Spring Design News in Dallas

Robert Dailey Designs
Designer Robert Dailey's crazy-beautiful, nature-inspired room at Neiman Marcus downtown has Tony Duquette's penchant for glamorous theater and Rene Magritte's dreamlike surrealism. But the mix is definitely all Dailey. Located in Gift Galleries on the 4th floor, the Dallas designer's showcase room is temporary; Dash out to see it before it all goes away.

Dallas artist George Sellers' astonishing gilt plaster
wasp sculpture is a part of Dailey's magical room design

 Jean-Michel Frank, now at Hermes Dallas

Jean-Michel Frank at Hermes: a limited selection of the great designer Jean-Michel Frank's furniture, reissued exclusively through Hermes last year, is now available in Dallas. According to my sources, the Highland Park Village store will begin renovations in 2013 and expand upstairs, devoting the entire second level to Jean-Michel Frank and other Hermes-designed furniture.

Frank's furniture, which until now had only been available at auction or seen in museums, includes   about a dozen exotic wood, shagreen, and parchment tables; club and side chairs covered in goat and lambskin; an exquisite marquetry screen; and fabrics whose designs were taken directly from rare Frank textiles. And while Hermes celebrates the French craftsmanship that is legendary to its leather goods and silk scarves, the Jean-Michele Frank furniture is hand-made in Italy, where furniture making reigns supreme. 

Jungle Fever, by Michelle Nussbaumer for Gracie 

Michelle Nussbaumer's new hand-painted wallpaper designs for Gracie, Jungle Fever, include two-dimensional renditions of her signature "splendora" jeweled brooches. The Dallas designer, who owns Ceylon et Cie, says she was influenced by historic Art Deco designs which take inspiration from Paris in the 1920s, Josephine Baker, and African motifs.

Van Cliburn is auctioning off collections from his Fort Worth home

Van Cliburn Sale at Christie's: the great pianist Van Cliburn is downsizing his massive, multi-million dollar collection of Russian and English silver, jewelry, antiques, and art at a sale on May 17 at Christie's in New York. Capera Ryan, VP of Christie's in Dallas, helped organize the sale. Read more in a story I wrote about it this month in Modern Luxuryhere.

Borgias-inspired windows at Minton Antiques

Joseph Minton's Windows: Designer Justin Seitz of Fort Worth created these magnificent windows at Joseph Minton Antiques on Slocum St. in Dallas to promote Showtime's cult obsession, The Borgias. Read about why he did it, here.

Jan Showers new Tripod table

Jan Showers' New Spring Collection: just out, and it's prettier and paler than ever! The new Tripod table above has just the right amount of mid-century modern inspiration to give a room edge, without compromising glamour.  And, I love the unexpected funkiness of the Capri floor lamp with its curled feet and breezy island blue color. 

Carlton setee

Capri floor lamp

Sophia chandelier

Moonglow lamp

Interiors Texas debut issue
Interiors Texas: Modern Luxury's new quarterly home magazine for Texas made its debut this month. I have several stories in the issue (including the cover story featuring designer Sally Wheathttp://www.sallywheatinteriors.com./index2.php#/home/'s mod pod in Houston. There's also a stunning house by Dallas designer Allen Kirsch (page 84). Contributor Helen Thompson wrote about a spectacular house by architect Paul Lamb (page 100). Read it online now!