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Texas-based luxury rug company Art + Loom has launched a new collaboration with Lauren Williams Art & Home to bring her Canvas With Movement floor pieces in the form of five custom-designed mats. Samantha Gallacher of Art + Loom considered hosting the launch, which has been in the works for some time, due to the pandemic, but decided to press ahead in an effort to support the weavers involved.

“I have spent years building relationships with my weavers, and although they are so far away, I have learned about each weaver’s family and the challenges in their community, and I want to make sure that I do my part to continue supporting their work during this time,” Gallacher tells AD PRO. “Working with Lauren Williams Art & Home allows me to continue to grow my business, to pursue my passion, while ensuring I do line up for my mills.” Gallacher has also donated funds to his multiple mills and weavers to ensure that every family has money to eat during this time of crisis.


AIA Houston presents architect awards

AIA Houston awarded the Ben Brewer Young Architect Award and Firm of the Year Award to Luis Ayala and Stantec, respectively. The awards were judged by a panel of architects from AIA Miami and will be presented at the 2020 Celebrate Architecture Gala, tentatively scheduled for July 18.

Real estate

Dallas will get the tallest green wall in North America

A 26-story skyscraper coming to downtown Dallas at 1899 McKinney Avenue will feature the tallest living wall in North America, PaperCity reports. The building, which will offer 270 new condos, is a project of Rastegar Property Company and is designed by Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Zauben, a vertical garden company, is designing the Living Wall, which will feature over 40,000 plants. The wall is estimated to capture 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide and produce 1,200 pounds of oxygen per year.


Neiman Marcus could go bankrupt

COVID-19 pandemic put Neiman Marcus, already in debt, in a more difficult position. The Dallas-headquartered luxury retailer missed its April interest payment, which could hasten filing for bankruptcy, according to the Dallas Morning News.


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