Art has always been an integral aspect of Stephan Pyles’ restaurants, and never more relevant as it is at Flora Street Café. The proximity of the restaurant in the heart of the world-renowned Dallas Arts District provides an artistic environment outside and a motivation for showcasing exceptional art inside. Flora Street Café is rife with unique artistic surprises throughout.
LASVIT’s Neverending Glory Collection. Placed strategically thought the main dining area are stunning chandeliers reflecting nostalgic emotions. Individual silhouettes transform majestic chandeliers from five of the world’s most eminent concert halls and theaters into contemporary design lighting. The collection interprets these lighting icons in a new context to symbolize the prime moments of appreciation and glory. Design lovers can acquire a modern chandelier with a particular memory and take a part of its hidden monumentality and an atmosphere of La Scala in Milan, Palais Garnier in Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, or the Czech Republic’s Estates Theater in Prague, to their living rooms.
We wanted to create just a ghost of the original chandeliers, or just the soul, the shadow, the shine of the original ones. If you imagine the grand, original chandeliers in these opera houses, they’re glorious, and the ‘neverending’ part relates to the profiles and the idea of infinite rotation-a neverending glory. --- Jan Plechác
One of the most stellar, focal attractions housed above the bar and lounge is a technological and artistic wonder – the ShyLight from Studio Drift in Amsterdam. It is a piece of performance art and kinetic sculpture made almost entirely of silk that illuminates in pulsating fashion as it descends and retracts in 10 minute cycles sporadically during service. It is the first and only one of its kind in the United States. Made by Lonneke Gordijn, Ralph Nauta and Jozeph Hendricks, its materials include aluminum, polished stainless steel, silk, LEDs, and robotics.
Most man-made objects have a static form, while everything natural in this world including people, are subject to constant metamorphosis and adaptation to their surroundings. Shylight is the result of the question how an inanimate object can mimic those changes that express character and emotions? Flora Street Café is a natural environment to highlight the exceptionally artistic Shylight which adds both functional and aesthetic ambience to the restaurant.
There are five original photographs in the private dining room of chili ristras. These images were taken in 2016 in Santa Fe, specifically for the restaurant. The photographer, Trey Chickey, worked with us on the concept and we colored one of the images for a pop.
The large fabric tapestry in the Dining Room, is by American artist, Tim Harding. Using primarily silk, the layering process is a crucial aspect of Harding’s work. He uses it to obscure and reveal images beneath the surface. Aiming to capture a visual feel of light, movement, depth distortions of light in the form of reflections and refractions that allude to space above and below the surface. Working with Dallas art consultant David Arment, the piece for Flora Street Café is one of Tim’s largest commissions in North America. This iconic piece is comprised of five connected panels, and is reminiscent of a stage curtain from a theater. Chili Ristras from the Southwest hang on a golden background representing the big sky of West Texas. The base of the imagery is more organic, with colors based on Dallas’ Great Trinity Forest and emphasizing the “Flora” in Flora Street Café.
From Arie Van Selm, a Dutch artist who resides in Dallas, an abstract blue oil painting adorns the wall at the end of the wine corridor. He has exhibited his work internationally in Amsterdam, Berlin, Caracas, Dallas, Frankfurt, New York, Osaka, and Rome.
Southwestern black and white photographs from Allison Smith and Stephan Pyles’ personal collection and his former flagship restaurant on Ross Avenue hang in the simple yet elegant unisex washrooms with marble tile and charcoal tiled walls; these photos lead us on a road trip through Texas, destination unknown; Smith is the granddaughter of Stanley Marcus.
Rusty Scruby’s 3D mixed media piece draws on the contribution of many textures which he skillfully weaves into, under and on top of the work to remind us that it is not necessarily aligned with reality. We are intrigued because while we can see what it is, we are not sure what it is.
In the private dining room, mid-century inspiration results in this 18 light, brown nickel take on Sputnik. 12 adjustable arms. Photographed with 2” tubular bulbs. Sputnik 1 was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on October 4, 1957. It was a 58 cm diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennae to broadcast radio pulses.
Lamps from artists Lucie Koldova and Dan Yeffet sit atop the four main banquets below the silk tapestry across the back wall of the dining room. The lamps are based on a transparent nearly invisible balloon. A hovering light reflector around the bulb looks as if the light is floating within the glass shell. Each piece has been made using traditional glass techniques in the Czech Republic using multiple layers of molten glass.