Friday, June 3, 2011 / 1:25 pm
Furniture Design To Benefit The Compassion Revolution
In conjunction with Los Angeles based Jean De Merry, a firm which specializes in high-end French deco furniture, Katherine Heigl has designed a limited-edition vanity table to benefit The Compassion Revolution.
The furniture item is part of a guest designer charity event which also includes limited-edition, made-to-order pieces by Victoria's Secret model Karolina Kurkova, fashion designer Gregory Parkinson and jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. 100% of the net sale proceeds of each piece will benefit a charity of choice by the guest designer and the benefit, which launches with a private, invitation-only party on Wednesday, June 8, has been put together by Jean de Merry to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Only ten pieces of each item will be produced.
The The Compassion Revolution which is funded by the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, is a major companion pet initiative to address the pet overpopulation crisis in the Los Angeles area. It was launched on September 23, 2010 when Katherine and the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation Board, announced a $1 million pledge for spay / neuter and supporting programs.
Katherine's personally designed vanity table is priced at $25,000 and is a sensuously rounded, French lacquered, hand-carved walnut piece finished with bronze pulls and topped by a three-piece mirror.
"She told me she wanted something very glamorous and very feminine," furniture line co-owner Jean de Merry explained to Degen Pener of the Hollywood Reporter. "She decided to do a vanity because she cannot find something that fits her needs. We talked quite a few times. I started to do some drawings, and she would tell me, 'I like that, but I would like the drawers to be deeper.' She has 25 lipsticks and the brushes and all that," he added.
The table is coated in six to seven layers of lacquer, each of which must not only air-dry for 24 hours, but must also be carefully hand-polished, a step which itself takes a minimum of four hours. The pieces will be on display through September 2 at Jean De Merry's Los Angeles showroom at 8417 Melrose Place, Los Angeles.