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Best of Culture & Design 2018

The Editors | December 18, 2017 | Feature Features

Best of Culture & Design

Launched in 2016, Scout Design Studio’s Scout Label collection has only gotten bigger and better. The exclusive line of limited-edition pieces started out with vintage-inspired upholstered seating and a few tables, then branched out into soft goods, lighting and accessories. Now, Scout Label has expanded to include a gorgeous collection of case goods. Standouts include the already-popular Trick chest ($750), a lacquered two-drawer stunner with mother-of-pearl hardware; the grass cloth Ruse credenza ($1,950), featuring chic copper pulls; and the faux shagreen Alibi bar cabinet ($1,450), whose long brass legs make it a sexy addition to any room. Each numbered and signed piece is part of a limited run, so move fast if you want in on Scout’s latest action. 155 Howell St.

Christie’s has been around for more than 250 years, but at this moment, deputy chair Capera Ryan, who is based in Dallas, is seeing a major international art movement in Texas. “I work with both buyers and sellers to build trust and confidence in me,” says the Fort Worth native, “so that when they are making decisions about a parent’s estate, or collecting in a particular area or just simply interested in buying or selling, they will come to me and, in turn, Christie’s.” Ryan travels the world visiting auctions always with an eye out for her clients. This winter, Texas had a major moment when Christie’s sold The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, which passed pre-auction estimates of up to $120 million by selling for more than $165 million, with the highlight being the Van Gogh that sold for $81.3 million. Ryan was also in charge of the sale of the estate of Elizabeth “Betty” Blake of Dallas and Newport. “The same Texas spirit that brought wildcatters and [other] individuals to Texas can be seen in the way they collect.”

Run by Mary Ella Gabler and her two sons, Jason and Josh Needleman, Dallas-based Peacock Alley has been laying the foundation for a good night’s sleep since 1973. “Sleep is one of the best luxuries we have in life,” says Leslie Eades, product developer at Peacock Alley. Daily essentials such as linens and towels should warrant the same impeccably crafted elegance as your handbags and shoes, shouldn’t they? “You’re spending a lot of your time lying on, drying off with and staying close to our products,” says CEO Jason Needleman. Thanks to long-standing relationships, the family-owned company sources fabrics and fibers such as percale (which is crisp, light and breathable) and sateen (which lends itself to winter months for a close drape) from mills around the world, most often in Portugal and Italy. Rounding out the collection of home goods are signature candles with scents such as wild juniper, lavender and birchwood. King sheet sets from $245


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