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Lawndale Design Fair 2011 Preview Party - Friday, April 1, 6-9PM
Lawndale Art Center

March, 2011

Design Fair 2011: Learn. Shop. Connect. will take place March 30 - April 3, 2011, with an expanded Texas Co-Op. Formerly the 20th Century Modern Market, Design Fair 2011 is led by Honorary Chair Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA, the highly-acclaimed architect and furniture designer  and features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well examples of cutting-edge contemporary design. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion.


New to the Fair in 2011 is an expanded Texas Co-Op, a selected presentation of the state’s best object designers curated by UH Art Collection Curator and artist, Michael Guidry. The Co-Op is an excellent opportunity for seasoned collectors and enthusiasts alike to experience and learn about the most current and noteworthy Texas designers. .


The Keynote Speaker for Design Fair 2011 is James Zemaitis, Senior Vice President and Director of 20th Century Design, Sotheby’s, who will be giving a free lecture on Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30PM at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium presented in partnership with the MFAH Design Council. Attendees should also mark their calendars for the hippest gala of the year, The Design Fair 2011 Preview Party, April 1 from 6 – 9PM; then plan to keep shopping all weekend April 2 and 3 from 10AM– 5PM. Ticket sales for both events will benefit Lawndale Art Center.


Dates:                                     March 30 - April 3, 2011


Location:                                Lawndale Art Center

                                                4912 Main Street

                                                Houston, Texas 77002


Honorary Chair:                    Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA

Chairs:                                   Vernon Caldera, Eleanor L. Williams and Adam Gibson

Preview Party Hosts:           Saba and Sarah Jawda 

Curator:                                 Michael Guidry

Lecture:                      Inspiring Design: 20th and 21st Century Design Masterworks, Rarities and Oddities, from Tiffany Studio to Studio Job

James Zemaitis, Sotheby's

Senior Vice President
Senior Business Development, North America
20th Century Design

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 6:30PM

Free admission

Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet


When it comes to the auction market for Design, not all masterworks are created equal. Why is one Noguchi stool worth $100,000 and another Saarinen stool worth $10? Join Sotheby's James Zemaitis as he discusses issues of provenance, rarity and the fluctuations of the market using case studies ranging from American mid-century modern to the evolving contemporary design market.


Presented in partnership with The Design Council at

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Preview Party:           Friday, April 1, 2011, 6-9PM

                                    Preview Party Chairs: Saba and Sarah Jawada

Attire: Contemporary Cocktail

Tickets: $75 per person / $60 for Lawndale members

(includes admission throughout the weekend)

Featuring: DJ MIKE C and Smilebooth

+ first 50 guests will receive an exclusive gift bag!


Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center.  Sip on cool libations and nibble on tasty treats amongst the finest selection of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion.  You won't want to miss this chance to pick up your next treasure. 


Fair Days:                  Saturday, April 2 & Sunday, April 3, 2011, 10AM-5PM

General admission for the weekend is $5


Shop among a special selection of vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as cutting edge contemporary design.  Specialist dealers will offer furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.


Texas Co-Op:            The expanded Texas Co-Op at Design Fair 2011 is a selected presentation of the state’s best object designers. Michael Guidry, artist and Curator of the UH Art Collection, is curator for the Co-Op, bringing his unique perspective to Texas designers.


About Lawndale Art Center: Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media, unique in its focus on Houston area artists. Founded in 1979, Lawndale has owned its present location on Main Street in Houston's Museum District since 1993.  With four galleries in its locally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions.  Over twenty exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly including annual events such as Día de los Muertos /Day of the Dead, Design Fair and The Big Show. Lawndale Art Center’s most recent programming initiative was to launch an Artist Studio Program that provides studio space for three local emerging artists along with a materials budget and a monthly stipend for a nine month period.


For More Information: or

or (713) 528-5858.


Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The Houston Arts Alliance through the Houston Museum District Association and City Initiatives Program, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Cavnar Foundation, The Cullen Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., John M. O’Quinn, Cecily Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Jonathan and Barbara Day, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Mary and Roy Cullen, Daniel K. Dubrowski, Felvis/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Samantha Schnee, Continental Airlines, Target, Art Colony Association, other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.




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