Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors
Dallasites know exactly who Emily Summers is. Stylish, chic and modern, Summers is known for her collaborations with architects and artists. Her posh portfolio includes high-end residences and commercial projects in Dallas, Jackson Hole, Palm Springs, NYC, and Cedar Creek. She is on the AD100 list, and has been published in The New York Times, Veranda, and Town & Country. Having said that, if you have followed her work over the years, there is more to see- her first book, Distinctly Modern Interiors, offers a first look at some of her projects.
This Park Lane (Dallas) residence reflects Summers’ distinct Modernist style. She shares insights on how to combine fine art with design; why the interior and architecture must be linked; how to build collections; how to modernize traditional houses; and how to restore existing modernist houses.
Nature plays a purposeful role in everything that Summers creates, to ensure that homes reflect their settings. Her interiors derive their character from both looking out and looking in.
A full-floor penthouse at the W- a model of restrained, classical modernism.
Art by Cornish artist Peter Lanyon captures the palette, style, and spirit of this Dallas penthouse. Note the T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings slipper chairs on the right. The view offers a panoramic view of downtown Dallas.
“If I might be said to have a signature, it is not a particular color, fabric, or furniturepreference, but rather the fact that every home I design is a meticulous reflection of those who live in it.”-Emily Summers
This project is close to home. Literally. Designed from the ground up alongside architect, landscape architect, and clients- who happen to be her son and daughter in law, this Spanish Colonial residence is a little more traditional than her usual modern aesthetic. To the left in this beautiful study, we see Mies van der Rohe’s chairs paired with a rosewood pedestal table. The rest of this home is as wonderful as what you see above- especially the Moroccan-inspired room that Summers tented in a bold, rich indigo pattern, with matching upholstery and window treatments.
Rich and informative, this is essential reading for all fans of modernism and minimalism.