The Lawson Studio has opened a studio 406 Blaize Ave. in Bay St. Louis (just past the Little Theatre) - giving it two locations in Mississippi. The other studio location is in Raymond, Mississippi outside of Jackson.
Al Lawson is the president of The Lawson Studio and a licensed interior designer. He graduated from Mississippi State University's Fifth Year architecture program in 1985 but quickly recognized interiors were his passion. With a career that has included client work in New York City, Greenwich, Connecticut, Seaside, Florida and Charleston, SC Al decided Bay St. Louis was an opportunity to cast a broader net and start to develop a business that provides design services along with local access to furniture, accessories and upholstery.
According to Mr. Lawson,"It's a great model I have seen work well - where a designer develops retail, products and services that support a wide range of client needs - including the needs of other interior designers. I'm excited to be a part of a design community that is diverse and vibrant. I think we are all going to have a lot of fun together."
The studio provides a broad range of designer fabrics suitable for residential and commercial upholstery. It also has furniture, drapery, window coverings and accessories that are finds from Al's travels and trips to the Atlanta, Houston and Las Vegas markets. "My wife studied at NYU in Venice so our family has a strong connection with Italy and we go there as often as we can. "I'm a sucker for Fortuny and Murano glass light sculptures."
Right now The Lawson Studio is open Monday through Wednesday by appointment. Al is in the Bay studio every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.