Connie Dufner 2017-12-07 06:07:14
Rooms to Roam Two Pull up an Eames chair or pose beneath a flight of pedigreed pendants — settle in and experience Design Within Reach. any day you stop in at NorthPark Center to pick up a Louis Vuitton Water Lilies tote or buy a Tesla, Design Within Reach stands prepared to scratch another sort of itch — in equally high style. Because, at last, the mecca for modern furnishings sets roots uptown — and how. DWR made its Dallas debut on McKinney Avenue 15 years ago and now sheds its temporary NorthPark quarters for chic, expansive new digs on Level Two in the wing between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. (The home-focused side of the mall also includes Arhaus, the expanded Williams- Sonoma and, sadly, the available space of recently shuttered Pirch.) With its art, design and architectural chops, as well as the traffic to warm a retailer’s heart, NorthPark was the natural next step for expanding DWR’s North Texas footprint, says David Goltl, studio proprietor. “It was a perfect fit for the clients we wanted to reach,” he says. And with five times more space, it’s easier to showcase the company’s offerings spanning the canon of modern design — from classics such as Barcelona daybeds and chairs, Eames loungers and Saarinen pedestals to Zeisel ceramics, Heller dish sets and Chilewich place mats. The 13,500-square-foot showroom features a “light cloud” at the entrance, an installation of white pendant lights from signature artists Peter Bowles, Marcel Wanders, George Nelson and Tom Dixon. Inside, the Park House home within a home was created in collaboration with Droese Raney Architecture of Dallas and features room vignettes accented with native Texas materials. Now you can place yourself in a home office, seated behind an Executive Desk by Knoll in an Eames Executive Chair, with Mad Men-worthy glassware by Nude Glass at your fingertips. The beauty of big: It’s possible to actually touch what you’ve seen online and explore coveted pieces in shades beyond the basics. “I love showing this off to people,” Goltl says. “These pieces show well to anybody, from empty nesters to those just starting families. My team’s job is helping people find what’s right for them, what they can live with.” Goltl says customers are sometimes surprised to find that DWR’s merchandise isn’t exclusively midcentury. His wares range from Fortuny 1907 lamps to the 2017 Cove Bed by Nathan Yong. “I am seeing a lot of downsizers looking for simpler design and homes that have less stuff to deal with,” he says. “Our collections definitely add a bit of calm.” And should you find yourself in the mall craving nothing more than a quiet retreat and a cool place to browse, know that Goltl is ready to welcome you with a beer or glass of wine and some chocolate. Plenty of seats here. 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-987-1465, dwr.com. Connie Dufner is the Dallas correspondent for 817 Home. There’s No Place Like (Guggen)home Be assured that the name of Jim Hines and Martin Wingerter’s Design District emporium is correctly spelled. Do not let Google divert you to the website of the iconic New York museum, where you’ll learn nothing about the store with the mantra: “Where the art of living meets the art we live with.” Forget computer searches; carve out some time for a delightful visit to Guggenhome, an art gallery and modern furniture and accessories showroom in the burgeoning interiors neighborhood. The store, open less than a year, is the realization of a dream deferred for the owners, who have held the domain name for 20 years. “It’s a play on art and furniture, all in one place,” says Hines, who took a buyout from Freddie Mac mortage loan company before hanging out his retail shingle. Along with Wingerter, he first chose to feature unique, handmade furnishings, many of which they sourced in Portugal, a favorite destination and the site of their wedding. Current merchandise includes furniture by Wewood of Lisbon and Wüd of Brooklyn, rugs by Jan Kath of Germany, pillows by Margo Selby, candles by Aesthetic Content of Dallas, lighting by SkLO Studio of California/ the Czech Republic and more. The store also represents local and international artists — including Tamara White, Rick Griggs, Sonia Borger, Glenn Comtois and Julie Dailey — and serves as a living lab for how the art would look in your home. The owners are thrilled to be in the Design District, where they’ve caught the eye of designers and wanderers with an affinity for their midcentury vibe and treasures. For those having to defer their own dreams, fret not. The store carries great accessories and gifts, too. Whatever you purchase, enjoy your new status as a patron of the arts.1426 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, 972-807-9255, guggenhome.com. — CD Designer Hookup Austin designer Meredith Ellis has set up shop in Dallas, bringing her discerning, tantalizing collection to James, a new showroom at Codarus in the Dallas Design District. Those drawn to fabric and pattern will be gleefully at home in the 1,000-square-foot nook, painted in soft blues and greens and outfitted with more than a thousand gleaming brass hooks. Each hook has space for a large swatch — the better to touch, drape, match and play. “This is a very tactile way to shop. We want it to be a comfortable place to work and to show how to use the fabrics. They are all unique, and each has its moment,” Ellis says. Indeed. Handmarbled silks from Rule of Three; nature-inspired canvases-on-linens by Ferrick Mason; Tibetan carpets by Elson & Company of San Francisco — whatever challenge brings a designer to the showroom, James has many answers. Ellis is a Texas native who moved back home seven years ago after stints on both coasts, working for Bunny Williams in New York and Thomas Beeton in LA — gaining inspiration and expertise in the fabric, wallpaper, lighting and rug lines she now showcases in her shops. She opened James, named after her father, in 2015 in Austin as a family operation; husband Hunter is head of operations. What’s next for the designer, wife and dedicated mom whose empire includes two showrooms and a thriving design practice? Custom furniture is a long-held dream.“We’re going to do it,” she insists. We have no doubt. 1025 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 210, Dallas, 214-295-7500, jamesshowroom.com. — CD
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