Tuesday, October 20

Taking in a Cornucopia of Beautiful Furniture at French Heritage during Fall 2015 High Point Furniture Market



Topping Our List For Quality Fine Furniture
At High Point Fall Market,
1638 English Road
High Point, NC 27262 
Spending time with Henessy Wayser at French Heritage
French Heritage is known for their 
beautiful hand-rubbed finishes
and their showroom is set in a lovely house on the edge of High Point, away from the hustle and bustle and crowds that at times can overwhelm at Market.  It feels very, well, French in that way.  Cool, relaxed and comfortable in its own skin.  Boasting an in-house French chef who prepares and serves visitors during Market, this is arguably the finest afternoon one can spend at Market.  The collections are eclectic--some pieces contemporary while others more traditional--and although the showroom offers a wonderful mix of styles that can blend well in a home, the foundation of their brand is rooted in the finest quality, hand rubbed wood finishes with a decidedly French artisan approach.   
French born co-founder Jacques Wayser learned the ins and outs of the business hailing from a family who had an astute appreciated for antiques and fine crafted furniture.  In 1981, he began the firm in Los Angeles, and now thirty years later husband and wife team Jacques and Henessy Wayser are a force to be reckoned with in the furnishings industry. I have had the pleasure of spending two afternoons over the past year with Henessy while she lead me on thorough tours of the showroom.  I enjoyed hearing first-hand about the passion and detailed work that goes into each piece.

This Market is an exciting time for French Heritage since they are in the throes of partnering with interior designer Michelle Workman on a new furniture line, promising to debut next Spring Market. The collection is inspired by the Art Deco movement of furniture and I just loved the phrase Workman shared with me about why this aesthetic is an important era to her.  Collaborating with Workman will add onto French Heritage's well rounded collections bringing the design community something for everyone's taste, yet never compromising on quality.

"the Art Deco period in furniture design 
is a  moment on the cusp of the traditional and the modern movement"
~Michelle Workman
Monday evening's celebration 
with Michelle Workman at French Heritage
 photo (left) by Rich Schell
Michelle Workman, Jonathan Legate, Mark Landres of Burton James
(right) Traditional Home magazine EIC Anne Maine, Henessy Wayser, Michelle Workman
Henessy & Jacques Wayser
Some of our favorite finds at French Heritage this Market...      
myriad pieces offering many customized options:
these mini tables inlaid with mosaic tile can be created in any size
The finish options are certainly the star in the showroom, and almost every piece showcases impressive detailing and customizable options.
their new Vintage Smokehouse finish takes a classic feel and brings a new modern vibe. 
and, there are even beautiful reversible rugs

furnishing a new wine cellar? 
French Heritage has steamer trunks outfitted with stylish bars channeling Mad Men era styling, and a variety of other impressive in-home wine storage units. 
they do traditional caning beautifully (above), then offer something new and fresh like this chair (below) and in the place of traditional caning use punched metal.
 
 these chairs can be purchased alone or paired up, hooking together to create a modern tête-à-tête, channeling Marie Antoinette 
  
this ebony trio is new this Market, and made in Florence, Italy
the detailing is decoupage work

French Heritage even offers mid-century style pieces with modern lines, and this one (above) was Style Spotted by Jonathan Legate!
with three collections to pull from (Salon, Maison & Avenue), French Heritage offers a rich array of upholstered and case good pieces, wood finishes, rugs and accessories while keeping the highest quality craftsmanship at their core.  

Happy Nesting
XO Tamara