by JOSHUA RICE
Spring is design’s high season. At shows ranging from the influential Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan to the important International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, creative types and buyers come to buzz over the newest furniture, lighting and decorative accessories on display — not unlike the fashion weeks all over the world — and make their orders.
And then the waiting begins. Production and manufacturing. The lull of the European August holiday season. The slow transport — by sea — to the U.S. It could well be early next year before you finally touch this year’s amazing chair from Italy inside a Dallas showroom. Always ones for instant gratification, we polled five of the city’s top contemporary furniture and design showrooms and boutiques to see what they loved from abroad that is available for order — right now. No waiting.
The Cervino armchair and ottoman, above right, by Marcel Wolterinck for Verden, a Danish manufacturer, are classic in form, but fresh in their use of details such as the cantilevered bronze bases.
The Cottage, above center, by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal is a lounge area placed in the great outdoors that lets the breeze through while maintaining an enclosed environment for protection and privacy.
Molteni & C reintroduces a limited collection of works from Italian architect and industrial designer Gio Ponti. Only a handful of cities — Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas — are lucky enough to have the new collection. Above left, his Armchair D.153.1.
Smink, 1019 Dragon St., Dallas, 214-350-0542, sminkinc.com
SCOTT + COONER
Wall Piercing, above left, a light creation by Ron Gilad for Flos, consists of LED-embedded modular rings that appear to radiate inward, piercing the supporting wall. The effect is beyond illuminating.
The Atelier Chair, above right, by EOOS for the German manufacturer Walter Knoll is the essence of minimalism with its visible function, reduced form and flawless detail.
Scott + Cooner, 1617 Hi Line Drive, Dallas, 214-748-9838, scottcooner.com
Star, right, a pendant created by Claudia Melo for Portuguese design house Mambo, features a simple cloth shade curiously trapped in a faceted, asymmetrical brass cage.
Plug-in neon art letters, top, designed by Seletti enable you to spell whatever you like, thanks to modular connectors. You control the message.
Nest, 4524 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-373-4444, nestdallas.com
PROMEMORIA DALLAS AT MÍNOLOCHI
With its bronze sled base and hammered bronze top, the Saint Moritz coffee table, above left , fuses traditional handcraft techniques and almost rustic design with ultra-luxury materials. The bronze Lucciola lamps, above right — with their pivoting mushroomlike shades — are unapologetic nods to early Bauhaus lighting designs.
Promemoria Dallas at Mínolochi, 1316 Slocum St., Dallas, 214-748-1800, minolochi.com
The Okumi armchair, center, by Studio Catoir makes reference to a Japanese kimono. It is a carefully tailored piece but with casual appeal.
The Fifty outdoor armchair, above right, designed by Dögg & Arnved Design Studio is a bold lounger inspired by the equally experimental — now classic — lounge by Hans Wegner, the Flag Halyard Chairof 1950.
Ligne Roset, 4516 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 214-526-2220, ligne-roset-usa.com
JOSHUA RICE is a Dallas interior designer, modern decorative arts specialist, collector and obsessive. He has a degree in interior design from Texas Christian University and previously worked for Dallas architecture and design firm Bodron + Fruit. He hoards architecturally significant furniture at his studio in Deep Ellum.