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French Romance Meets City Chic

Modern black leather-and-chrome chairs get an alluring refresh in the company of curvy traditional French designs with soft silvery tones. Hooker Furniture.

My 22-year-old son is planning his own place and knows just what look he likes: rustic exposed wood furniture, edgy industrial metal and ….curvy French Provincial?

This mashup had me stumped — until I saw the Arabella furniture collection. Apparently, my son’s taste is shared by savvy Millennials, and Arabella tells the story beautifully.

Industrial luxe gets its edge from fearless play with proportion. Here, an elegant, curvy and marble-topped French metal nightstand is paired with a dramatic, overscaled modern lamp. Hooker Furniture.

“Industrial Luxe” evokes the urban factory conversion loft, romanced with French elements from the late 1800’s Belle Epoque design period. 

“Beauty and the Beast” meets “Iron Man” in this point of view born in the early years of the Industrial Age. With clever accents, Arabella captures the look, from Steampunk-inspired hardware to Hollywood Regency silverleaf and reverse-painted mirrors. Tough modern style gets a dash of cool wit and enticing glam that’s alluring. 

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is the ultimate Belle Epoque icon. Begun in 1887, it’s a perfect blend of modern, exposed structure and urbane romance.

How to balance a robust leather sofa? With a silvery console that looks light but handles the works for up to a 70 inch flat screen TV. A curvy dark end table and pale, textured rug adds to an intriguing traditional/modern mix.

The dining room is periodically lamented as passe, but not one like this. Beauty and the Beast meets Iron Man in the Arabella dining room. Traditional graciousness is updated with an urban edge. Foodies, take notice.

Parson’s-style nesting end tables are practical and timeless — but with silvery eglomise finish, they’re low-key little works of art. What an easy way to add some unexpected polish! Hooker Furniture.

While this gorgeous Arabella credenza can accommodate your 80-inch flatscreen TV, but don’t be surprised if guests gaze even with the TV off. With a champagne shimmer finish like gleaming mica and a top of waxed aluminum, this four-door credenza is a glamorous focal point like none other.

A youthful update on the classic quatrefoil pattern ties in the urban gray and moody sophisticated violet of the industrial luxe look. To show neutrals can be lively and dramatic, the quatrefoil motif of the pillow on the right ties in the iron hues of Arabella. Pillows: wayfair.com

Working remotely is a permanent fact of life, and so is the need for at least some hard-copy storage. Industrial luxe does the job right, with handsome pieces like this Arabella cabinet featuring two utility drawers and a locking lateral file drawer. Hooker Furniture.

If your roots are in traditional graciousness, but you’d like to update the style with an urban edge, give a look at the romantic Arabella Collection.

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