LICENSING | April 2024

Ernest Thompson of Albuquerque and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation licensing department proudly introduced the Museum of New Mexico Furniture Collection, a furniture collection inspired by pieces in the New Mexico Museum of Art.

At the evening event held at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Pamela Kelly, VP of licensing, provided the historical background on the furniture and the evolution of the design partnership, and Mike Godwin, owner and lead designer at Ernest Thompson Furniture, described the process of interpreting the Museum pieces for modern homes and 20th century uses.

Original bench made by Samuel F. Hudelson for the 1917 Museum and its modern interpretation made by Ernest Thompson Furniture

The collection, comprised of 11 pieces -- a bedroom, dining room and accessory group -- is inspired by pieces that were made for the Museum when it opened in 1917 and that were meant to represent the "New Old Santa Fe Style:" an architectural and interior design concept formulated by a group of concerned citizens shortly after New Mexico became a state. The New Old Santa Fe Style was intended to preserve and promote Santa Fe's unique and rich Native American and Spanish Colonial heritage. The 1917 Museum (aka the New Mexico Museum of Art) and its interiors was to serve as the style's first true expression.

To learn more, please refer to the story on page 13 of the Spring 2024 Member News.
To see the entire collection, please visit