modciti dallas - ed.04 April 2021

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Mood-boosting, room-brightening, and emotionsoothing, the qualities of light are refined in the expert hands of Scott Oldner. The owner of Oldner Lighting Design, the musicianturned-designer, has been bringing his flair for the theatrical to his chosen industry since 1994. For Oldner, lighting is what sets the spirit of a space in a way that no artfully designed architecture or trendy new furnishings ever could.

“What I tell people is architecture is like the body or fitness—they say a building has good bones,” he explains. “Interior design is like fashion. A building wears fabrics, cultures, and textures. Lighting is the character and emotion of the space. We inform you of what we want you to feel. We use ambient light, and focal light and a play for brilliance, which I would say is sparkle in different strengths to get different emotions.”


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Oldner may seem born to harvest brilliance in his daily life, but his initial ambition was to rock the world’s stages. Having moved around Texas and Oklahoma as a child, he eventually landed in College Station, where he attended engineering school at Texas A&M. “I got out of school and played rock and roll for a couple of years, and I thought, ‘I gotta get a real job.” I found a job in consulting engineering, and that led me to the field of architectural lighting. I immediately saw this was something

I can do. I knew lighting concepts from being onstage and knew how important it was. And I’ve got equal rightbrain, and left-brain activity and lighting design was a really good fit—it stimulated me on both hemispheres.” He spent years honing his craft at Bouyea and Associates before launching his eponymous firm in 2002. He credits his first breakthrough job as the 2012 redesign for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital alongside HKS Architects. Inspired by the blooming of a desert flower at night, the

cheerful, colorful LED luminaries he chose helped create an immersive escape for patients, positively impacting their healing journeys. A documentary on the project found Oldner getting industry-wide recognition at LightFair, the annual conference for architectural lighting. As Oldner built his business, he added other talents from different walks of life to his team—including a former architect, former interior designer, a computer specialist, and a former aerospace engineer. Chosen for their ability to “communicate on a different level,” together they master projects in the commercial office, retail, hospitality, religious, public, exterior, and residential realms—from Preston Hollow Village to the Albuquerque International Sunport airport, from One Arts Plaza to the Food Hall at Legacy West. “I like all of them for different reasons,” he muses. “They’re all my children, and they all have different strengths and

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different attitudes. Hospitality is wonderful because you really get into the relaxation, travel, excitement mode. I love doing exterior work because you have a million cars a year full of people who see the projects. But residential work is the closest thing to being on stage—when you design for someone’s personal space and you do it well and see their emotions when it comes together, you really see them understand the power of what we do, and that’s pretty cool.” Though Oldner feels his industry is “still in its adolescent phase,” the importance of lighting in an architectural

project is becoming more and more crucial. The blue light emitted by the electronic devices we are addicted to can suppress melatonin and affect our circadian rhythms, so what the designer dubs “health and beauty lighting” makes his industry more crucial than ever. “We’ve gone from being an agrarian society to the Industrial Revolution, and we spend most of our time indoors. Now we understand all these hours we spend inside are not necessarily good for us. Now architectural lighting designers and manufacturers are focusing on how we impact these circadian rhythms and impact health.

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We know what we do in the visual environment can wake you up or put you to sleep.” Oldner shares his philosophies as an adjunct professor in the Masters of Architecture program at the University of Texas at Arlington, helping a new generation of aspiring lighting designers understand why his discipline is so impactful.

so it’s not a forgotten part of their architectural education. They know they can enjoy their life more if they have better lighting. We all know what it’s like if we’re able to go out to eat a couple of times or have a nice bottle of wine. Those are a kind of creature comfort, and all those creature comforts should be accompanied with great lighting. Just by spotting a table, you can create memories.”

