PaperCity Magazine

March 2020- Houston

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 75 of 131

Guard and Grace MICHELLE IN ANTIQUES AND OBJET MENAGERIE AT MAXIMAL WONDERLAND HOUSE 2106 DALLAS DESIGNER MICHELLE NUSSBAUMER'S NEW TEXTILE COLLECTION FOR CLARENCE HOUSE IS A TRIP. T he massive neo-Mayan hacienda Michelle Nussbaumer built in the Dallas Design District is a sight to behold. An almost Brutalist facade conceals a feverish interior packed with pattern, color, and materials that pushes creative limits around every corner. For Nussbaumer, who just landed on Architectural Digest's prestigious AD100 List, the house is also a laboratory of design ideas, where collaborative efforts fl ourish. The window treatments she conceived for the kitchen, for example, kick-started her new textiles collection for Clarence House. "I couldn't fi nd what I was looking for, so I designed what I wished I had," says Nussbaumer, who received the 2019 House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year honors for the project. The collection debuted in Paris at Deco Off, with Fez-style embroideries on Belgian linen and velvet, woven Mexican serape-style stripes, printed fl orals, and a Venetian-style damask on linen and silk. A garden print is based on 17th-century Verdure tapestries while parrots, crazy-quilt patterns, and motifs from Mexican horse blankets and May an art are also lavishly represented. Nussbaumer designed trims based on Portuguese and Arabian horse bridles, such as a casual raffi a fringe and big, fun pompoms. "It's a worldly collection that all works together," she says. "We've made it simple to mix patterns and colors, and create maximalist moments." Michelle Nussbaumer for Clarence House, to the trade at Culp Associates, Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway Dr., Suite 4018, I f, while reading our February issue, you wished you could shop the antique bronze and cinnabar vessels and Nepalese shrines in the David Merryman- designed sky-high penthouse of real estate investor Robert Kuperman, then you are in luck. Prepared to part with beautiful objects stored in warehouses from a lifetime of collecting, Kuperman has opened House 2106 at 2106 Waugh Street in Montrose. The 3,500-square-foot store is rapidly expanding to neighboring offi ces and will soon total 10,000 square feet of themed rooms. When I fi rst reached Kuperman by phone to inquire about the shop he confessed, "Well, you see, I have a really bad shopping habit." His voice was tinged with amusement — like any passionate collector, he is actually quite proud of his bad habit. And rightfully so: Kuperman has an extraordinary eye for intriguing and special items that span all ages, genres, and categories. He spent several years living in Palm Springs, where from 2005 to 2013 he owned a very successful retail design store, House 849, which was featured in Travel & Leisure and he was an active seller on 1stDibs. Kuperman returns to Palm Springs often and still can't resist bringing back treasures — most recently, a massive 19th- century blonde tortoiseshell and a fabulous inlaid Moorish trunk, which both now sit pretty in the entry of House 2106. Kuperman has been a nondiscriminatory collector, fi lling his numerous homes and warehouses with art, antique furniture, object d'art, tapestries, textiles, chandeliers, and fl oor lamps. At House 2106 a pair of oversized papier mâché elephant- head sconces look like carved ebony and antique wooden tea caddies and boxes have a storied patina. If you're seeking art, you'll fi nd sizable offerings from Serbian painter Vladimir Prodanovich, Virginian artist Otis Huband, and others. House 2106, 2106 Waugh, BY REBECCA SHERMAN BY ANNE LEE PHILLIPS Michelle Nussbaumer Michelle Nussbaumer for Clarence House A lifetime of collections are available at House 2106 Oversized papier mâché elephant-head sconces at House 2106 JACK THOMPSON JACK THOMPSON

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of PaperCity Magazine - March 2020- Houston