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PAST MEETS PRESENT Rupal Dalal with pieces from Art of Old India’s modern Pearl collection. Dalal’s jewelry was designed by her mother, Jayshree Dalal, who also has pieces featured at the Dallas Design District showroom.
CUT A RUG Matt Camron’s flatweave rugs are fully customizable and can be woven in as few as eight weeks.
FOLLOW YOUR ARROW A Warbach light fixture created in collaboration with Austin-based designer Joel Mozersky
SLEEP ON IT Pieces from Tribute Goods’ Wisdom and Purity: Graffiti collection (from $220) in front of the painting that inspired the line
Best of Design: Products & Pieces
Texas is teeming with undeniable design talent. Here, we pay homage to the Lone Star State’s hottest and brightest.
By Nadia Dabbakeh, BeccA Hensley, Rhonda Reinhart and Helen Thompson | Photo: Art of Old India photo by Billy Surface; Tribute Goods photo by Julie Soefer | February 1, 2017
Best New Furniture Line
Art of Old India
For more than 40 years, Art of Old India has been a trusted Dallas source for one-of-a-kind antique architectural elements. But now the intricate doors, columns and ceiling panels—taken from opulent homes and palaces in far-flung locales such as Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey and India—share space with a modern line of original designs created by Rupal Dalal, daughter of founder Pankaj Dalal. Launched last year, the Pearl collection features sleek mother-of-pearl furniture handcrafted in India, including beautifully iridescent mirrors, a wood-framed end table overlaid with pieces of mother-of-pearl ($2,200) and a glass-topped table on two hand-carved twisted bases ($4,200). Dalal’s second collection, The Dark Night Collection, which launched early this year, goes darker than her debut line, featuring acrylic, teak, mother-of-pearl inlay and glass. 1030 Dragon St., Dallas, 214.760.9216
Matt Camron Rugs & Tapestries
Founded more than 30 years ago in Houston, this family-owned and -operated business has since grown from its first gallery in River Oaks to include showrooms in Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Scottsdale and Washington, D.C. It’s no wonder, with founder Matt Esfahani’s reputation as a leader in the luxury rug industry, and his daughter and creative director, Sarah Esfahani Tringhese, by his side. Matt Camron’s latest projects include the Scandinavian rug collection, an array of modern flatweave designs inspired by the region’s colorful and graphic midcentury textiles. Also of note is the AfghanMade Collection, which features new twists on classic rug designs. The pieces are handwoven in Afghanistan—mostly by the country’s women—in collaboration with U.S. Department of Defense efforts to get the country back on the map as a source for luxury carpets. To the trade, 1620 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, 214.744.5740; 2702 Sackett St., Houston, 713.528.2666
Whether they know it or not, many Austinites have been enlightened by Warbach’s work. In just four years, this bespoke lighting design firm has defined some of the city’s most memorable restaurants with its unique custom lighting. VOX, Bullfight, Oporto, Trio and many others have that certain glow thanks to Nathan Warner and Buck Hubach’s partnership. As a team, Warner and Hubach have fashioned an ultramodern overhead metal fixture for Redbird restaurant that looks like a set of pick-up sticks thrown onto the ceiling, designed a blue powder-coated network of lights resembling a subway map for Taco Deli and created an industrial-chic steel band bristling with more than 150 antlers that wraps around the bar at Lonesome Dove. Fans are looking forward to the soon-to-open Warbach showroom, which will offer residential versions of their splashy creations. 5007 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, 512.522.0564
Though there are no official stats on the matter, it’s probably safe to say there aren’t many luxury linen companies in the state that share much in common with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Last year, coincidentally, those worlds converged when the band released an album cover featuring a painting by Houston-based artist Kevin Peterson, whose work also graces a new line from Tribute Goods. With the Wisdom and Purity: Graffiti collection, the Houston-based linen brand, founded by interior designer Karen Pulaski, commissioned a Peterson painting and transformed it into a colorful graffiti border for sheets, pillowcases, shams and duvets. Printed on oyster-gray sateen woven in Italy by skilled artisans, the bedding is simultaneously lovely and edgy. Also check out Tribute Goods’ new Abstract Ikat collection created from original watercolor artwork by Kia Neill. 3637 W. Alabama St., Ste. 100, Houston, 713.627.3700