Design Fair 2015: Learn. Shop. Connect.

April 20 - 26, 2015
More details to come soon.

Participants interested in Design Fair 2015 please click here for more information.

For information about the last Fair - see below:

Design Fair 2014: Learn. Shop. Connect.
April 23 - 27, 2014

Design 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.

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

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.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 6:30 PM
Free admission - Get tickets here!
Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
Followed by a reception

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
DJ set by Night Drive

$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. Nibble on tasty treats designed by CULINAIRE and sip on cool libations from Pisco Portόn and Saint Arnold Brewing Company 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 and by contacting Lawndale Art Center at 713.528.5858 or by email at


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 & 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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

11 AM
Karen Lantz, AIA, of Lantz Full Circle
The (Almost) All-American House - Lantz will explore a personal journey toward sustainable living in Houston through architecture and design.

12:30 PM
Keith Koski, Building Materials Reuse Program Manager at City of Houston Solid Waste Management
Building a Reuse Culture - The City of Houston Reuse Warehouse accepts building material from individuals and companies, diverts the material from landfills, and freely distributes it to non-profit organizations. Our objective is to foster and nurture a culture of reuse and augment partnerships between community stakeholders.

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

Sunday, April 27, 2014

11 AM
Anna Mod, Historic Preservationist
Houston: Preservation in Progress - In Houston, preservation is a work in progress. The city has come a long way and we no longer “tear everything down”, as was our old reputation. We have made progress. This presentation focuses on twenty-first century public and non-profit preservation projects to evidence the city’s commitment to our great public buildings.

12:30 PM
Anne Olson, President of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Buffalo Bayou Partnership: Creating Green Spaces and People Places - Olsen will discuss Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s restoration efforts along Houston’s historic waterway. Projects to be featured include the award-winning Sabine Promenade, Sesquicentennial Park and the $58 million Buffalo Bayou Park now under construction. Public artworks and the organization’s programming activities also will be highlighted.

2 PM
Jeff Kaplan, Founder of New Living
It's Not Just About the Food - In order to incubate a Marketplace for clean, local production of goods, it requires a community of supporters. Kaplan's talk will speak to the need for artisan producers to channel the success of the food movement, and work together to educate our city that locally produced goods have a meaningful place and deserve to be priced fairly.


Architecture Tour

In celebration of 5 years of Lawndale Art Center’s Design Fair, we asked civic historian, Stephen Fox, to create a self-guided tour of our surrounding area highlighting spaces of architectural significance. We hope you will take a moment to appreciate these Houston treasures.

Click here to see the mobile version.
Click here to download a pdf to print.



Ligne Roset

Antiques of River Oaks

Myth & Symbol

Manready Mercantile

By Claire Webb

Garman Furniture


Antiques of River Oaks
Don Browne
Garman Furniture
La Nova Tile
Ligne Roset
Lynn Goode Vintage
Madison Lily
Myth & Symbol
Nannie Inez
New Living
ph Design Shop
Pro Libertate Arts
Smith's Opticians
Stone Textile

Texas Co-Op
By Claire Webb
Fait la Force
Manready Mercantile
Mon Venin
Sal Miel


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.

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.
SC Morian
Christine & Ramon West

Stephen Fox
KIND Healthy Snacks
Lantz Full Circle
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Pisco Portόn
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Gemma & Luis de Santos
Smith's Opticians
United Airlines

Names as of April 16, 2014


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