With her new Ownby Home showroom, Claire Ownby brings her exquisite taste to design lovers in the Valley and beyond.
The bedroom setting in the showroom features custom pieces that come together to create a sleek and elegant look. PHOTO BY DINO TOMM
With more than 100 design projects simultaneously in the works at any given time, Claire Ownby, principal of Ownby Design (ownbydesign.com), is one of the best-known interiors arbiters in the area. Now, with the opening of Ownby Home (ownbyhome.com)—her brandnew by-appointment showroom featuring a gorgeous curation of furniture, decor, artwork and more—design lovers can bring Ownby’s aesthetic into their own homes.
After her firm outgrew its first-floor studio space on Stetson, it moved upstairs to the floor directly above it. “It’s very difficult to get your hands on this type of space, and I didn’t want to just give it up,” says Ownby. “Knowing that we were inventorying so much product for our own projects, it seemed wasteful to place those items in storage.” So, instead of relinquishing the 3,000-squarefoot street-level space, Ownby transformed it into the stunning retail destination it is now.
Claire Ownby at the new Ownby Home showroom in Scottsdale. Ownby stands beside a swivel chair upholstered in ribbed sherpa fabric, an elegant teak wood coffee table and art sourced from a local gallery. PHOTO BY DINO TOMM
Organized in a series of vignettes, the showroom is filled with pieces that embody Ownby’s own preferences: classic clean lines, a minimalistic neutral palette and an organic touch that embraces nature.
Home’s signature flamed wood-finish dining table is complemented by other unique pieces from the collection, such as petrified wood plates, a large teak wooden trough and molcajetes crafted from basalt volcanic rocks. PHOTO BY DINO TOMM
“We’ve got some really unique things and are bringing in a lot from overseas that’s pretty exclusive. We’ve also brought in pieces from local artists and some really unique photography that embraces our Arizona environment.”–CLAIRE OWNBY
Each beautifully detailed item in the showroom is carefully curated. PHOTO BY CARRIE EVANS
Inside, a variety of furniture pieces designed by Ownby along with top-tier accessories and lighting abound: Fendi Casa leather trays, premier coffeetable books, petrified wood coffee platters from Indonesia, large-scale semiprecious stone pieces, Palecek and Arteriors lighting, and more. “We’ve got some really unique things and are bringing in a lot from overseas that’s pretty exclusive,” shares Ownby, who notes that most items in the showroom are customizable. “We’ve also brought in pieces from local artists and some really unique photography that embraces our Arizona environment.”
The showroom displays the Ownby fitted sectional with a black burnt bench—crafted from natural wood, wire brushed, torched and cerused—in the background. The Arete coffee tables are accessorized with a citrine sculpture and a rolled amber duplex bowl. PHOTO BY DINO TOMM
Ownby worked with artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico, on plateware made from black clay that will be available later this year, and has her own custom scent pumping through the HVAC system. “It’s very clean—a balanced mix of masculine and feminine. I didn’t want it to be too floral or too smoky, so it’s that nice, really neutral sweet spot.” Shoppers will be able to bring that scent home in the form of candles and mists.
Hanging brass bells serve as wall art. PHOTO BY CARRIE EVANS
One of the biggest challenges in the design world right now is a lack of inventory due to shipping delays. Ownby hopes that her showroom will serve as a solution to that problem, since sectionals, Legna bedding and more will be on hand. “Just being able to have the stock is the biggest thing, so, at least for now, being able to just grab things off the shelf is going to be a big advantage,” she explains. When she and her team get a break from the many projects they’re juggling—including designing The Ritz-Carlton Residences Paradise Valley and The Palmerai, plus projects in California, Mexico and across the Southwest—Ownby plans to hold small, intimate events at the showroom. But overall, she wants to enjoy the ride of this new venture. “I’m trying to not put too much pressure on it,” she says. “I want to enjoy the process.”