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Designer adds 'some punch' to Symphony Show House power room

The 2014 Symphony Show House continues this weekend in the 7,000-square-foot, 18th-floor penthouse of Founders Tower, 5900 Mosteller Drive.
BY TIM FALL, For The Oklahoman Modified: May 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm •  Published: May 17, 2014

The penthouse of Founders Tower features an awe-inspiring view and crowns one of the prime examples of midcentury Populuxe architecture in the state, but designer SaDawna Coburn still found something missing.

In the guest powder room, at least.

“It was boring!” she said.

So she and her design partner in SC Design, her son Oliver Coburn, set about changing that.

The “Skyline Lounge” the Coburns created is an energizing, attention-grabbing early stop for visitors to the 2014 Symphony Show House, which continues this weekend in the 7,000-square-foot, 18th-floor penthouse of Founders Tower, 5900 Mosteller Drive.

The Show House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with lunch served 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, with lunch from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $15. For more details, go to

For this year’s Show House, the Oklahoma City Orchestra League’s theme, “A View to a Thrill,” is meant to evoke images of the nascent James Bond — the globe-trotting, cosmopolitan secret agent who would have been right at home in just such a spread.

The Coburns, who have worked together as a design team for the past nine years, “wanted some punch” in the powder room so they chose a custom wall covering based on Oliver’s artwork.

They enlarged his piece into repeating panels, which were burnished onto the wall using a gold-leafing process. The result is a colorful, reflective surface reminiscent of stained glass.

Oliver joined SC Design after graduation from high school, when “Mom told me it was time to get to work,” he said.

SaDawna’s other son, J.T. Coburn, also a collaborator on the room, designed and built a sleek, graphite-textured vanity.

A repeat contributor to the Symphony Show House, SaDawna said that “people love to see the crazy stuff we come up with” when her family works together.

Across the foyer from the Skyline Lounge, color is front and center in the library, dubbed “The Grand Athenaeum” by designer Keven Carl.

Carl, like the Coburns, works in the family environment of Mister Robert Fine Furniture and Design. The daughter of founders Robert and Sara Jean Calonkey, Carl joined the firm as a designer in 1980. She has presented Show House concepts repeatedly over the years.

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