From sculptural seating to antique-inspired reproductions, here’s a trio of inspiring sources for furnishing your spaces this spring.
PHOTO: COURTESY CAROL RIELL PHOTOGRAPHY
Taking full advantage of Texas’ warm weather is easier now thanks to Design Roots. Founded by exterior designers Heather Bloem and Tal Thevenot, the outdoor luxury and lifestyle brand aims to bridge inside and out via stylish, practical furnishings and decor, transforming outdoor spaces into inviting and comfortable living rooms. Design Roots can help plan and execute a substantial makeover or liven up an existing area by utilizing products that withstand the elements and factors like sunlight, wind flow and water reflections. Design Roots also offers a boutique both online and in its Carrollton showroom, where nature lovers can browse and stock up on everything from pottery to custom candles, tabletop items and gardening supplies.
PHOTO: COURTESY THE UMASI COLLECTION
Wells Mason of Ironwood Industries–a wood and metal studio near Austin specializing in furniture and sculpture–is the artist and principal designer behind the Umasi Collection, a line of tables, chairs, benches, decorative objects and sculpture that he creates in collaboration with his wife, Jessica. Their materials of choice: Repurposed items like scrap steel, discarded telephone poles, abandoned trampoline parts, salvaged ship masts, old bicycle frames, crushed aluminum cans and lumber from demolished buildings. The finished designs, which blur the line between furniture and art, have graced showrooms, galleries and museums around the country. The Umasi Collection is ever-growing and ever-changing, with pieces always in stock and in progress.
PHOTO: COURTESY JAN SHOWERS
Interior designer Jan Showers has launched an exclusive line. The 1308 Collection is a beautiful byproduct of her dozens of European buying trips over the past two decades. Showers spends weeks at a time overseas scouring shops, flea markets and warehouses for difficult-to-find antiques and vintage pieces to bring home. To ensure the availability of essential design elements, she reproduced the indispensable items she’s unearthed on these trips to create 1308 Collection with the help of the artisans who’ve aided in restoring her antiques and vintage finds. Named in honor of her firm’s location at 1308 Slocum St., Dallas, the collection is available to retail and the trade and includes lamp tables, credenzas, coffee tables, sofas, chairs and more.