Friday, March 9, 2012

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration

A Celebration was held Friday, March 3 in honor of the grand opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. This bridge has to be the most dramatic addition to the Dallas skyline yet. This bridge commemorates the late philanthropist, Margaret Hunt Hill and designed by the visionary architect Santiago Calatrava. 

The celebration consisted of headlining band Lyle Lovett, and and parade of 14 foot Calatrava inspired costume designs, local food, tastings from Trinity Grove's award winning chefs, speciality drinks and great entertainment. The award winning Street Corner Symphony performed followed by a firework show and the lighting of the bridge. 

The bridge rises above the Trinity River 400 feet and is composed of 58 cables some to be eight inches thick which extend in weblike sweeps to either side. This bridge now provides easy access from downtown to the neighborhood of West Dallas.  

Some other monumental bridges found around the world:

The Dragon Eco Bridge - Beijing, China 

Stari Most Bridge - City of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Henderson Waves Pedestrian Bridge - Singapore

The Sydney Harbor Bridge - Sydney, Australia

The Rialto Bridge - Venice, Italy

Oct├ívio Frias de Oliveira Bridge - Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Si-o-Se Poi Bridge - Isfahan

The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge - Japan

"Sometimes, if you aren't sure about something, you have to just jump off the bridge and grow wings on your way down."

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

1st Annual Dallas Modern Home Tour

With an increased demand for modern homes incorporating the use if sustainable products and ergonomic features has designers and architects in the Dallas area pushing the boundaries of design to meet this advancement in modern design. 

On this self-guided tour you will see the incorporation of recycled materials, rainwater collection systems and natural ventilation, in conjunction with, maintaining the clean lines, simple shapes and lightness associated with the Modern architecture movement.

Ingrid Spencer, former managing editor and current contributing editor for Architectural Record magazine in New York City, curated the following homes for the Dallas Modern Home Tour:

·       4311 Middleton Road, Dallas, TX, 75229
·       3602 Hillside Drive, Dallas, TX, 75214
·       8627 Midway Road, Dallas, TX 75209
·       8637 Redondo Drive, Dallas, TX 75218*
·       5706 Watson Circle, Dallas, TX 75225
·       4445 College Park Drive, Dallas, TX 75229*
·       4214 Shorecrest Drive, Dallas, TX 75209*
·       9839 Rockbrook Drive, Dallas, TX 75220
·       5910 Timber Wolf Trail, Plano, TX 75093
*Will Call Locations 

You can purchase tickets in advance for $25 at and picked up at any designated will call location. Tickets will also be available at select properties for $30 the day of the tour.

Here's is a sneak peek of what you will see on the tour:

See you there! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wooing over Wu...Brizo Intro's Fashion Designers New Plumbing Line

Introducing The Jason Wu Collection From Brizo

Many notable interior designers have licensed out their name and designs - everything from plumbing to wallpaper to dinnerware.  With interior designer Kelly Wearstler taking a foothold in the fashion world, the fashion designers are uping the ante!  In collaboration with Brizo, the innovative, up and coming fashion designer Jason Wu, has veered off the runway to use his fashion aesthetic, to produce an intriguing collection for the world of interior design. 

The Jason Wu Collection incorporates his signature Baroque Flower in each design. One of the unique features about this inspiring collection is the incredible "Touch Technology."  The faucet was designed to turn on and off based upon proximity-Brizo is taking that commercial aspect of handsfree and incorporating it into their plumbing fixtures, including kitchen and bath fixtures.  Very cool - no more spotty faucets! 

Check out the variety of products this collection offers!

Faucet Shown in Matte Black - a finish that will take off in the next couple of years for sure! 

Oops...I DID it AGAIN - Two toned is back with a fierceness that says this isn't 1992.
Towel Ring in Matte Black With Chrome

Tank Lever - Who knew flushing the toilet would be this fun?! HA

Drawer Pull 

Waste Basket

Glass Wall Shelf, Soap Dispenser and Polished Chrome Soap Dish

Drawer Knob 

In this collection all fixtures and accessories come in Matte Black with either Polished Chrome or Brushed Nickel accents.  Also Wu has donated numbered lithographs of his fashion designs for those who pre-order their pieces in time.  Limited quantities.  Contact your local plumbing showroom for more deets! 

