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The Making of the Bois et Couleur Collection Part 1 - The Planning and Drawing Phase

Joanne Lee

Ever wonder what goes into the making of a furniture collection? Well here is your chance to find out more. We had a wonderful time launching our first capsule collaboration with Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design, Inc. She was such a pleasure to work with and here is a behind the scenes look at how the collection was put together from drawings on a page all the way to a pop-up showroom at the Boston Design Center. 

We were introduced to Barbara by a mutual interior designer friend and we all were very excited to jump on this venture together. At our initial meeting back in the fall of 2016, Barbara showed us her mood board, which she used to inspire her collection with us. We were looking to create a capsule collection with her that complemented our current product offering while bringing in more transitional lines. We were all in agreement also that we wanted items that could be used in varying areas of the home rather than having them designed just for one type of room. We left the meeting very excited about this new opportunity. 

Slices of the mood board below!

A second meeting then occurred after Thanksgiving, where Barbara showed us drawings of the possible items we could feature in the collection. Together with Barbara, we parsed through the options and decided on half the collection. We all decided that we needed to tweak a few of the other pieces she drew so as to keep in line with the the vision we originally discussed. 

Some subsequent sketches after the initial drawings!

Click on this link for Part 2 of the Making of the Bois et Couleur Collection - Production and Revisions.