At Fall Market 2012, we continued to showcase what Drexel Heritage is known for: customization, high-end upholstery and finishes and the ability to take a personal and specialized spin on traditional and classic designs. Below, are some of examples of Drexel’s custom designs that our friends at Apartment Therapy recently shared on their blog. We hope these pieces featured will show you how a classic design can look completely new and will inspire you to be your own designer with Drexel Heritage!
Maxwell spots a color trend (fuschia!), and in the process snapped several of our editorial staff (Janel, Jason, and Chris) taking the tour at the Drexel Heritage showroom.
In part four of our Fall Market blogger coverage, we share the insights of the fabulous Fanki Durbin, designer and author of the blog Life in a Venti Cup. Below, we have shared her thoughts and reactions from her visit to the Drexel Heritage showroom. Enjoy!
High Point Market: Design by Drexel Heritage
Trending at Market: hair on hide. It was everywhere. This chair was one of the best examples I’ve seen of the trend. Love the placement of such organic elements around such a finely crafted French style chair.
Another element seen repeatedly at Market: the quatrefoil. Rarely, however, is an entire piece of furniture formed in this classic shape. I loved this versatile occasional piece. Bedside chest, end table, accent table… you name it, this piece could fill that role. A really beautiful element in any room.
A stunning sofa rests in the bqckground with fabulous cream frame and blue trellis bench seat. Of course the styling in the showroom, as seen on the cocktail table in the foreground, is so good you simply have to stop and admire the grouping.
Always the best part of any showroom visit: the resource room! Drexel realy turns it out when it comes to fabric samples. I’d love to have my own fabric swatch inventory arranged this way in my home office. Isn’t this delicious?
And of course, a French sofa with an incredible silhouette and a Gustavian Gray finish. I do have a weakness for these linen covered pieces with European stylng. A truly beautiful upholstered piece. And isn’t that rug yummy?
Zebra, anyone? This particular fabric has an ombre effect to it, with the stripes having more intensity of color in the center and fading out slightly at the edges. Note how it was placed on this classic chair finished in silver leaf. Serious pop of drama.
One of the showroom tours I was most looking forward to at Market was Drexel Heritage. I’ve had a soft spot for in my designer heart for years for this brand. I love the sheer variety of the showroom and it’s artisan appeal. But much of this stems from my appreciation of the talent of their creative director Denise Alala. She is one half of the creative team behind this luxurious furniture brand and never ceases to amaze me with her ability to evolve and surprise when it comes to new introductions for High Point Market.
Drexel Heritage doesn’t have a “look” or a style. Their collections run the gamut between classic European pieces (like bergeres and French settees) and on-trend designs that clearly derive influences from runway fashion and modern culture (as is the case with the zebra & silver leaf chair above). It’s this delicious visual melange that keeps your eyes from ever tiring during a showroom tour. Beyond every corner is a vignette in a completely different look that the one you just passed through.
The unifying quality, of course, is the “collected” look that Drexel does so well. Each piece is offered in a seemingly endless array of finishes. Have that iron bed painted chippy antique white or do it up in rich red. The choice is yours and the showroom reflects this attention to personalization. Their upholstery selection knows no bounds either. From shimmering wovens to vibrant prints, the beauty of their textiles is always a treat for the eyes.
Beyond what they offer, the mood at Drexel is always quite sexy. Lights are dimmed just so. Vignettes are styled so richly that you want to move right in. It’s such a lush space that you want to occupy not just the space but the lifestyle that the styling implies. Design books are scattered about, fresh flowers are scattered about in vases, art supplies are gathered here and there. This is what good showroom styling is all about. Drexel is selling an artisan lifestyle and I love it.
While I was there I was able to spend time with longtime online (and now real) friend Stacey Bewkes of Quintessence Blog, Ronda Rice Carman of All the Best Blog(a VERY longtime online friend whom I’ve finally had the pleasure to meet & spend time with) as well as the always lovely Meg BIram of Mimi and Meg. This was a fantastic group of girls to be on tour with and it was so nice to finaly get that offline time with “my girls” – especially in a stylish environment like the Drexel space.
Thank you, Denise for the tour and for your time. And thank you, Lisa Hanly ofFurniture Brands for inviting me to come play at Drexel!
If you have a Drexel Heritage showroom in your city, please go visit. The variety of styles and personalization choices will astonish you. Each piece truly is crafted to your specificiations. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to my twitter & facebook feeds, as I’ll be posting even more snaps from my tour. Many lovely photos to share with you.
As we have discussed in our past couple of posts, meeting with the fabulous design bloggers is one of our favorite parts about High Point Market! We have shared market coverage from our friends at All the Best and Apartment Therapy, and this week, we wanted to share a recent post from the blog Quintessence. Enjoy!
