Ever since their school days in Cambridge, the history and heritage of New England has been close to our founders' hearts. Walking among the brownstone buildings and the historic streets of Massachusetts, they fell in love with the buildings and furniture — with the heirlooms passed down from generation to generation.
When they moved to Los Angeles, they soon found an appreciation for the spontaneous, whimsical and contemporary but longed for the rich history of early American traditions.
They found friends who shared their loves and desires — growing families who were looking to balance their past with their new and changing future. People who wanted to hold on to history but also embark on new journeys.
With these thoughts in their hearts, they set out to seamlessly intertwine history, heirlooms and vintage craft with contemporary lifestyles.
Bringing these two loves together is the goal of Franklin & Ben. A brand that references history by revitalizing traditional craft with contemporary twists.
We've taken inspiration from the classic American Hunt Club Lounge, the Shaker furniture of New England, and the architecture of Massachusetts to create a new line of children's furniture, but we didn't want to simply imitate it; we wanted to reinterpret it. Thus, Heritage Reinterpreted.
In Franklin & Ben, you'll see a little bit of the familiar mixed with a little bit of the new. Or, if you will, reminders of history mixed with contemporary flair.
The Mason Convertible Crib's stunning sloping sides give a sense of dramatic charm, while the even vertical pillars lend stability and calm. A spacious bottom drawer provides seamless functionality, without disrupting the crib's clean lines.
Majestic and poised, the period-inspired Mason Double Wide Dresser lends elegance to any nursery. The Mason Double Wide Dresser will stow all of baby's essentials in style in its six spacious drawers with strong under drawer supports. Every detail was finessed to create the perfect level of flair, from the sturdy dovetail drawers to the intricate metal accents.
The Mason Tall Dresser features spacious drawers with strong under drawer supports to safely stow all of your baby's essentials. Stately and period-inspired, the elegant Mason Tall Dresser will be a centerpiece of your child's room for years to come.
The Arlington 3-in-1 Convertible Crib couples crisp lines with delicate curves to create a beautifully balanced, timeless American classic. With an included toddler conversion rail, this crib transforms as your baby grows, and is fully convertible into toddler and day beds.
Smooth and refined, the Arlington Double Wide Dresser's fine details bring unparalleled style to any nursery. With six spacious drawers, sturdy dovetail joints and strong under drawer supports this dresser stows all of baby's essentials with ease. The intricate carved accents add the perfect finish to this beautiful piece.
The Arlington Tall Dresser was crafted to match perfectly with the Arlington Crib. From the sturdy dovetail drawers to the beautifully carved accents, this dresser is smooth, refined, and ideal to stow all of baby's essentials.
Take a look at her thought-process as she worked with us to design two of the most exciting cribs on the market.
We got together with our favorite designer, Jennifer DeLonge, to pick her brain about what makes her tick and what inspires her designs. She is the creative genius behind two of our collections, Mason and Copley, and we wanted to find out what inspired her to design these fresh and unique pieces.
What are you most inspired by?
Objects that inspire me everyday always include vintage finds of textiles, furniture and jewelry. Looking to the past and finding ways to update and modernize my favorite patterns, shapes and functionality keeps me passionate about design. Traveling the world and photographing everything from over-scaled churches down to details of a door handle, allow me to catalog away inspiration. There is a never a shortage of ideas to explore!
What was your inspiration for your two Franklin & Ben collections (Mason and Copley)?
The Mason was inspired by the imagery of antique library walls, housed on a cobblestone street, where the paneling has the perfect amount of patina after years of use. The vintage look of the French grey finish gives it just the right amount of age and when paired with modern accessories can create excitement in any nursery.
The Copley inspiration comes from the quintessential New England space… think Americana mixed with aged leather wing back chairs. Transforming this image into a nursery setting is the ideal design element to recreate when thinking about the baby's nursery; it exudes warmth and luxury.
What is it about Franklin & Ben that you feel appeals to the customer?
It's the perfect mix between old and new. As a new parent, finding pieces to complement your own home for a nursery can be daunting. With Franklin & Ben you can easily see yourself spending time in the nursery because the collections are so stylish, versatile and very of-the-moment, whatever your design influences may be.
How would you describe the collections you designed?
The Mason and the Copley are the perfect combination of a bit of history in a modern world. Mixing any of these iconic pieces with a modern glider or vintage art projects gives the idea of a well-loved updated nursery with a sense of memory.
Anything else fun and interesting that you'd like to add.
Designing for Franklin & Ben makes me smile! Being able to create collections that can integrate beautifully into any family space with a sense of style is exactly what Jennifer DeLonge is all about… and continuing this idea into the nursery with pieces that are beautiful and incredibly priced, is so very exciting. The hard part is deciding which one to pick!
Brimming with character, the Copley 4-in-1 Convertible Crib merges retro-cool with Franklin & Ben's classic elegance. With bold navy blue accents, gentle curves, and elegant spindle legs, the two-toned Copley Crib is sure to be a standout piece in your nursery.
The Copley Double Wide Dresser provides a stunning storage solution for your child's room. Its six spacious, recessed drawers feature bold navy blue accents, intricate circular drawer handles, and strong under drawer supports.
Both a nursery staple and stunning statement piece, the Copley Tall Dresser is perfect to stow all of your baby's essentials in its five extra wide drawers with strong under drawer supports.
Liberty's fresh take on the antique spindle crib brings new joy to classic grace. Converting to a classic toddler or day bed with the included toddler rail, the Liberty 3-in-1 Convertible Crib grows with your baby.
The perfect storage space for all your nursery needs. Spacious and extra wide, the Liberty Changing Table gives baby plenty of room and provides easy access to all things baby. Our rigorous quality control standards ensure you get the highest quality product.
The Mayfair Convertible Crib's gallant curves and sleigh design are inspired by the French and American Empire period of the early 19th century, reminiscent of the ancient Roman and Grecian empires. A spacious dual compartment drawer silently glides open to store baby's bedding essentials. The American Birch back panel adds a subtle, intriguing accent.
We have always exceeded all safety standards, so you can be sure that your Franklin & Ben 4-in-1 or 3-in-1 Convertible Crib will not only be an aesthetic wonder, but also a safe and reliable sanctuary for baby. Our 3-in-1 cribs are fully convertible into toddler and day beds and with a toddler conversion rail included with the crib. Our 4-in-1 cribs even convert into a full size bed with the purchase of conversion rails. With four adjustable mattress positions, the crib is also easy on your back.
Some furniture designers stop after thinking about color and shape; we've cared for our pieces right down to the details.
When our team set out to design the Franklin & Ben collections, we envisioned something beyond pieces of furniture; we envisioned heirlooms. Built by hand in our Los Angeles, California workshop, Franklin & Ben dressers boast the sort of details that would make our great-grandmothers glow with approval. Each spacious drawer features sturdy dovetail joints as well as metal tracks with built-in stops, a necessary detail for baby safety. Underneath, our drawers are further reinforced with triangular supports, rendering them more than ready to withstand the tests of time. In conjunction with their classic design, the Franklin & Ben furniture is sure to be enjoyed by generations to come. What more could a modern parent ask for?