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Lawndale Newsletter: DESIGN FAIR 2014 - April 23 - 27, 2014
Lawndale Art Center Houston

April, 2014


4912 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.528.5858

Lawndale Art Center Newsletter
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
In This Issue
Free Lecture
Preview Party & Sale
Fair Days
Talks Series
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Volunteers Needed!
From checking in guests at the Preview Party, to selling tickets during Fair Days, volunteer support is needed in all areas of the Fair.

Click here to view volunteer shifts and sign up!

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Purchase an annual Membership for as little as $25, and receive discounts on tickets to Lawndale events year-round, like the upcomingDesign Fair Preview Party!


Visit our website to become a member today!

Support Lawndale 
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 

DESIGN FAIR 2014     

April 23 - 27, 2014



Design Fair 2014 features examples of cutting-edge contemporary design, as well as vintage modern objects of the 20th century. 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. 


Co-Curators: Tatiana Bacci and Cecilia Márquez


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, Cindi Strauss and Eleanor L. Williams


Free Lecture

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM

Free admission - Click here for tickets!
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet

Followed by a reception

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 Jacobs is a professional observer of the man-made landscape. For ten years she wrote the "America" column for Metropolis magazine 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.


Visit the MFAH website  and click the "get tickets" button; call 713-639-7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk to reserve your free ticket. 


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


Preview Party & Sale 

Friday, April 25, 2014

6 PM-9 PM 


Chair: Anne Breux 


Attire: Contemporary Cocktail 


$60 per person for Lawndale members
$75 for non-members

(includes admission throughout weekend)



Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. Sip on cool libations from Pisco Portόn and Saint Arnold Brewing Company and nibble on tasty treats designed by CULINAIRE 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.
Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Vernon Caldera

Adam Gibson
Brian James
Matt Johns
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Tamar Mendelssohn
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Lisa Qualls & Matt Scheiner
Nicole & Joey Romano
Christine & Ramon West


Fair Days 

Saturday and Sunday April 26 & 27, 2014 
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.


Talks Series
Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27, 2014
11AM, 12:30 PM & 2PM

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.


The Talks are still being planned, but we have confirmed the following speakers. Check our website for more details!


Jeff Kaplan, Founder of New Living, will discuss living green in an urban landscape.


Keith Koski, Building Materials Reuse Program Manager at City of Houston Solid Waste Management, introduces guests to the Houston's innovative building materials reuse program.


Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle, will explore a personal journey toward sustainable living in Houston through architecture and design.


Chung Nguyen, FAIA, of MC2 Architects, will discuss the design collaboration behind the Lake Houston Wilderness Park project.


Anna ModHistoric Preservationist, will speak about preservation in Houston.


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




Design Fair has become a favorite event and one of Lawndale most important annual fundraisers. Funds raised 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 sponsoring this event or purchasing tickets, contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at, or download the printable sponsor form or click the PayPal button below to donate now.




Many thanks to the Design Fair 2014 Sponsors!



John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation  


Poggenpohl Design Studio




David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation

Barbara Lister, MD & Dan McCormick  


Alton LaDay Media
Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Jereann Chaney
The Crim Law Firm
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Patterson & Murphy Public Relations  
Nicole & Joey Romano
Saint Cloud  


Ann Sacks Tile + Stone
Cindi Strauss & Chris Ballou
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Garrett Hunter
Cecilia Márquez & Kelly Blue Matthews
Ted Dohmen & Sheila Noeth
Judy & Scott Nyquist
H. Russell Pitman
Heather Brown & Hank Segelke
Michael Dale & Robert Wolff
Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre


Romayne & Bill Cox
Dallas Hill
Anne & Joe Romano
SBS Manufacturing, Inc.
Christine & Ramon West 



Stephen Fox
Lantz Full Circle
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Pisco Portόn
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Gemma & Luis Santos

Smith's Opticians
United Airlines




Names as of April 7, 2014


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.


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