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T he oceanfront residences in Juan Montoya's new book are at once laidback and luxurious. Designing Paradise: Tropical Interiors by Juan Montoya showcases six of the acclaimed interior designer's projects in such locales as Mexico, Dominican Republic, Miami Beach, and Fisher Island. Open-air pavilions with views of sea and sand, sweeping terraces with shimmering pools, and thatched-roof interiors with blue-and-white tiles, intricate beadwork, and global textiles are some of his hallmarks. Two chapters are devoted to Noctiluca, an estate on the Mexican Pacific shore designed by architect Mark de Reus, for which Montoya designed custom furnishings mixed with antiques and art indigenous to the region. "I spent one and a half years traveling from town to town in Mexico looking for artisans to produce the furniture so it would have an authenticity to its location," writes Montoya. "So, everything has the flair and feeling of being in Mexico." Montoya, who studied architecture in Bogotá, is a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame and a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design. He also has a Doctorate from New York School of Interior Design, is a recipient of the Legends Awards from Pratt Institute, and is an AD 30 Deans of Design and Grand Master on the Elle Decor A-List. Rebecca Sherman Abitare 18 showroom hosts the legendary Juan Montoya, Thursday, September 23, 4 to 6 pm, for cocktails, a talk and book signing, as part of Texas Design Week Dallas. TXDW is a ticketed event; for tickets and complete schedule go to TEXAS DESIGN WEEK DALLAS PARADISE FOUND Salon Talk and Book Signing with Legendary Designer Juan Montoya Bedroom at Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic Polychrome Indian chest inlaid with mirrors. At Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, the living room palapa appears to float on an island. Juan Montoya 118

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