Our travel spotlight shines on Dallas, Texas, a city very familiar to Susan Shaw, not only because it is in her home state of Texas, but also because it houses one of the larger wholesale trade markets where her jewelry is shown to retail buyers. Dallas has so much to offer a cultured traveler, but the focus of our blog today is the Hilton Anatole hotel, a standout property of the Dallas Design District as well as a place to find our jewelry. When it comes to the old saying “Everything’s bigger in Texas,” the Anatole, one of the largest hotels in the southern United States, is no exception.
The hotel was developed by Trammel Crow, one of America’s largest real estate developers, in the late 1970s as part of his major development, the Dallas Market Center (where we show our jewelry!) He named the hotel Anatole after his favorite restaurant in Copenhagen.
One of the things that sets this hotel apart is the extensive art collection. It houses over 1,000 pieces including wall tapestries, sculptures and jade from the Crow family’s Asian art collection. It is one of the largest private collections of art and antiques ever assembled for an American hotel.
Margaret and Trammel Crow became avid collectors of Asian art starting in the 1960s. They traveled the world, but were always fascinated with Asian culture. Over the years, the collection grew to include 4,000 pieces from China, Japan, India, Korea, and Southeastern Asia. In 1998, they opened the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art as a free museum in the Dallas Arts District. This museum is one of only a few museums in the country dedicated to only Asian art and is considered “a jewel” of the Dallas Arts District.
In addition to the extensive collection of Asian art, the Anatole is also home to some interesting historical pieces. A couple of highlights include 2 pieces of the Berlin Wall as well as a giant propeller from a British Ocean liner which sank off the coast of Ireland during World War I. This 45 acre property hosts art tours around the ground for those interested. It is as much a museum as it is a hotel!
In 2010, Artist Rueben Margolin was commissioned to create a kinetic sculpture for one of the hotel’s atriums. The result, Nebula, is a 100 ft. moving sculpture made from over 14,000 bicycle reflectors. The movement of the Nebula is the result of one electric motor fanning out to 10 miles of aircraft cable and 1780 pulleys. We highly recommend seeing this shimmering wonder in person.
New to the hotel is the 3-acre JadeWaters water park, a $20 million addition complete with lazy river, splash pad, private cabanas and a swim-up bar. Both the water park and green spaces were designed with Asian influences, like Japanese and Chinese-style bridges and event lawns shaped like Japanese tea gardens.
OK so where does our jewelry fit in? It can be found inside the Anatole’s upscale boutique, the Mshop, named for the late Margaret Crow, who first opened this store to share her exquisite taste and discerning eye with hotel guests. Below are some of our pieces that can be found in their shop.
Of course it seemed fitting to photograph these pieces with some of Susan’s personal Asian art.
We recommend visiting Dallas for so many reasons, but the restaurants, the people, and the art are among the top draws to the city. It is a city which celebrates culture in a BIG way- and the Anatole is no exception.
Susan Shaw Jewelry