Dallas mother and daughter Kim and Sawyer Bannister have turned their shared interests into a new line of distinctive and colorful home decor. Called Sawyer, the Lucite accessories were inspired by a love of travel, sea, and vintage decor of the 1960s and ’70s.
“With the task of decorating our new home last year, I took our children by this favorite vintage store of mine in Venice Beach, California,” says Kim, who has a background and art and passion for interior design. “I gave them 30 minutes and $25 to find something that spoke to them.
“We found little treasures, but Sawyer and I left with the desire to find some unique bookends — something with a story. It was on this trip we dreamt up our concept of capturing moments in time as well as filling a need for striking, versatile, high-quality Lucite home décor statements.”
The collection comprises pillars, bowls and other objects d’art. Each piece is hand-poured, cut and polished, so no two are exactly alike. Some hold natural materials such as semi-precious stones or shells picked up during family travels; others are simply infused with bold color.
“Each piece in our collection is created over a two-day time period — sometimes more,” Kim adds. “We’ve designed these handcrafted sculptures and objects d’art as luxury statements for the home.”
The Bannisters also encourage clients to gather seashells from their favorite vacation spots or other beloved objects, and the duo can design around them for a custom piece. They can also do custom colors and monograms.
As for favorites, Kim favors the Wanderlust Seascape ($600 for six pieces), a “playful set that draws you in because it’s interactive.” It can be arranged a variety of ways, and hers sits on the family coffee table, so anyone can rearrange it to create something new. “Like building blocks we had as babes,” she says.
Sawyer goes for anything pink. “But if I had to choose one shape,” she says, “the architectural pillars ($460-$556 for a pair), because you can turn one upside down and make a fun statement or use them as bookends.”
You can find Sawyer collectibles in the online stores for Madison and the Nasher Store; McKinney Avenue’s Nest is set to receive a shipment next week, for in-store only. The Bannisters also hope to launch an e-commerce site of their own soon. For custom work or consultation, call 214-862-3318.