Dallas Design News: Julio Quinones at Nick Brock, Design Ovation Awards, Sales, Peruvian-Inspired Fabrics at Culp, and More

At Culp Associates, Canovas' fabrics
inspired by indigenous Latin American crafts

So What's New? At Culp Associates showroom, Manuel Canovas' spring collection (above) has gone all native, with a wool/cotton/linen Bellam fabric (shown on the sofa) inspired by an authentic Peruvian poncho, which was found by a Canovas' designer on the streets of Cuzco, a city in southeastern Peru near the Andes mountains. The designs for the embroidered floral pillows, shown in Alma fabric, were influenced by the indigenous handwork and crafts in Bolivia.

Larsen's new Vintage fabric in Jeans.

I fell in love with this new fabric by Larsen that mimics a soft, faded pair of jeans. Hand rubbed dye on linen, Vintage is designed in France and made in Italy, so you know it's of impeccable quality. It also comes in tan, graphite, and stone colors. Also at Culp Associates.

Above top, Larsen's Stencil fabric is designed and made in France, and is a modern take on classic ticking so beloved by the French. In lieu of stripes, Larsen strings inspirational words together in succession (nurture, creative, inspiring). The words are woven into the linen fabric, but the look is supposed to evoke a handcrafted, stenciled screen print. Next, Larsen's new graphic Puzzle fabric reminds me of so many things -- American quilts, native American blankets, and even the early days of computer games. The pattern is raised velvet, and comes in black on white, white on tan, and blue on tan. Both at Culp Associates.

Butterfly table in bronze by Hearth Art at Culp Associates

Love this delicate, bronze butterfly table from Dallas-based Hearth Art studio's new spring and summer collection, also at Culp Associates. I wrote about their nature-inspired fireplace screens last year, and since then they've added tables and mirrors to the collection.

Scandia Home at Casa di Lino

On Sale! Casa di Lino's annual Scandia Home summer sale is going on now through July 23. Take 20% off on luxury pillows, comforters, linens, and foundations.

Smink, Inc.

Smink's sample sale, which started on June 23 is still going strong....there's plenty left to get excited about (I was just there earlier this week)....

RO2 Art Gallery's New West Village Space

Art News West Village has everything -- hip restaurants, an indie theater, cool shops -- but until now it never had an art gallery. RO2 Art Uptown, which previously had been showing its stable of artists in pop-up spaces around town, has settled into a beautifully lit spot facing McKinney Avenue, next door to Club Monaco, which opens July 13.

Recent Paintings by Michael Francis at RO2 Art Uptown

A group show runs through July 17 and includes paintings by Dallas artist Michael Francis, sculptures by Elizabeth Akamatsu, and works by Texas master ceramicist Piero Fenci. Francis' large scale oil paintings on canvas of faceless women (above) are really provocative, aren't they?

Bronze Pears by Elizabeth Akamatsu

Inspired by nature and geometry, Elizabeth Akamatsu creates sculptures in bronze, steel, wood and encaustic. These luscious pears might as well be female forms, they are so sensuous.

Pierro Fenci's recent works

Piero Fenci's sculptures look to be made from metal found objects, but they're actually made from earthenware. Love that contradiction. Fenci, who is married to Elizabeth Akamatsu, studied at Yale and earned an MFA from the prestigious New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Here's a video I took of Dallas artist Jesse Meraz' sculptural collage of objects covered in glitter. It's in RO2 Art's window in West Village, and it rotates! Meraz has been working almost entirely in glitter-covered objects for 25 years, which I find completely fascinating.

Emerging Residential -- First Place.
Room by Alana Villaneuva for Dallas Design Group Interiors

And the winner is . . . to find out which designers won in what categories at ASID's recent 2011 Design Ovation Awards, go here.

Designer Julio Quinones' New Space inside Nick Brock Antiques

Gorgeous! I heard through the grapevine that designer Julio Quinones had opened a space last week inside Nick Brock Antiques, so I dashed over with my camera. It's classic Julio, with lots of subtle glamour, exquisite forms, impeccable upholstery, and well-thought out details.

97" French style sofa with painted finish, upholstered in linen, $4,800. Interlocking circles painting, 68" x 68", by Texas artist Larry Locke, $2,600.

Pair of neo-classic chairs with saber legs, in an antique gold finish, and
upholstered in Schumacher fabric. $5,800.

Silk velvet and mohair color block pillow, sold as a pair, $425

Pair of white floral Italian lamps, $2,800

Pair of 1940s French arm sconces, $2,200

Pair of French arrow sconces, $1,200

Collection of brass and silver candlesticks,
including a pair of small pagoda candlesticks, $175.

1970s brass lamp, attributed to Pierre Cardin, $950.

Pair of black lacquer English Regency chairs,
upholstered in Dedar raised velvet fabric, $950