Dallas Design News: October 2011, Part One

Fabrics and wallpaper from the new Fall 2011 Designers Guild
Royal Collection, at ID Collection

Sensory overload . . . there's so much to love about all the new designs coming to Dallas this month -- so much in fact that I'm dividing all the news into several posts. So stay tuned.

Fabrics and wallpaper, from Designers Guild's
new Fall 2011 Royal Collection, at ID Collection

The interiors of England's royal palaces and residences are the muse for
Designers Guild's new Fall 2011 Royal Collection, which includes Rosa Chinenis fabrics and wallpapers. "They're allowed access to all the royal palaces to see what inspires them," says Jim Williamson of ID Collection
, which carries the line in Dallas and Houston. "They get inspiration from everything from a teacup to a magnificent piece of Chinoiserie furniture, or even the carving over a doorway."

Creation Baumann's new Eperla fabric at ID Collection

"Creation Baumann turned 125 years old this year," Williamson continues. "I went to Switzerland for the big party and tour of the factory, which is amazing. Creation Baumann is beyond green and has been this way before anyone ever thought about being green. In fact, the water they use during processing comes out cleaner than when it comes in," he says.

Ingo Maurer's new limited edition
Viva l'Italia! anniversary lighting pendant, at Scott+Cooner

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the reunification of Italy, legendary lighting manufacturer Ingo Maurer created a limited edition Viva l'Italia! lighting pendant which just arrived at Scott+Cooner. The pendant is part of Ingo Maurer's series of Zettel'z chandeliers which replace the crystal drops with translucent Japanese paper notes and images. For Viva l'Italia! the theme is images and texts from Italy's reunification and includes icons from historic and contemporary Italian culture.

Nota bene of the humorous sort: Scott + Cooner's Lisa Oldham tells me that many of the images on the Viva l'Italia! pendant had to be replaced after it arrived in the store because Ingo Maurer hadn't secured the copyright permission to use them. . .

New tables and sofas from Walter Knoll's fall 2011 collection at Scott+Cooner

It just doesn't get much more venerable than the Germany-based Walter Knoll, which began producing furniture in 1865. Walter's son Hans and his wife Florence went on to found Knoll International in the United States in 1938.

I was excited to find out during my research for this post that the stunning modern house depicted in The Ghost Writer, one of my favorite moves ever, is furnished almost entirely with Walter Knoll furniture. I've been trying to figure out who did the incredibly sexy furniture in that house ever since the movie came out more than a year ago.

New at Promemoria Dallas, the Gong series'
side tables and Grenouille lamp

Gong is in the details. Gong is Promemoria's understated yet luxuriously nuanced new fall collection that includes side tables, lighting, headboards and chests of drawers made in bronze and leather. The bronze frog is Promemoria's mascot, and is used as details on several other pieces. Take a look at my original blog post on the showroom when it opened last spring to see the charming grenouille make an appearance in unexpected ways.

New Gong collection at Promemoria Dallas

Pictured above: Gong Screen leather and bronze headboard; Gong 3-drawer bedside table in leather and bronze; Grenouille (frog) table lamps in bronze with milk and blue Murano glass shades; Rita floor lamp in mahogany and bronze; Sapphire bench in leather and oak; Armchair is from Romeo Sozzi's special collection.

White, ivory, vanilla, and cream, with a dash of licorice.
A delectable color palette now at Jan Showers

Blonde Bombshells: I see a trend developing, and so does Jan Showers, who will talk more in the months to come about the very pale pieces she's designing for The Collection. Meanwhile, check out all the creamy sweets in the showroom now, from top left to right: Carla commode; Laurette table (new for fall 2011); one of a pair of 40s Louis XV-style bergeres; Coco chair; Lombard coffee table.

Coming Soon
Parts 2 & 3: news from Culp, David Sutherland, Laura Lee Clark, Ceylon et Cie, Thrift Studio, and the Dallas Decorative Center, and others.