Meanwhile, Marc and Judy Deslauriers had been testing the waters of the custom furniture business. Marc had been making individual pieces such as hutches and built-ins for private clients on Nantucket. He was yearning to develop a collaborative business that he and Judy could run together. The construction business was slowing down with the recent economic downturn. “I could see the writing on the wall,” Marc says, “it felt like the perfect time to go out on my own.” He loaded up his truck and visited several different designers on the Cape. Pastiche was his third stop. While MacPhee recalls being impressed by the photos, she was sold when she got to see and touch the actual pieces that Deslauriers brought in his truck. There was no denying that expert craftsmanship, that muted patina and glowing wax finish, that rippled hand-planed surface.
One reason this partnership seems to work is that both parties share similar goals and vision. MacPhee is quick to compliment both Marc and Judy as being “very detail and quality oriented.” Marc Deslauriers appreciates MacPhee’s business sense and support. He acknowledges that this opportunity will allow him to do what he loves without worrying about marketing, distribution, or sales. Marc and Judy, while cautiously optimistic, are keeping their goals and their production modest, saying “We’re trying to make great furniture that will move. It is an adventure and a risk, but all we want is a steady scale and income. We want to keep things small—we don’t want to compromise on the integrity of the work.”