At the last Highpoint Furniture Market, Joann and I were fortunate to receive an inside perspective on the small company offering BIG customization – French Heritage. I was so enamored by the Cordoba Parquetry Table at Highpoint, I immediately ordered one for my new house! Now the factory has created a customized bench for me to match it so that I can have a mix of seating options at my table.
The table has a stone inlay in a quatrefoil shape on the top and a “W” trestle base. Yup – this was a must have for me.
I thought I’d ask Gary Edge, VP of Sales and Marketing, what the company has been up to since we spoke at market.
Gary mentioned that “the design business continues to strengthen. We are especially pleased with the fact that designers are using us even more for custom projects….. The fact that we are a heritage company that is small enough to provide the services of a 21st Century Atelier has increased our sales and partner base since the last Market. There is no denying that the general buzz out there, as we all deal with a business that has seen significant changes in the last few years, is customization. We are seeing this not only in custom sizing or finishes, but also in the mix of styles.”
So I had to ask….what customized products have other designers been requesting??
The Payson Farm Table in a white wash finish (that will look so good!)
The Passy Wing Eastern Bed has been ordered not only with the gold leaf finish, but also upholstered in metallic gold leather. WOW!
The Bercy Library System which was introduced at Market has been a hit. It is free standing but has all the presence and quality of custom millwork. (Special side note: French Heritage takes full responsibility for the installation!) One order came in recently for this system to be customized in limed oak with white lacquer (I would LOVE that).
The Chenonceau Bookcase has been ordered with interior lighting and the shelves in glass. I really believe that customization is what separates the good designers from the great designers.
I’m excited to hear that French Heritage is doing so well and working hand in hand with the design trade to create truly beautiful one of a kind pieces.
Look for photos of my gorgeous dining room in a few months!