Cool and Collected
Furniture designer John Erdos is getting used to Texas’ “crazy weather” as well as traveling a city by car. The former business exec who ran the Singapore operations for J.Crew, and who later launched a line of Indonesian-inspired wood furniture under his name, now calls Dallas home. Erdos left the Far East to launch Erdos at Home, his new line of furniture, rugs, and accessories. In February he opened his Dallas flagship and 11 additional stores nationwide. “I think what is important is comfort and good design,” says Erdos. “Aesthetically, we have four different collections that feel very distinct but can work together.”
The Hamptons collection imparts a relaxed, on-holiday feel. The Westport group is Erdos’ take on traditional, with worn leathers, steel, and plenty of wood. Palm Springs, one of his favorite spots for its warm weather, is rich with architectural details, midcentury-modern styling, and pops of tangerine and “electrified” avocado green. Tribeca stems from the idea of creating a sanctuary amid a noisy urban environment. He uses weathered woods and crisp blue and white to communicate the message.
With an assortment of leathers, fabrics, and trims, all of his accessibly priced furniture pieces (an apartment-size sofa starts at $995) can be customized. Those needing some guidance–—from “a mantle to the whole mansion”—can look to one of John + Co. Design Services’ in-house design consultants who work with clients free of charge. (They even make house calls.)
After 25 years of friendship, Dallas natives Kate Ladwig and Ali Seay can practically read each other’s mind. The friends were surely on the same page when they had the bright idea for
214 Lighting, the online, made-to-order lamp company they launched last fall. The company makes it a snap for shoppers looking to customize their space. Once online, simply select the lamp body (the 14 styles are named after well-known Dallas streets such as Lemmon and Bishop), pick from 22 finishes, three base styles, and four shade options, and top off your creation with your choice of agate, Lucite, or ceramic finial. Lamps, from $136-$197, are handmade to order right here in Dallas and are ready to ship within three to four weeks of ordering. “We are so proud to be able to put a piece of Dallas into homes across the country,” says Ladwig.
You don’t need a loupe to recognize the beauty in these faceted jewels for the home. The hand-tufted, 100-percent wool Gem Collection rugs are available exclusively at Gallerie Noir and come in your choice of round (nine feet), emerald (six feet by six feet), or pear-shaped (six feet by nine feet) silhouette. Custom sizes and colors are available for special order. And with prices starting at $1,375, there’s no need to feel guilty for lavishing your hardwoods with something sparkly. Besides, a fanciful carpet is an accessory you’ll admire more often than those baubles you have locked away in the vault.
Paula Minnis has helped many local refugees find financial independence through GAIA, the artisan accessories line she founded in 2009. The entrepreneur introduced the debut collection of her very own textile designs this past January, calling her latest venture “the final part of the journey.” Her new ivory and charcoal ikat fabrics (named after her twins Lala and Lyle) are designed in-house, then sent to India, where they’re handwoven with the help of Dallas-based custom weaving firm Kufri. Once the textiles arrive in Dallas, Gaia artisans transform the cloth into pillows, pouches, and the brand’s ever-popular pompom purses.
Put It In Print
Designer John Robshaw began his career studying traditional block printing in China and India. Since then, he’s built a luxury lifestyle brand inspired by his world travels and a fan base that includes fashionable types. Designer Michael S. Smith used Robshaw’s bedding to outfit the bedrooms of Sasha and Malia Obama. If it’s good enough for the White House…
The Loveliest has stocked Robshaw’s worldly pillows since opening last May. Now, the Uptown embroidery shop has expanded its inventory to include the famed designer’s collection of throws and bath and beach towels—all of which can be monogrammed, of course. Head to the shop’s back room for a look at the beautiful Robshaw headboards on display—available for custom order in a number of different fabric options.