“Part of the mission of why I teach is to change the awareness of lighting and (to tell kids) what it’s all about


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Right city, right time, right art—the arrival of Donald Robertson assures Dallas is the place to be. If there is any proof that North Texas is finally becoming the third coast it has always threatened to become, it would be the arrival of our newest celebrity—the Estee Lauder creative director and illustrator Donald Robertson

(better known by his Instagram handle @Drawbertson). Having moved from Los Angeles to Texas earlier this year, the native Canadian has embraced a yeehaw agenda for rather practical reasons. For one, he was tired of the likes of Jonah Hill and Rob Lowe outbidding him for prime California real estate. For another, his twin boys needed some



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wide-open spaces to burn off their kinetic energy. “I have five kids, and a lot of my big decisions are based on having all these kids,” Robertson quips. “I moved (from New York) to California for the YouTube craze and Instabeauty revolution. In (the pandemic), I had 7-year-old jock

twins on Zoom school. One twin stabbed the other twin with a pencil in a class online, so my wife was like, ‘Go find a neighborhood with an open school and sports teams— GO and don’t come back until you do!’” Having worked with the likes of Forty Five Ten in the past,

Dallas was already on Robertson’s radar, and Highland Park seemed to be a naturally comfy landing spot for his family.

were here in January for school. (The twins) are on six sports teams—it’s heaven. I absolutely love it here. I’ve had more art happenings (than I did in Los Angeles)—it’s been nonstop fun.”

“I had been driven around Highland Park and had lunch in Highland Park Village, and I knew it was a place and a thing. I literally just flew here, bought a house, and we

Since his arrival, Robertson has found himself effortlessly embraced by the city’s café society, selling out a show

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at the private club Park House and creating a line of longhorn totes with Barrington Gifts benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. His self-professed “tongue-in-chic” aesthetic also plays well on local walls—a current series of customized family portraits he dubs “couture painting” are in such high demand, he can barely keep up with the requests. With a reputation of effortlessly balancing art and commerce throughout his career, it might be surprising to learn Robertson was initially strongly discouraged from pursuing life as a painter. While attending the Ontario College of Art and Design, his teacher told him his artistic priorities were all wrong, as were the elongated, twiggy silhouettes of his subjects. But Robertson was unbothered. Taking a page from Diana Vreeland’s adage of “the eye has to travel,” he went to Paris instead of completing school and just happened to meet two enterprising beauty execs who were starting up a little company called MAC Cosmetics. Robertson joined the fold as creative director, playing a pivotal role in launching the company’s iconic Viva Glam lipstick. After a green card-earning stint in magazines such as Glamour, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, he joined Estee Lauder (now MAC’s owner) in 2007, where he still works for brands like Clinique and Bobbi Brown when not creating his whimsical, splashy canvases. // paolo roversi - audrey, paris 1996

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But the real tipping point in his artistic career was the launch of Instagram. An early adopter, Robertson joined the platform in 2012, when “it was like a little neighborhood and Pharrell (Williams) would retweet you.”

an endless supply of content. I had always wanted to do art for a living, but it was virtually impossible. Instagram and my new global perspective changed everything. I had shows in Korea and was in a German magazine, and I had a gallery immediately.”

“It was new, and it was fun. On Insta, you have to post every day. Illustrators went globally of a sudden from people who contributed to the front of magazines to creators of

Robertson wasn’t afraid to poke fun at the sacred cows of fashion—like comparing ultra-glam French fashion

editor Carine Roitfeld to E.T.—yet they loved him even more for it. Today, his feed has a healthy 223,000+ followers who come for the art but stay for his quippy comments and adorable family photos. Robertson even attributes his photogenic twins as a big reason Assouline published his monograph in 2017. With more worldwide exhibits in the works and a constant stream of fashion collabs (most recently with Max Mara), the artist doesn’t plan on slowing down to suit his new hometown’s slighly slower pace. Instead, he’s wholeheartedly embracing all the things uniquely Texan, crafting armadillos out of basketballs and painting empty oil drums with the label of a new obsession—Ro-Tel Chilies.

