Abner Henry x The Met, Limited Edition Furniture Art We Love
“When The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City approached Abner Henry to create a one-of-a-kind collection where beauty meets function, it was an easy yes.” When we saw the seven-piece limited edition collection, each designed in homage to an iconic work of art on display at The Met, it was an instant yes for us too! And now you can say yes, and even join The Story of Abner Henry x The Met Collection if you so desire.
Blending old and new, tradition and innovation, and art and design, contemporary Amish furniture brand Abner Henry’s AH x The Met collection is one to note.
The “Abner Henry x The Met Collection”
Each of the pieces in the collection took over three years to develop. A process through which Abner partnered with talented artists, designers, engineers, craftsmen, metal workers, and glass-blowing specialists to create the stunning final products using techniques that have never been seen before.
Ernest Hershberger, CEO of Abner Henry, hand-selected each of the paintings from those hanging in the galleries of The Met. Works dating from the 17th – 19th century by the artists Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Edouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, and Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez round out the seven selected. Ernest shares a deeply personal and spiritual connection to each of the works chosen, a passion clearly seen in his furniture creations.
“This is an incredibly momentous collection for me that represents a journey of steadfastness and
resilience,” says Hershberger. “We had a vision for the collection to defy traditional manufacturing
processes, and when we repeatedly got a ‘no’ or were told it can’t be done, we pushed forward to make
it come to life, working with artisans who were willing to stretch their abilities to make the impossible,
possible. I wasn’t going to let The Met down. Abner Henry’s driving force is ‘the relentless pursuit of
excellence’—and this collection is the embodiment of that ethos.”
The Story of The Met x Abner Henry collection beautifully and poetically unfolds on Abner Henry’s site. Our favorite part of this tale is imagining the future of a piece like this. Furniture to last and to pass down. Furniture made with care and with the beauty of fine art. Read on and join the story!
Discover the 7-Piece Limited Edition Abner Henry x The Met Collection
Ventana Standing Mirror // Inspired by Juan de Pareja, 1650 by Diego Velázquez
“Ventana, a solid brass mirror, is a unique portrayal of truth. This statement piece prompts us to reflect upon the past and ourselves. Mahogany and brass elements exude quiet confidence like that of Juan de Pareja.“
Learn more about the Ventana Standing Mirror | $131,800
Coralie Cocktail Table // Inspired by By the Seashore, 1883 by Auguste Renoir
“Just as the Impressionists focused on texture and dimension, so did Abner Henry’s artisans when gathering inspiration from Renoir’s By The Seashore. The result is a stunning example of what Abner Henry is able to do with metalwork, glass, and innovation.”
Learn more about the Coralie Cocktail Table | $71,210
Verlang Cocktail Table // Inspired by Sunflowers, 1887 by Vincent Van Gogh
“Inspired by the form of the sunflower, Verlang points to hope. Metal is bent and formed together into the shape of petals, each curling over similarly to those in Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.”
Learn more about the Verlang Cocktail Table | $54,428
Serena Bar Cabinet // Inspired by Serena Pulitzer Lederer, 1889 by Gustav Klimt
“Serena stands tall and proud, but also delicate and resolved. This is what the Abner Henry team set out to capture in this bar cabinet.”
Learn more about the Serena Bar Cabinet | $108,263
Pirouette Console Table // Inspired by The Dance Class by Edgar Degas
“Pirouette is inspired by the waves and delicacy of a ballerina’s tutu. Waving layers of wood are finished with gossamer marble and braced with hand-forged brass.”
Learn more about the Pirouette Console Table | $144,200
Duet Nesting Tables // Inspired by The Monet Family in Their Garden at Argenteuil, 1874 by Edouard Manet
“The relationship between Camille Monet and her son, Jean, is mirrored in this pair of nesting tables, showing their closeness and embodying their deep bond.”
Learn more about the Duet Nesting Tables | $73,236
Severine Console Table // Inspired by Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), 1887-88 by Georges Seurat
“To create a pointillistic effect on the Severine tabletop, end grain oak was oxidized and fumed with centuries-old techniques. This creates a subtle, pixelated effect. The blocks are placed at varying heights, forming an abstract silhouette. Strong, 100% brass legs support the top and represent forms within the painting, like the trombone’s slide.”
Learn more about the Severine Console Table | $62,272
EXPLORE THE STORY OF AH X THE MET
Words by Anna Beck Bimba