Our first foray into building things. Ignoring familiar toys, we use wood, hammer, and nails in the front yard at “the old house” on Spotswood. Although rudimentary and a bit crude, we are hooked on working with our hands.
Our parents stop at each and every antique store and plant nursery between home and the beach. On the car ride home, we straddle plants and the mahogany table that still stands in the kitchen of our childhood home.
The April cover of Lynchburg Magazine features a photograph of us tending our parents' garden, open during Historic Virginia Garden Week.
We spend the summer as truck farmers at Lone Jack, our family farm. Raising 2 1/2 acres of Silver Queen corn and 350 tomato plants, weathering drought and battling aphids, we find getting our hands dirty very appealing.
A tour of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Scotland marks our 100th family visit to plant nursery and garden. Our parents had a knack for finding any and all within a 50-mile radius.
We found McKinnon and Harris to create our enduring outdoor furniture in opposition to the disposable mentality of most garden furniture. We base our first designs — Gothic, Keswick, and Chinoiserie, on traditional English garden furniture.
Our mother receives the highly vaunted Gold Medal from the American Watercolor Society, and paints the second cover for the McKinnon and Harris Style Book.
Our parents, both English majors in college, begin their long unpaid careers as official editors of all written corporate communications.
Three years into McKinnon and Harris, we have analyzed and conducted a sit test in every single piece of family furniture. This constitutes our unofficial degree in ergonomics.
We join DelGreco & Company on 59th Street in NYC. It is a visionary showroom recognizing the importance of furnishing an outdoor space as an extension of the home.
Our Empire Arm Chair wins the Beatrix Farrand Award for Design Excellence from House & Garden magazine.
We are granted a patent on the Beaufort Collection (shown), named after our beloved childhood dog.
An especially graceful foot that we’ve long admired on a family Piedmont Virginia walnut desk has its moment of glory when we incorporate it into the design of our Ardlussa Palm Box.
Symbolic of our enduring furniture, we adopt a Latin slogan Sublimis, Virtus, Sempiterna — Permanence, Beauty, the Eternal — inspired by our mother, who minored in Greek and Latin in college.
We move our workshop to Scott’s Addition, a historic neighborhood listed on the National and State Registrars of Historic Places. We are in the heart of Richmond and many craftspeople bicycle to work.
We introduce the duVal Collection, the very first outdoor sectional on the market.
Our 15th year is marked with the introduction of the Spotswood Pier Table, a serving piece for the garden room.
McKinnon and Harris crosses the pond with our first showroom in London on Lots Road, a few doors down from our current space in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour.
We open our first flagship showroom in New York City in the midst of the most severe economic downturn since the Depression. Lucky for us, clients want quality and permanence more than ever.
We host a company art exhibition to showcase the after-hours creations of our immensely talented craftspeople.
Our workshop develops a Master Craftsperson Guild Program to foster mentorship and keep traditional metal working techniques alive.
To keep up with demand, our workshop adds a late night shift for nocturnal loving artisans. Meanwhile on the sunny West Coast we open our West Hollywood showroom on La Cienega.
In classic David versus Goliath fashion, our original duVal collection is knocked-off by a soulless conglomerate. Thankfully, our customers discern the difference between the McKinnon and Harris authentic and its imposter.
We move our workshop to a renovated historic space filled with natural light. Our new space can encompass EC², our revolutionary coating technology and a game changer in the world of performance furniture for the exterior.