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November 2014 - Dallas

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DECORATION M odern design may be taking the town like a Texas tornado, but the 25-year-old Dutch furniture manufacturer Arhaus has apparently tuned out the Weather Channel. Lucky for us! Opening Saturday, November 15, inside NorthPark Center on the second level (between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom), the 24,000-square-foot store stocks such updated, traditional furnishings as tufted chesterfield sofas (reimagined into sectionals) and supersized iron chandeliers. There are hand-painted murals, antiques from Indonesia and Paris, handcrafted tables, wrought-iron beds, crafted furnishings from Italy, dinnerware, rugs, outdoor furniture, and even fresh flowers. It's a lifestyle, really — one that's ecologically sustainable. Their cherry, elm and other natural hardwoods are never harvested from endangered rainforests (in fact, they harvest some of their own hardwoods from their own plantations); cotton upholstery is 100 percent organic; and copper is recycled into tabletops, and tree roots into chairs. Craftsmanship harkens back to a slower time: Everything here is crafted by hand, including hand-forged wrought iron. Arhaus is Old World- influenced, yes, but not stuffy. There's a dollop of Old Hollywood glam in between the 18th-century French, including the clean and angular Clancy daybed ($2,399), Clancy chair and half ($1,399) and the sleek Mika alabaster table lamp ($399). Mid- century influences include the Harlow and Kerouac leather chairs ($699 and $1,799, respectively). One of my favorite pieces is the gray cable-knit candle ($15 to $29), rendered so sweater-like in wax that just looking at it keeps one warm. Rebecca Sherman ARHAUS to YOURS 8687 North Central Expressway in NorthPark Center, 214.706.3523, If he were still alive, that's what Ray Nasher would say about the epic patinated bronze fleur offered on the block by Heritage Auctions Saturday, November 8. Sold in situ, and currently on loan at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Montreal, the Léger (estimate $300,000 to $500,000) joins other top six-figure sculpture lots by Jim Dine and Jaume Plensa in making an extraordinary addition to any contemporary connoisseur's collection. (We're also lusting after a cache of nearly 50 paintings and prints by Pop maestro Roy Lichtenstein). To preview and/or bid, Catherine D. Anspon I'LL TAKE THE LEGER D esigner Michelle Nussbaumer's first collection of tableware is an updated spin on traditional Mexican handicrafts that have existed for centuries. She teamed up with longtime friend Charlie Hall — who owns a factory in San Miguel de Allende that employs handicapped artisans (he gives TED talks on the subject) — to create the terra-cotta dishes and serving ware, silverware and glasses that are available exclusively at her store, Ceylon et Cie. The hand-thrown dishes are "a whimsical, modern take on a 17th-century Delft plate I owned," she says, but hers are lead-free and dishwasher safe. Her hand-blown Milagro glasses, inspired by Mexican designs from the '20s and '30s, are available in aqua, cobalt and clear and are etched with traditional Mexican symbols such as the sun, agave plant, rooster and bleeding heart. (More than half the artisans are so handicapped they must etch with their feet, Nussbaumer says.) Her Concha silverware — made in Tosca, where the finest Mexican silver is mined and produced — is based on a classic concha belt. "These artists have been doing their thing for hundreds of years," she says. "They've made the same thing generation after generation. I took what they do and changed it up — they loved it. That's the great thing about working in Mexico, whether you're making a house or a spoon: They never say 'can't.' They always say, 'Let's try it.' They have hearts of true artists." $18 to $65, at Ceylon et Cie, 319 Dragon St., 214.742.7632, Rebecca Sherman DISHING FOR A CAUSE Texas-based interior designer Karen Pulaski celebrates the first anniversary of her Tribute Goods fine linen company by unveiling a new collection of sumptuous, Italian-made bedding fashioned by third-generation textile mills near Lake Como. The appeal of these linens surpasses the beauty of the Italian-woven, Egyptian-cotton sateen that Pulaski employs. Tribute Goods merges her passion for art (she's served on numerous museum boards) with a devotion to exquisite textiles. Best of all, Tribute Goods also gives back to charities that focus on medicine, teaching and art. To this end, Pulaski has collaborated with Kevin Peterson, one of Texas's best realists, on the dazzling Wisdom & Purity collection. With dramatic green and azure tones, the design — loosely based on a Peterson canvas that is distilled and transformed into pillows, sheets and throws — depicts a hummingbird in a lush garden of foxgloves and roses. Reminiscent of Art Nouveau, its palette evokes the richness of Tiffany favrille glass. Through Casa di Lino; also through the Neiman Marcus catalog, neiman, Catherine D. Anspon BEDDING as CANVAS Fernand Léger's Grand Tournesol (La Fleur Polychrome), 1952, (cast 2000), at Heritage Auctions Allee from Trove Rinceau from Trove ANN STRATTON Tribute Goods' Wisdom & Purity Collection, at Casa di Lino Arhaus Michelle Nussbaumer W ith so many chic options for wall coverings these days, a naked wall just feels so undressed. Trove — created by NYC husband-and-wife artists Randall Buck (multimedia) and Jee Levin (painter) — hand-makes papers that mix traditional with nontraditional materials and processes. We love their latest works: Allee, inspired by the 1961 film Last Year at Marienbad, depicts a dreamscape garden, while Rinceau (French for foliage) was influenced by extravagant architectural moldings from the Baroque period. Prices upon request, to the trade at Holly Hunt, 1025 N Stemmons, Suite 590, 214.245.4770, Rebecca Sherman PAPER CHASE

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