A 22-story, 226,778-square-foot luxury office tower in Dallas. A 750-foot, $1.02 billion “hybrid high-rise” tower in Boston. A new San Francisco tower with 200 to 300 hotel rooms, 200 residential units, and 250,000 to 425,000 square feet of office space. General Electric’s new 2.5-acre campus on the waterfront in Boston.

These are among the largest new commercial real estate projects announced around the country in recent months.













“Samurai: Inside the Armor” is the exciting new exhibition on view now through summer 2016 at The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection.

As its title implies, the exhibition presents a challenge to curious visitors of the collection – look past the surface of samurai armor to gain a new perspective and deeper understanding of this advanced art form. Helmets, masks, and suits of samurai armor feature intricate, beautiful, and creative exteriors to the naked eye. Perhaps one of the most distinctive and stately examples are kawari kabuto, elaborately-shaped helmets that emerged during the second half of the sixteenth century. Often adorned with crests called tatemono and other types of symbolic decorations, kabuto allowed samurai warriors to convey more pronounced individuality. But, what lies beneath in the interiors of such ornate pieces? Were a myriad of materials used? What was the construction technique like?

With the meticulous expertise of Dallas’ Brookhaven College of Radiologic Sciences Program, these questions are answered in “Inside the Armor.”  The exhibition takes a closer look at Japanese armor by making special use of X-rays taken at Brookhaven College to reveal the hidden secrets behind the construction of these masterpieces.

X-ray image of kawari kabuto (elaborately-shaped helmet) in the shape of nami gashira (crashing wave), Momoyama period, 1573-1615.

The images uncover fascinating new information about the composition of armor that ranges from the Kamakura period (1185-1333) to the Edo period (1615-1868). X-ray images show the varying densities of the materials within each piece, consequently offering new insights about the concealed skill and ingenuity of the armorers. As history confirms, it was this quality and craftsmanship of the interior that ultimately meant the difference between life and death for the noble warrior. The Samurai Collection, the permanent home of the armor, is located in the HARWOOD District of Dallas, Texas.

A collective global audience of 1.25 million people from eight major cities have viewed objects from the collection in the traveling exhibition, “SAMURAI: Japanese Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.” This major showcase of 140 samurai pieces made its most recent impressive and careful jaunt from the Centro Cultural Palacio de La Moneda in Santiago, Chile, to the Denver Art Museum.

The Samurai Collection would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff of Brookhaven College of Radiologic Sciences Program. Their generous and extensive assistance made “Samurai: Inside the Armor” possible.

ThriftStudio 2016 is going live September 29, 2016. Don't miss this unique shopping experience!

It was a record setting Thrift Studio 2016 in Dallas this past spring. With nine original designer vignettes, our first ever bar lounge, more than 5oo Preview Party guests, and over $440,000 raised to support our mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, the space we occupied at 1444 Oak Lawn was pivotal to Thrift Studio’s success. Having over 10,000 square feet of showroom space in the heart of the Dallas Design District is almost unheard of, but thanks to our friends at Harwood International, we were generously given a three month RENT FREE lease on their property that literally made Thrift Studio 2016 possible. We are thrilled to spotlight Harwood for all their support!


Last week, Bleu Ciel won Dallas Business Journal’s Best Urban Multifamily Real Estate award.The project’s focus on creating a walkable neighborhood and integrating the community into the ground level of the building secured the win for developer Harwood International.

Read the full article on bizjournals.com.

With just six months of operations under its belt, Happiest Hour has become a chart-topping, record-breaking destination. The HARWOOD District is proud to raise a glass to the most recent cause for applause – Happiest Hour is a nominee for Bar of the Year in the 2016 CultureMap Tastemaker Awards.

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