Design Buzz

Houston Design News for January

Holly Moore
January 01, 2014

Everything is new again, and lines are coming and going at the George Cameron Nash showrooms in Houston and Dallas. Powerhouse designer J. Randall Powers is the new director of design at GCN in both cities, while continuing his personal design business. “It’s a complete reinvention of how a showroom should look and how furniture and fabric lines should be presented,” Powers says. “This isn’t just fresh paint,” agrees George Nash. One major addition to the showroom is Dessin Fournir, where Powers, in an unprecedented move, has reworked Fournier finishes and fabrications for custom pieces for the GCN showrooms. Dessin Fournir president Chuck Comeau was so pleased with the reworked designs that he’s adding them to the collection. Meanwhile, Powers is wrapping up the redesign of the lobby of Four Leaf Towers, with hallways and other public spaces on the agenda. More to come next month.

And speaking of lobbies, Giorgio Borlenghi and Joseph Lopez’s magnificent Belfiore high-rise on Post Oak Lane and S. Wynden has tapped London-based design firm Linley to design the lobby. Linley was founded in 1985 by bespoke furniture designer Viscount David Linley, nephew to the Queen. Belfiore is 26 stories tall with only 46 residences — two per floor, approximately 4,650 square feet each. Jacob Sudhoff, Sudhoff Properties, is marketing the luxe tower, and it’s over 50 percent sold at the juncture. It breaks ground in early 2014, with an expected completion in Spring 2016.