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November 2012 - Dallas

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If Dahlgren Duck had a theme song, it would be: JD: "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang. Custom knows no bounds. What are some of your luxe designs? Custom crystal (height, diameter, capacity and weight appropriate for aircraft cup holders); titanium flatware for aircraft; customized umbrellas with exotic skin-wrapped handles and sterlingsilver collars. AD: "Take it to the Limit" by The Eagles. Number of pieces in the most commodious dinnerware service. 84. Those who've received Dahlgren Duck invoices. Paul Allen, The Sultan of Brunei, Warren Buffet, Arnold Palmer, Dahlgren Duck has outfitted. Any Rosewood Hotel and Resort; The Setai Fifth Avenue in New York; The Mark Hotel in New York, The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, D.C.; Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas; The Eldorado Country Club in Palm Springs; and Falling Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania. Ivory Coast, Harrison Ford, Royal Family of Abu Dhabi, and Donald Trump. Memorable invention. A crystal flute with a sterling-silver base, fitted with interior lighting to illuminate the champagne bubbles. Requests that have made you wince. AD: About the only requests that make us wince are those with unreasonable delivery expectations. Most elaborate order. Integrated dinner services and interior amenities for a wishing-to-remainanonymous head of state's Boeing 747400. The VIP sections required custom molds for each china pattern, all with hand-painted finishes, and custom-shaped sterling-silver flatware with gold embellishments, set with semiprecious stones. The custom-molded Baccarat crystal carried the Royal emblem and had grooves to fit into sterling-silver bases also inset with semiprecious stones. Embroidered table linens were produced in pure linen flax; throw blankets were designed of woven cashmere in custom colors, with the reverse side in custom-colored silk. Your stranded-on-a-desert-island desire from your showroom. AD: I'm classifying our incredible sleep experience package as one item: 100 percent Egyptian combed Mako cotton satin-finish bed linens by Rivolta Carmignani of Italy, Ogallala down pillows and mattress enhancer, and Vi-Spring bed. JD: Jura espresso machine with a box of Illy coffee. Fantasy client. Frank Lloyd Wright said, "The accessories become the living design and art Frank Lloyd Wright of a home or environment." He designed custom hardware, dinnerware, etc., and he would have been great to work with. I had a chance to work with Faye Jones, a pupil of Wright's, and it was a magical time. — Jim Dahlgren Bespoke Boeing — items fabricated specifically for aircrafts. precious-metal finishes as well as ebony with shagreen touches, Santos Rosewood with shagreen or a rich cream-colored leather trimmed with black anodized aluminum. Front and rear face plates lend themselves to the addition of a royal crest, coat of arms, monogram or logo. Developed 25 years ago, it is the first to have a raised handle and is the appropriate diameter to fit an aircraft cup holder. Best client brainstorming. cutting-edge design and neverbefore-produced dinner services. I suggested we try and secure some moon rocks from NASA — we could cut and polish them, and The JIM AND ALLAN DUCK To think we could offer (at the time) the richest man on earth something no one else had was priceless. NASA would not release the moon rocks, as they remain a rare and protected commodity, so it is still out there to be achieved! — Jim Dahlgren You're given $10,000 with the condition that it must be spent at a casino. What game do you play? AD: I am not a casino gambler, deferring to my father's advice that, "If you have money to gamble (at a casino) then you don't need to … and if you don't have money to gamble, you can't afford to!" However, as per your question and its stipulation, I guess I would play Baccarat. JD: One roll of the dice for double or nothing — I don't want to waste time gambling on things out of my control. BY BROOKE HORTENSTINE ARTWORK BY ROB WILSON ILLUSTRATION FOR RENEERHYNER.COM T hey had me at "coat of arms." Walking through the showroom halls of Dahlgren Duck & Associates, owners Jim Dahlgren and Allan Duck pepper their sentences with bespoke, Sheik and my favorite aforementioned three. By land, air or sea ... your favored way to travel? Private yacht over private plane because the enjoyment with family and friends is much more clientele such as the King of Saudi Arabia lingering! — Jim Dahlgren produce almost anything dreamt up for transportation, restaurant, club or hotel — be it custom-sized aircraft bedding, a roll of monogrammed MYDraps or the occasional $5,000 fork. NOVEMBER | PAGE 28 | 2012 Three "d" words that make you happy. AD: Desire, dedication, delivery (on time)! JD: Daring, darling, diligent. Ambition. AD: To support the shrinking number of true artisans in the world who make our one-of-a-kind magic possible.

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