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!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Antiques: Pittet Company - A Dallas Institution

When I am on the hunt for a bespoke piece of object d’art or certain antique commode that will make my clients stop dead in their tracks, I take them to Antiques Row, located in the Dallas Design District, and make sure I make a stop at the renowned Pittet Company.

I was lucky enough to get a guided tour by Mr. Pittet’s showroom manager Michael Smith whom joined forces with Pittet nearly seven years ago. Having fourteen years experience in custom cabinetry and fine antiquities Pittet and Smith have created an eclectic showroom that is a joy to visit.

Featuring over 12,000 square feet of showroom space, chock full of goods that we can salivate over – just being sure not to leave any water damage of course...! I just came back from Europe, touring castles and palaces occupied by kings and queens and I really felt as if the designers had been stopping in at Pittet Company to fill up the palatial spaces – despite the time difference, they just traveled to the future I am presuming?!

I found it interesting that unlike most antique dealers, Pittet does not go to Europe twice a year to the antique markets – they are too well-heeled and been around the block to do that – but have a secret antique spy I call him – who’s daily task is to scour all of Europe for only the BEST pieces. They do not have to fill up a container with “filler” pieces because they ship containers out faster then you can say, well, "17th century antique"…and you can tell just by perusing their showroom every so often as there is always new goodies, and of course, new goodies with SOLD tags.

Pittet Company specializes in 17th,18th, and 19th century furnishings boasting a comprehensive inventory from European markets and private estates and also if that wasn’t enough on their plate they had to be overachievers outdo themselves (because the only competition should be against yourself) and open a second shop – Pittet Architectuals that is nearly double in size that includes antique reproductions doorways, stone and marble fountains, mantel pieces, iron gates and garden statuary.

A small snapshot of the immense showroom

I am obsessing over the commode above. I can see this in super sleek hi-rise that is refined modern at the same time, with this piece thrown in for a dramatic focal point. Imagine it with a piece of abstract art above, that is on the same fierceness level as Louboutin spiked heels.

This would be the piece d' resistance in any bedroom.
Again, think super detailed headboard with white crisp linens and top it off with a simple red and metallic geometric pillow in the middle.

Ok...just fell in love, again.
In all my endless hours of sifting through hordes of antiques as a designer, I have never seen such a glam cocktail table. What an amazing shape and size this baby was.

Pittet also features some of the more Belgian and Swedish style of antiques that our sister city down south, H-Town and also Nawlins, feature in their shops that is a popular look in our city.

The worn patina of time will never go out of style, no matter how much the manufacturers of Botox tell us.

Starbursts, sunbursts - tom-ate-o, toe-mat-o. Regardless of what you call them they will always be timeless and chic in my book.

This is Riley

This is Riley AND Reagan, ha... they are a pair and NO separating these 2!

If you have skipped Mass....get religious about these.

Chandeliers boxed up and ready to grace someones home before the holidays arrive.

This piece will surely be the icing on the cake in any room that encompasses it's beauty.

Take a seat!

Movie Name: The Office (2005)
Phyllis: Why dont you take a seat and enjoy the buffet?
    Michael Scott: Im already on it. The chicken was undercooked - I sent it back.
          Phyllis: It's fish.

Michael would have a hard time choosing a seat and an entree.

Beautiful antique coronas are hard to find.
Consider yourself lucky, because you just found one.
AHHHH, beautimus.

Beauty is in the details.
Rock crystal chandeliers are beautiful but the stone itself is worthy of its own shot.
Mother nature is the best artist in my opinion.

An unusual piece. The patterning and details alone are interesting enough, however the colors are what drew me to this piece.

Detail shot of the above piece

If you misbehaved a couple of hundred years ago, they would simply lock in you in the chandelier.

The colors of this piece are intense and rich.
The perspective alone makes me feel as if they are about to come to life and into the room.
Art makes a room come alive.

The detailing on this piece is elaborate and needs to be appreciated in a highly seen area. I would place at the end of a gallery. The silhouette commands attention just as much as its intricacy.

Shot of the chair back from the top of the post.
There is a pair.

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who has the fairest antiques of all...?

And to instantly update your home, throw some tapestry pillows upon the sofa or bed to create a new look.

Italian ceramics

The piece above is provoking and evocative, reminiscent of the works of the Italian painter Caravaggio.

Many designers have taken pieces from Pittet and built cabinets and built-ins surrounding the pieces to create a TRULY custom cabinet.

However imitation is the best form of flattery, and Pittet can also make custom pieces from the drawing board as well. With Michael Smith's experience in cabinetry and woodworking, you will be hard pressed to find someone who has a discerning eye as his own.


They also offer their own onsite reupholstery and rug repair service

A rainbow of yarns for wool rugs

And of course a touch of whimsy thrown in for good measure. Smith says these little guys actually get the most attention in the shop!

Below are a few shots from my recent trip to Europe. These photographs below I took at Wilanow Palance (which actually means Villanueva in Polish!) in Warsaw, Poland - the summer "cottage" ahem...of Polish royalty until 1805. You can see from the furnishings below that Pittet Company resounds to an era when quality and craftmanship were paramount.

Contact Pittet Company for any information on the above pieces and stop by their showroom to see for yourself what speaks to you! Happy hunting!

Pittet Company
1215 Slocum Street,
Dallas, TX 75207

Photos: Alana Villanueva dD - dallasDECORUM

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