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ART + DECORATION D e c a d e s b e f o r e billionaires launched t h e m s e l v e s i n t o s p a c e , N A S A astronauts captured our collective imagination by orbiting the Earth and landing on the moon. The space race — and the respect for science i t e n g e n d e r e d — influenced American c u l t u r e i n myriad ways, e s p e c i a l l y design. Sherle W a g n e r introduced his Molecule Collection in the '60s, with knobs designed to resemble the cluster of atoms that make up a molecule. It's been in production ever since, evolving with nearly 20 additional finishes and 14 gemstone options — a new satin-brass finish has just come out. Wagner founded his namesake company with his wife, Rose, in 1945, elevating often-overlooked bath hardware and accessories WHAT A BLAST with playful designs and elegant finishes. His first offering — a dolphin faucet finished in 24K gold — was perfect for a clientele that included presidents and movie stars. Marissa Geoffroy, Wagner's granddaughter and creative director of the company today, describes him as an intellectual with a vast curiosity for the arts and sciences. "He delighted in things like cells and stars, along with manmade phenomena like spacecraft," she says. RS MASTERPIECE THEATER S chumacher has enlisted master artisans to make its exciting new Masterpieces collection of rare fabrics and wallcoverings, which are being produced in extremely limited quantities. Royal Silk Embroidery — the collection's debut design — was inspired by an intricately embellished gown festooned with mythical sea creatures and exotic flora and birds, worn by Queen Elizabeth I and captured on canvas in the 16th-century by artist Nicholas Hilliard. It takes a team of 25 artisans, including embroiderers and weavers, 30 weeks to make 100 yards of the coveted fabric, utilizing dying ancient techniques. Schumacher Masterpieces' Royal Silk Embroidery, to the trade at Schumacher, Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway Dr., RS Sherle Wagner Molecule Knob faucet set Molecule knob in new satin brass finish, with malachite stone Here and below: Royal Silk Embroidery, the debut design from Schumacher's new Masterpieces collection O ver the years, guest designers f o r D a l l a s - based Arteriors have included Celerie Kemble, Windsor Smith, Ray Booth, Beth Webb, and Barry Dixon. This year's collaboration with Workshop/APD is the first time Arteriors has teamed with an architecture firm (Workshop a l s o d e s i g n s i n t e r i o r s a n d products, as well as planning, engineering, and branding) with residential projects, restaurants, and hotels around the world. These two design juggernauts have teamed on one of Arteriors largest collections yet — four dozen designs — including chandeliers and pendants, sconces, floor and table lamps, mirrors, fireplace screen, candlesticks, trays, and vases. The sleek collection takes on artisanal qualities with materials such as hand-blown glass, ceramic, porcelain, and blackened iron. Workshop/APD is based in New York City but has strong Texas ties, with a number of its designers hailing from the state including Michael Ellison, Tiffany Zhou, and Brook Quach. Workshop/APD collection, $210 to $1,950, at RS WORK IT! WORKSHOP Workshop/APD collection for Arteriors 82

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