Modern (Furniture) Family – D Magazine

For Tanner Moussa and his younger sister, Mackenzie Lewis, wonderful furnishings is in their blood. Their paternal grandfather, Stanley Moussa, started Ideal Imports. Their uncle George Moussa established Ambella Property Collection. And their father, Mark Moussa, introduced Arteriors, his celebrated home design and style and lighting business enterprise, 35 years ago. “Everyone in our extended spouse and children below in Dallas has some sort of an entrepreneurial spirit,” Tanner states.  

As he and his sister grew up, household furniture and property style have been a standard aspect of dinner desk conversations. Starting in middle school, Tanner and Mackenzie put in summers in the Arteriors warehouse, wiring lamps and doing the job on the assembly line. They also traveled with their father on sourcing journeys all about the environment. When she was in faculty, Mackenzie and her dad used two months in India. There, they shopped  for antiques and treasured stones and satisfied with artisans who experienced handed their trades down by generations. 

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“India altered me,” Mackenzie says. Following finding her diploma in fine arts, she began functioning at Arteriors complete time. It took her brother more time to make his way back again to the relatives business enterprise. He used a decade in New York, operating in accounting and consulting. But he even now traveled with his father to trade shows. Eventually he requested himself, “Why force absent one thing that is definitely in my blood?” Tanner first went to work for the on line luxury home corporation 1 Kings Lane in advance of returning to Dallas and Arteriors in 2019, correct ahead of COVID-19 struck.  

The pandemic and the rise of digital buying, Tanner and Mackenzie say, confident them it was the perfect time to crack out on their personal. They remaining Arteriors in September 2020, and past thirty day period they formally launched Mous, their new line of circumstance merchandise, upholstered seating, and ceramics. The 27-piece collection, termed Narrative Arc, draws from their lots of adventures all-around the globe.  

“Looking back at the items we’ve collected by means of our travels, the architecture we’ve been influenced by, the cultures we have been impressed by—it truly was a enjoyment procedure of figuring out what we preferred this first selection to glance like,” Tanner says. 

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The goal is to pair style with operation. The ivory vellum Diptych desk, for illustration, features smaller drawers for office environment provides as properly as a cabinet for greater products, this kind of as a printer. They also wished a “little component of surprise” in each and every piece, Mackenzie claims. It could be employing two upholstery materials and an oak veneer in a chair or hiding an LED light-weight inside of the Cusp cabinet. 

Mous’ compact Design and style District–adjacent showroom is at the moment only open up by appointment. But the siblings hope that their brand’s greater on-line presence will permit them to remain nimble and hold up with the shifting needs and dreams of buyers. 

“It’s been actually satisfying and releasing,” Tanner says. “And it is assisted me and Mackenzie expand leaps and bounds with every single other acquiring to do this on our own.” 


This story initially ran in the Oct difficulty of D Magazine with the headline, “Modern Household.” Compose to [email protected].

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