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Barbara Elza Hirsch for Dowel: Behind the Scenes
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Barbara Elza Hirsch for Dowel: Behind the Scenes

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The Barbara Elza Hirsch for Dowel collection is comprised of pieces influenced by art, fashion, history and the designer’s French background, incorporating the highest quality hardwood materials with fabrics in bold, fresh colors and patterns. Durable frames and easy-to-clean fabrics make each piece as functional as it is beautiful. The furnishings feature sturdy, solid wood frames available in five Sherwin Williams colors, two natural white oak finishes, and a chic selection of fabrics from the notable showrooms of Schumacher, Romo Group, Quadrille, Kravet Fabrics, Robert Allen, Duralee, Webster & Company, The Martin Group, and Studio 534.

As a French native currently based in Concord, Massachusetts, Hirsch has developed a sensibility that is strongly rooted in both of her home countries. “The Barbara Elza Hirsch for Dowel collection has an ‘old-world-meets-new-world’ style,” she explains. “The goal was to create a personalized collection that showcases Dowel’s intricate wood design capabilities, blended with my own design background and cultural experiences.”

All the pieces are available in 5 painted finishes and 2 oak stains or a custom stain of your choice.
Read more below for more insight into the inspiration for some of the pieces.

Frenchie Chair

The Frenchie dining chair is reminiscent of a slower paced life in the designers’ grandparents’ homes in Burgundy and the Lyon area where dining was an hours-long experience.

Parisienne Chair

The Parisienne dining chair, inspired by the city’s centuries-old architecture, is named in honor of Hirsch’s years spent studying graphic design and art in Paris’s foremost studios.

Royale Wing Chair

Royale, a regal living room armchair, is a spirited tribute to France’s royal history and to Hirsch’s grandmother’s love of gilded and ornate details.

Casablanca Ottoman

A small ottoman that can also be ordered made to measure, the Casablanca, incorporates hints of Hirsch’s Moroccan heritage and pairs perfectly with the Royale. Can be custom sized to fit in many different projects.