Baker’s latest addition to its popular Guest Designer series is a dramatic collection of 80 pieces created by Jean-Louis Deniot, the renowned architect and interior designer with a reputation for combining vintage and modern aesthetics.
Featured frequently in magazines like Elle Decor and Architectural Digest, Deniot has an expansive resume of projects ranging from the soon-to-open Hotel Nolinski on Paris’ Avenue de l’Opéra to private homes with glamorous addresses like Beverly Hills and Hong Kong. His work commonly earns descriptions like informal, bold, eclectic, and modern, and he calls the results of the Baker collaboration “futuristic-classic,” noting that his goal was to sidestep an overly refined look with versatile pieces intended to “distract, attract, and please” rather than impress.
Ranging from upholstery to lighting, the collection has a masculine and feminine duality that comes through in geometric patterns softened by curvy silhouettes. Lighting and mirrors in the collection—in brass, steel, alabaster, and handblown glass—have been created by small, family-run Italian craft shops using ancient techniques and modern materials. And Deniot favors pale colors like grays, antique gold, and ivories along with materials such as labradorite, obsidian, and heliodor blended with rich, lacquered wood and intricately embellished metal elements. 1250 Slocum St., #790. 214-741-2586. bakerfurniture.com
Shedding Some Light
New forms of artistic illumination at the Dallas Design District’s Gallerie Noir include three-dimensional cubist chandeliers and sunburst Strada pendants, plus other treasures from Kelly Wearstler’s new lighting collection designed for Visual Comfort. Interior designer and Gallerie Noir founder Melissa Enriquez says she’s been a fan of the eye-catching collection since it was introduced last summer, seeing how the art deco and California-vibe pieces integrate so easily into her contemporary design projects. Along with the Wearstler collection, Enriquez has also added a small selection of pieces from Aerin Lauder’s Aerin collection. 1525 Dragon St. 214-760-9536. gallerienoir.com
Scott + Cooner is one of the first three U.S. dealers that has quickly put out the welcome mat for Luteca, a New York line of contemporary furnishings, modern lighting, and accessories founded in 2015. Marked by minimal silhouettes and Mexican- and Latin American-influenced designs, the collection includes several never-before-seen postmodern pieces by pioneering Mexican modernist architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, who gave Luteca’s creative director Alexander Díaz Andersson access to his hidden designs shortly before his death at age 94. Handmade and hand polished in Mexico City, the reissues of Vázquez’s furnishings join Andersson’s own designs to form Luteca’s inaugural line. As with its close to 200 other luxury lines, Scott + Cooner’s Dallas and Austin showrooms will keep just several Luteca pieces on hand, but will rep the inaugural collection’s entire line. 1617 Hi Line Dr., #100. 214-748-9838. scottcooner.com
New on the scene at Cory Pope & Associates is a handpicked selection of elegant furnishings from justin van breda london. Showroom manager Nathan Vernon says 15 pieces culled from five JVB collections with names like English Home, Legacy, and Vanities comprise a refined assortment of living, dining, and bedroom offerings—plus bathroom cabinetry—that reflect the designer’s contemporary vision of British design and pay homage to periods like the Georgian era and 1940s art deco. Included is a short list of sculptures and functional art pieces created by South African artisans for Van Breda’s Curate collection. 1025 N. Stemmons Fwy., #550. 214-981-9119. corypope.com
On the heels of a fall 2015 furniture debut at High Point Market that introduced a new collection of pieces marked by fanciful hardware, colors, and details, Kate Spade New York has stretched further into the realm of interior design with Curiosities, a collection of vibrant fabrics and trimmings for Kravet. Adding lively echoes to Spade’s “live colorfully” motto, about 100 traditional-with-a-twist choices in the Curiosities lineup apply hues like maraschino, snapdragon, cornflower, and lipstick to a range of abstract patterns and signature polka dots, stripes, and florals. 1025 N. Stemmons Fwy., #720.