The Dallas Design District has been no stranger to welcoming inspiring spaces and talent throughout the past few months. Among its latest tenants: Local designer Chad Dorsey, who recently opened a 2,500-square-foot studio with an intimate vibe that reflects his refined interiors. Here, we catch up with the owner of the eponymous atelier for a breakdown on what to expect from his outpost at 1316 Slocum St.
Why did you open a studio in the Dallas Design District?
It’s at the center of the creative energy happening right now in Dallas. I have been active in the Design District for years, but now that we have a public interface, it’s an opportunity to be more effective for our clients.
Describe the space:
Our open loft/warehouse studio feels residential in nature–like stepping into one of our homes. There is a full kitchen with our wooden accessories and barware, plus contemporary art by local artist Amy Opsal and other creatives. A selection of pillows, candles, vintage pieces, luxury linens from Society Limonta linens, rugs by Mehraban in Los Angeles and The Rug Company, and wool and cashmere blankets are all artfully arranged throughout the studio so you can experience the luxury firsthand.
What do you offer?
The new creative space allows us to marry our full-service interior design studio with retail frontage. The extra space grants us the opportunity to showcase many of the custom pieces we have designed, as well as those from our favorite vendors. Some of my designs include the Chad Dorsey Modern Fireplace Collection (which can be customized to any space and shipped throughout the country in six weeks); custom steel accent tables, mirrors, and screens; custom upholstery, and a selection of bespoke bar and tableware.
What inspires you?
Sight, sound and smell keep me growing as a designer. I draw upon these experiences to create conversation and ultimately define the projects. I believe furnishings should be impactful without being overwhelming.
Describe your aesthetic:
My aesthetic is best described as “relaxed luxury,” defined by a quiet palette, custom furnishings with handcrafted details and meaningful objects, which capture a true sense of the people who live there.
What can we expect in the future?
Case goods, artisan lighting, and a hand-knotted rug collection I designed are slated for release in 2021.