Laws Interiors & Design has been at 4503 Kingston Pike for 10 years but the Laws have been in this business for 60 years. Owner, Paul Law, told me his grandfather started the trend and his father—who still builds furniture—passed it on to his children. Paul and his brother, David Law (Law & Hicks Mill Work), are tapping into six decades of family experience in each of their respective businesses.
Laws is a design firm first, retail antiques business second. Paul and his brother both have interior design degrees from UT. When Paul Law and his team begin a project they don’t just think about what pieces will look best where. They take into account functionality, lighting, and traffic patterns. “We focus on how you work and live,” says Law. Law works with the architects, builders, and whomever else he needs to in order to truly understand a project. He assured me that he incorporates any design elements a client wants in a space, be it antique, modern or something else—although the eclectic collection in his store already made this apparent.
You don’t have to be building a home or redecorating a room to come into Laws. If you’re looking for that one end table, cabinet, hutch, lamp, statue or any other piece of art to complete a room, Laws should most certainly be one of the stores you check out first. Paul used to travel extensively and he still uses international connections to obtain many of the store’s items. Law’s sources range from Austria, to China, to Brazil and Laws Interiors and Design happens to be at the forefront of the Brazilian furniture market here in the southeast.
Laws furniture selection is marvelous, but there is another dimension entirely to Paul Law's business thanks to his partnership with Linda Nichols and Lyons View Gallery next door. They’ve represented local artist Donna Brass for decades and also painter and sculptor Phil Julian. If you’re struck as I was by the pieces hanging on the walls inside Laws, you’ll want to venture over to the gallery next door and take a look around.
Laws has a collection you have to see. Fine Italian candlesticks, lobsters sculpted from bone, statutes from the other side of the globe, the best South American furniture around and the work of highly regarded local artists makes Laws feel like a museum where everything is for sale. Check out the slideshow below to get a feel for what it’s like inside Laws and be sure to keep them in mind the next time you’re designing a home, antiquing, or just in the mood to see some extraordinary pieces of art.