I was invited to the new Brizo H20 Dream Showroom last month at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago and if you are in the Windy City - you MUST stop by.  It is by FAR the most innovative showroom to date in terms of interior accouretements.  There is a huge iPAD mounted to the wall where it was so fun to play around the selections - most of the showrooms fixtures are working as well so you are able to be very hands on and know exactly what you are buying.  The hard part was not getting into water fights with the other designers! Ha...check out the dD Facebook page for more photos of the showroom and fun! 

Photos: Jason Wu, Brizo, Architectural Digest

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Riverfront's Annual Fall Antique Sale Featuring: Again & Again

Riverfront’s Annual Fall Antiques District Street Wide Sale This Saturday!

Over 200 vendors participating, including Again & Again at their new location, where customers can enjoy food truck fare from Nammi and Three Men and a Taco while shopping for discounted vintage furniture

Dallas, TX. October 19, 2011!

Again & Again, a vintage and consignment furniture shop, has a new location in the Design District and they want people to know about it! In the spirit of Again & Again’s fun approach to furniture and decor, they are throwing a street party on Saturday, October 22, and inviting Dallas design buffs to join during the Annual Riverfront’s Fall Antiques Districts Street wide Sale.

From 11am to 2pm, Again & Again will host Dallas food truck favorites Nammi and Three Men and a Taco, serve Pearl Cup Coffee, and provide live tunes by Dallas DJ, Mr. Diamond. Together, interior design-loving customers can ogle over Again & Again’s fabulous selection of vintage furniture while taking part in Dallas’ trendiest way to dine. Shoppers will love the outdoor sale, where inventory will be discounted up to 75%.

This event is part of the annual Riverfront Antiques District Street Wide Sale, where this Saturday 9am-5pm, over two hundred vendors will set up along Riverfront, Parkhouse Street, Howell, and Riveredge. Visitors will find antiques, mid-century modern and vintage furniture, designer art, architecturals and lighting of all kinds.

Again & Again, Dallas’ favorite consignment shop, now has a 14,000 square foot space at 141 Howell Street, filled with high-style, high-quality vintage pieces. Fashion-forward clients with discerning eyes can buy furniture as-is or use the Again & Again design experts to re-fashion with paint, upholstery, and tons of creativity for a fabulous custom piece.

This is just a sample of the kind of furniture and accessories you will find on Saturday:

Again & Again’s selection of one-of-a-kind pieces run the gamut from Mid-Century modern to Hollywood Regency, pieces with classic lines and those with flair. There’s something for everyone - all at a very reasonable cost. For customers who have a look in mind, but cannot find it, Again & Again makes custom furniture of the finest quality.

For more information about Again & Again and the participating food trucks, please visit their Facebook page.

Look Forward To Seeing You There!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Celebration of Design 2011

Celebration of Design October 11-14 2011

Visit the link to See a List of Events and Registration

Featuring Keynote Speaker

This is a 4 day celebration filled of events dedicated strictly to design. Be apart of the celebration with fellow designers and local showrooms. Showrooms in the Decorative Center will be sponsoring these exciting events. One event I am particularly excited about is: The Intricacies of Design, Presented by Alexa Hampton at Brown Jordan October 13 at 1:00-3:00.

I do not really go ga-ga over celebrities and movie stars but my nerd odometer quickly rises when I hear of notable architects and designers coming to town. I am so proud that Dallas has upped the culture ante here and is now a stopping point for these trend makers and innovators of the word!

Your dallasDECORUM blogger has the privilege of interviewing Alexa Hampton before the event. Alexa is the daughter of the late Marc Hampton and has now taken command of the empire so if there is anything you are dying to know, shoot me an email! Also the interview will be posted on my blog so come back to see what designing tips she has for homeowners and designers alike!

Here is a peak at some of Alexa Hampton's current work and you will see why House Beautiful has listed her as 'Americas Best 100 Designers' and New York Magazine has her listed as '100 Best Architects & Decorators.'

Furniture For Hickory Chair

Lighting For Visual Comfort

This is an event you will not want to miss! It's not too late to register tickets are still available for all events.

Also for interior design students, ASID is working in conjunction with Celebration Design for the ASID Student's Symposium 2011, which I will be sitting on the Round Table discussion panel. So student's please come in and interrogate us for an inside look into the REAL world of interior design!

This event has hash tags on Twitter #cod11

See You There!

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