Icons of Design:: Facet Collection by Michelle Workman

Hollywood, a place shrouded in an indescribable mystique. The land of big dreams. Dreams that sometimes take you outside the city limits, from the arid and densely populated backdrop of the Hollywood Hills to the picturesque beauty of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Where the glitz and glamour of tinsel town were replaced by good old southern hospitality. And such is the enviable journey of design doyenne, Michelle Workman, with an impressive client list of A-list celebs and magazine covers who shed her LA roots for a “smaller cosmopolitan” life.

While Michelle is known for her unforgettable multi-layered and sophisticated designs, a refreshing mix of old blended with new, she recently launched one of the most significant new collections of 2017. And while there were a few standouts in the industry, one was the Facet Collection by Michelle Workman for French Heritage. A brilliant partnership, Michelle brings a glamorous edge to this highly regarded furniture house noted for its French neo classical while “successfully broadening its contemporary category.”

Photo via Style Blueprint by Leila Grossman of Grannis Photography 

Months in the making, the Facet Collection was inspired by Hollywood Glam/Deco a mind-blowing mix of pastel lacquers, hand-rubbed exotic woods with intricate metal inlays, and luxurious textures. A successful marriage of old Hollywood with transitional design. Each piece born from hand-drawn sketches reflecting Michelle’s refined sense of style. It’s a delicious confluence of sumptuous materials with “exquisite forms.”

The strength of the collection goes far beyond its extraordinary detail, and timeless design. It’s destined for stardom, fitting for a designer who is undoubtedly destined for the same.

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Chair back detail on the Tom Collins Chair is stunningly executed with the use of zebra wood veneer juxtaposed against a plush interior of Kravat fabrics. Each piece in the collection is refreshingly modern with exquisite Art Deco details as evidenced by the stunning Kir Royale Buffet in faux shagreen and brass.

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Each piece was designed to stand alone or to complement existing furnishings in a room, the Facet Collection shows its versatility through the use of fabrics and finishes, and exciting colorways…

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“Streamlined modernity” with sinuous curves and an eye-catching mix of materials and textures…

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Modern era romance mixed with Deco inspired glam. Modern pieces are woven into a story that could easily have stepped out of the 20’s and 30’s, the Facet Collection an updated riff on one of the most glamorous eras in design…

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A close-up of the gorgeous detail on the perfectly tailored Tom Collins chair and Kir Royale Buffet in faux Shagreen and brass…

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The Mint Julip Chest has graceful curved lines and extraordinary details such as a lacquer finish and brass trim, a statement piece destined to add a layer of timeless sophistication to any room. Also shown is the elegant Hanky Panky Occasional Chair…

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Against a backdrop of hand-painted wallpaper by Fromental are pieces that can complete any room setting. Each piece designed with a creative use of lines, proportions and exotic materials…(Shown above: the Rob Roy Coffee Table, Gimlet Bracket, Gibson Side Table, Ramos Fizz Hat Box Side Table and Fitzgerald Credenza).

For more information about the Facet Collection by Michelle Workman for French Heritage, you can view the entire catalog here.

Editors Note: Back in the Spring I attended the launch of Michelle’s collection at the French Heritage Showroom. Not only were the room settings jaw-droppingly gorgeous but each piece truly a work of art, and heart. The interesting thing about the Collection was that it was like an Oscar winning performance, the emotion, the story, and the characters, (in this case the furniture) stay with you long after you’ve left the theatre.

 

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