High Point Picks | Drexel Heritage Delivers
Drexel Heritage wants you to tell your story at home your way. And to help, they focus on offering customization options at every level. As my sponsor at High Point, Drexel hosted me and several other bloggers for a morning at their showroom. We were delighted to have the very knowledgeable Denise Alala, Vice President of Upholstery lead part of our tour. She explained how this season Drexel introduced many new fabrics to their stable of over 800 selections. From graphic blues
to animal patterns, bold prints, textured smalls
and colorful leathers,
there is a wide variety to choose from. They also added more smaller scaled, apartment friendly frames to their Options program, where customers can mix and match arm style, seat and back options, skirt and trim styles as well as wood finishes. And the woods, all executed here in the states, are now available in more finishes and paint colors. I liked the new vintage alpine, for example, on this casual occasional chair
And see how different the same Indulgence Display cabinet looks in two custom colors. And because all the work is done right here in the States, even custom items take merely weeks to complete.
Denise’s talents also extend to styling, which lent a lived-in look throughout the enormous space
The Viage collection, “inspired by the idea of what you might find in a European artist’s studio,” was the new introduction at market. It features “layered moldings, intricate joinery, hand-accented veneer patterns, metal star details and simple turnings on posts, mixing elements from European antiques with modern components, like glass and metal,” such as one of my favorite pieces from the line, the Postcards Desk.
The Expedition Console and Mirror of Discovery are both updated classic and versatile pieces from the collection that could migrate from room to room.
Drexel’s case goods feature thoughtful details as can be seen in their Vintage Originals collection. I always appreciate handsome hardware and the drawer pulls on the Haberdashery Chest
and the Sazerac bar/secretary
are details that definitely make a difference. In wandering through the showroom, I thought I would share a few other picks that I think show the versatile and flexible nature of what Drexel Heritage offers. The Voussoir Pedestal Dining Table is a modern classic that could work not only as a dining table but also as an entry table in a larger home. The clean lines and metal du jour would mix with any number of complementary styles
From the Celladora collection, this case hall chest and Larkspur mirror are pieces perfectly suited for locations from the mountains to beach. And the new case goods options finishes extend to this collection so they could be reimagined in any number of collectible colors.
And lastly, several designer friends mentioned the upholstered console as a favorite and it is easy to see why. In a totally chic shape, this infinitely useful and stylish piece is available in a plethora of prints or solids to accent any decor.
With pretty piping and a fitted glass top, this console could work in literally any room of the house or apartment.
A huge thanks to Lisa Hanley, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Public Relations of parent company Furniture Brands for the generous sponsorship and welcoming hospitality. Drexel does deliver on so many levels!
One of the reasons we love High Point Market so much is because we get to meet with all of our favorite design bloggers! Our friends at Apartment Therapy were kind enough to stop by our showroom and share some of their favorite new Drexel Heritage trends. From pops of pink to menswear inspired pieces to creative leather detailing, Apartment Therapy covered all of the new Drexel style stories on their blog, which we have shared with you below. Enjoy!
The Drexel showroom was one of our first stops at High Point and the whole team wanted in on the tour! In addition to our guide, Lisa, being absolutely 100% entertaining, there are plenty of good design ideas getting served up by the creative team behind this brand. Here are a few of the style stories that were apparent in their collections for this season:
Hot Pink Details
Global Patterns in Blue and White
Creative Leather Detailing
We’ve featured the Vintage Originals collection in our blogs previously, but we haven’t focused on one of this collection’s most interesting details yet – the hardware! Here’s a sneak peak at Vintage Originals and its fashionable hardware, which will be available later this fall.
Inspired by vintage costume jewelry, these pieces of hardware create a custom look and always make a statement. Just like the perfect accessory can enhance any outfit, hardware can do the same for classic cabinets, dressers and drawers. Add a big, chunky statement piece of jewelry like this vintage necklace from Rogue Vintage to make a regular blouse or shirt go from blah to wow.
The same applies to hardware! The Haberdashery Chest’s key-in-a-lock knobs give a modern twist to a classic piece and add a polished contrast to the leather-finished drawers.
With a costume jewelry vibe, the star-shaped knobs on the Vintage Originals Secretary strike the perfect note between trendy and traditional.
Be on the lookout for the Vintage Originals collection coming to Drexel Heritage stores later this fall!
With New York Fashion Week wrapping up, we can’t help but look to the runways and reflect on the newest trends. Designers like BCBG, Jason Wu and Herve Ledger debuted edgy collections featuring a mix of structured leather, feminine silhouettes and delicate lace details. A balance of the super masculine and overly feminine, these collections created a look of soft and hard, classic and edgy.
Opposites, yet completely complementary, this mixture of leather and lace, masculine and feminine is a trend that is fun and easy to incorporate into your home. Pick either masculine or feminine to be the dominant style in the room and then add in details of soft and flowy or strong and structured.
Try pairing a traditional leather armchair like the Pate Chair with flirty feminine details.
Bright, reflective accent pieces like the Montaigne Hall Chest and Vintage Originals End Table balance the dark masculine leather and add whimsical appeal.
Or, to balance a more feminine piece like the Amelia Sofa in a bold floral upholstery, pair it with a heavy end table in a dark finish.
We love how this sofa looks with the Vintage Originals End Table, which features a more masculine form accented with costume-jewelry inspired hardware.
