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Lawndale: : Design Fair 2012 Learn. Shop.Connect. April 25-29, 2012
Lawndale Art Center

February, 2012

Design Fair 2012: Learn. Shop. Connect. will take place April 25 - 29, 2012. Design Fair 2012 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. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.


The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features a selected presentation of the state's best object designers curated by Garrett Hunter. 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.


Design Fair 2012 kicks-off with a free lecture on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30PM at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium, presented in partnership with the MFAH Design Council. Founder of Lobel Modern, NYC, Evan Lobel discusses the ground breaking designs of Karl Springer, Philip and Kelvin Laverne and Ward Bennett in Important Design from the 70's and 80's.   

Attendees should also mark their calendars for the most stylish gala of the year, the Design Fair 2012 Preview Party Co-Chaired by Courtnay and Mark Elias, George Lancaster and Michael Landrum on April 27 from 6 - 9PM; then plan to keep shopping all weekend April 28 and 29 from 10AM - 5PM. Ticket sales for both events will benefit Lawndale Art Center.


Dates: April 25 - 29, 2012



Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main Street

Houston, Texas 77002



Garrett Hunter


Preview Party Co-Chairs: 

Courtnay and Mark Elias

George Lancaster

Michael Landrum



Important Design from the 70's and 80's

Evan Lobel, designer and founder of Lobel Modern, NYC, discu sses the ground b reaking designs of Karl Springer, Philip and Kelvin Laverne and Ward Bennett. For over 14 years, Lobel Modern has served as an invaluable resource for the finest new and mid-century furnishings to designers and architects world-wide.

Evan Lobel started Lobel Modern in NYC in 1998.  Prior to that he graduated from Cornell University with a degree in International Economics and worked in finance on Wall Street. Lobel Modern, a mid-    century gallery featuring important designers from the 1950's thru the 1980's, is one of the largest galleries in New York and services designers, architects and collectors from around the world. In 2003, he was Exhibition Coordinator for the exposition on Harvey Probber at Baruch College, Harvey Probber: Modernist Furniture, Design, and Graphics. In 2005, he co-published the book Anzolo Fuga: Murano Glass Artist, Designs for A.V.E.M. by Rosa Barovier-Mentasti. Lobel has been researching Karl Springer extensively for years. In 2011, he launched his own furniture line, Lobel Originals NYC showcasing unique hand-crafted pieces using exotic materials.  His home has been featured in New York magazine, the interiors issue, and in Wallpaper* Magazine.

Wednesday, April 25, 6:30PM

Free admission

Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet


This free lecture is sponsored by Poggenpohl Design Studio. Presented in partnership with The Design Council at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

CrOp by David Peck

Preview Party:             

Friday, April 27, 2012, 6-9PM  

Preview Party Co-Chairs: Courtnay and Mark Elias, George Lancaster and Michael Landrum


ATTIRE: Contemporary Cocktail 


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

(includes admission throughout the weekend)


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 28 & Sunday, April 29, 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. Meet specialist designers and dealers offering the finest furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.  



Texas Co-Op:             

The Texas Co-Op is an annual curated section at the Design Fair that features individual Texas-based designers. 2012 Curator, Garrett Hunter invited individual designers to feature specific products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent the cutting-edge of industrial and object design today.



Special Exhibition:    

Sophomores enrolled in the Industrial Design Department at the University of Houston display innovative objects for the home and classroom in their first ever museum exhibition.


Students: John Capps, Laura Fernandez, Lindsay Lahaug, Jose Martinez, Elizaveta Morris, Seluga Sekanwagi, Trevor Wood, Troy Zinsmeister


This exhibition is sponsored by  MORTAR Men's Clothing & Accessories.



BenglisHardesty - Kart Chair
Participating Exhibitors:                  


The following will offer a wide selection of carefully curated items

including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion.          


Exhibitors (as of February 22, 2012)


Texas Co-Op Designers


For additional exhibitor images, please email


(as of February 22, 2012)


Lawndale is pleased to announce the Title Sponsor for Design Fair 2012 is the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. John R. Eckel, Jr. was a long-time supporter of Lawndale Art Center's Mid-Century Modern Market, today known as the Design Fair. Eckel was a passionate collector of mid-century and modern art and a champion of American modernism. After his death in 2009, The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation gifted The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston over 70 paintings, watercolors, drawings, sculpture and decorative arts. Lawndale Art Center is honored to receive such generous support from the John R. Eckel Foundation.


John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation



Poggenpohl Design Studio



MORTAR Men's Accessories & Clothing



PaperCity Magazine



Scott R. Sparvero



Courtnay and Mark Elias/ Creative Tonic

George Lancaster

Kate McConnico,Looper Reed and McGraw, LLC



Tom Downing

Adam Gibson & Vernon Caldera      

Eleanor L. Williams



Catering by Culinaire

Lobel Modern NYC

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Settlment Goods

Star Engraving 

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.


Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, 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 E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Jonathan and Barbara Day, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Anita and David Garten, Mary and Roy Cullen, Bruce Eames, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Continental Airlines, Art Colony Association, Party With Cris, other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.



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