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Lawndale Newsletter: DESIGN FAIR 2012 - April 25-29, 2012
Lawndale Art Center

April, 2012

4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Monday, April 23, 2012
In This Issue
Free Lecture
Preview Party & Sale
Fair Days
Special Exhibition
Volunteer Opportunities
April is Modern Month
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Houston Museum District 

DESIGN FAIR 2012     

April 25-29, 2012    



Design Fair 2012 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well as 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 individual Texas-based designers. 2012 Curator Garrett Hunter invited individual designers to offer specific products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.


Curator: Garrett Hunter


Free Lecture

Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 PM


Important Design from the 70's and 80's 
Evan Lobel, designer and founder of Lobel Modern, NYC, discusses the ground breaking 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.

Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 PM
Free admission
Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
followed by a reception

This free lecture is sponsored by Poggenpohl Design Studio. Presented in partnership with The Design Council at the MFAH.   




Preview Party & Sale 

Friday, April 27, 6 PM-9 PM 


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


$60 per person for Lawndale members
$75 for non-members
(includes admission throughout weekend)


Attire: Contemporary Cocktail

Complimentary valet parking 


Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. Sip on complimentary libations from ROXOR and Saint Arnold Brewing Company and nibble on tasty treats from Catering by Culinaire amongst the finest selection of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. You won't want to miss this chance to pickup your next treasure.


Tickets available through PayPal, by calling 713.528.5858 or at the door. Please call for member rate.


Pre-purchase regularly priced tickets via PayPal:






Nora & Bob Ackerley
Marc Adler
Oscar Arcos
Elizabeth Arnold
Lourdes & Ray Balinskas
Lisa Rowe-Bates & Stuart Bates
Pat & John Berry
Elisabeth & Rob Bickham
Devin Borden
Ashlee Brown
Shanna & Holden Burrow
Maria & Neil Bush
Zuzette & Greg Cullinan
Mary Ann & Tim Detmering
Tricia & David Dewhurst
Elizabeth & Dan Dukes
Andrew Echols
Cathy Echols
Stacy & Michael Ellington
Caroline & Jeremy Finkelstein
Rebecca & Pat Frede
Anita & Stuart Gaylor
Carol Glasser
Amy & Jason Goldstein
Cristina & Jose Gonzalez
Amy & Tod Greenwood
Gwynn Griffith
Janet Gust
Marci & Carlos Hamilton
Tom Harper
Michelle Aviña & Steven Hempel


Jamil & Carter Higley
Melissa & Scot Ison
Martha & Andrew Kirkwood
Jon Green & David Longwood
Michelle Maresh
Jim McAlister
Elisabeth & Brian McCabe
Shayna & Marc Melcher
Kelli & Chris Mize
Susanna & Palmer Moldawer
Kara & Dan Montgomery
Libbye & Rob Morrell
Amy Murchison
Gail & David Orr
Angela & David Peterman
John Blackmon & John Roberson
Julia & Michael Rudin
Ann & Don Short
Erin Siudzinski
Colleen & Phillip Smith
Celina & Jason Stabell
Leslie & Adam Strauss
Emily & Tim Sullivan
Martha Ann & Martin Von Rosenburg
Bridget & Patrick Wade
Mary Jane & Bob Wakefield
Beth & Jim Watt
Julie Webber
Elizabeth & Barry Young
Nicole & David Zarr


Fair Days 

Saturday and Sunday April 28 & 29, 2012 
10 AM-5 PM


General Admission : $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.


Special Exhibition - Simple, Beautiful & Usable 


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.   

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

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



Design Fair has become a favorite event and one of Lawndale's most important annual fundraisers. Funds raised for this event help underwrite the cost of Lawndale's free public programs. These include exhibitions throughout the year, educational outreach and the Lawndale Artist Studio Program.  


To find out more about making a donation to this year's event, contact us at 713.528.5858, by email at, or download the printable sponsor form

Many thanks to the Design Fair 2012 Sponsors!


John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation

Poggenpohl Design Studio

MORTAR Men's Clothing & Accessories

PaperCity Magazine 

CultureMap Houston

Scott R. Sparvero  


David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation

George Lancaster
Kathrine G. McGovern


Central Market 

Jereann Chaney

Courtnay & Mark Elias / Creative Tonic
Tricia & David Dewhurst
Carolyn & Carlos Hamilton
Kate McConnico, Looper Reed and McGraw, LLC 

Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Planning Design Research 
Leslie Holland & Dolan Smith
Brooke Masterson Stroud
Barbara & Blake Tartt 



Marc Adler


Hague & Eric Bing
David Black
Adam Gibson & Vernon Caldera
Zuzette & Greg Cullinan   
Michael Dale

Tom Downing
Melissa & Michael Friedman
Amy & Tod Greenwood
Cecilia Marquez & Kelly Blue Matthews
Judy & Scott Nyquist
William L. Peel, Jr.
Eleanor L. Williams


Cindi Strauss & Chris Ballou 

Adele Bentsen 

Minnette & Peter Boesel
Stacy & Michael Ellington
Rebecca & Pat Frede
Rob Greenstein
Marci & Carlos Hamilton
Kerry F. Inman 

Gail & David Orr
Rene & Mauri Pineda
Russ Pitman
SBS Manufacturing  

Heather Brown & Hank Segelke

Colleen & Phil Smith
Bridget & Patrick Wade
Adrienne Johnson Yost


Catering by Culinaire
Lobel Modern NYC

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

New Leaf Publishing

names as of 4/23/2012


Volunteer Opportunities

Have time to spare this Spring? Volunteer at Lawndale during Design Fair 2012! We are in need of assistance Friday, April 27th through Sunday, April 29th with everything from ticket sales to monitoring the galleries during this exciting event.

Email for more information.
April is Modern Month

April is Modern Month and we are so happy to live in a city with so many organizations deicated to design. While Modern Month is almost over, check out our friends at Houston Mod and the Decorative Center of Houston. They program wonderful design events all year long.

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 John R. Eckel, Jr. 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, Gabriela Trzebinski, Continental Airlines, Art Colony Association, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Party With Cris, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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