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Alana Villanueva at a job in Las Colinas; photography by Justin Clemons

Fashion’s Night In

by Nadia Dabbakeh, Connie Dufner, David Feld and Rebecca Sherman | Modern Luxury Dallas magazine | August 23, 2012

Fendi. Prada. Schiaparelli. Vera. Fashion forays even farther into home design, with a Mad Men twist.

Teak it to the Limit!
Is teak the next Carrara marble? Walker Zanger’s new AnTeak mosaic tiles are made from reclaimed teak with a resin finish that makes them perfect for backsplashes and showers. Using wood as tiles in kitchens and bathrooms wasn’t exactly practical before, but now that the 60-year-old California stone and tile company has perfected the process, we’re not sure how we ever lived without them. The patterns are inspired by chevron and herringbone floors found in old European homes, with other designs taking their origin from midcentury modernism or Thai monasteries. Available in nine sizes and in robust, organic colors like silver and coffee, $14-$40 per square foot. 11550 Newberry St., Ste. 300, 972.481.3900, walkerzanger.‌com

Sweet Seat
The graceful new Talenti club chair by Karim Rashid for Henry Hall Designs is just the antidote for summer’s steamy tyranny. Its inviting curvy seat smartly reinvents a classic shape. Allan Knight and Associates, price upon request, 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 101, 214.741.2227, allan-knight.‌com

Angel in the Details
Smart, young and pretty, Alana Villanueva slips into builder-speak as easily as she does her high heels and Stella McCartney ensembles to walk job sites. The 28-year-old designer started AVID Associates last year after learning the ropes at two Dallas design firms, and has a roster of 16 jobs in her three-person office. Specializing in turnkey interior construction and detailing, Villanueva confesses that as a young girl she preferred Architectural Digest over teen ’zines. She is working on an 11,000-square-foot house in Plano, for which her project binder bulges with 47 tabs for interior spaces, including a yoga room, juice bar and wine bar. At home in Bedford, Villanueva goes monochromatic. “I like to let my mind rest.” Find Villanueva at her firm’s new offices at the International on Turtle Creek, “an edgy space, with stained concrete floors and a clean palette.” 150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 103b, 214.934.7374,

Want to read more about Dallas' design scene? Click here to read the full article featured in the September issue of Modern Luxury Dallas!