“I’m trying to get in touch with the people from Ro-Tel because I want to do some kind of collaboration. If I don’t, I’m going to get in touch with the people of Tito’s (vodka). Bottom line is, I’m doing exactly what I want when I want to.” Whatever the future holds for his Lone Star life, Robertson is sure to keep things lively for everyone around him. “My m.o. is always create commotion, find new trends and new pockets of exciting stuff and just create artistic energy. And, literally, I’m having a hard time keeping up with Texas. I can be exhausting, and I can’t wear Texas out!”


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It seems fitting that this spring as the flowers start to bloom that Scott + Cooner showroom is premiering a design by Andrés Reisinger that is based on the petals of a hydrangea. If you have ever wanted to sit embraced in a flower, his bold Hortensia Armchair gives you the opportunity. Reisinger said his inspiration for his iconic and voluminous armchair came from the need to recreate a feeling of softness. The feeling that blooms inside you when you receive a hug. He envisioned what it would feel like sitting in a beautiful flower, enveloped in smooth and gentle petals. Comforted, calming, and soothing like the petals of the hydrangea it is named for.

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At first the design was a hit on Instagram where it existed only in the virtual world as a 3D design. Reisinger received such demand that he explored bringing the chair into the real world. The problem was no manufacturer thought it was possible. Creating At first the design was a hit on Instagram where it existed only in the virtual world as a 3D design. Reisinger received such demand that he explored bringing the chair into the real world. The problem was no manufacturer thought it was possible. Creating a fabric with thousands of petals that resembled a flower had never been done. Finally, he decided he would make the chair himself. Working with Júlia Esqué, a product designer focused on textiles from Barcelona they teamed up to create a completely new production process to manufacture the chair. The Hortensia Armchair’s signature petal fabric is made from over 30.000 laser-cut petals to create that feeling of sitting in a flower. The finished product was a success and the designers took their chair to Moooi, the Dutch furnishings company to bring the Hortensia chair to market. Moooi describes its company as “original, unexpected, eclectic, rebellious and sophisticated and is always on the edge of commercial reality and cultural interest.” The Hortensia Armchair seemed a perfect match for them. The chair is a masterpiece of furniture craftsmanship, using 35 meters of petal fabric on one chair. That translates to 560 laser cut strips of leaves per chair. Assembling the

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panels and upholstering the chairs takes over 22.5 hours of work by upholstery artisans. Each chair is a work of art. The chair is available in two colors, the signature pink and grey petal fabric. It’s also available in other Moooi fabircs. The Hortensia Armchair from Moooi can be seen at the Scott + Cooner Dallas showroom: 1617 Hi Line Dr. Ste. 100 Dallas, TX 75207.

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Modern events and activities make for fall fun around the Metroplex. Julie Eizenberg, FAIA - Koning Eizenberg The Dallas Architecture Forum // may04

Fair Park Tram Tour Ad Ex // may19

Walking Tours Discover the Arts District + Explore the Main Street District Ad Ex

Virtual Tour - The Fight for Civil Rights in the South Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Nasher Public Nasher Sculpture Center

Frida Kahlo: Five Works Dallas Museum Of Art

FOCUS: Wael Shawky Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, please confirm availability of viewing these exhibits.


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Modern art, exhibits, around the Metroplex. Spring 2021 Group Exhibition Kirk Hopper Fine Art

Alicia Eggert Liliana Bloch Gallery

Celia Eberle | Joshua Hagler Cris Worley Fine Arts

Robert Jessup + Erin Curtis + Susie Phillips Conduit Gallery

David Aylsworth Holly Johnson Gallery

Keer Tanchak & Janet Werner Gallery 12.26

Tom Pribyl + Arturo Mallmann + Simon Waranch Craighead Green Gallery

Liss LaFleur + B. Chehayeb Galleri Urbane

Andy Don Emmons + Norman Kary + Viktor Ortix Plush Gallery // view current shows online or appointments maybe available

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