Urbano "Bano" Robles founded Robles Custom Furniture in 1951, the year he graduated from Woodbury University (formerly Woodbury College). As the only custom furniture manufacturer at the time with a BA Degree in Business and Interior Design, Bano "spoke the language" of his clientele, inspiring a 40-year reputation for exceptional craftsmanship to the design trade. His work has been featured on the covers of Life and Designers West magazines, and he has also developed furniture designs with many renowned Interior Architects. Bano's story and achievements are also published in W.R. Finegan's California Furniture.
In early 1980, Bano developed a commercial line of executive seating designed by Warren Snodgrass with John Taylor. This nationally-represented furniture line, branded Vertex, was purchased by Bano in 1985, and expanded with original creations by Bano and the talented young designer, Jim Lasseter.
Bano Robles currently spends retirement with his wife Chata, in Woodland Hills, California, working on furniture prototypes and patented product inventions. His daughters, Patricia Ruiz and Jooj Moacanin, continue to carry on the ROBLES tradition of providing fine furniture manufacturing and development to the design trade.