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July/August 2019- Dallas

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59 fine old villas in Milan and the South of France dangle from the store's ceiling, including a dazzling pair of multi-tiered Murano glass chandeliers by Barovier in rare double tones of pale aqua and opaline. Sconces are always in high demand, says Gregory, who has a selection of exceptional ones from the 1930s by Venini and Seguso. He is one of a few in the country who custom-designs and reproduces Italian glass chandeliers and sconces, which he has made by artisans in Murano. The turnaround is six to nine weeks from design to installation — a remarkably short time. His custom lighting is popular with interior designers who might fall in love with a particular antique piece, but need a different size or color. Recently, Gregory designed a set of 10 Art Deco sconces for a client's home theater, based on an original antique. It's not just locals who admire Gregory's work — he has clients around the world. "I just shipped a Murano chandelier to Italy," he says with a smile. John Gregory, 141 Howell St., and features minimally styled, chic vignettes of mostly Italian furniture and lighting from the '20s through the '70s. "I like clean lines, but every now and then it's fun to throw something goopy and French in," he says. Glance around, and you'll find exquisitely crafted wood furniture and upholstered seating from some of the modern era's most influential names, including Osvaldo Borsani, Paolo Buffa, and Vittorio Dassi. John Gregory showroom is perhaps best known for Murano and Venetian glass lighting, much of it produced by Italian glassmakers Seguso, Barovier & Toso, and Venini. Elias Guerrero, a lighting expert who joined the showroom early on, specializes in restoring, rewiring, and installing antique and vintage lighting. Chandeliers sourced from French 1970s table. Italian 1950s chair. Italian 1970s ottoman. Signed Barovier & Toso lighted mirror. Venetian torchère, 18th century. John Gregory Elias Guerrero

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