HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 18, 2014 – As lyrical as a mythological muse, Moderne Muse, a 24-piece collection from Universal Furniture, gracefully combines traditional forms with modern design details.
“When creating the collection, we drew inspiration from elements in the vignettes of Maison & Objet, the booths of Paris flea markets, the shops of Chelsea, and the stalls of Brimfield,” says Jeff Scheffer, president and CEO of Universal Furniture International, Inc. “Moderne Muse pays homage to architecture ranging from ancient Rome to midcentury modern Paris. Though rooted in past traditions, it is contemporary in its simplicity.”
Crafted of hickory and pecan veneers in a light Bisque finish, Moderne Muse also includes a textured gesso Canvas finish and a Black Cobalt stain on select pieces. Accents of Aged Iron metal and linen create warmth, while brushed nickel hardware with just a touch of sheen adds modern appeal.
“Just as today’s best cuisine focuses on honest, flavorful, time-honored ingredients, Moderne Muse distills the best of the past in a sophisticated collection perfect for today’s interiors,” Scheffer says. “I see this furniture in the home of someone who loves to throw dinner parties – both indoors and out. She has an herb garden, wears makeup without looking ‘made up’ and could teach Wine Tasting 101. Her home is at once classic and current, collected and curated.”
Dining pieces feature crisp, classic styling with fresh finishes and details. The Moderne Muse Dining Table (42″W x 88″D x 30″H, extends to 108″ with leaf) has a textured gesso Canvas base with a curved X stretcher and a Bisque V-match hickory veneer top. The Round Dining Table (58″W x 58″D x 30″H) combines a Bisque top with a Canvas curved X pedestal base. With a modern take on a traditional ladderback, the Moderne Muse Arm Chair (24″W x 25″D x 38″H) and Moderne Muse Side Chair (22″W x 25″D x 38″H) have a grid-pattern back and an upholstered linen seat. The upholstered Parisian Chair (21″W x 24″D x 40″H) is slip covered in linen with a flange welt. The Sideboard and Sommelier’s Hutch (75″W x 21″D x 91″H) showcases 35 bottles of wine laid sideways with tabs for recording vintages, as well as a wood-framed zinc surface and plenty of storage for platters, silverware and other essentials below. The Libations Locker (49″W x 19″D x 77″H), in Black Cobalt, has Bisque double tri-fold doors with weathered metal louvers and brushed nickel hardware; it includes a pullout laminate shelf, as well as plenty of storage for stemware, bottles and utensils. The go-anywhere “All That” Cabinet (35″W x 16″D x 80″H) features atrium styling in Aged Iron metal and clear glass with a single door and Bisque wood shelves.
Beds reflect an understated elegance that is artful and inviting. The Maison Poster Bed (92″H) – with a dramatically curved upholstered linen headboard trimmed with flat welt and hammered nail heads, a low-profile Bisque footboard and four Bisque posts – can be configured as a high, mid or low poster bed. Three picture frame overlay panels add dimension to the tall headboard of the Moderne Muse Bed (62″H), which has a low profile footboard and tapered, turned feet. Curved double-X molding and brushed nickel knobs adorn the drawers of the Bedside Chest (42″W x 19″D x 34″H), which is finished in Canvas with a Bisque top. The Media Chest (46″W x 19″D x 51″H), which calls to mind a double-breasted blazer with its Black Cobalt stain and twin rows of brushed nickel bar-pull hardware, includes metal label holders, a drop-down top drawer and five double drawers with partitions. With a tufted linen seat trimmed in oversize welt and a curved X-shaped Aged Iron metal base, the Bed End Bench (22″W x 19″D x 20″H) is perfect for bunching.
The Waterfall Media Console (76″W x 19″D x 30″H), with its rounded Mid-Century Modern profile, combines an Aged Iron metal frame and feet with a Bisque top, doors and shelves. The Entertainment Console (76″W x 22″D x 34″H), in Canvas, with a curved X overlay pattern on its four doors, works alone or with the coordinating Deck (78″W x 16″D x 48″H), which has shelves in Bisque.
The Writing Desk (60″W x 28″D x 31″H) features a curved X base in metal with a Bisque top and three drawers.
A Bisque picture-frame top complements a slender Canvas curved-X base in the Moderne Muse Cocktail Table (52″W x 30″D x 19″H) and End Table (26″W x 24″D x 19″H). The oval Paris Market Cocktail Table (60″W x 28″D x 19″H) pairs a Bisque top with an Aged Iron bent metal base. The geometric Bunching Étagère (30″W x 16″D x 86″H), in Aged Iron metal with Bisque shelves, works alone or in multiples against a wall or as a room divider.
Universal Furniture International, Inc. is a whole home resource offering good, affordable, smart design. Highly regarded for its beautiful home furnishings at attractive prices, the company offers design excellence and exceptional manufacturing standards. Manufactured at its dedicated facilities in China, its brands include Universal Furniture, Paula Deen Home, Pennsylvania House and Smartstuff™. Universal Furniture is sold through fine home furnishings retailers throughout North America and in numerous other countries. For more information, please visit www.universalfurniture.com.
SOURCE: Universal Furniture International, Inc.