Helen Thompson 2014-10-04 14:07:44
AUSTIN STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE With an eye for style, multitasking designer Kimberly Renner is sharing her unique finds at The Renner Project, her just-opened retail space. Admirers of Kimberly Renner's design-intensive restoration projects tend to be fanatical, and with good reason. The Austin designer is known as an indefatigable collector with a virtuosic skill at building and construction. This combination of talents is why Renner's houses have appeared in magazines such as Renovation Style, Metropolitan Home and Martha Stewart Living, and on design blogs such as the Texas-centric SeenInHouse. The multitalented designer has a special knack for sussing out unique pieces from dealers to whom she seems to have exclusive access. Luckily for the rest of us, she's decided to share the bounty: "I'm shifting into retail because I found myself shopping for my clients outside of Austin," she explains. "I thought it was a shame that I couldn't find what I was looking for here." To that end, her long-awaited store, The Renner Project, opened this fall in a formerly unoccupied commercial building (which Renner renovated, of course) in the heart of central Austin at the corner of 31st and Lamar. The 5,000-square-foot showroom will be notable for several reasons. "We are creating fully developed roomscapes on the showroom floor," says the designer, who believes that it always helps to see in person how a room is put together. As far as inventory is concerned, shoppers can expect to see 20th century modern pieces like Milo Baughman tables and fine vintage leather seating from the '60s and '70s (especially icons such as Arne Norell), mixed in with French bergeres, an Italian decoupage secretary, tribalinspired rugs, art from all eras, and Chinese and Japanese pieces. (Don't miss the 7-foot-tall Sugi lockers from a Japanese civic building.) There's even something for customers who enjoy the hunt: TRP Flea, a room dedicated to fun vintage collectibles. The Renner Project, 3018 N. Lamar Blvd., 512. 524.1334, therennerproject.Com
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