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These distinguished Texas designers rate among best in world

These distinguished Texas designers rate among best in world

Harry Ransom Center
Lake Flato Architects designed Austin's Harry Ransom Center. Photo courtesy of Lake Flato Architects
Emily Summers
Emily Summers Photo by Sprouse & Neuhoff
The Houston Design Center Spring Design Market March 2015 Jan Showers portrait
Jan Showers Courtesy photo
Harry Ransom Center
Emily Summers
The Houston Design Center Spring Design Market March 2015 Jan Showers portrait

The new year is looking bright for three Texas designers and architects. Jan ShowersEmily Summers, and Lake Flato Architects have been named to Architectural Digest's 2016 AD100, a list of influential and cutting-edge designers and architects from around the world anointed as the tastemakers for the upcoming year.

"Some are daredevils, some are classicists, but all are supremely confident," notes the mag. "From dynamic decorators recalibrating beloved traditions to enterprising architects shaking up a skyline near you, these 100 thought leaders — among them 19 additions from Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Spain, and the U.S. — are raising the bar for global design today."

The two Texas interior designers on the list hail from Dallas.

Emily Summers' modern style has so hypnotized Dallas that her Highland Park Village boutique, Studio 54, has become a magnet for those seeking timeless style with a contemporary punch. Jan Showers has been lending her elegance to interiors for more than 25 years, and many flock to her Design District showroom for a taste of her European-inspired decor. If visiting in person isn't possible, her acolytes get a taste for luxury from her books such as Glamorous Retreats.

Lake Flato Architects is the sole Texas architecture firm on the prestigious list. The San Antonio-based firm is behind such iconic Texas projects as Austin's Hotel San Jose, Marfa's El Cosmico, and the San Antonio Pearl Brewery redevelopment. Next up for this firm: a net-zero desert house near Las Vegas.