Elite Design Furnishings was founded in 1985; in our early beginnings we made custom contemporary furnishings for local retailers and in time also the interior design community. Our first humble facility was located in Concord, Ontario, Canada. Initially we started with 2000 square foot shop but within a few years expanded to over 95,000 square feet. elite design furnishings has evolved over the past 30 years into a leading edge furniture contemporary furniture manufacturer.
In 2004, due to extreme market pressures, it was necessary to enhance our local Canadian production with imports to remain competitive in the industry that was evolving ever so quickly. After a year of importing, elite design furnishings joined forces for a short period of time with a manufacturing company in Shanghai, China hoping to carry on our philosophy of providing customers with superior, reasonably priced, contemporary furniture. Both companies collaborated together on design development, finishes, materials, manufacturing processes and shipping. This joint venture launched elite design to the next level, conveying our genuine passion for contemporary furniture design and exceptional quality. Another strategic change was necessary in 2008. at this time, we closed our long standing Canadian manufacturing operations in order to remain competitive and began laying the groundwork for our very own Canadian owned factory in shanghai, china which we still have to this day. Our current head office and factory in china are about 40 minutes from downtown Shanghai, we have a modern facility with most manufacturing processes automated by cnc machinery. We are proud of the product we produce and the way we treat and value the environment and our workers. Today we produce exclusive furnishings for select distributors in North America, China and Australia.
While our business has grown and changed over the years, the important things have stayed the same. We are still a wholesale furniture company manufacturing our own product. Whether you need a statement piece or something handsomely simple, you can count on us for unique furnishings and affordable prices. elite design furnishings continues to have a distribution facility in Toronto, Ontario Canada supplying our long standing customer base of retailers and the designers in eastern Canada and the United States.