SAVE THE DATE: Design Fair 2012 - April 25 - 29, 2012

Design Fair 2011

March 30 - April 3, 2011

Honorary Chair: Internationally recognized and award winning interior architect, Lauren Rottet, FAIA, IIDA

Chairs: Eleanor L. Williams, Adam Gibson and Vernon Caldera

Preview Party Chairs: Saba Jawda and Sarah Jawda

Curator: Michael Guidry

Design Fair 2011 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well as cutting edge contemporary design. The best in design for furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion will be for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.

An exciting feature in 2011 is the expanded The Texas Co-Op, curated by UH Art Collection Curator and artist, Michael Guidry who brings his unique perspective to Texas design. The Co-Op is an excellent way to experience, learn and collect the newest Texas design.

Free Lecture

James Zemaitis

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
followed by a reception

Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet

Inspiring Design: 20th and 21st Century Design Masterworks, Rarities and Oddities, from Tiffany Studio to Studio Job

James Zemaitis,
Sotheby's, Senior Vice President
Senior Business Development, North America
20th Century Design

When it comes to the auction market for design, not all masterworks are created equal. Why is one Noguchi stool worth $100,000 and another Saarinen stool worth $10? Join Sotheby's James Zemaitis as he discusses issues of provenance, rarity and the fluctuations of the market using case studies ranging from American mid-century modern to the evolving contemporary design market.

Free lecture presented in partnership with The MFAH Design Council at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Please R.S.V.P. at or 713-528-5858.

Preview Party & Sale


Friday, April 1, 2011
6 PM–9 PM

Preview Party Chairs: Saba Jawda and Sarah Jawda

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

Attire: Contemporary Cocktail
Featuring: DJ MIKE C

Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. Sip on complimentary libations and nibble on tasty treats 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 at the door.


Catherine Anspon
Narguess Arjomand
Adriana Banks
Kristy Junco Bradshaw
Randall Davis
Courtnay Elias
Nick Espinosa
Alton LaDay

Apama Mackey
Federico Bauder Mantellini
Carlos Meltzer
Paula Murphy
Samira Salman
Claudia Solis
Annina Stefanneli
Laura Umansky

Fair Days

Michael Wilson

Saturday and Sunday April 2 & 3
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

UHID presents, VIERA
by The RAW Collective

April 1 – 3

Lawndale is proud to present the work of University of Houston’s Industrial Design Program during Design Fair 2011. Two featured designs will be on display by the students. RAW Collective and esq design group will showcase their inventive and multifunctional seating designs.

Dealers and Designers

Dealers interested in participating in this year's market, please email or call 713.528.5858.

as of February 16, 2011


Carol Piper Rugs
CrOp by David Peck
Coronation Vintage
Don Browne
Exquisite Corpse, Booksellers
Mecox Gardens

Michael Wilson
Morgan Elizabeth Designs
Peter Glassford
Smith Opticians
Sunset Settings / Carolyn Brewer


David Tsai
Gertrude Barnstone
Jawda and Jawda Inc.
Left Brain Right Brain Design/ Vernon Caldera

The Local Paper
The Dirty Third / Myan Duong

plodes studio/John Paul & Roya Plauché
Robertson Design


Selven O'Keef Jarmon
Be the first to pick up a one-of-a-kind, hand decorated t-shirt designed exclusively for Lawndale Art Center by Selven. All t-shirt sales benefit Lawndale.

Frank Fuzzy Paris
Signage throughout Lawndale was generously donated by Frank Fuzzy Paris.


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, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at


Bruce Eames
David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation

Scott R. Sparvero


GE Foundation
Martha Gurwit & Dave Snyder

Ann Harithas
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan
Anita Garten


Central Market
Jeareann Chaney
H. Irving Schweppe Jr. M.D.
Smith Opticians

Aida Araissi Phillips


Heather Brown & Hank Segelke
Minnette & Peter Boesel
Bill & Romayne Cox
Natalie Davis
George & Mary Hawkins
G gallery
Anat Kaufman

M. Ford & Associates, Inc
Gundi McCandless
ph Design Shop
Supreme Value
Eleanor L. Williams
Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre


Cindi Strauss and Chris Ballou
Michelle & Brandon Blossman
Michael Dale
Rob Greenstein
Garrett Hunter
Kerry Inman
Nancy Illback Cook
Jeryn Mayer
MKG Art Management, LLC

Kathleen McAlpine
Judy Nyquist
H. Russell Pitman
Judy Sauer
Annina Stefanelli
Mary Ross Taylor
Cynthia Toles
Laura & Michael Umansky
Jayme Cox & Freddy Warner  


Black Hole Coffee House
Catering by Culinaire
Dripping Springs Texas Vodka
Frank Fuzzy Paris

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Selven O'Keef Jarmon
PaperCity Magazine
Rottet Studio
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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