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Rebecca Sherman | Photo: Courtesy Images | October 8, 2012
This just in from Italy! Interiors Texas brings you the exclusive first look at Scott + Cooner’s new 5,000-square-foot expansion. When the doors swing open this fall, discerning design hounds will find fresh furniture and lighting lines, while a separate contract showroom will make it easier to purchase furniture and lighting from Europe for hospitality and commercial projects, says co-owner Lloyd Scott, who’s been dreaming of a bigger space for years. The style emporium has also snagged the complete B&B Italia line, which will be installed in January in both Dallas and Austin locations, along with classics from Knoll Studio available to the public. Here’s the big reveal.
An area devoted enirely to lighting will show off Scott + Cooner’s stellar lines such as Baccarat and Fontana Arte, that will be displayed in floating installations to mimic real interior spaces. “It’s sometimes hard for people to picture how lighting will look in their own homes, so we’re providing different walls and ceiling options to make that easier,” explains co-owner Josy Cooner. The new space includes innovative Italian lighting company Flos’ Soft Architecture collection, which rocked the design world when it debuted in Milan three years ago. After jumping through hoops to gain product safety certification in the U.S., Soft Architecture is exclusively available at the showroom’s Dallas and Austin locations. Created using composite materials, the lighting integrates with normal drywall or plasterboard false ceilings. While they’re expected to be a hit in hotels, restaurants and clubs, Scott says homeowners who are building from the ground up or renovating can easily install these avant garde pieces. Fixtures include Soft Spun table and floor lamps that emerge from walls and ceilings; Wall Piercings that mimic glowing hoop earrings; and Fissure, which suggests a crack of molten lava.
NunoErin, the conceptual art and design studio founded by Spain-born Nuno Ferreira and Southern belle Erin Hayne, produces furniture that you can’t keep your hands off of. Made in Hayne’s hometown of Jackson, Miss., their newest furniture pieces have migrated across the Texas border to Scott + Cooner and include resin tables and benches that respond to the electrical field within your body, creating a playful light show. Pieces in their Swamp Collection of soft stools, benches, and modular wall panels are made from thermosensitive material that shift in color in response to warm body heat. The biomorphic shapes were inspired by forms found in a Mississippi swamp.
Chairman of the Board
Scott and Cooner recently visted furniture designer Walter Knoll’s German factory and placed a sheaf of orders for more than a dozen new pieces, including chairs by Austrian design team Eoos, whose new Atelier leather and chrome chaise Cooner predicts to be the next classic. “I’m very excited,” says Cooner. “Knoll is very German, very clean, very smart and always timeless.”