Dallas furniture manufacturer Ambella Home struck a chord with High Point Market attendees during the debut of its transformed aesthetic stance a few weeks ago. Causing particular excitement during the mid-October 2014 unveiling was the company’s new offerings in case goods and an entirely new upholstery division now led by Jennifer McConnell. Both lines of products have set Ambella Home on an entirely new stylistic course, the case goods so sophisticatedly different than the pieces the manufacturer was turning out before they usher in an entirely new era for the brand.
Jennifer is half of the new design team tapped by George Moussa, the founder and CEO of the company. He was beaming about the metamorphosis when she introduced me to him as I toured their High Point showroom. I also had the pleasure of meeting her cohort in crime, Rick Janecek, who is the overall creative director for the company and the vision behind many of the new products being introduced.
It was obvious Jennifer and Rick are as proud of the results of their efforts as Ambella Home’s founder is, and I couldn’t wait to share a few of my favorite pieces with Productrazzi’s readers, the images here snapped during my first look as one of the company’s sponsored bloggers. As I toured the showroom, I was immediately struck by the fine detailing on so many of the pieces I saw, which amounted to an impressive number of debuts.
My favorite piece was the Regent Bibliotheque (above) constructed of native Gmelina hardwood and American Walnut veneers. The contrast of the darker medium walnut and pale white lacquer finishes provided the generously proportioned cabinet, which has ample drawers, cubbies and shelves, a sense of serene scale despite its size. The wire grill doors on the side shelving areas are particularly charming, and the central panel that drops down to create a desktop or a bar makes this piece as functional as it is lovely. Each of the top cabinets on the statuesque cabinet is lighted, and the decorative hardware is solid polished brass.
Another standout is the Taper Chest and Mirror, both made of American Walnut accented with faux Shagreen leather. As with the Regent Bibliothetque, the contrast of the dark wood tones and pale embellishments bring a chic elegance to these signature pieces, both accented with beautifully designed natural brass hardware.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this grand reinterpretation, which has set the company solidly on a new course. I can’t wait to see the furniture this talented design team envisions next; I promise to pass along their artistry as new releases roll out in the future. I marked this post “Trending Now” because I noticed the juxtaposition of dark/pale finishes was a strong trend at this last #HPMkt.
Text of Ambella Home Reimagined © Saxon Henry, all rights reserved. Saxon Henry is an author, poet and journalist based in New York City. Books include Anywhere But Here and Stranded on the Road to Promise. She also produces The Diary of an Improvateur and is a columnist on Architizer.