Inside Studio Artise, Scottsdale’s New Modern Design Showroom
The Studio Artise showroom stimulates ideas for elevated interior design with curated products from the U.S. and abroad.
By Linda J. Barkman | Photography by Mark Lipczynski
HISTORY: Thomas grew up in the restaurant industry in Michigan, where she earned a business degree, and purchased and ran her own restaurant at the age of 25. She relocated to Arizona in 2007 and graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in interior design in 2010. “My dad encouraged me to do something in the business world because I have a very analytical mind,” she explains. “But I also needed to have a creative outlet. Design was the perfect balance because it allowed me to utilize my business savvy and technical skills along with my creative side.”
After cutting her teeth interning for a local design firm in 2009, Thomas launched her own business under the name Pauline Martin Interiors, taking on both residential and commercial projects, with an emphasis on hospitality and retail. A decade later, she rebranded her business under the name Studio Artise.
Principal: Pauline Thomas
Opened: May, 2022
Location: 3801 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix
Showroom hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m-4 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m-3 p.m.; closed Sun. & Mon.
Design hours: Mon.-Fri; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., By appointment only.
Phone: (480) 429-4091
“I wanted it to be its own brand,” she explains. “We were entering a new phase, bringing in a lot of new products, and I wanted to focus solely on my own business.” Then, along came COVID and her business expanded so quickly that they soon outgrew the space they were in. “I found this property in 2022. It had been vacant for some time. We remodeled it, which allowed me to bring our design offices and showroom together and to have a place to warehouse extra products as well.”
CONCEPT: Studio Artise is a full-service free-standing showroom offering online and in-person shopping to the trade as well as to the public. Thomas says she wanted it to be a serene, intimate and easy place to shop that wouldn’t overwhelm the consumer. “I hand-select everything,” she reports. “It’s very curated. We look for high quality, good craftsmanship and unique items you won’t find at every box store. We also like to bring in new items, keep things changing and try to use as many local and national artisans as possible.”
STYLE: “We coin our specific style as ‘modern organic luxe,’” Thomas remarks. “We lean toward furniture with cleaner lines, a lot of neutrals and texture. It’s an elevated look. I spent my childhood summers in Europe, so I was exposed to a lot of history, art and architecture. My perspective is global and the desert lends itself to bringing all that together.”
FOCUS: While acknowledging that form and function are essential to good design, Thomas adds that it’s also important that their designs fit the individuality of each family they design for. “Our goal is to create a space for people that truly reflects who they are and lets them feel they are in their own skin when they are in their homes,” she says.
WHAT’S IN STORE: Thomas scours furniture markets in the U.S. and abroad in search of new inventory for her spacious showroom, which includes a semi-
custom idea kitchen and decked-out powder room. Products range from a line of locally made cabinetry to furniture, art, accessories, rugs, lighting, accent pillows, realistic faux succulents and assorted gift items. “I always look for unique things that are textural in nature; it’s a great way to bring a neutral palette together,” she says. “We also carry a line of all-natural luxury mattresses that are handmade in the U.S.”
SERVICES: “We do everything from grand-scale new builds and remodels to small-scale interior design projects. Our process begins with consultation and design development, then proceeds to project management, furniture selection and the big reveal,” Thomas reports. “Plus, we can do full custom everything—even if it’s not something we carry in the showroom—from custom millwork to cabinetry to metalworks,” she adds.
WHAT’S AHEAD: “I can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet, but we’re looking to expand our online presence, and we have several irons in the fire for our own line of products,” Thomas enthuses. “I’ve always been an entrepreneur and enjoy the challenges of building something new.”