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Design Fair kicks off tonight with a free lecture by Eric Cohler!
Lawndale Art Center

April, 2013


4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

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Lawndale Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and relies on individual donations and memberships, along with government and foundation grants to support annual exhibitions and programming.

Houston Museum District

Free Lecture

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

6:30 PM

Free admission
Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
followed by a reception


Regrettably, Michael Bruno is unable to be in Houston on Wednesday, April 24. To speak in his place, 1stdibs sends esteemed designer, historian and writer, Eric Cohler, of Eric Cohler Design, NYC.


Eric Cohler, 

A Collector on Collecting


Eric Cohler started collecting art when he was 18. He has since amassed a collection of over 500 pieces ranging from Egyptian tomb figures to seminal contemporary artists including Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman and David Salle. Cohler will tell you how he began his collection and discuss the interiors of great American art collectors. As Cohler says: "It's all in the mix."

As a collector and interior designer, one of Cohler's primary resources is1stdibs. He describes his experience working with the site a bit like a treasure hunt, "1stdibs is an amazing platform to research and purchase the world's best selection of antiques, art and design at anytime of the day, no matter where they are home, work, or on the go."  


Eric Cohler is one of the country's leading interior designers. Recognized for his creative use of art and antiques in his work, as well as unusual bursts of color, Cohler torques the traditional to create interiors that are uniquely his. A frequent speaker and panelist around the US and the UK, Cohler has delivered keynote lectures at Winterthur and New York's Museum of Art and Design. He designs fabric, furniture and rugs for Lee Jofa and lighting for Visual Comfort. President and Mrs. Obama selected one of his fabrics for the White House family dining room. Eric's book--Cohler on Design--was published this January. It is the first in a series. His next book, Cohler on Art will be published in 2015. Cohler was appointed as a UN ambassador of spirituality and creativity to the 2010 G20 conference in Seoul. He spoke on empowering women in third world countries through the arts to improve their quality of life. Cohler holds a BA in art history from Hobart College; a Master of Arts from the Columbia School of Architecture and a certificate in design from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. 


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





DESIGN FAIR 2013     

April 24-28, 2013     




Free Lecture - Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 PM 

Preview Party & Sale - Friday, April 26, 6 PM-9 PM 

Fair Days - Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 10 AM-5 PM 


Design Fair 2013 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, will become an on-site laboratory for the demonstration and interaction with 3D printing and CNC technologies. Design Fair 2013 curators, Scott Cartwright & Jenny Lynn Weitz-Amaré Cartwright, will invite designers and makers currently developing product ideas using 3D printers and CNC routers to come together during the Fair to collaborate and while onsite create, connect and develop new ideas.


Texas Co-Op Curators: Jenny Lynn Weitz-Amaré Cartwright & Scott Cartwright


Advisory Committee: Tatiana Bacci, Brian Black, Jenny Lynn Weitz-Amaré Cartwright, Scott Cartwright, Courtnay Elias, Michael Guidry, Garrett Hunter, Matt Johns, George  Lancaster, Michael Landrum, Cecilia Marquez, Gene Morgan, Jenny Morgan, Paula Murphy, Pepper Paratore, Cassidy Raymond, Alicia Redman, Megan Silva, Dutch Small, Cindi Strauss, Eleanor L. Williams



Programs at Lawndale are supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The City of Houston through the Houston Museum District Association, The Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation, The John P. McGovern Foundation, The Wortham Foundation, Inc., Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Chinhui Juhn and Edward R Allen III, Bevin and Dan Dubrowksi, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Jeryn and Walter Mayer, Paula Murphy, Andrew C. Schirrmeister III, Scott Sparvero, Gabriela Trzebinski, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Poggenpohl Design Studio and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.


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