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Design Fair 2014 Learn. Shop.Connect. April 23-27, 2014
Lawndale Art Center Houston

March, 2014

Design Fair 2014: Learn. Shop. Connect. will take place April 23 - 27, 2014Design Fair 2014 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 offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.


New this year...Talks Series. Houston is experiencing rapid growth and receiving international recognition for its art, culture, food and economy. From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight different design projects from all over the city through a series of short, informal talks during the Fair Days.


Design Fair 2013 kicks-off with a free lectureIn Praise of Man-Made Nature, on Wednesday, April 23, at 6:30 PM at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Brown Auditorium. Presented in partnership with the MFAH Design Council. Lawndale and the Design Council are delighted to welcome Karrie Jacobs,founding editor in chief of Dwell Magazine to Houston.


Attendees should also mark their calendars for the most stylish gala of the year, the Design Fair 2014 Preview Party, chaired by Anne Breaux on Friday, April 25, from 6 - 9 PM; then plan to keep shopping all weekend April 26 and 27 from 10AM - 5PM. Ticket sales for both events will benefit Lawndale Art Center.


Dates: April 24 - 28, 2013



Lawndale Art Center

4912 Main Street

Houston, Texas 77002



Tatiana Bacci and Cecilia Márquez 

Preview Party Chair:
Anne Breaux

Advisory Committee: Tatiana Bacci, Anne Breux, Cheryl Carpenter, Jenny Lynn Weitz-Amaré Cartwright, Scott Cartwright, Gabriel Cuellar, Michael Guidry, Garrett Hunter, Karen Lantz, Cecilia Márquez, Paula Murphy, Megan Silva, Cindi Strauss and Eleanor L. Williams


In Praise of Man-Made Nature
Karrie Jacobs


The real lesson of New York City's celebrated High Line is not that every city needs an elevated linear park, but that the features of our cities that we've long disused, ignored and written off as blight are actually valuable components of our unnatural natural environment. Long regarded as liabilities, abused rivers like Newark's Passaic, the Los Angeles River and Houston's Buffalo Bayou are being transformed into assets. Even the most obstructive, no-man's-land-generating form of urban infrastructure-the elevated expressway-can, with skill and imagination, be incorporated into metropolitan form of nature. While Frederick Law Olmsted's 19th century landscapes afforded an escape from the urban life, the 21st century approach to man-made nature offers a deeper immersion into our changing cities.

Karrie Jacobsis a professional observer of the man-made landscape. For ten years she wrote the "America" column forMetropolismagazine about how ideas and strategies in architecture and design play out in the real world. She's currently a faculty member at DCrit, the School of Visual Arts' graduate program in design criticism, a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure and a frequent contributor to Architect. She is author of The Perfect $100,000 House: A Trip Across America and Back in Pursuit of a Place to Call Home(Viking, 2006) and was the founding editor in chief of Dwell Magazine. Prior to launching Dwell, Karrie served as the architecture critic of New York Magazine and was also the founding executive editor of Benetton's Colors Magazine.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM
Free admission
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:


Friday, April 25, 2014, 6-9 PM  

Preview Party Chairs: Anne Breaux


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 designed by CULINAIRE, Inspired Cuisine and Events, 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. 


Tickets available at the door or in advance via PayPal and by contacting Lawndale Art Center at 713.528.5858 or by email at


The Preview Party is sponsored by Saint Cloud.



James Anderson, Jr.
Vernon Caldera
Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Adam Gibson
Matt Johns
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Lisa Qualls


Fair Days:             


Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10 AM - 5 PM 
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, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers offering one-of-a-kind products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.


Talks Series:             


From urban planning and institutional design to commercial and residential architecture, an educational section of the Fair will highlight current design projects from all over Houston. Join us for short, informal talks with local historians, planners, architects and designers during the Fair Days, Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27.


The Talks are still being planned, but we have confirmed the following speakers to date. Check back soon for more details!


Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle Architecture, will speak about sustainable residential design.


Chung Nguyen, FAIA, of MC2 Architects, will discuss current green commercial and restaurant projects in Houston.


Anna Mod, Historic Preservationist, will speak about preservation in Houston.


Anne Olson, President of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership will talk on the bayou revitalization project. 



Participating Exhibitors:                  

(as of March 10, 2014) 


The following will offer a wide selection of carefully curated items including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion.          








Antiques of River Oaks  

Don Browne
Garman Furniture
La Nova Tile
Ligne Roset
Madison Lily
Myth & Symbol
Nannie Inez 

New Living

ph Design Shop
Pro Libertate Arts
Settlement Goods
Smith's Opticians
Stone Textile



Texas Co-Op 

By Claire Webb
Fait la Force
Manready Mercantile
Mon Venin
Sal Miel


For exhibitor images, please


(as of March 10, 2014)


Many thanks to the Design Fair 2014 Sponsors! 


Poggenpohl Design Studio


Saint Cloud




David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation


Alton LaDay Media
Mark McCray & Bill Arning


Judy & Scott Nyquist


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
United Airlines





About Lawndale Art Center:  


Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art. Lawndale is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art with an emphasis on work by Houston artists. Lawndale presents exhibitions, lectures and events, and offers an annual residency program to further the creative exchange of ideas among Houston's diverse artistic, cultural and student communities. 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.


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 Joan Hohlt and Roger Wich Foundation, Art Colony Association, John M. O'Quinn, Cecily E. Horton, Ann W. Harithas, Diana M. Hudson and Lee Kaplan, Julia and Luke Burke, Monica Rios and Colin Fulton, Bruce Eames, Anita and David Garten, Felvis Foundation/David R. Graham, Samantha Schnee and Michael Hafner, Henke Law Firm LLP, Jenny and Mark Johnson, Gretchen and Andrew McFarland, Paula Murphy, Nicole and Joey Romano, Scott Sparvero, Mary Martha and Joel Staff, TeleFlex, United Airlines, Kinzelman Art Consulting, Page, Poggenpohl Design Studio, Saint Cloud and other contributors, memberships, benefit events and many volunteers.

For More Information: 

(713) 528-5858


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