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Tom Scheerer to Appear in Dallas at Texas Design Week

PaperCity Chats With the AD100 Designer About Objets Trouves, Small Spaces and Traveling Musts

BY // 09.08.19
photography Francesco Lagnese

We can’t get enough of Tom Scheerer’s masterfully unpretentious yet breathtakingly beautiful decorating style. Fortunately, our prayers to peek at more Scheerer projects have been answered as Vendome releases Scheerer’s second book, More Decorating ($60) this month, and Scheerer appears at Texas Design Week Dallas, October 8, at James Showroom (tickets at texasdesignweek.com).

Renowned for his work at Lyford Cay Club (that hand-painted grasscloth palm-tree wallpaper!), 16 new projects are featured in the book, from town (New York, Dallas, Houston, Paris) to country (the Hamptons, Nantucket, Maine, Harbour Island, Antigua, Abaco).

The book’s pages, splashed with Francesco Lagnese’s stunning photographs, are a study in Scheerer’s perfect proportions, masterful mix of natural materials with intriguing colors and prints and serene, comfortable vibes.

We caught up with the Architectural Digest AD100 designer — who splits his time between homes in New York, Paris, and the Bahamas — to chat about his obsession with found objects, the value of small spaces, and his traveling musts.

Recent Acquisition.

A rare art purchase — a still life of flowers by my 26-year-old nephew, August Whitney, reminiscent of the ones by Manet at age 50 and maybe just as good.

Collections.

Objets trouvés. I’m mostly drawn to objects that were not designed to be art but are.

In another life.

Private chef and daily lunch companion for Meryl Streep.

On the design horizon.

Smaller, ecology-conscious places to live. The personal square-footage numbers need to plummet. More solar energy and water capture.

Bedside Reading.

Sadly, too much Instagram, but I do get advice from a smart friend. Most recently, a lovely memoir (my favorite genre) On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong — and an advance copy of Tom Scheerer More Decorating!

Fellow designers you admire.

I admire many, but as decorators, only a few. John Stefanidis always comes first to mind.

On traveling.

My first stops in any new city or place are the food-market streets, where there’s the most to learn about the culture. It gives you an inkling of what you should eat while you are there.

Inspiring locale.

Greek island life inspires me summer after summer. Always in June. I’d rather not say which island …

Tom Scheerer will be in Dallas Tuesday, October 8, as part of Texas Design Week Dallas, for cocktails, panel discussion, and book signing with Lisa Fine and Penny Morrison, at James Showroom, 6:30 pm. For Texas Design Week tickets and the complete schedule, go to texasdesignweek.com.

Scheerer will also be in Houston for a private event October 3. If you would like a signed and inscribed book, please email curatebooks@papercitymag.com.

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