Southwest Culture Collab, Crossroads Collection

I was really excited to see the Crossroads collection by Selamat Designs, created in collaboration with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation (MNMF), founded in 1962 in Santa Fe, NM, home base to French and French Interiors.

We have limited showrooms in our area and it was such a treat to see these stunning pieces from our hometown at High Point Market.

The attention to detail on this Portale armoire is absolutely beautiful, reminiscent of classic, Southwestern arches and rounded shapes favored in jewelry, furniture, and even doorways to our historic sites. I couldn’t help but think of the entryway and sanctuary corridors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi when I saw this armoire.

I was delighted to see the woven elements in different types of home furnishings. When I saw the Sol tables and this really impressive mirror, I thought of the utilitarian art pieces used to carry wood, food, and for storage in New Mexican culture. The table and mirror featured here are made of water hyacinth and wrapped around metal to create a burst of sunshine around the glass. The coffee table is hollow inside for storage. The pieces were inspired by the basket collection at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

Akimel O'odham basket, Arizona, c. 1890, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Santa Fe

Palm fiber rain cape, Mexico, 20th century, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe

Heather French

Founder, Principal Interior Designer, French & French Interiors