SAVE THE DATE: Design Fair 2013 - April 24 - 28, 2013

Design Fair 2012

April 25 - 29, 2012

Curator: Garrett Hunter

Design Fair 2012 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well 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. 2012 Curator Garrett Hunter invited individual designers to offer specific products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.

Advisory Committee : Tatiana Bacci, Scott Cartwright, Courtnay Elias, Mark Elias, Rebecca Elliot, Michael Guidry, Garrett Hunter, George Lancaster, Michael Landrum, Cecilia Marquez, Gene Morgan, Jenny Morgan, Paula Murphy, Cassidy Raymond, Cindi Strauss, Jenny Lynn Weitz Amare-Cartwright and Eleanor Williams

Free Lecture

Important Design from the 70’s and 80’s
Evan Lobel, designer and founder of Lobel Modern NYC, discusses the ground breaking designs of Karl Springer, Philip and Kelvin Laverne and Ward Bennett. For over 14 years, Lobel Modern has served as an invaluable resource for the finest new and mid-century furnishings to designers and architects world-wide.

Wednesday, April 25, 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 Poggenpohl Design Studio. Presented in partnership with The Design Council at the MFAH.

Preview Party & Sale

Friday, April 27, 2012
6 PM–9 PM

Co-Chairs: Courtnay and Mark Elias, George Lancaster, and Michael Landrum

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

Attire: Contemporary Cocktail
Complimentary valet parking

Shop early for the best modern and contemporary design at Lawndale Art Center. DJ set by Glasnost. Sip on complimentary libations from ROXOR, Saint Arnold Brewing Company and nibble on tasty treats from Catering by Culinaire 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.


Nora & Bob Ackerley
Marc Adler
Oscar Arcos
Elizabeth Arnold
Lourdes & Ray Balinskas
Lisa Rowe-Bates & Stuart Bates
Pat & John Berry
Elisabeth & Rob Bickham
Devin Borden
Ashlee Brown
Shanna & Holden Burrow
Maria & Neil Bush
Zuzette & Greg Cullinan
Mary Ann & Tim Detmering
Tricia & David Dewhurst
Elizabeth & Dan Dukes
Andrew Echols
Cathy Echols
Stacy & Michael Ellington
Caroline & Jeremy Finkelstein
Rebecca & Pat Frede
Anita & Stuart Gaylor
Carol Glasser
Amy & Jason Goldstein
Cristina & Jose Gonzalez
Amy & Tod Greenwood
Gwynn Griffith
Janet Gust
Marci & Carlos Hamilton
Tom Harper
Michelle Aviña & Steven Hempel

Jamil & Carter Higley
Melissa & Scot Ison
Martha & Andrew Kirkwood
Jon Green & David Longwood
Michelle Maresh
Jim McAlister
Elisabeth & Brian McCabe
Shayna & Marc Melcher
Kelli & Chris Mize
Susanna & Palmer Moldawer
Kara & Dan Montgomery
Libbye & Rob Morrell
Amy Murchison
Gail & David Orr
Angela & David Peterman
John Blackmon & John Roberson
Julia & Michael Rudin
Ann & Don Short
Erin Siudzinski
Colleen & Phillip Smith
Celina & Jason Stabell
Leslie & Adam Strauss
Emily & Tim Sullivan
Martha Ann & Martin Von Rosenburg
Bridget & Patrick Wade
Mary Jane & Bob Wakefield
Beth & Jim Watt
Julie Webber
Elizabeth & Barry Young
Nicole & David Zarr

Fair Days

Saturday and Sunday April 28 & 29, 2012
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 - Simple, Beautiful & Usable

April 27 – 29, 2012

Sophomores enrolled in the Industrial Design Department at the University of Houston display innovative objects for the home and classroom in their first ever museum exhibition.                              

Exhibiting Students: John Capps, Laura Fernandez, Jose Martinez, Elizaveta Morris,
Seluga Sekanwagi, Trevor Wood and Troy Zinsmeister

This exhibition is sponsored by MORTAR Men's Clothing & Accessories.


Garza Design Build

plodes studio

Reeves Antiques

Dealers and Designers interested in exhibiting in Design Fair 2012, please click here to learn more and apply online.

as of April 20, 2012

Arena Design
Carol Piper Rugs
Cheeky Vintage
Cool Stuff

Coquette Boutique
CrOp by David Peck

Don Browne
Exquisite Corpse, Booksellers
Forma Revivo

Me & Lu

PaperCity Book Store
ph Design Shop
plodes studio
Reeves Antiques
Smith Opticians
The Vintage Contessa

Texas Co-Op

Frank Fuzzy Paris
Garza Design Build
George Sacaris Studio
Justin Parr


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, by email at, or download the printable sponsor form.

Many thanks to the Design Fair 2012 Sponsors!


John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation



Poggenpohl Design Studio



MORTAR Men's Clothing & Accessories



PaperCity Magazine



CultureMap Houston



Scott R. Sparvero



David R. Graham / Felvis Foundation
Larry Horton / IHO Courtnay Elias & George Lancaster

George Lancaster
Kathrine G. McGovern


Central Market
Jereann Chaney
Courtnay & Mark Elias / Creative Tonic
Tricia & David Dewhurst
Anita & David Garten
Carolyn & Carlos Hamilton

Kate McConnico, Looper Reed and McGraw, LLC
Jeryn & Walter Mayer
Planning Design Research

Leslie Holland & Dolan Smith
Brooke Masterson Stroud
Barbara & Blake Tartt


Marc Adler
Hague & Eric Bing
David Black
Adam Gibson & Vernon Caldera
Zuzette & Greg Cullinan   
Michael Dale

Tom Downing
Melissa & Michael Friedman
Amy & Tod Greenwood
Cecilia Marquez & Kelly Blue Matthews
Elizabeth & Brian McCabe
Judy & Scott Nyquist
William L. Peel, Jr.
Eleanor L. Williams


Cindi Strauss & Chris Ballou
Adele Bentsen
Minnette & Peter Boesel
Jeff Copeland
Stacy & Michael Ellington
Rebecca & Pat Frede
Rob Greenstein
Marci & Carlos Hamilton
Kerry F. Inman
Jonathan Green & David Longwood
Shayna & Marc Melcher

Gail & David Orr
Rene & Mauri Pineda
Russ Pitman
SBS Manufacturing
Heather Brown & Hank Segelke
Colleen & Phil Smith
Martha Ann & Martin Von Rosenburg
Bridget & Patrick Wade
Christine & Ramon West
Adrienne Johnson Yost


Catering by Culinaire
Lobel Modern NYC

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

New Leaf Publishing
Petite Sweets

Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Settlement Goods
Star Engraving

United Airlines

names as of 5/7/2012

Lawndale Art Center

Lawndale Art Center develops local contemporary artists and the audience for their art.

    Join our mailing list!