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A Virgin Hotel Is Just the Start of This New Restaurant and Shopping Mecca’s Design

Dallas’ New Epicenter of Cool?

BY // 05.09.16

The Dallas Design District is booming, and we’re positively breathless keeping up with its openings and moves. No longer the sole domain of the design trade, many showrooms have opened to the public, and a slew of new retail stores have moved in, attracting a fresh design-obsessed crowd, lured by new residential high-rises and the proximity of the Katy Trail.

Beloved shops that have been in the area for decades and a plethora of essential services vital to interior designers are enlivened by stylish new restaurants, lounges and plans for a Virgin Hotel. From handmade rugs to sleek furniture and slabs of exotic stone, the Dallas Design District is a new Mecca for shopping.

Jan Showers & Associates
If glamour transcends all decades and styles, interior and furniture designer Jan Showers just may have cornered the market. Her latest introductions, the Milan chair and Marilyn sofa, take inspiration from the mid-20th century at its best. Italian at its core, the Milan chair’s exquisite lines, velvet upholstery and brass legs exude la dolcé vita, while the Marilyn sofa, which blends precise Italian structure and American 1950s Hollywood sensuality, is framed with stunning, polished merisier (or wild cherry wood). Price upon request at Jan Showers & Associates, 1308 Slocum St., 214.747.5252.

Marilyn sofa, at Jan Showers & Associates

Jean de Merry
L.A.-based interior and product designer Philip Nimmo began creating custom home furnishings and ironwork at his clients’ request 25 years ago. His hand-wrought fireplace screens feature such apropos and slightly ironic Italian words as caldo (hot) and fuoco (fire). His pieces are organic in nature and include Goccia Supremo nesting tables, whose dark bronze iron bases reveal antique gold-leaf interiors set off by natural geodes. To the trade. Price upon request at Jean de Merry, 1505 Hi Line Dr., 214.741.2888.

Janus et Cie
Janus et Cie’s breezy new Duo cabana was designed to create an intimate space in the most public of environments, thanks to an adjustable backrest and canopy that slides easily across the aluminum frame to adjust for privacy, sun and wind. Price on request, at Janus et Cie, 1525 Hi Line Dr., 214.712.0003.

Culp Associates
British textile house Fox Linton has a heritage that dates back centuries, and it shows in the company’s choice of yarns. Look for elegant old-world fabrics with beautiful drape, such as velvet made from prized kid Angora goat mohair; lambswool woven in Yorkshire; and spun-silk wool. To the trade. Culp Associates, Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 500, 214.651.0510.

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Peacock Alley
charming Swiss-lace ruffles combine with updated honeycomb and lattice detail in Peacock Alley’s new Modern Heirloom collection. All white and 100 percent cotton, the collection was designed to wash like a dream and includes duvets, shams, blankets, sheeting, night shirt and night dress. $115 to $630, at Peacock Alley, 1403 Slocum St., 214.520.6736.

Gallerie Noir
Gem rugs dazzle with the accuracy of multifaceted angles, woven to resemble precious stones. Made by hand to order in six to eight weeks, the rugs are child labor-free and made without harmful dyes or bleaches. A Texas exclusive at Gallerie Noir. $1,000 to $6,000, at Gallerie Noir, 1525 Dragon St., 214.760.99536.

David Sutherland
Made of marine-grade stainless steel, the nautical-inspired Mariner 316 collection is designed to withstand the corrosive abuses of wind, salt and sun. The preferred material for boaters, 316-grade stainless steel has been appropriated for the yachting lifestyle. Wrapped in equally strong outdoor fabric, it looks chic poolside, surfside, or anywhere else you need maintenancefree seating. To the trade. David Sutherland Showroom, Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 340, 214.742.6501.

Adriana Hoyos Furnishings
Adriana Hoyos’ stylish new Chocolate pet bed, a scaled-down version of its Chocolate daybed for humans, might make it easier to keep the pup off the furniture. With tufting, colorful contrasting welting and bolsters, the pup bed can be ordered in seven wood finishes. Price upon request, at Adrian Hoyos Furnishings, 1617 Hi-Line Dr., Suite 190, 214.613.4149.

Holly Hunt
A mid-century Scandinavian vibe peppers Holly Hunt’s latest collection with sharp angles that add movement and zest to neutral rooms. The Capri lounge chair is laid-back lounging at its most stylish. To the trade. Holly Hunt, Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 590, 214.245.4770.

Tricia Guild’s Couture Rose collection, at ID Collection

ID Collection
It’s always springtime inside Tricia Guild’s London atelier, no matter the season. Her new Couture Rose collection for Designers Guild was inspired by the beautifully drawn botanical florals favored by golden age couturiers Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and Jacques Fath. To the trade. ID Collection, Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 745, 214.698.0226.

Stark Carpet
The colorful wool-and-silk Blockade Collection rug — part of the company’s new retail Stark Home line — is handmade in Nepal at a mill where they’ve created rugs for centuries. $5,175 to $17,240, at Stark Carpet, 1103 Slocum St., 214.742.8252.

Aria Stone Gallery
The magnificent slabs at Aria Stone Gallery are displayed like abstract canvases in a gallery, and no wonder — these are works of art themselves. Two stunning new arrivals caught our attention: dramatic Bianco Versalio marble from Italy ($3,719 per slab) and graphic Corteccia stone from Brazil ($3,719 per slab). Both can be purchased by the square foot ($60 to $63 per square foot). Aria Stone Gallery, 1617 Hi Line Dr., Suite 310, 214.939.8000.

