In 1967 the Broyhill Premier division of Broyhill produced the Facet Collection. Less than a year later, the line was shut down. Lucky for us, we got our hands on a china cabinet from that collection. It evokes splendor, style and drama and is an exceptional piece for any home.
Broyhill Premier Facet China Cabinet

With strong lines, gorgeous color, and a unique design, why did Broyhill Premier decide to discontinue its Facet Collection? The answer came down to money. Production costs were deemed too high, so Broyhill eliminated the line.

Around this time Broyhill introduced 3M synthetics (plastics) into their manufacturing process. A Broyhill Premier representative, in 1968, acknowledged that economics drove the company’s decision: “It would be impossible to do the same intricate handwork in wood at an economic price today that we now can do with molded synthetics.”

This marked one of many tipping points in the death of American furniture manufacturing. The next decades would witness new materials such as plastics, particle board, and MDF (medium-density fiberboard), introduced to boost sales and turn around company losses. But the problem was more widespread. Changing trends in furniture shopping contributed to the closing of furniture factories. Wood and upholstery production shifted overseas. Like it or not, disposable furniture became “good enough” for most of our homes.

But the Mid-Century Modern Facet Collection represents one last hurrah for solid wood. Few of these pieces exist, yet somehow we found one in Jacksonville. I can’t take credit for our outstanding sleuthing abilities. We didn’t realize how rare this cabinet was when we bought it. Only through research did we discover its uniqueness.
Broyhill Premier Facet China Cabinet

I’d like to think this china cabinet appeared on television:

When Broyhill created a division of middle- to high-end furniture in the early ‘60s, it partnered with daytime game show ‘The Price is Right.’ Bob Barker and Rod Roddy gave away countless bedroom and dining room suites over the years.

Broyhill Premier Facet China Cabinet

I love the four large windows of the Facet’s glass hutch top. Not only are collectables easily accessible, but it’s almost a wall of windows. Upper lighting is powered by two separate power cords and cast a strong, warm glow on the cabinet’s contents. The hardware is original, with knobs on the upper hutch . . .
Broyhill Premier Facet china cabinet

. . . and pulls on the lower two drawers.
Broyhill Premier Facet china cabinet

Warm-toned walnut veneer overlays the solid hardwood of this hutch.

The lower cabinet is fitted with 2 smaller doors on either side of 2 drawers. While the drawers are mounted on steel glides, the doors present an interesting, layered design.
Broyhill Premier Facet Lower Cabinet

The entire cabinet is mounted on a solid walnut stretcher base with four tapered legs.
Broyhill Premier Facet China Cabinet

The original cloth label appears on the inside of the top drawer . . .
Broyhill Premier Facet cloth label

. . . and the quality inspection sticker is still on the back.
Broyhill Premier quality stickerI can’t help gushing about this piece. Broyhill Premier’s Facet china cabinet deserves a place of recognition in the discerning modernist’s collection. Right now this beauty is in our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery.

Broyhill Premier Facet China Cabinet

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8 Comments on Broyhill Premier Facet China Cabinet

  1. Mary-the boondocks blog
    March 24, 2016 at 11:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Ann Marie, this piece looks like one that we have in NY. When I go back to visit my kids again, I’m going to send you some pictures of the MCM furniture. My dad has a house full of this stuff. It is solid and has crisp clean lines, And even to this day it has held up very well.

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    • irisabbey
      March 24, 2016 at 11:25 pm (4 years ago)

      I welcome your photos, Mary. So many of these pieces are just beautiful — and sturdy and utilitarian.

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  2. Diana Petrillo
    March 27, 2016 at 11:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Absolutely stunning piece, Ann Marie–what a rescue! Love all the wonderful background and history you provide. I just eat that stuff right up. Pinning!

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    • irisabbey
      March 28, 2016 at 12:26 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind comments. This baby is beautiful and, as I wrote, one of the last solid wood pieces produced by Broyhill Premier. I am amazed at the history I uncover with each of these pieces.

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  3. Susie from The Chelsea Project
    March 28, 2016 at 1:11 pm (4 years ago)

    This is a beautiful piece!! Broyhill couldn’t have restored its beauty aby better than you! The wood is a lovely and rich color. Thanks so much for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix. We love having you!

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    • irisabbey
      March 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind comments, Susie.

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  4. Carla
    August 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm (3 years ago)

    I have a dresser that I purchased from Craigslist from this same line. Glad to know this history.

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    • irisabbey
      August 24, 2016 at 11:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Carla, lucky girl, to own a Broyhill Premier Facet. It’s a beautiful line and comes with a brief yet important history.

      Reply

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