From a lush collaboration between rug master Kyle Bunting and interior designer Timothy Corrigan to Arteriors’ biggest collection to date, this is the Dallas design news you need to know.
Arteriors Goes Big
Over the years, guest designers for Dallas-based Arteriors have included Celerie Kemble, Windsor Smith, Ray Booth, Beth Webb, and Barry Dixon. This year’s collaboration with Workshop/APD is the first time Arteriors has teamed with an architecture firm (Workshop also designs interiors and products, as well as planning, engineering, and branding) with residential projects, restaurants, and hotels around the world. These two design juggernauts have teamed on one of Arteriors largest collections yet — four dozen designs — including chandeliers and pendants, sconces, floor and table lamps, mirrors, a fireplace screen, candlesticks, trays, and vases.
The sleek collection takes on artisanal qualities with materials such as hand-blown glass, ceramic, porcelain, and blackened iron. Workshop/APD is based in New York City but has strong Texas ties, with a number of its designers hailing from the state including Michael Ellison, Tiffany Zhou, and Brook Quach.
Heirlooms in Hide
The Château Collection, a new collaboration between rug maker Kyle Bunting and interior designer Timothy Corrigan, was inspired by Corrigan’s 18th-century estate in the Loire Valley, Château de la Chevallerie. The six hide rugs are reinterpretations of classic Aubusson and Savonniere rugs, as well as Empire and Moderne designs. Boulle, a rug named after the 17th-century French cabinetmaker, references the intricate designs he created from tortoiseshell, brass, and wood. Colors in the collection range from creamy neutrals to vivid peacock and melon. Many rugs are in stock, with custom shapes and sizes made to order.
Herman Miller — maker of such icons of mid- 20th-century design as the Eames Lounge Chair, Noguchi Table, and Nelson Marshmallow Sofa — has opened a new concept seating store specializing in home office furniture at Knox Street in Dallas. It’s the second such store to open in Texas, after Austin. The 1,500-square-foot Dallas space carries such modernist wonders as the Eames Aluminum Group chairs and Eames Round table. Early product collaborations with George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Isamu Noguchi produced designs that made Herman Miller synonymous with the Modern era’s most stylish offices and homes.
In July of this year, Herman Miller purchased Knoll — another powerhouse of modern design, with the two labels continuing to operate individually. What a modern marriage!
A New Era for Culp
Earlier this year, Kelly Hardage retired from Culp Associates, just one year shy of the showroom’s 50th anniversary. Known as one of the nicest guys in the industry, he helped open the multi-line showroom in Dallas in 1972 with founder Walter Lee Culp —
a Houston showroom opened in 1974 — and after a hiatus that included architecture school, Hardage returned in 1992 as president of the company. He purchased Culp in 2004. Hardage’s departure is the end of an era, but it’s also the start of something exciting. His longtime friend, interior designer Karen Rogers-Still — the granddaughter of Mary Kay Ash — purchased his shares in Culp, and as CEO she runs the business with Cammie Marrs and Jessica Salmons, both vice presidents and partners in Culp.
“We have some exciting plans to move Culp forward,” Rogers-Still says. New rug lines have been added in Dallas and Houston, such as Retorra, which offers artisanal quality at a reasonable price and faster turnaround time. Accessories are always in big demand for finishing interiors projects, so they’re working with vendors including Gregorius Pineo and Dennis & Leen to beef up a varied supply. The recent addition of textile brands (Italy’s Dedar, New York’s Zak+Fox) has brought in new clientele, says Marrs. They’ll continue to nurture longstanding brands, including de Gournay wallpapers and Colefax & Fowler fabrics and wallpapers, both in London, and venerated New York textile brand Clarence House, which has been with Culp since it opened.