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JENNY ANTILL JACK THOMPSON IT'S A BEAUTIFUL Dream team: Cheryl Carpenter with Poggenpohl, Randy Twaddle, Monsour Taghdisi with Prestige Builders (seated); Lucinda Loya; Erin Siudzinski with McClain Gallery (on stairs); Teri Pugh (on stairs); Carla Munoz with Internum & Design; Rusty Arena; Julie Koch with Elegant Additions (seated). LIFE NANTUCKET SHOWCASE Barbara Davis, Hiram Butler Nantucket Showcase at 1310 Nantucket JENNY ANTILL W hen top talents across genres converge, great things result. One such amalgamate is the stunning Nantucket Showcase, which opens to the public Thursday, April 11, with an opening-night party benefitting Legacy Community Health Services. Envisioned as a showcase from the get-go and built by Monsour Taghdisi, president of Prestige Builders, the 5,000-square-foot contemporary townhouse is located at 1310 Nantucket in Tanglewood, and opens to the public for viewing Friday, April 12. Taghdisi tapped Reagan Miller, AIA, with Miller Dahstrand Architects to design the home, and interior designer Lucinda Loya to head the design portion of the project. Loya, in turn, has assembled a stellar group to bring the showcase to perfect fruition: Richard Dawson and Lawrence Estes of Dawson Estes Landscape Architects are designing a lush rooftop garden and grounds landscaping. McClain Gallery, Barbara Davis Gallery and Hiram Butler Gallery are assembling an enviable collection of art. For a pair of custom sofas, artist Rusty Arena has designed and hand-printed a largescale classically inspired pattern in tones of oyster and alabaster. Elegant Additions, Poggenpohl, Gaggenau, Mecox, Randy Twaddle Studio, Internum & Design, Kay O'Toole Antiques and Teri Pugh Studio are a few of the exceptional artists and showrooms involved. Lawrence Estes and Richard Dawson with Dawson Estes Landscape Architects THE DETAILS: Nantucket Showcase opening night Thursday, April 11, 6:30 pm; $200 per person; benefitting Legacy Community Health Services. The Showcase will be open to the public April 12 through 21, with the following hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm; Sundays, noon to 5 pm. Tickets $20; proceeds to benefit The Art Institute of Houston. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit LAWNDALE'S DESIGN FAIR 2013 BY STEVEN HEMPEL O n Wednesday, April 24, Lawndale Art Center launches Design Fair 2013, with 1stdibs founder and chairman Michael Bruno giving a lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The action picks back up Friday, April 26, with a preview party chaired by Martha Claire Tompkins and Pepper Paratore, and spans the weekend through Sunday, as Lawndale shows the work of both emerging and established retailers and designers. Mouth-blown glass cups by Justin Parr, from Fl!ght Gallery, San Antonio ANDREW FRENCH This year's Fair, co-curated by Jenny Lynn WeitzAmaré Cartwright and Scott Cartwright of WAC Design Studio, is focused on small works, intimate objects, jewelry, accessories and, of course, the midcentury modern furnishings for which the Fair is known. Garrett Hunter, who has curated previous Fairs and sits on Lawndale's Advisory Committee, says the goal of the Fair is to produce "a balanced dialogue between vintage and contemporary by showing design produced from the early 20th century to this day." As a past participant, I have personal experience with this event, which has become an important component of the local design scene. Part education, part retail experience, the Design Fair allows designers and retailers to connect with the broader community … interacting with some of the brightest minds in local design. While the yearly focus may change, the broader goals of engaging the public and educating consumers about the talent in the city remain the same. New to this year's Fair are local retailers Settlement Goods & Design and Saint Cloud, which will open its Rice Village shop in early May. Others to keep an eye out for include Manready Mercantile, fine art/ craft gallery Fl!ght of San Antonio and craft-based artist Bari Zipperstein, whose ceramic vases celebrate modernist architecture and California cool. Also making its debut is the Texas Co-op, brainchild of curators Jenny Lynn and Scott Cartwright, which offers guests a behind-the-scenes look at the design process as it takes shape. Serving as an on-site laboratory for demonstration and interaction with 3-D printers, rapid prototyping and CNC technology, the lab was conceived to start dialogues within the creative community and to serve as a platform for bigger projects down the road. But this year, it all begins with 1stdibs founder Michael Bruno's lecture, in conjunction with the MFAH Design Council, at the Brown Auditorium, Wednesday, April 24, 6:30 pm. Bruno has turned 1stdibs — the online global luxury marketplace for antiques, mid-century modern furniture and lighting, fashion and estate jewelry — into a global phenomenon. He offers these insights into the online world of luxury goods: • Look for a strengthening market (following two years of softness coinciding with the recession), as the past few months have seen strong traffic and sales across all categories. • Among the categories that 1stdibs serves, furniture and fine art continue to see the most traffic, while fashion and jewelry receive the most attention from the press. • Houston and Dallas have more buyers for Birkin bags than any other market in the world — with the exception of London. • Interesting sales? Last year, 1stdibs sold a 1954 Christian Dior Oscar gown worn by Natalie Portman for $50,000. Lawndale Design Fair 2013 Michael Bruno Femme Fatale chair by Guy Martin, from Antiques of River Oaks, Houston Modern shelving unit from Nannie Inez, Austin APRIL| PAGE 44 | 2013 Preview Party & Sale: Friday, April 26, 6 – 9 pm, at Lawndale Art Center; tickets $60 for Lawndale members, $75 nonmembers; purchase at door or through 713.528.5858 Fair Days: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 – 28, 10 am – 5 pm, at Lawndale Art Center; general admission $5 Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main St., 713.528.5858;

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