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Scenes from Texas Design Week Dallas 2023 – Day 1

The Week Kicked Off with Panel Discussions, Salon Talks, Book Signings and Cocktails

BY Caitlin Clark, Billy Fong, and Megan Ziots // 11.29.23

Texas Design Week Dallas 2023 was a week-long celebration of design with 41 designers and architects in panel discussions, illustrated talks, book signings, cocktails, and dinners.

This year’s sponsors include Monogram Luxury Appliances, HN Capital Partners, Dallas Design District, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Frontgate and Cosentino.

What: Monogram Luxury Appliances Presents: Kitchen Confidential — The Art of Designing the Perfect Kitchen with morning mimosas, luscious kitchens, questions and answers, strategies and tips.

Where: Ferguson Capital Distributing Showroom

FeaturingRoss See, a principal of Sees Design with offices in Oklahoma City and Dallas, is the mastermind behind the kitchens for Duro Hospitality eateries El Carlos Elegante, The Charles, Sister, Cafe Duro, and more, as well as stunning residential work.

Denise McGaha, Dallas-based designer with a stone mantel collection for Material Bespoke Stone + Tile, a furniture collection for Wildwood, and serves on the Monogram Designer Council.

Gonzalo Bueno, Principal Ten Plus Three Design, with offices in Mexico and Dallas.

Caitlin Wilson, Dallas-based interior and product designer with wallpaper, fabric, rug, furniture, bedding, and lighting collections, and a shop on Henderson Avenue.

Lloyd Princeton, Moderator, owner Design Management Company with offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, New York and London. Business consultant devoted to the interior design and architecture industries for over 20 years.

High Point: The first event of Texas Design Week Dallas 2023 answered a series of burning kitchen questions posed by moderator Lloyd Princeton and the packed audience: Natural stone or quartz? (Natural.) What colors are trending? (Warm colors and golds.) What new must-haves are designers seeing? (Warming drawers and sparkling water on tap.) And the biggest question of all: What does a designer kitchen cost? (It varies, of course, but expect to spend at least $400,000.)

“There is no perfect kitchen, but there is always going to be the perfect kitchen for a client,” Gonzalo shared as the panel came to a close. “Get to know your client. Get to know how they cook. Then you’ll find the right countertops, woods, and lighting.”

Spotted: Cearan Henley, Brant McFarlain, Shawn Smith, Kate Beebe, Victoria Johnson, Emma Andrews, Sarah Clifton, Brianna Walsh, Katherine Nicholson, Maura Houchard, Tracy McNeese, Michael Bauer, Michael McCray, Kim Dinota

— Caitlin Clark

What: The Importance of Collaboration and Designing Green — Designer, Architect, Builder, and Landscape Designer

Where: The Luxury Bed Collection

Featuring: Doniphan Moore/designer; Christy Blumenfeld/architect, Blume Architecture; Matt Cain/president, Tatum Brown Custom Homes; Dan Houchard/landscape designer, From the Ground Up; Javier Burkle/designer, Burkle Creative; and moderator Mary Pat Wallace/founder of The Luxury Bed Collection

High Point: The panel on the dais in the showroom filled with dreamy mattresses were there to share stories of successes and challenges when working as a team on a project. The crew I might dub the “Suit Squad” (Mr. Moore was in navy Thom Browne, Mr. Burkle in brown tweed, and Mr. Houchard and Mr. Cain in natty blue) agreed that successful collaboration happens when all involved realize it’s an ensemble cast — no marquee stars.

Spotted: Lloyd Princeton walked in with his four-legged accessory, his Shiba Inu, Keiko Princeton; Bailey Polkinghorn, Allison Seidler, Joseph Aldrich, Adam Blumenfeld, Dan and Maura Houchard, Grant Jackson, John Bobbitt, Katherine Nicholson, Jason Needleman, Madison Mathews, Carli Boone, Tracy Hardenburg, Meredith Needleman, Sydney Warrington, Rebekah Leal, Sadie Baker, Caroline McFarland, Nicole Green and Liz Jensen.

— Billy Fong

What: Design Legend Vicente Wolf Illustrated Talk, Book Signing and Afternoon Cocktails

Where: Laura Lee Clark showroom

Featuring: Designer Vicente Wolf

CV: Cuban-American interior designer Vicente Wolf  has been named to the Designer Hall of Fame by Interior Design Magazine, Elle Décor A-List, Traditional Home Top 20 Designer, AD100, Innovator in Design by Cottages & Gardens, and appeared in the book Interior Design: The 100 Most Influential Designers of the last 100 Years (Abrams, 2018).  Wolf has collaborations with Baccarat, Ann Sacks, Tufenkian, Kravet, Niedermiaer, Henredon, and Sasaki. VW Home showroom is Vicente’s fabrics, lighting, upholstery, case good pieces, antique furniture, accessories, linens. His clients include Twyla Tharp, Clive Davis, Prince and Princess von Furstenberg, Carl Bernstein, Preston Bailey, Ralph Pucci, Julianna Margulies.

Takeaway: As Vicente spoke about his most recent projects and his latest book, his fifth, Vicente Wolf: Creative Interior Solutions, guests sipped espresso martinis. He flips through before and after photos (from New York apartments to a Long Island house) of designs inspired by his travels around the world. “When I travel, I really see things,” Vicente says. “It opens my imagination.”

Spotted: Lauren Gonzalez, Sarah Marek, Ric and Dabney Abel, Sadie Baker, Joy Pedroza, Scott Cook, Shawna Kuykendall, Hannah White, Janet Gridley, Juliana Oliveira, Jed Graham, John Bobbitt, Michael Merritt and Oscar Ortiz

Megan Ziots

What: Design Sensation Sara Story Illustrated Talk, Book Signing, and Cocktails at MOUS.

Where: MOUS, which celebrated its one-year anniversary

Featuring: Designer Sara Story moderated by MOUS co-founder Tanner Moussa

High Point: They sat on the stage like two old college friends giddy to see each other. Tanner sincerely shared that he had read all about her so he knew much of Sara’s story, including the fact that she grew up in Dallas and owns a stunning Texas Hill Country ranch which appears in her first book, The Art of Home: Sara Story (Rizzoli).

Takeaway: Known for layering, collections, pedigreed furniture and art, Sara’s work has been featured in Architectural DigestElle Decor, and Galerie, among others.

Spotted: A crowd ready for cocktails, including MOUS co-owner Mackenzie Moussa Lewis, Chad Dorsey, Doniphan Moore, Janet Gridley, Christina Geyer, Charlotte Carr, Laura MacCaskill, Ellett Miciotto, Lane Watkins, Joshua Rice, Michelle Moussa, Ginger Curtis, Shaun Thompson, Austin Lewis, Javier Burkle, Jonathan Saunders, Jean Liu, Julia Duke, Courtney Genovese, Krista Stelling, Marla Moore, Melanie Turner. Tanner Morgan, Jennifer Laouari, Rachel Whitehouse and Lloyd Princeton.

— Billy Fong

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