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March 2020- Houston

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46 ON THE TOWN BEDESIGN GIVES BACK H ome furnishings Mecca BeDesign fêted its best clients and honored the World AIDS Day Luncheon with a ticketed cocktail party that gave back. Owners Adrián Dueñas and Marcelo Saenz paid the cost of admittance directly towards the luncheon event, which Dueñas co- chaired the following afternoon along with Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and Duyen Nguyen. Mondo Guerra, Project Runway All Star winner and advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, worked the crowd in preparation for his keynote the next day. Cocktails fl owed, and DJ Matt Johns manned the turntable. PC SEEN: AIDS Foundation Houston CEO John Huckaby and colleagues Nick Williams, Letrice Mason, and Jeffrey Campbell; BBVA's Reymundo Ocañas and Orlando Ocañas-Manzo; Travis Torrence; F l e x f o r m U S A's A n t o n e l l a Cremonesi; as well as Marcela Astralaga, Angel Rua, Tomecia Weaver, Craig Miles, Kaylan Harris, Barbara Davis, Alina Hernandez, Amanda Mills, Salar Rahimi Zaynal, James Young, Sabi Gutierrez and Frank Chapa, Caroline Starry, Sarah Starry, Marizol Cabrera, Sache Cantu, Cody Soutar, Stephanie Bushnell, Leslie Nagy, Kelsey Crawford, Jennifer Simons, Michelle Pisklak, Jason Spencer, Sally Kmiecik, Jamilyn Edmond, Ben Pickell, Mariana Saldana, Starr Bollefer, and Gino Demeneghi. (continued from page 44) A MAD DINNER PARTY 1stdibs — the go-to acquiring site for the design, art, and antiques savvy — recently swept into town for a dinner hosted by designer J. Randall Powers. The NYC-based fi rm and Powers welcomed a clutch of Houston's most notable designers — and 1stdibs' best Houston trade clients — to the River Oaks District Iberian dining destination MAD. 1stdibs manager of business development Brad Thornton, in from Manhattan, along with colleagues Josh Rosenblatt and Courtney Maher, clinked cocktails and toasted guests at this intimate gathering. DENIZENS OF DESIGN: C a t h y C h a p m a n , P a l o m a Contreras, Garrett Hunter, Ellen Eilers, John Kidd, Shannon Mann, Brandon Fontenot, Julie Dodson, Melissa Rosenberg, Brooke Gibson Ritchie, Christopher Alexander, Lucinda Loya, Laura Umansky, and Ashley Goforth. Leigh Smith, Kimberly Bayley, Olivia Ortiz at NLFA Salar Rahimi Zaynal, James Young at BeDesign Mondo Guerra, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, John Huckaby at BeDesign Marcelo Saenz, Antonella Cremonesi, Tomecia Weaver at BeDesign Betty & Stephen Newton at NLFA Enrique Martínez Celaya Nancy & Erik Littlejohn at NLFA Laura Umansky at 1stdibs Cody Fitzsimmons Aaron Levi Garvey at NLFA Lucinda Loya Josh Rosenblatt at 1stdibs Enrique Martínez Celaya Nancy & Erik Littlejohn at NLFA Courtney Maher Paloma Contreras, Ashley Goforth at 1stdibs J. Randall Powers Cathy Chapman, John Kidd at 1stdibs

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