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From the time Palecek created his  rst furniture design, the business has grown. Allan took his  rst showroom space at
the Dallas Market Center in the Keith Smith showroom (WTC 200) in 1978. In the mid 1990s, the company moved to its own showroom on the World Trade Center’s 9th  oor, moved again to a bigger showroom on WTC 5 in the early 2000s and just this past June, took a showroom in the newly redesigned Interior Home + Design Center, ID201.
While Allan noted that business at the Dallas Market Center has been good for him all along, the move to IHDC allows him to present his collections more e ectively, allowing the design community to see them in a di erent light—literally. The new showroom has windows. “We have seen a nice increase in our daily business over the last several years [at Dallas Market Center], and we appreciate the ground  oor location and proximity to the parking lot for our customers,” he noted.
Having grown up in Kansas, Allan said, Dallas also feels somewhat like home. He feels that PALECEK products  t
the Texas design ethos. “While our product isn’t necessarily Western, it’s genuine. It’s made to the highest level we can achieve. That’s something that rings true with Texas,” he said.
PALECEK continues to expand its o erings each year, branching into new home categories, most recently outdoor. “We’re proud of our brand, and we’ve been fortunate. Business remains very strong for us,” Allan said. For a company that o ers the highest quality and unique, modern designs, that can be expected.
Visit PALECEK in its IHDC location, ID201, during the January Total Home & Gift Market, or any day. PALECEK is open daily.
A llan Palecek, founder and CEO of namesake home furnishings company, PALECEK, has a theory on why his designs have sold successfully for the past four decades. “We’ve always styled things that were a little unexpected, and we’ve stayed
loyal to the brand,” he said.
PALECEK had the classic American Dream beginning. In 1975, fresh
out of the Air Force, Allan was in line for an airline pilot position, but it was the height of the fuel crisis and jobs were scarce. With a business degree and an eye for good product, he turned his garage into a workspace, invested his savings and started PALECEK. When the airline  nally called two years later, Allan had found a new passion. “By the time the airlines were hiring again, reaction and reception to what I was doing was positive and quite pro table” he said. “This is something that worked out for me. I love what I’m doing.”
PALECEK began sourcing its furniture in Europe, but as the business has grown, now  nds resources in Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia and more. “We go to places where people make our designs,” Allan said. Craftsmen in the company’s Richmond, CA, facility do all the  nishing work here—upholstery, wood  nishes and product assembly, for example. It allows PALECEK to add value and o er customized designs. “It’s our claim to fame,” Allan said. “Customizing is our deal.”
All PALECEK furniture is designed with natural materials—woods, wicker, rattan and rope, and the company pays close attention to detail. Depending on the piece, you might  nd coconut beads, petri ed wood or hand-hammered brass or copper accents, adding that signature unexpected element. “If you execute it properly, you can’t go wrong with natural,” Allan commented. “People gravitate toward natural.”

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