SAVE THE DATE: Design Fair 2014 - April 23 - 27, 2014

April 24 - 28, 2013

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. Click here to learn more about the Texas Co-Op!

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

Free Lecture

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, Eric Cohler Design, NYC
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.

Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 PM
Free admission
Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
Followed by a reception

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


Preview Party & Sale

Friday, April 26, 2013
6 PM–9 PM

Co-Chairs: Martha Claire Tompkins & Pepper Paratore

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

Attire: Contemporary Cocktail
DJ set by Glasnost

Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center.  Sip on cool libations from Deep Eddy Vodka 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.

The Preview Party is underwritten in part by Poggenpohl Design Studio.

Poggenpohl Design Studio  

Beth & Jeffrey Abel
Kenny Baldwin
Lourdes & Ray Balinskas
Brian Malarkey & Rusty Bienvenue
Zuzette & Greg Cullinan
Cathy Echols
Gina & Charles Fertitta
Jo & Jim Furr
Heidi & David Gerger
Matt Johns
Kristen Johnson
George Lancaster
Mark McCray
Don Mullins
Jay Monroe & Todd Novak
Judy & Scott Nyquist
Melanie Hertz & Chris Promecene
Mollie Middleton & Michael Rohan
Shannon Hall & Marcus Sloan
Leigh & Reggie Smith
Claudia Solis
Jim Hanlin & William Tadlock
Shana & Jay Tatum
Patti Sue Brown & Kent Wiseman

Fair Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28, 2013
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.




Settlement Goods



Nick Bontrager



Antiques of River Oaks
Carol Piper Rugs
Don Browne
Exquisite Corpse Booksellers
Fibers for Peace
Forma Revivo
Hidden Vices
Manready Mercantile
ModMade Goods
Nannie Inez
ph Design Shop
Saint Cloud
Sal Miel Jewelry
Settlement Goods
Smith's Opticians
Urban Izzy

Texas Co-Op
Nick Bontrager
Tony Garbarini
Kellee Kimbro
Keith Moy
Daniel Szymanowski


Design Fair has become a favorite event and one of Lawndale 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 or by email at, or download the printable sponsor form.

Many thanks to the Design Fair 2013 Sponsors!

John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation

Saint Cloud

Poggenpohl Design Studio

PaperCity Magazine

David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation
Martha Claire Tompkins

Mark McCray & Bill Arning
Jereann Chaney
The Crim Law Firm, P.C.
D. Pict Fine Art Photography
Debner + Company
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
George C. Lancaster
Michael Landrum
Mary Morrison
Myth & Symbol
Smith's Opticians
Brooke Stroud
Eleanor L. Williams

Lourdes & Ray Balinskas
James Bell
Jill Brown
Bill & Romayne Cox
Michael Dale
Pattii Montgomery & Brett Hanka
Cecily E. Horton
Garrett Hunter
Kerry F. Inman
Gundi McCandless
McClain Gallery
Judy & Scott Nyquist
H. Russell Pitman
Nicole & Joey Romano
H. Irving Schweppe, Jr. M.D.
Heather Brown & Hank Segelke
Leigh & Reggie Smith
Chris Ballou & Cindi Strauss

AIGA Houston
Deep Eddy Vodka
KIND Healthy Snacks
Keith Moy
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Spindletop Design
Matthew Wettergreen
Workhorse Printmakers


names as of 4/17/2013


MOD Month

Houston Mod has declared April Modernism Month in Texas. Don't miss out on a week's worth of great events, lectures and shopping in celebration of all things modern at the Houston Modern Market, April 15 - 22, the week before Design Fair. Proceeds from the market benefit Houston Mod.

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