From the Heart
We commissioned art valentines from a trio of local designers. They slayed us with originality and charm.
STEPHEN DUNN >>
Stephen Dunn Designs
MATERIALS: Styrofoam cut into a heart-shape, burgundy satin, gold doilies, nearly 300 antique tiepins, and an antique valentine.
<< SHERRY HAYSLIP
Hayslip Design Associates
MATERIALS: Rock crystal box, gold thread, gold-painted wood base and top, and rock crystal heart with carving of hands.
BARBARA MCCUTCHIN >>
Barbara J. McCutchin & Associates, Interior Design
MATERIALS: Large cherub with silver leafing, fresh roses, English ivy, moss, and French silk watercolor ribbon.
Just when we’d managed to make our way through Allan Knight’s vast showroom, he moves into an even more humongous space – 40,000 square feet to be exact. But what fun! Knight’s new digs are located inside the newly opened International Building on Turtle Creek. The space is easily navigated since it’s divided into galleries such as traditional, modern, textile, Eastern, outdoors, and accessory alley. There are displays of such Dallas favorites as Nancy Corzine, Niermann Weeks, and Brueton, as well as an impressive gallery of Knight’s own line of Eastern-inspired furniture and accessories. As exotic as Knight’s showroom is, two exciting new lines are regional. First Circle, which crafts exotic wooden tables, is from Oklahoma City, while Cowden Bell’s hand-studded leather furniture is from Weatherford. Please note – the only color in the acrylic runway comes from a dramatic pair of Jackson Pollock inspired 10-foot canvases. The artist is Allan Knight. Allan Knight and Associates. 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 101. 214-741-2227. www.allanknightasso.com.
This antiques emporium formerly located in the Bishop Arts District has moved to the newest hot spot in the design world, Dragon Street. “We wanted to be closer to the clientele we serve – designers and higher-end retail customers,” manager Randy Smith says. The new location is double the old space at 5,600 square feet, which is ample room for a fine collection of 18th and 19th century French, Italian, and English antiques and accessories. Not to miss: a pair of hand-painted French panels and a 19th century French walnut armoire converted into an entertainment center. B. Gover. 1115 Dragon St. 214-571-9675.
Get real everyone: Natural fibers, organic wall paint, and soy every which way is the vibe at the newest shop at Preston-Royal. Yoga moms are going to love Tango Zango, which offers bed and bath linens (made from cotton farmed organically), unique gifts handmade by women in third world countries, and earth friendly items for babies and pets. Far out. Tango Zango. 6025 Royal Ln. 214-890-0202. www.tangozango.com.
B & B ITALIA
B & B Italia, makers of sleek Italian furniture, has opened its first showroom in Dallas in the Knox-Henderson area. But don’t let the signage confuse you – Mody & Mody is the name you’ll find posted outside, but inside it’s pure B&B Italia. The showroom, designed by Antonio Citterio, which also designs their furniture, opened with all of the latest furniture from Italy, including Marcel, a collection of fun upholstered chaises and oversized ottomans in bold stripes and polkadots, and the aptly named Fat Fat, a large bean bag chair cum table with a hard surface. B&B Italia. 4524 McKinney Ave., Ste. 101. 214-520-0334. www.bebitalia.it.
“Doctor Jones” and his award-wining birdhouses.
The Art of Salvage
Homemade birdhouses made from the heart.
N.L. Jones, the octogenarian of Orr-Reed Wrecking Inc., says he’s “around 60.” If pressed, he admits he “stopped counting at 75.”
When architectural salvage yard owner John Hargrove challenged him to build a birdhouse, Jones’ creation was clever, whimsical, nothing short of genius. Clearly a competitive spirit still runs through the veins of the man dubbed “Doctor Jones,” who first achieved fame in the 1930s as a pitcher in the Negro Baseball League. His colleagues say he can still wind up, knee-to-ear and hurl a fastball that you never see coming. Now Jones crafts inspired, one-of-a-kind birdhouses from weathered materials he finds on site: doorknobs, tin roof remnants, old golf club shafts, locks, and brackets are all fair game for the good doctor. Each birdhouse is a piece of art, with a colorful story behind it. The houses have received a Folk Art award, and custom designs have been commissioned by restaurants and retailers.
Take a trip to Orr-Reed to meet the original N.L. Jones – one of Dallas’ own works of art. Birdhouses are dated, signed, and accompanied by a deed of authenticity. Orr-Reed Wrecking Inc. 1903 Rock Island St. 214-428-7429. Also available at www.wisteria.com. – Stephanie Stollenwerck
|ABOVE: Madeleine Castaing’s exquisite chaise lounge. BELOW: Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann’s daybed is captured perfectly in this reproduction.|
OUR DAILY BED
MADELEINE CASTAING considered herself an artist and poet, not a decorator. By opening her shop in 1946 in the midst of the Nazi occupation of Paris, the inimitable Castaing helped usher in the glamorous French deco furniture style of the 1940s. Her chaise lounge, reproduced by Balton for the East & Orient Co., reflects Castaing’s lively imagination and avant-garde style. The delicate chaise is made of carved wood, gilded in silver and gold. East & Orient Co. (to the trade). 1123 Slocum St. 214-741-1191.
Del Saxon has acquired a reproduction of a daybed by the great French art deco designer EMILE-JACQUES RUHLMANN. The original daybed recently had an asking price at auction in Paris of $300,000. The reproduction doesn’t have the same high price tag, but it’s just as exquisite, made of figured and textured elm burl with the graceful lines of the 1920s. Del Saxon Fine Arts & Antiques (to the trade). 1525 Hi Line Dr., Ste. B. 214-742-6921. www.delsax.com.
Grapevine residents are getting a glimpse of some of the toughest rose varieties around at the world’s first EARTHKIND ROSE TRIAL GARDEN started by a garden club. Five roses at the garden are currently vying for state EarthKind designation (meaning they are naturally disease and insect resistant, use less water, require almost no maintenance, and need no fertilizers or pesticides), and more are hoping to get a national or international approval. Two sure bets? Knockout (cherry red), and Belinda’s dream (pink), says Dr. Steve George, professor and extension landscaping specialist at Texas A&M’s Texas Cooperative Extension.
ELLOUISE IN DALLAS
ELLOUISE ABBOTT, whose original showroom opened in Houston in 1951, opened a showroom in the Dallas Design District in November. As the first U.S. rep for the house of Fortuny, Abbott introduced not only Texas, but also the country, to its exquisite, hand-painted and hand-screened Venetian fabrics. Betsie Weatherford, who is the owner of the Dallas showroom, has added some drama to Fortuny by showing it in full widths and under four skylights. She’s also added many new lines, most of which have never been shown in Dallas before, including Greystone Home Collection, David Iatesta, Black Bamboo, and Gemelli. Original artwork comes from the McClain Gallery, and custom upholstery is by JJ Roman in Houston. Ellouise Abbott Showrooms (to the trade), 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 201. 214-239-8722.