Inside a Sophisticated, Art-Filled Family Home in Dallas
Damon Liss had barely finished renovating a Tribeca loft for a family of five when they called him to say they were moving to Dallas and wanted his help. The designer faced an unusual challenge: moving the contents of an angular New York apartment – one with exposed pipes and quirky alcoves – to a fairly traditional Texas home, one with a central staircase and neatly rectangular reception rooms. “When we start a new project, we almost always start from scratch, but in this case we had all these recently acquired pieces,” says Liss, who founded his Manhattan studio of the same name more than a decade ago. “There was no mandate to use everything, but it made sense to keep a lot of furniture.”
It helped that Liss knew his customers’ inventory by heart, which made the task of re-solving the puzzle a little easier. For example, there was a rare bronze coffee table from the 1960s by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, a brass and mahogany bench from the 1950s by Harvey Probber, a modern dining table from BDDW with a stunning walnut top, and a collection of whimsical vessels from the Haas Brothers, an LA-based design duo. Liss was also familiar with her impressive collection of contemporary art, which includes works by Yayoi Kusama, Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol. A Kusama painting with blue-gray dots on a cream background served as the cornerstone of the living room. Inspired by Kusama’s cloud-like composition, Liss bathed the room in calming colors: the walls were painted creamy beige; The curtains were made of light gray wool bouclé; and a silk carpet in the same muted shade of blue as the painting graced the floor. “It looks like it was made for this house,” says Liss of the artwork.
Four Andy Warhol screen prints from a series called Camouflage hang in the dining area of the kitchen. The resin-covered pedestal table with a custom-made lazy Susan is from Wüd, and the leather armchairs are from BDDW.
While many of the pieces in the 7,000-square-foot, five-bedroom residence in the Park Cities enclave of Dallas came from the family’s previous Manhattan home, Liss added a number of new purchases. In the formal dining room, he paired this BDDW walnut table with eight Cantu chairs by Sergio Rodrigues in ebonized wood and tan leather, and found a vintage cabinet by Franco Albini to complete the refined yet earthy look of the room. He commissioned Alexandre Logé with a striking, molded plaster chandelier.
“Damon helped us restore most of the furniture we had in New York, and he also made minor changes that were of great importance,” the customer says, mentioning things like a sleek new banister on the stairs and sculptural new lighting throughout the house. “He had a really smart approach to the project and now the house feels like it really is ours.”
Manhattan-based interior designer Damon Liss helped his five-person clients move the contents of their Tribeca loft, an angular room with exposed pipes, to their new home in Dallas, a 7,000-square-foot chalet with a traditional layout.