Although she was born in Kansas City, Emily Summers is already one of the biggest “landmark” of the Texan design personality. Beginning her design career in the end of the 80’s, she became known for her close work with architects and artists along the collection and architectural installation of fine art into projects.
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Her firm, Emily Summers Design Associates, has been recognized for using unusual materials, using custom pieces for each project, and combining them with 20th century furniture.
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Summers started designing interiors in 1979 and she has been in the business ever since. Her staff is not that big and the projects have been mostly in the South and West. Her personal style is a combination of several influences – Alexander McQueen, Prada, Narciso Rodríguez, Lanvin or the greek Mary Katratzou.
Emily Summers is an expert at softening modernism’s hard edges with sumptuously furniture and rich, tactile and unique finishes. Known for creating elegantly restrained contemporary rooms that still have a warm soulfulness, befitting a decorator who cites influences as diverse as the streamlined artisanal products of the Wiener Werkstätte, the monolithic architecture of Louis Kahn, and the playfully sculptural furniture of John Dickinson, she eschews prescriptive approaches to modern design and delights in occasional extravagant notes. Summers, who considers auction catalogues as favourite bedtime reading, also puts artworks on the top as prime importance. That’s the reason why her Dallas firm offers not only interior design services but also art consultation.
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Emily Summers is known all over US for her refined interiors and creative eye. Emily Summers was named to the 2014 New AD100, Architectural Digest’s directory of the world’s top 100 designers and architects, and has been on the list since 2007.
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