriarch's exacting standards. "We have a lot of family pride about doing things right," says Alexis Singleton, George's daughter and company vice president. "That kind of obsession makes for extraordinary furniture."
From the rough lumber to the boxed product, El Greco Woodworking's furniture is constructed by skilled artisans who design, build and finish each piece by hand using sustainable and locally-sourced materials, including hardwoods from the nearby Appalachian forests. The region is known for the superior quality and wood grain of its timber—traits that have become the defining features of El Greco products. "I love the Nest crib in walnut," Singleton says. "It really shows the species so humbly, but so beautifully."
The company has earned a reputation for its product safety, exceeding current child safety standards and actively weighing in on best practices with its vendors and industry partners. Through its use of natural materials, non-toxic finishes and quality construction techniques, the company produces furniture its founding family is proud to share with their own. "We're building it for our kids," Singleton explains. "My house is full of Moda furniture."
Design that makes a Difference
El Greco Woodworking's core principles of quality craftsmanship and sustainability dovetail beautifully with Room & Board's commitment to thoughtful design. Pieces like cribs that convert into toddler beds are designed to grow with your child, minimizing the need to replace an entire room of furniture every few years. Through its work with suppliers that employ responsible practices such as forest replanting and habitat management, El Greco Woodworking ensures our forests—like its furniture—will be around for future generations to enjoy.