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From fascination to inspiration, George Cameron Nash shares how his past and his passion
continue to pave the way to a remarkable career within the interior design industry.
By Alisa Kirby
As a young boy, George Cameron Nash to a profession of interior design.” from my experience with other star quality,
loved to go exploring on his bicycle. It was By the time he was 18 he had landed his first popular lines from big-city manufacturers.”
the early ‘60s and architects were busy experi- showroom job where he was trained to install Today, the Cameron Collection pieces are still
menting with cutting-edge design in Mey- wall coverings, fold fabric samples and where handcrafted one at a time and the line has ex-
erland, an upscale suburb of Houston and he continued to move furniture around, only panded from five to 85 designs, with over 450
Nash’s hometown. The surrounding structures on a much larger scale. various styles available. Despite recent cost-
intrigued the future designer and he pedaled In 1987, Nash was prepared to take the helm cutting trends within the industry, Nash re-
far and wide in order to get a closer look at the of his own showroom. With a mere $5,000 in mains committed to excellence. “Ours is not
revolutionary space age lines and details. His seed money, George Cameron Nash (GCN), was a big-time factory operation, as we carry the
interest was piqued and he delved deeper into launched in Dallas. His objective was to present same detail and quality that started out with
the realm of design and furniture placement. superb products along with his own personal the three brothers.”
Looking back Nash reflects, “Anyone moving hands-on service. He was tenacious in his quest Nash indicates that his designs are not only
the furniture around the house on a regular to find unique products. Nash explains, “It was influenced by the way people live, but how
basis under the age of 10 will no doubt turn a hard hunt, but I looked for the obscure, pack- they see themselves living; their children, their
aged it personally and presented it
with the greatest amount of enthu-
siasm.” The young man hired em-
ployees who shared his passion and
vision. Customers loved all of the ex-
tra attention they received at GCN,
[
All of the models are
named after different
streets in Meyerland.
]
and business grew at a fast and
steady pace. His efforts resulted in
a loyal customer base and more and pets and floors – even the weather. Through-
more manufacturers clamored to be out the creative process, the artist considers
picked up by the whiz kid in Dallas. matters such as mobility, approachability and
“At least everyone then realized I was the environment, in order to achieve a per-
not a fly-by-night showroom.” fectly pleasing blend of form and function.
Shortly thereafter, the Cameron “I tend to lean on inspiration from old fur-
Collection was conceived in a ga- niture styles from minimum ‘60s, backwards
rage-sized workroom located in and bring it forward to today’s scale and use.
Dallas. Nash sought out gifted up- Plus, I add a little edge from my own slant on
holsterer, Jesus Marroquin, to re- where the future takes us.”
pair a shipment of damaged goods In order to balance out his upholstery line,
from California. After Marroquin the designer needed coffee tables for his so-
and his two brothers completed fas and accommodating nightstands and oc-
the necessary repairs, they pro- casional tables to make his rooms complete.
ceeded to construct five pieces of Nash embarked on his latest endeavor by
furniture off of blueprint. Nash re- extending the Cameron Collection with
calls that their creations “were bet- his own distinctive brand of hard-line case
ter than anything I had ever seen goods. He named his new line Meyerland as
The Meyerland Braeswood Cocktail Table features a solid oak frame with reverse-painted
glass insets and measures 48”l x 30”w x 19”h.
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