“I took on the Crystal Globe name as a nod to my family heritage of over 100 years of making well designed, high quality and high utility things. To me the name conjures up ideas around clean, clear, concise design and communication in a global paradigm”, says David McFarlane.
Crystal Globe was the product name of a line of washboards produced by The McFarlane Manufacturing Company from the early 1900s-1960s and were one of many ‘best of breed’ products the McFarlane brand became know for. The company was also well known for the manufacture of the very best baby carriages, ladders, and pool tables, among other woodenware and household items.
“I remember talking with my Grandfather about a Crystal Globe I had bought in an antique shop for $35.00 and he recalled, as a youth, how proud he was to sell them in London during the second world war…for a nickel!”, says David.
“I love brand stories and it dawned on me that I had one of my own. Growing up, I was surrounded by superior products that had my name on them and it still inspires me today to do my best work.”