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Mélange: French for mix, a creative blend of incongruous elements. Come closer to Mélange, and you will discover something unexpected, something far more than a 40-piece accent furniture collection.

Spotlight On: Mélange Collection

An eclectic blending of colors, textures and materials in a vibrant collection of one-of-a-kind artistic pieces, Mélange is meant to inspire you and fuel an experience of self-discovery. "We hope that Mélange will provide that spark needed to begin the transformation of a room and a renaissance in your life," said Cindy Hall, a Generation X mother of two and one of two product managers at Hooker Furniture who developed Mélange. Added her co-developer Erica Wingo, a Generation Y single and 2007 college graduate, "We hope you make an emotional connection with each piece."

Mélange is a collection of artistic pieces, each with its own story. Cindy and Erica steered away from the trendy and sought the timeless. "We wanted to offer versatile and multifaceted designs that easily transcend from one life stage to the next, from home to home and from generation to generation," Erica said. The product mix is dynamically merchandised around three design themes: Modern/Classic. Refined. Sophisticated. Sleek; Pretty/Feminine. Elegant. Graceful. Charming; Eclectic/ Multicultural. Dramatic. Whimsical. Bold.

The themes provide a venue of expression meant to help the shopper identify and define her own individual style. While each piece stands on its own independently and clearly represents one of the distinct design themes, all the pieces have the capacity to mix seamlessly together for a shopping experience to delight the senses, intrigue the mind and touch the heart.

As Cindy and Erica developed Mélange, they intentionally looked not to the expected source of furniture design for direction, but instead incorporated elements from apparel, art, textiles, and jewelry and house wares. For instance, one chest has a painted motif inspired by an antique candle sconce, while another features a two tone gray and citrine color palette with a shimmering finish inspired by a decorative pillow. Drawers are lined with patterns or colors taken from textiles. Another chest is covered with French script, describing the collection in words such as "witty, edgy and bold."