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February 2020- Houston

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ART + DECORATION 70 F ortuny, maker of some of the most coveted fabrics in the world, is deepening its Texas ties with a new partnership at David Sutherland Showroom that's already sparking exciting changes for the storied 100-year-old company. "Sutherland will bring Fortuny back to its original glory," says Maury Riad, whose late father, Maged Riad, purchased the company in 1988 from Countess Elsie Lee Gozzi, who took over the company after Mariano Fortuny's death in 1949. Texas is the third largest market A dd Rhode Island School of Design grad Joyce Lin to your watch list. This 2019 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft resident was recently featured in a show about chairs at the definitive Mecca R & Company gallery in New York City. This month, Lin is among eight talents in David Shelton Gallery's very smart design show "Forms," co- curated by Shelton and Matt Johns. Her Skinned Chair, Mirror, Jar, and Exploded Chair ($5,000 to $12,500) are showcased with works by Donald Judd, Ara Thorose, Jomo Tariku, Erica Sellers, Jørgen Høvelskov, and other prescient voices in today's decorative arts. Through March 21; Catherine D. Anspon for Fortuny, just behind Los Angeles and New York. Its popularity here is partly the result of the decades-long friendship between Countess Gozzi and the late Ellouise Abbott, who introduced Fortuny to Texas in 1951 at her Houston showroom. The love affair with Fortuny continues with Sutherland, who plans to help Fortuny thrive amid a proliferation of new fabric lines and celebrity licenses. "The market is flooded, but Fortuny remains FABLED FORTUNY a pillar of authenticity," says Riad, who co-owns Fortuny with brother Mickey. "It's still handmade and hand-painted in the same factory in Venice using the same techniques that were used in 1907." The Dallas showroom has a dedicated Fortuny boutique offering the full line, including 400 textiles, along with furniture and lighting. Houston has a smaller collection with plans to expand. Fortuny's signature hand-painted, twisted silk lamps will be available later this year at both showrooms. Riad and Sutherland are already dreaming up innovative projects, including a collection of outdoor Fortuny fabrics. "Imagine one of Sutherland's outdoor sofas upholstered in our fabrics," he hints. Fortuny, to the trade at David Sutherland Showroom, Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway Dr., Suite 170, davidsutherlandshowroom. com. Rebecca Sherman DESIGN DISCOVERY AT DAVID SHELTON GALLERY COURTESY THE ARTISTS AND DAVID SHELTON GALLERY Joyce Lin's Skinned Chair, 2019, at David Shelton Gallery Hand- painted velvets Mariano Fortuny Twisted silk lighting pendants Jørgen Høvelskov's Harp Chair, 1970, at David Shelton Gallery "Forms" exhibition with works by Erica Sellers and Joyce Lin

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