Scott + Cooner
Scott + Cooner’s newest furnishings have landed in the Dallas showroom, including curvaceous seating by master German furniture maker Walter Knoll and sleek metal candlesticks and tea lights by Danish design house Fritz Hansen. Scott + Cooner, 1617 Hi Line Dr., Suite 100, 214.748.9838.

Bungalow 5
New York City architects and designers are behind the classic, fresh furniture at Bungalow 5, one of the Design District’s newest showrooms. A team of in-house cabinetmakers and finishers produces each piece. This spring and summer, look for side tables, chests and desks with crisp Art Deco influences and unusual finishes such as lacquered dragged plaster and lacquered raffia texture, along with mirrored pieces. Bungalow 5, 1201 Oak Lawn Ave., 972.502.9111.

Ahnda wing chair and footstool, at Dedon

Innovative Germany-based outdoor furniture company Dedon’s high-tech synthetic fibers are expertly woven into furniture by rattan artisans on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. The combination of new-world technology and old-world craftsmanship revolutionized outdoor furniture 26 years ago when Dedon was founded; its woven tables and chairs are now considered iconic. Dedon opens in the Design District mid- to late June inside the former J. Robert Scott space.

Tufenkian’s newest rugs have a dreamy, abstract and naturalistic appeal. Aqua- and red-hued Atlantis recalls topography maps of mountain ranges or the ocean floor. Fading from blue to aqua to midnight, Aventine’s craquelure finish suggests a textural artwork on canvas that has seen the hand of time. Price upon request, at Tufenkian, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 102, 214.760.7619.

Brenda Houston
New at Brenda Houston are rare, hand-carved blue onyx bowls from an Argentinian mine that has been closed, so this is the last of the known cerulean-hued stone ($400 to $1,200). Also look for Houston’s cache of Burmese wooden vessels ($350 each), sand-blasted agate sculptures from Morocco ($2,400) and cream onyx mirrors from Mexico ($325 to $525). Brenda Houston, 1218 Manufacturing St., 800.239.5737.

Heritage Auctions
Some of the most important names in modern design go on the auction block on Tuesday, May 17, in Beverly Hills. The Dallas-based auction house’s 20th & 21st Century Design Signature Auction includes iconic photographs from Julius Schulman, highly sought furniture by Sam Maloof, Charles Hollis Jones, Philip and Kevin LaVerne, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi and Wendell Castle, along with art and accessories.

Antique Drapery Rod Co.
Made from up-cycled polished aluminum, the square finial, rod and bracket from the Bauhaus Polished Aluminum Collection at Antique Drapery Rod Co. takes inspiration from one of the greatest design movements — Germany’s Bauhaus School of Design, which produced such greats as Mies Van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen. Made in the States from an industrial material favored by mid-20th-century designers, its simple, sleek design works in both modern and transitional settings. Price upon request, at Antique Drapery Rod Co., 1937 Irving Blvd., Suite A, 214.653.1733.

Allan Knight and Associates
Allan Knight himself oversees the hand-forging, shaping and assembly of the new Aspen Silver Leaf table in their company’s Dallas foundry. Reminiscent of Aspen groves, the design is inspired by Knight and his husband Cearan Henley’s many trips to Colorado. Also new to the showroom is a slew of glamorous furnishings, including the upholstered Silhouette chaise, Malabar Lucite occasional table and tower chest in Macassar ebony. To the trade. Allan Knight and Associates, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 101, 214.741.2227.

George Cameron Nash
Denise A. Tuite’s Diego Giacometti collection is inspired by the work of the legendary Swiss sculptor and designer, who was the younger brother of Alberto Giacometti. Working in bronze, brass, polished stainless steel, iron, glass and marble, New Jersey-based Tuite channels Giacometti’s love of nature in her own tables, lighting and other furnishings. Birds, trees and horses are all picturesque Giacometti talismans included in Tuite’s highly textural creations. The Giacometti collection is completely customizable. To the trade. George Cameron Nash, Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 150, 214.744.1544.

Ellouise Abbott
Legendary artist Robert Kuo’s organic, nature-inspired work is seen around the world, from the National History Museum in Taipei to the Singapore Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco’s Hotel Palomar, Las Vegas MGM Grand Villas and New York Four Seasons. Look for some of his newest pieces at Ellouise Abbott, including this smoked-crystal Link sculpture. To the trade. Ellouise Abbott, Dallas Design Center, 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 749, 214.239.8722.

Guto Indio da Costa’s TEK kitchen, at Ornare

The new TEK kitchen by designer Guto Indio da Costa for Ornare is designed to naturally ventilate cabinets with a special double-door system. In wood veneer panels and smooth painted cabinets, the look is both contemporary and warm. Price upon request, at Ornare, 1617 Hi Line Dr., Suite 190A, 214.377.1212.

International Intrigue
The International on Turtle Creek design center has been purchased by Stockdale Investment Group, which specializes in reinvigorating prime properties. The International’s focus will continue to be on furniture showrooms — Allan Knight Associates is an anchor tenant — but more specifically on high-end office furniture, an untapped resource in the Design District, according to Stockdale COO Joe Pastora, who says, “We’re excited to be a part of the Design District revolution.” A rather chic revolution, indeed. International on Turtle Creek, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214.741.5018.

Ann Sacks
Kelly Wearstler’s new tile collections for Ann Sacks explore Wearstler’s famous graphic look. The dramatic group includes Liaison’s intricate marble mosaics and Maven Canyon’s sophisticated dryline technique, an ancient Spanish method of painting. Price upon request, at Ann Sacks, 1616 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.742.8453.

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