Furnishings Matter


At 21-stories tall and 300,000 square feet —  with unparalleled views of downtown Dallas, 3811 Turtle Creek, the newly renovated office tower gleams with brightly updated interiors. There is a new tenant lounge, complete with a gridded wood ceiling and silver-tile mosaic bar, a sprawling outdoor patio and polished common areas bathed in white. All that remained to complete the transformation? Furnishings and art.

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Lisa Johnston, Senior Vice President of management services at Transwestern, a privately held real estate firm that manages and leases the office building, owned by KBS, oversaw the material renovations. She knew where to look for interior design: Johnston worked with Cantoni designer Josh Delafuente for about seven years on outfitting common areas of commercial buildings. “Josh is fabulous to work with!” Lisa says. “He is always available, responds quickly…and provides outstanding service.”

The Turtle Creek area project is the latest KBS acquisition in the Dallas area.  The objective of KBS and Transwestern was to “create an inviting space that was design-forward and durable for a commercial setting,” Josh says. “To match the property’s innovative culture, the furniture needed to be unique. All of the KBS buildings are anything but cookie cutter — they are stylish, fun and always first-class.” Lisa adds, “we wanted to create a comfortable and fun yet somewhat funky area for the people who work in the building to escape their desks and relax,” she says.

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From the lobby to an outdoor area, a much-used conference room and Transwestern’s own office, Josh selected furnishings that spoke to the building’s curves and neutral tones with varying textures, like hair-on-hide Allure Lounge Chairs by Malerba and leather Aaron Chairs in the first-floor lounge, which he paired with the Carrera Cocktail Table. “We wanted to temper the glamour of the lounge — which feels like a five-star hotel with an elegant bar and a pool table — with softer tones, warm materials and varying textiles,” he says.

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In an outdoor seating area viewable from the lounge, Josh brought in the Parkway Modular Group seating with custom peacock-blue seats in different arrangements to center around fire pits, and he surrounded Provence Tables with Bo Stackable Chairs, Masters Barstools and lightweight concrete Perpetual Kochi Benches. Given that spaces are used for corporate meetings, happy hours, showers, tournaments and more, “we didn’t want them to feel too feminine or masculine — they needed to be ideal for everyone,” Josh says.

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He also brought in the Knox Day Bed for the entrance to the conference area, which he placed below hand-blown glass wall sculptures he commissioned from artist Doug Frates. For the mezzanine lobby, he customized the Luke Swivel Chair in white leather, and above, hung custom acrylic art that reflects the earth’s surface. “It’s a relaxed, inviting atmosphere but still modern and professional,” Josh says. “We were able to go outside the box while pushing the envelope a bit to create something beautiful.”

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Lisa agrees. “We love the results — Josh created a professional environment that isn’t stuffy,” she says. “Everyone who comes through the building wants to know who our design professional was, and we are proud to recommend Josh, as we know he is qualified to handle any project.”