• Cecile Corral
  • Andrea Lillo

Design Winners Named as Pierre Deux Expands

Interior designer Lin Lee, head of Lin Lee & Associates, won first place in the Pierre Deux national "Take a Seat to Toile" designer challenge.

Her winning chair was Simply Elegant, a design using a brown and white toile with nailhead trim.

The competition challenged interior designers to create their interpretation of a fashionable French country chair featuring a Pierre Deux toile fabric using a basic Parsons chair as the base.

Ten markets were selected to participate. Designs were featured in the respective design stores/showrooms and shoppers were asked to vote. At each location 10% of the day's sales were donated to the designer's choice of charity.

Second place went to Dena Novick Hamilburg of Hamilburg Interiors, Boston, who created Toile en Haute Couture, a chair inspired by Marie Antoinette.

The 10 regional winning designs were gathered in New York earlier this month for final judging. Chairs at the judging were entered into a silent auction, with proceeds given to Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization that helps develop opportunities for craftsmen in developing countries. At press time, six of the 10 chairs were sold. The winning chairs will be featured in a spring issue of Traditional Home magazine.

Pierre Deux also has opened a new store in Greenwich, Conn., a just under 3,000-square-foot unit styled as a house, bringing its total stores and design showrooms to 18 in the United States, according to Heather Ryan, vp sales and marketing.

The company is in the process of relocating a number of these locations: Dallas now is a 4,000-square-foot unit open to both retail and the design trade in the design district; San Francisco, to reopen Dec. 1 in a 3,500-square-foot unit on Sacramento Street; and the Madison Avenue store in New York will close. "We are in the process of looking for another Manhattan unit, and our showroom in the D&D building is working very well," Ryan added.

Cecile CorralCecile Corral | Senior Product Editor, Home & Textiles Today

Cecile B. Corral has been a product editor with Home Textiles Today since late 2000. She covers the area and accent rug, kitchen textiles, table linens, beach towels, decorative bath and decorative pillow categories, as well as some retail subjects.

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