At Palladin, the whimsical wares of local craftsman – men and women who build furniture from gnarled wood, craft lamps using rice paper, and paint rapturous pictures – live in harmony beside the sleek designs of internationally eminent potters, metal workers and rug weavers. It is a place where buffalo hide pillows sewn in Paonia rest on classic leather chairs, and fanciful teacups crafted in France decorate dining room tables. At Palladin, the varied textures of reclaimed wood (from a local woodworker Adam Johnson tabletop,) sleek metal (from the line of famed metal worker Michael Aram,) and colorful brushstrokes (from the brush of local painter Stephanie Rogers,) combine to create a rich fusion of art, furniture, tableware, gifts, accessories, and antiques.
Palladin is the brainchild of regional interior designer Abby Dix, who has worked to create a token style that is classic and Western-influenced, equally imaginative and livable.
“My original inspiration for Palladin was to have a shop full of beautiful, inspiring objects here, not somewhere else,” says Dix. “Palladin is also a place to find good design – no matter if it is a $10 object or a $10,000 object.”
Dix opened Palladin (the name of a 1950s Western Cowboy television show, as well as her favorite horse) in its original location next to the Mountain Market in Ridgway. The move to Palladin’s new locale, at 619 Clinton Street, was precipitated by Dix’ desire to have a central location from which both the store and her interior design business could blend.
“I love the feeling of the building. It's more of a gallery-like space with lots of rooms to explore. We also have twice as much room as before, which gives us more space to feature things like our hand made Afghani rugs and runners – truly fabulous rugs,” she says.
Dix opened the store at 610 Clinton Street in Ridgway early last month, in the 1902 historic storefront boasting expansive windows and rooms brimming with evident as well as more hidden treasure. There are the Jack Freeland side tables, handcrafted of locally harvested Gamble’s Oak, that are delightfully rustic, and the fun mirror made of an antique fly fishing rod holder – complete with hand-carved trout and space to stash flies. There are the zen-exuding lamps of local David Cary, who combines rice paper and wood to create his distinctive pieces, and the poetic, sweeping cypress-carved sculptures of Mark Whiteman. Upon the walls hang the plein-air paintings of Northern New Mexico artist Bill Gallen, cowboy pencil drawings from Norwood’s Ron B. Morris and the exquisite art of the late Birger Sandzeen. Rugs woven in Afghanistan and Pakistan, from the Valley of a Thousand Hills, decorate Palladin’s brick- and corrugated tin-trimmed back room.
Yet there are exceptional finds in the smaller details at Palladin as well. The store carries Rufus Teague barbeque sauce, hand painted note cards from locals Nancy B. Frank and Nicole Finger, the bath and body goodies from the Thymes line, and the stylish reading glasses of Amy Sacks.
“Palladin carries almost all hand made goods, almost all American made. A special focus is work by crafts people and artists from our area, from fine art to handmade furniture,” Dix says.
For more information about Palladin visit www.palladin-design.com