PHOTO: FRANK OUDEMAN, COURTESY HERMÈS.
Austin is now home to a two-story Hermès boutique (above), designed by Parisian architecture agency RDAI, which blends Southwestern urbanism with French savoir faire. Think raffia walls, graphic dune-colored carpets and contemporary photographs by Terri Weifenbach. And, at the heart of the space: a warm-gray terrazzo ramp with amber accents inspired by skate parks.
Elsewhere in Austin, designer Laura Pankonien opened the utterly charming Bleu by TPG (below), where you’ll find curated home accessories, lighting, custom pillows, original art and kitchenware items, plus rare antique and vintage pieces.
Further afield, Houston mainstay M.Naeve has added a host of exclusive home decor lines to its oeuvre, all handpicked by founder Margaret Naeve Parker. True to form, selections from lines like Materia and Madda Studio possess a core feeling of quality and purpose.
Meanwhile, Houston designer Jill Egan of Jill Egan Interiors has set up shop in Rice Village. Her gallery-like space not only serves as a client meeting locale and laboratory for developing and selling Egan’s own custom furnishings and accessories, but also showcases globally sourced selections, fine art and other curated objects.