HIDDEN GEMS The Dallas Design District holds a boundless wealth of rare antiques and incredible vintage finds spanning eras, origins and genres. Here’s where to look. It’s all in the thrill of the hunt. The euphoria of finding that glittering glass Gaetano Sciolari chandelier circa 1970, that early ’50s T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings tripod floor lamp with an indisputable provenance—or even just stumbling on a must-have African textile or vintage French cutting board you never knew you needed—is unmatchable. It’s what has lured shoppers to the Dallas Design District for decades. More than a half-century ago, antiques dealers were early on the neighborhood scene, converting postwar warehouses into massive caches of thoughtfully collected furnishings, décor, architectural remnants, and flea market or consigned finds. The eclectic mix of treasure-filled boutiques and showrooms still reigns today, with varied price points—from low-budget-friendly to collector-worthy—and aesthetics ranging from midcentury modern to shabby chic, ornate traditional to industrial, Art Deco to avant-garde. Well-worn or pristine, small curiosity or major investment—practically anything you’re searching for is within reach. “You can get so many looks and price points in our neighborhood’s footprint,” says Laura Mayborn, co-owner of 1971-founded Uncommon Market and Uncommon Lighting. Laura’s husband and co-owner Scott has scoured markets in England, France, Belgium and Holland yearly for decades, filling two 40-foot containers filled with unusual items to display in their 30,000-square-foot showroom. Finding that perfect piece is an art form requiring skill, a good eye and patience. That’s one reason internationally renowned interior designers— many who also headquarter in the neighborhood—have long turned to district dealers they trust for rare and unique artifacts for clients and collectors. At 20cDesign, longstanding business partners Barry Gream and Ryan Rucker source cutting-edge 20th century furnishings, decorative objects and art, many in impeccable condition. They are behind such finds as a scarce set of six Edward Wormley mahogany dining chairs ($38,500), “unquestionably the sexiest dining chair Wormley ever designed and quite possibly the rarest.” This caliber of museum-quality antiques with verified origins—found worldwide with hours of searching and knowledge that spans decades of experience and research—can be found at numerous other high-end shops in the area. But for those who would rather do their own hunting—and shop at a lesser price point— the neighborhood is also home to a vast range of antiques malls and consignment and used furniture shops. Head to The Mews, for instance, where pieces are beautifully displayed as you might in your own home, or dig through piles of treasures in expansive spots like Lula B’s Antique Mall. Or, spot that perfect set of 1950s dining room chairs in a dusty corner at a used furniture shop and have the owner transform them with your choice of paint and upholstery. What could be more exhilarating than making the discovery and adding your own twist? ANTIQUES SHOPS Inessa Stewart’s Antiques and Interiors A longstanding go-to for European antique furniture, lighting and décor. Think 19th century gilded baroque mirrors, a Napoleon III French solid mahogany dresser circa 1850, and antique framed European oil paintings. 1643 Dragon St., 214-742-5800. Inessa.com Legacy Antiques Sparkling chandeliers—Venetian blown-glass, opalescent glass, midcentury Italian crystal waterfall—dangle from warehouse rafters over ornate gilded mirrors, French settees, 18th-century Italian chests and consoles, and midcentury-modern finds.1406 Slocum St., 214-748-4606. Legacyantiques.com John Robert Clark Museum-quality furnishings and art—many from the French Neoclassical period—might include a fine marble relief portrait of Louis XIV in a gilt-wood frame or a 19th century gilded console with floral garlands and hoof feet. 1316 Slocum St., 214-871-3388. Jrcantiques.com Le Louvre French Antiques Hard-to-find French furnishings, lighting, architecturals and architectural fragments range from carved-stone lions salvaged from an 1800s chateau to 15th-century gothic French stone fragments or a 1700s walnut buffet from Provence. 1400 Slocum St., 214-742-2605, lelouvre-antiques.com Sputnik Modern Exceptional 20th century furnishings, tables, lighting and sculpture by renowned names: Hans Wegner, George Nakashima, Frank Lloyd Wright, Finn Juhl and T.H. Robsjohn- Gibbings. 1329 Slocum St., 214-887-6221. Sputnikmodern.com Embree & Lake Marc Lake now runs the business formerly founded by Donald J. Embree in 1960. Lake’s glamorous mix includes French rock crystal candlesticks, Japanese bronze vessels, English chests, Art Deco mantles and contemporary fine art from Dallas-based artists. 1115 Slocum St., 214-760-9141. Embreeandlake.com More must-visits: 20cDesign, B Gover Limited, John Gregory Studios, James McInroe Inc., Joseph Minton, Tomlin Antiques, Country French Interiors, Debris Antiques Art Design, Lots of Furniture Antiques Warehouse, Brown & Co, Parkhouse Antiques, Oriental Treasures. CONSIGNMENT/USED FURNITURE SHOPS Vinyá Designer furnishings, lighting and décor spans antique to contemporary, with best sellers including Holly Hunt, Herman Miller, B&B Italia, Artemide, Knoll and Donghia.1313 Slocum St., Ste. 105, 214-443-0303. Vinyadallas.com Again and Again Scour high-end vintage furnishings sourced by furniture whisperer and owner Leslie Pritchard and have them repainted and reupholstered onsite. 1202 N. Riverfront Blvd., 214-746-6300. Againandagain.com Scout Design Studio A curated selection of vintage furniture, artwork, lighting and accessories sourced worldwide mingles with exclusive in-house Scout Label creations. Upholstery and paint services are offered here, too. 155 Howell St., 214-741-2414. Scoutdesignstudio.com Antiques Moderne Owner John Bacile has stocked his 12,000- square-foot warehouse nearly floor to ceiling with budget-friendly Art Moderne-period finds. His team can restore pieces back to their original splendor or give them new life with fresh upholstery and paint. 1208 N. Riverfront Blvd., 214-215-9600. ANTIQUES MALLS Lula B’s Antique Mall What won’t you find is the question. Dealers stack midcentury-modern furniture high with paintings, lamps, kitchenware, barware, vintage cowboy boots, vases, spunky chandeliers and more quirky pieces for those with budgets. 1010 N. Riverfront Blvd., 214-749-1929. Lulabsdallas.com Uncommon Market Dig through vintage signs, collectibles, paintings, chests, kitchenware, furniture, lighting and more—you could spend at least an hour browsing items sourced from the U.S., France, Belgium, Holland and England. 100 Riveredge Drive, 214-871-2775, uncommonmarketdallas.com The Mews This longtime interior designer favorite is a high-end antiques mall with beautifully staged booths filled with 18th century to brand-new elegant furnishings, lighting, art and décor. 1506 Market Center Blvd., 214-748-9070. Themews.net White Elephant Antiques Warehouse From the more eccentric —taxidermied animals, old butcher blocks, anatomical charts—to apothecary jars, African masks and dried natural remnants, there’s something for every taste. 1026 N. Riverfront Blvd., 214-871-7966, whiteelephantantiqueswarehouse.com Lost…Again Antiques and Décor The bright and airy 15,000-square foot showroom has neatly arranged booths with midcentury-modern furnishings, contemporary art, glittering rocks and fossils, 18th and 19th century antiques and Lucite pieces. 214-741-4411, lost-again.com
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