I have loved Apparatus for a long time and after working with them so often we decided to partner as their exclusive retailer in Houston at M Naeve. The reception could not be more exciting; Houstonians are hungry for beautiful contemporary lighting that doesn’t feel sterile and the quality of their work is beyond what you see in most contemporary lines. They have really mastered designing objects and lighting that feel unexpected yet feel right at home with a combination of vintage, antique and contemporary furniture.
French and Scandinavian furniture from the early 20th century is making a huge impact on the Houston design aesthetic. We have clients getting really excited about important pieces and they are mixing these designs with contemporary furniture in a really beautiful way. From Charlotte Perriand to Hans Wegner I am seeing a major interest in some really stunning pieces within the Houston market.
I love to see other designers and homeowners who take risks in design, as we are pretty used to traditional in Houston–and lately people seem to be up to the challenge even if it is through accessories. We carry several less-traditional options for pillows at M Naeve and they are flying out of the shop. Between one of a kind “drop cloth” pillows in interesting shapes from Martyn Thompson and our custom sphere pillows we can hardly keep them in the shop more than a day or two.
I worked with Carol Piper Rugs to design a round rug for my own house and I have been seeing them pop up here and there lately! People are sometimes hesitant to go round, but it is exciting to see this trend pick up a little bit. I doubt it will become prolific enough to become an official trend of 2018–but that means they will still feel unexpected so I think it is a great opportunity to do something different in a space.
Houston is an arts destination and I could not be happier to see designers veering away from “decorator art” and working with serious galleries to place art in their projects. This city has one of the most exciting arts scenes in the country and galleries like David Shelton have internationally relevant programs that are really on the brink of what is happening in the art world. Between Moody Gallery, Texas Gallery, Hiram Butler and David Shelton, collectors can assemble a world class collection full of important and beautiful work. David and I have partnered to place works in the shop that rotate based on the story we are telling on the floor and it is incredibly transformative.
Getting in the mix, a vignette styled by Margaret Naeve Parker showcases her eye for blending eras and influences.