Ingenuity in Texas abounds with new collections for the home by top design pros popping up statewide. A few of the latest standouts include a refined line of contemporary furnishings, an elegant collection of functional hardware, and a custom armchair tweaked to perfection.
Internationally acclaimed, Houston-based architect Lauren Rottet has teamed up with global furniture brand Haworth, Inc., to introduce a new range of furniture. And Rottet has brought her refined sensibility, deft touch with sophisticated materials and attention to detail to the collaboration. The Lyda sofa, the first piece to be produced, can be customized for both casual and formal office and hospitality settings and has a traditional-meets-modern aesthetic to complement various environments. Rottet designed the piece with steel arms that contrast smartly with a warm neutral mohair and gray leather upholstery by Poltrona Frau. For added function, she also equipped it with an adjustable marble tablet surface and hidden pocket arm drawer for USB connections and additional storage. Launched in Haworth’s showroom at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart during Neocon this past summer, the Lyda sofa will be available through Haworth, Inc. in the coming year.
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Drawing upon her experience working hand-in-hand with clients over the past 15 years, Austin-based designer Laura Burton of Laura Burton Interiors has launched a new line of cabinetry hardware: Finery by Laura Burton, available exclusively through Alexander Marchant in Austin and San Antonio. The line first took root with the Round Slot Knob and Oblong Slot Pull, which Burton custom-created to have soft edges and rounded ends specifically for a client with fragile skin resulting from leukemia treatments. From there, Burton decided to take her hardware a step further by tackling the age-old problem of clothing and cords catching on open-ended knobs and pulls. To solve this issue, she designed the Slot Collection with closed ends on all four sides and a flush-mount installation, while her Simple Collection remains versatile enough to complement many styles. Each piece is machined locally with solid brass or pewter and mounted with multiple anchor points for stability.
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One doesn’t often come across a furniture company with a product so good it becomes the brand’s singular focus. But that is the case with Harman Studio and its Chair 7, available for custom order as of this fall. Founder Christopher Harman first imagined the chair four decades ago during a seventh-grade industrial design class. More recently, after deciding to bring the chair to market, Harman worked to fine-tune its original profile before eventually landing on a clean, midcentury modern silhouette with tapered legs, which he designed to accommodate a variety of aesthetics and built environments. While grain-matched, quarter-sawn walnut is Harman’s primary material of choice currently, customers may choose from an impressive set of commercial grade fabrics for the upholstery. Exact specifications and fabric are available on Harman’s website.