About us

Heller and Heller Custom Furniture is a family business based in Charlottesville, Virginia.


The prin­ci­pal Heller is Fur­ni­ture Mak­er Dave, a retired Chem­i­cal Engi­neer. Dave has been build­ing fur­ni­ture for about 30 years, and pro­fes­sion­al­ly since 2009. Dave has a pas­sion for learn­ing and study­ing the work of mas­ters, so it can be hard to
nar­row a descrip­tion of his inter­ests or style, but he is par­tic­u­lar­ly drawn to wood with spec­tac­u­lar grain, ele­gant geo­met­ric pat­terns and mar­quetry designs, and fur­ni­ture from the Art Nou­veau and Art Deco peri­ods.

As in life Dave is joined in the busi­ness by his wife Eliz­a­beth, whose spe­cial­ties include get­ting things done prop­er­ly.  Eliz­a­beth wears many hats — from answer­ing bel­lows from the work­shop for extra hands before the glue dries, to pack­ag­ing and ship­ping your Etsy orders, sand­ing chop­ping boards in show sea­son, and mak­ing sure Dave remem­bers to eat occa­sion­al­ly — she does a lit­tle bit of every­thing to keep the busi­ness run­ning. Eliz­a­beth is also a retired Chem­i­cal Engi­neer, and in addi­tion to Heller & Heller she devotes time to her local gar­den club, love of DIY hob­bies and crafts, and dot­ing on her grand­son.

The orig­i­nal “oth­er half” of Heller and Heller, daugh­ter Jenn now serves in a design con­sult­ing role as need­ed, and helps Eliz­a­beth man­age social media and the blog so that Dave’s cre­ations actu­al­ly make it into the pub­lic eye. Jenn worked as an archi­tect for 5 years both in the UK and Wash­ing­ton, DC, and now is fol­low­ing a pas­sion for art and design into run­ning her own busi­ness in illus­tra­tion, sta­tionery, and graph­ic design. In her spare time, Jenn now serves anoth­er impor­tant role: new mom to the next gen­er­a­tion of poten­tial fur­ni­ture mak­ers in our fam­i­ly. You can be assured that Grandpa’s Work­shop will be a part of his read­ing rota­tion.


We like to design and make ele­gant fur­ni­ture that meets your needs and desires. A piece from us should look per­fect in your space, as if you had always had one of these even though it didn’t exist until recent­ly. If you want a piece to make a state­ment, we would like it to speak clear­ly and well. If you want a piece to blend in, it should be a seam­less part of the room. Above all we lis­ten to you — from your thoughts on the style and func­tion of the piece itself to your descrip­tion of how you live and want your home to feel — and then we encap­su­late those wish­es in the ide­al piece of fur­ni­ture for you.

Inter­est­ed in work­ing with us? Send us a mes­sage to get start­ed!


Our shop, Dave

Our shop, Dave’s dream real­ized: 900 sqft of ded­i­cat­ed wood­work­ing heav­en.