Cresent’s Moderne collection brings the beauty and history of Art-Deco styling to the modern home. Moderne’s distinct styling resulted in Cresent receiving a Pinnacle Award for furniture design in 2004 for the Moderne Collection. Its combination of bowfront and breakfront case design, inverted Cavetto top mouldings, and subtly flared sabre feet combine with a rich hand rubbed finish and nickel knobs to offer discerning individuals understated opulence with a unity of design and proportion.
Constructed exclusively of Plantation-raised solid Mahogany with all the hallmarks of Cresent’s quality construction techniques, the Moderne collection offers truly heirloom-quality home furnishings.
The mahogany used in Moderne and Modern Loft is Swietenia Macrophylla, also known as "big-leaf" mahogany. It is what has been referred to as "Genuine" mahogany since “Honduras" mahogany (Swietenia Mahogani) was effectively logged out of commercial existence prior to 1900. Big Leaf Mahogany is native to South America. However, it was transplanted to Asia where it thrives in carefully managed plantations. Asian plantation mahogany is now the primary commercial source of genuine mahogany--Swietenia Macrophylla--in the world. African mahogany is an entirely different species--Khaya Ivorensis--and is not in current Cresent product, although we did use it in the 70s-80s and you can find some of that product on Ebay and CraigsList. We do not use "Phillippine" mahogany--Meranti--in any current production.
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Moderne Furniture Care
Our Moderne collection has a unique finish that from time to time shows surface scratches on case tops, most noticeably on tops that are used frequently, such as nightstands and dressers. These scratches are only cosmetic and do not harm the overall finish or the underlying solid mahogany wood.
Surface scratches occur when items or objects with sharp edges such as jewelry, a lamp or a metal accessory make contact with the case top. These surface scratches affect the protective lacquer top-coating rather than the wood surface. Surface scratches are easily removed by using a fine grade steel wool (we recommend 0000) rubbed firmly along the grain.
A simple, easy-to-follow video demonstration is available here. You can purchase fine grade steel wool at most paint stores and home improvement centers.
If you do not feel comfortable following these procedures on your own, we can recommend a professional Furniture-Medic in your area to assist you.