25 years ago, two design pros teamed up to start their own showroom in the Dallas Design District. But Scott + Cooner founders Lloyd Scott and Josy Cooner-Collins never imagined the impact they would have on the city’s design scene.
“Less than one percent of one percent understood contemporary modern as we did,” Scott says. “We were part of a movement to bring this contemporary modern taste to the city.”
While they currently occupy an expansive 21,000-square foot showroom, Scott and Cooner had humble beginnings. The duo met in 1995 and launched their partnership after meeting in a small dorm office filled with catalogs and small finish samples. In that first meeting, it was clear the designers would complement one another.
“We have the same taste, drive, and ambition,” Cooner-Collins says. “But we always say Lloyd is the giddy-up and I’m the whoa. We just have different energies.”
When the showroom opened, Cooner-Collins says no vendor considered Texas worthy of their time. But by demonstrating a thorough understanding of their clients and design, the duo changed vendors’ minds.
“We listened and paid attention to what our clients wanted, not what vendors said we should display,” Cooner-Collins says. “Our staying power is a clear vision, an inner strength of understanding design, knowing our path, and making it happen.”
That drive helped the designers navigate many challenges over the last 25 years, including the 2008 financial crisis. Along the way, they have become a staple in DDD and the city.
“The impact that Josy and Lloyd have had on the Dallas Design District has been huge,” says Dallas real estate developer Bill Hutchinson. “Over the years, Scott + Cooner has become known as the premier contemporary and modern furniture showroom, representing the finest international lines of designer furniture in the world.”
After spending a quarter century bringing the best furnishing and accessories to Texas, these legendary designers are still working with customers to create and curate every detail of their ideal living spaces. Furthermore, they have no intention of slowing down. According to Cooner-Collins, the showroom will continue to pay attention to what’s happening in the world of design and keep an eye on upcoming trends.
“It’s been a great journey with Lloyd,” Cooner-Collins says. “I’m very proud of the projects we work on and proud to be able to make places impactful.”