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B eloved Skelton + Culver antiques opened its beautiful new location on Hempstead Road in January, with the move (from Bissonnet Street) fortuitously coinciding with the A nglophiles, rejoice: the very British furniture and accessories brand OKA — which announced its U.S. expansion plans last year when it purchased Dallas- based Wisteria (Wisteria has since been shuttered and repurchased by another entity) — has revealed that its first U.S. store will be in Houston. The 9,000-square-foot emporium opens in April at 3461 West Alabama Street in the former Wisteria space, with other Texas locations to follow. The Houston store will carry OKA's full home- furnishings range, tabletop, lighting, mirrors, rattan, and Chinese porcelain accessories. More big news: OKA's first collection of candles and diffusers, The Chronicle Collection, debuts in Houston, created by acclaimed French chandler Cire Trudon and fragrance OKA MOVES IN SKELTON + CULVER'S NEW HOME experts Robertet. Stay tuned for more to come in our April issue. Rebecca Sherman arrival of a new container from Europe, filling the 3,500-square-foot shop with a fine new inventory of antiques, folk art, upholstered furnishings, architectural pieces, lighting, and modern and antique art. Another shipment from Europe is anticipated by the time this issue prints. The new larger space allows for Skelton + Culver's latest specialty: lighting — European chandeliers, mid-century lights, Murano glass candelabras rewired as table lamps, and custom contemporary lamps by Liz Marsh. On a recent perusal of the shop, helmed by owners Sharon Skelton and Nelta Culver alongside team member Michael Stefflen, we eyed demilune walnut consoles made of 18th-century wood, a set of nine original Josef Albers mid-century silkscreen prints, 10 William Morris ebonized Sussex armchairs with original finish and rush seats, and a 19th-century neoclassical English rolltop mahogany secretary with ebonized inlay. Skelton + Culver, 9200 Hempstead Road, Suite 140, Anne Lee Phillips M aximalist artist Hunt Slonem's riotous canvases of flora, fauna (especially avians, butterflies, and bunnies) are collected by venerable museums including the Metropolitan, Guggenheim, and Whitney. Now the painter has a new jam. No stranger to collaboration and cross-pollination into other realms and media (such as the world of design, via fabric, wallpaper, and carpet collections), Slonem used the lockdown to develop a new body of work from his New York studio. Then, he headed to Seattle to enter the high kingdom of craft, working with heritage artisan fabricator Glass Eye Studio, founded 1978, on … blown-glass bunnies. Available in limited editions, these charming life-size lapins come in confectionary colors that the artist likens to the palette of jelly beans. Collect singly, or acquire a herd for your hutch. Edition works $5,500, unique sculptures $8,500, through Laura Rathe Fine Art, Catherine D. Anspon HOP ON BY Hunt Slonem's latest, blown-glass rabbits, 2020 COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LAURA RATHE FINE ART OKA opens in Houston The new Skelton + Culver Sharon Skelton, Nelta Culver JENNY ANTILL JENNY ANTILL 56

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