Scottsdale’s design scene is showing no signs of slowing down. Here are the latest buzzworthy openings, launches and collabs rolling out.
Armchairs from the new H collection mix well with Brown Jordan’s new line of fire tables designed and built in-house. PHOTO BY: LANCE GERBER
Furniture icon Brown Jordan (brownjordan.com) launches the H collection, the company’s first collaboration with award-winning contemporary industrial designer Toan Nguyen. “H is a resolutely contemporary collection that pairs industrial craftsmanship and advanced technologies to create timeless designs able to live harmoniously in the outdoor environment,” says Nguyen. Named for the first letter of the word hoy—“today” in Spanish—H takes a classic mix of materials for a new spin, adding enticing curves and finishes for a completely fresh look. An armchair, lounge, love seat, sofa, end table and coffee table round out the collection, available in a range of frame finishes—including the new Almandine finish—fabrics and tabletop options. “H takes Brown Jordan’s signature innovation and really pushes the envelope,” says Stephen Elton, chief brand curator. “The design and materials are both cutting edge—and yet H also feels like a natural extension of our portfolio.” Set the mood as you gather to enjoy outdoor living.
PHOTO BY: ROEHNER RYAN
Power of Design
Located on Marshall Way, Eggersmann’s (eggersmannusa.com) newest showroom opens with an aim to bring luxury German cabinetry and home living solutions to the area. “We love Scottsdale and Old Town’s charm. It felt like home when we visited the area for the first time,” says Brent Hugus, showroom owner. “The market here values upscale and custom design which we are excited to offer.” The 3,000-squarefoot- plus showroom features three fully functioning kitchens, a walk-in wardrobe room and living spaces featuring custom furniture by Sophisticated Living. “We have a lot of our innovative products designed into the showroom such as a sliding countertop and our work’s 360 turn cabinet,” says Hugus. Clients are now able to set up an appointment and visit the showroom in person to experience a modern take on updating their space.
Durango Stone’s Cortez medium-gray marble limestone, recently installed in a Scottsdale home PHOTO: COURTESY OF TABITHA EVANS DESIGN
NO STONE UNTURNED
Offering Italian quality stone for almost five decades, Durango Stone (durangostone.com) begins 2021 by rebranding and becoming more boutique in nature. “We are introducing new and exotic beautiful limestone available in slabs, tile, and custom, gorgeous marble, and are offering a more unique approach to our customers’ needs,” says CEO and President Frank Cunningham. Recently installed in a Scottsdale home is the Cortez, a stunning medium-gray marble limestone with occasional white metamorphic fossils and taupe undertones. “This stone has been one of our most sought-after colors for modern designs,” notes stone expert Nick Martin, who worked on the project for over two and a half years. The straight edges and high-quality finish enhance the character of this unique stone. “As part of our rebranding, we have also started to work with one of Italy’s top stone experts, Andrea Zonato,” says Cunningham. “By doing so, it gives us an edge on sourcing stone and bringing the best selection to you.”
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Taking It Outdoors
When enjoying your backyard to dine alfresco, preparing the meal outdoors pairs well. For decades, Arizona Fireplaces has created warm, inviting hearths for indoor and outdoor entertaining. The natural progression of business led them to launch AF Outdoor Kitchens (afoutdoorkitchens.com). “We now build custom outdoor kitchen spaces featuring an array of products any homeowner would love,” says Keith Richardson, president of AF. A recent outdoor kitchen installation in Estrella Mountain Ranch showcases a Summerset 32-inch Sizzler Pro grill, double access doors, drawers, a trash drawer and a drop-in cooler for entertaining. “Our goal was to build out the space as a natural extension to the home and strategically incorporate professional-grade components within the design,” says Chad Dupre, general manager at AF Outdoor Kitchens. When asked what he loved most about the result, he replied, “the smile a client gives you when you know you nailed it.”
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A Positive Outlook
“I love reading books to learn how to do things,” says Tabitha Evans of Tabitha Evans Design (tabithaevans.com). “I have purchased many books since I started my career and most of them are filled with extraordinary images or have technical data to help you understand the built environment. There are books on opening your own business, but none of them had practical information to fill in the blanks.” That’s why this awardwinning interior designer and Scottsdale Community College instructor recently became a published author. Her first book, Becoming a Designer of Distinction: What Interior Design School Won’t Teach You (BMcTALKS Press), fills that gap, offering straightforward advice on how interior designers can either begin or positively transform their careers with insight on how to find mentors, gain valuable experience, connect with clients and maintain a positive outlook throughout it all. “My main hope is for the reader to come away with a better sense of who they are personally and professionally,” she says. Up next? Bookmark the sequel covering how to make the technical less technical.