Designing a room that balances masculine and feminine and looks cohesive, not confused, doesn’t have to be difficult! Give this trend a chance and try it out in your home. We’d love to hear how you are making it work!
We love the fashion blog Who What Wear for so many reasons it’s difficult to list them all. But, we’ll start with this week’s “Why it Works” breakdown of Emma Stone’s trench coat as just one them.
Just like Who What Wear’s tips to a simple and chic fall outfit, designing a functional, stylish room is a mix of classic pieces and clean details. Here is our breakdown of the Erskine Chair and why it works.
Timeless Upholstery: The chair’s tweed-inspired chenille upholstery is a classic. Super soft and super versatile, the Erskine Chair is neither too masculine nor feminine and, with the right accessories, looks great in any style room.
Simple Details: Forest green velvet piping highlights the Erskine’s subtle wingback design and adds definition to the form. Add in some tufting and buttons in the same rich green color, and we have a winning combination of subtle sophistication.
Geometric Accessories: Chocolate brown and crisp white geometric throw pillows are the perfect accessory. Eye-catching, but not overwhelming, the pillows’ upholstery complements the Erskine’s plaid design and adds just a touch of pizzaz!
These are a just few tips for achieving a timeless look in your home. We hope you can take these ideas and make them your own. Happy designing!
As we’ve seen in previous blogs like Peplum Prediction, Tribal Time and Color Blocking, Again, design often gathers influence from fashion trends. But inspiration doesn’t strictly come from women’s fashion. Menswear has a commanding influence on designs at Drexel Heritage, including our new Vintage Originals collection.
Details like embossed leather drawer fronts bring a masculine polished look to traditional pieces like our Haberdashery Chest. The lighter scale drawer nightstand can double as an end table and offers a classic functional element to any room with a refined genteel style.
Custom upholstery options in rich colors and timeless patterns and textures offer the tailored look of menswear fashion in your home. Designed to mix and meld, Vintage Originals allows you to blend the tough and manly with the flirty and feminine. Our Wilhelm Sofa features a masculine silhouette, rounded out by its feminine button-tufted sides.
Similarly, the Cartwright Sofa has a curvaceous, feminine shape perfectly complemented with leather embellishments.
And of course, we can’t forget our Pate Chair with rough, wire-brushed leather juxtaposed by a softer blue tweed. It is the ideal showpiece of melding elements that make up the New South – traditional but modern, masculine yet refined.
Finishes are the final touch that makes our menswear-inspired pieces so stirring. Our glazed cordovan finish features a rich warm brown with dynamic texture. Layer upon layer of hand-rubbed stain creates a multi-faceted look that is completely one-of-a-kind.
Have you already incorporated menswear influence into your design? How are you using tweed and leather to create a refined look?
From music to fashion to food, classic southern staples are getting a whole new look, blending old traditions with modern and elegant details. Restaurants like Georgia Brown’s in Washington, D.C. and Gravy in New York City have welcomed this idea of the “New South,” reinventing classic southern dishes with fresh ingredients and a contemporary spin.
We, too, have embraced the New South and have used its inspiration to create something completely new for Drexel Heritage. Unlike any collection we have ever designed before, we’re excited to introduce Vintage Originals.
What is Vintage Originals? It’s your grandfather’s antique end table and your new floral armchair coming together to create the perfect reading nook. It’s the traditional chest custom finished with a bright paint, mixing traditional form and modern color to create the interesting juxtaposition of old world elegance and new world style.
It’s the perfect marriage of yesterday and today. Vintage Originals takes traditional forms and modernizes its details to create the perfect mixture of old and new in its designs. Pieces like the Vintage Originals china cabinet and secretary (which doubles as a bar) give you the freedom to mix your grandmother’s class with your sass to create your own interpretation of what it means to live in the New South.
While the Vintage Originals dining table features a traditional rectangular tabletop accented with modern square legs for the ideal balance of classic chic.
So, are you up for the challenge? We’d love to hear how you are redefining your traditions to create a fresh new look in your home!
If you read our last blog, then you know we’ve been unveiling several new customizable collections for your home. We’ve already told you about new ways to get creative with kitchen designs, so next we’re going to share our new options collections for the living room.
Without further ado, we’d like to introduce new custom ottoman options. Select from varying shapes and fabrics to design a functional and stylish footstool for your living room, like the Stautner Ottoman in this beautiful python-inspired upholstery.
The beauty of our custom ottoman options is that you have the ability to create an ottoman that is uniquely you! Here our Keeshan Ottoman is the perfect match between classic and trendy with simple tufting and modern metallic upholstery.
Or, try that same Keeshan Ottoman in a slate gray velvet upholstery with clean piping and feet for a completely different look!
We’d also like to introduce our new upholstered bistro tables. Design and function marry to create a fresh take on a piece of classic furniture. An added bonus is that upholstery options are also available in our super versatile, multi-functional Sunbrella fabrics, which makes cleaning a breeze!
What’s your favorite new look this season?