Blog Post by Traci Zeller of Traci Zeller Designs
Remember when I gushed on and on and on and on about Celerie Kemble‘scollection for Henredon? Well, it’s just that good. Can you blame a girl?! Unlike some furniture companies, however, Henredon is not a one-trick pony. Yes, Celerie’s pieces are amazing … but there’s lots more amazing where that came from!
One of my High Point highlights was definitely the introduction of Henredon’s new Aubriot collection. Designed by French interior architect and designer Patrick Aubriot, these new pieces — in addition to Patrick’s Rue de Seine collection for Century Furniture — have an Art Deco feel that I am crazy for. I mean, just look at the 6901-48 Chest! The custom hardware alone is enough to make me a happy designer. I tend to use sideboards in formal dining rooms as a more modern alternative to the china cabinet, but — if you really need display storage — an all-glass front cabinet gives a similarly updated look. And you can see there’s nothing stuffy about the Aubriot 6900-49 Cabinet!
Of course, there are plenty of homes (and clients!) that prefer a more traditional design, and Henredon’s Westbury Manor collection speaks to that need. The finish on the Westbury Manor Sideboard (4300-21) is incredible.
Henredon also introduced three new chair styles that range from modern to transitional to traditional. The shape of H1451 Bernard is fundamentally classic, but — with narrow arms and inset wood — this isn’t your mother’s arm chair. (Somehow “this ain’t yo mama’s arm chair,” said with a swagger, sounds better in my head than when I type it. Darn those English teachers hammering lessons into my head!)
Oh, and there’s a benefit to being sister companies … or at least having the same great taste in fabrics. Look what brand-new fabric showed up at Henredon, too! Celerie must have liked this fun embroidered stripe as much as I do.
Do you recognize the Catalyst rug, which is part of Celerie’s collection for Merida? Mereda is a TZ fave for the highest-quality natural fiber rugs and textiles, all of which are made at Merida’s mill in Fall River, Massachusetts. Here, Celerie used the Pink Grapefruit colorway, but Catalyst is also available in Topaz-Amethyst (blue and lavender), Zebra (browns), Blue Gray (grays) and Finch (yellow). When designers have multiple licensed product lines across various categories, I love to see those showrooms “cross-merchandized.” Is that a word? If not, it should be. You really have the opportunity to see how that designer’s vision fits together! In the Henredon showroom, Celerie used lamps, accessories and occasional pieces from her collection for Maitland-Smith and rugs from her collection for Merida — not to mention personal beautiful family photos.
Of these new introductions for Henredon, which one speaks the most to your design style?
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