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DESIGN FANTASY I magine a living room invaded by a flock of sheep, a life-size rhinoceros that doubles as a desk, or a giant cabbage that has sprouted chicken legs. In the surrealist world of artists François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, anything was possible. The best-known works of the French husband-and-wife duo, known collectively as Les Lalanne, were produced during the late '60s, '70s, and '80s, but their careers were long and successful — Les Lalanne became darlings of the fashion world, with commissions for Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, and John Galliano. Today, their works are highly collectible and found in prestigious private collections and museums around the world. A rare 1984 figurative sculpture by Claude Lalanne, Petit Fille à la Poule (Little Hen Girl), is being offered at Heritage Auctions Tuesday, October 6, as part of its Design Auction. The sculpture was acquired directly from Les Lalanne during the consignors' visit to their studio outside Paris, says Heritage design director Brent Lewis, and could fetch $150,000 at auction. Some 250 lots will be auctioned, including 100 rare pieces from a private collection of Comme des Garçons, designed by the legendary Rei Kawakubo or her protégé Junya Watanabe; a survey of Kawakubo's work was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017. Another highlight is a pair of urns by Italian architect and designer G i o P o n t i , w h o j o i n e d ceramics maker Richard Ginori in the 1920s. Under this collaboration, Ginori was awarded two grand prizes at the Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, 1925. The urns are signed by Ginori, but the owner apparently didn't know they had been designed by Ponti until Lewis, who had shown them to an expert in Italian design, told him. What a fantastic discovery. The urns are estimated to sell for $8,000 to $12,000. Heritage Auctions' Design Auction, Tuesday, October 6, Rebecca Sherman Private collection of Comme des Garçons to be auctioned at Heritage Design Auction Left, from top: Claude Lalanne's Petit Fille à la Poule (Little Hen Girl); Gio Ponti-designed urns at Heritage Design Auction HOUSTON HERITAGE SOCIETY LUNCHEON: TELLING HOUSTON'S STORIES When: Tuesday, September 15, 11:30 am Where: The Forest Club Who: Honorary chairs Dancie Perugini Ware and James L. Ware; honorees Harriet and Truett Latimer Note: Speaker J.P. Bryan, founder of Galveston's Bryan Museum Tariff: From $250; tables from $3,500 Contact: Laura Woods, 713.655.1912,, houston-heritage-luncheon HOUSTON SYMPHONY OPENING NIGHT CONCERT & GALA When: Saturday, September 12, 7:30 pm Where: Jones Hall Who: Chairs Sippi and Ajay Khurana Note: Hybrid event with virtual component; limited number of guests at venue to view the concert; livestream broadcast; dinner delivered to supporters' homes by City Kitchen; media sponsor PaperCity Tariff: Tickets available to 2020- 2021 subscribers only Contact: Stacey Swift, stacey. SEPTEMBER 2020 DATEBOOK PAPERCITY'S BIANNUAL SOCIAL CALENDAR OF EVENTS (THIS FALL'S HYBRID EVENTS ARE BOTH VIRTUAL AND LIVE) WILL BE PUBLISHED MONTH BY MONTH THROUGHOUT THE FALL. EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. ART ON THE AVENUE When: Tuesday – Saturday, September 15 – 19; public, by appointment, and sponsor hours Where: Online and at Winter Street Studios Who: Honorary chairs Pawan Kapoor, Shamsa Mangalji; culinary curator Shepard Ross Note: Benefiting Avenue CDC; hybrid event with virtual component; silent art auction with more than 250 artists; gallery talk by guest juror Molly Glentzer Tariff: Gratis Contact: 16

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