Jan 16

The Scoop on "Dallas" the Series

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The thing to remember about high-rise living is that the view from above renders the city below as art. The windows are frames that present the masterwork in its best light.

Maybe this is why Ken Topolsky, Producer and Richard Berg, Art Director for the series Dallas decided to use an apartment in Museum Tower Dallas as the backdrop for a continuing story line. Their objective: to present Dallas as a vibrant city of youthful power and passion. When Ken and Richard decided on the Tower, they didn't have far to go before finding the perfect connection to help with all things décor.


Last year, Marco French of Marco French Studio designed the transitional model unit. Upon seeing it, the TNT team decided to acquire his services as related to set design. Enter Allan Knight & Associates. Because Marco had used many items from the Allan Knight showroom for his fantastic model on the 6th floor, a slick new formula for high-rise elegance had already begun to develop.



Ken, Richard and Marco then paid a visit to the Allan Knight showroom. They liked what they saw immediately and were especially drawn to acrylic items. Everyone agreed that AK acrylic would add just the right amount of sex and sparkle to the oversized unit on the 19th floor. The mix of ingredients that make up the set is amazing. Bronze, rock crystal in the chandelier, velvet and acrylic are materials you don't often see on a television show!



Items from Allan Knight Acrylic, Brueton, Moura Starr, Baltus, Henry Royer and Allan Knight Lighting and Furnishings were chosen to flesh out the 4,500-square-foot pad that belongs to Pamela Barnes. Apparently in the fictitious world of the Dallas Ewing family, she has landed in this luxury penthouse in the clouds above the North Texas metropolis. Her lust for power and more control over the family business is the reason for her sudden change in climes. (By the way, the old Ewing Oil moniker has made way for a more eco-friendly and forward-thinking company name—Ewing Energies.)



Over the next three weeks, the set was designed, installed and decorated. The last piece to be added was the Allan Knight Sakura headboard for the mistress's bedroom. It had to be recreated from scratch, for scale, from the original full king version that is shown at the Allan Knight showroom.



The night that filming began, Allan and I were having dinner with friends that live at One Arts Plaza. During our visit, we meandered onto the balcony, then directed their telescope directly at the Museum Tower's 19th floor. As expected, the crew had the shades drawn on the corner bedroom set; but in the adjoining bathroom, we could see everyone—the entire makeup crew and the stars!



Just then, Allan's phone rang. It was Marco, over at the set on 19 for the filming in case of any decorating emergencies, with a question for Allan. "How much weight can the Palm Beach desk take?" Well, we knew what they were asking. Allan deadpanned his response: "My product is tough, but I don't think it could stand up to that." So when you watch the season premier, look for the orange lacquer and acrylic desk and try to pinpoint that scene!



One comment about working with the series personnel. What a fantastic crew of professionals! This kind of project does not come around very often and we are grateful for the opportunity to be included!


We can't wait to see all the action happening around our product. From everyone at Allan Knight, our absolute best wishes to everyone involved for a smashing season of Dallas!


Dallas premiers its second season January 28th, 8:00 PM CST.


Dallas, Season 2 Credits

The stars: Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Ewing), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), the late Larry Hagman (J.R. Ewing),
Josh Henderson (John Ross Ewing), Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster), Brenda Strong (Ann Ewing),
Jesse Metcalfe (Christopher Ewing), Julie Gonzalo (Rebecca Sutter).

Richard Berg: Production Designer; Modern Family, CSI.
Ken Topolsky: Producer - 1st and 2nd season, Dallas; also for Party of 5, The Wonder Years.
Cynthia Cidre: Head Writer/Executive Producer.
Michael Robin: Executive Producer; also for Nip/Tuck, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Longmire, Major Crimes.
A. Michelle Young: Set Decorator.
Special thanks to Adrian Testolin: Production Assistant.


Because the set has been closed to press, we are happy to offer our images to any professional media outlet at this time. For more information, please contact: Cearan Henley at chenley@allan-knight.com or 214-741-2227.


Images by: Shine 49 Media House.

Photography Art Direction by: Cearan Henley and Allan Knight.


article by: Cearan Henley

Allan Knight and Associates / Allan Knight Luxury Blog ~ live beautifully

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9 Comment(s)
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  • Kim Brockinton said:

    Looks amazing !!!! Great job...

  • Barbara Daseke said:

    Oh my gosh- to see those beautiful pieces in a whole new way!!! Marco and Allan - over the top. Congrats!!!

  • Marlene Martinez said:

    OMG!....That look's so S E X Y!!! Talk about "living beautifully"!

  • John Corso said:

    Wow, I am totally impressed with how beautiful the set looks with all the Allan Knight Product. I can not wait to see season 2. Great Job Gentlemen!!!

  • Della Vanderburg said:

    The comment about high rise living classing the view from above as art was such an eye opener.As someone who has never lived in a dwelling such as this I often wondered as to the view what really was there to see.Using the windows as frames to frame the (art) was tastefully accomplished.The acrylic pieces are fabulous.

  • Dixie Kastle said:

    Absolutely wonderful. You have set the bar with your designs and furnishings. The chandelier in the dining room--nice touch!

  • Molly Malone said:

    Absolutely fabulous! I would love to have seen the unit!

  • Keith May said:

    This is beautiful. Truly. Allan & Marco did an amazing job on this project. I'm excited to see the season 2 premiere on January 28th. My DVR is already set.