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PaperCity Houston March 2022

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HUNT SLONEM I t's 3:30 am, and several of us are still at the office, par for the week we are shipping three magazines to the printer: PaperCity Houston and Dallas and Round Top Antiques + Design Show Guide are out the door. The more magazines, the more events. March is Round Top month — and the month leading up to Texas Design Week Houston and the PaperCity Design Awards. But one very special portfolio in the March Houston and Dallas issues has no event tied to it, no hoopla, but is very meaningful to the editors at PaperCity and hopefully to you: 100 Texas Design Icons. We spent months thinking and discussing before we ever put fingers to keyboard. Rebecca Sherman makes Post-it Notes: Frank Welch. John Staub. Charles Dilbeck. Catherine D. Anspon sends an email: I dreamed about the Celestial Suite. Billy walks down the hall shouting, "Remember the Alamo." We knew what he meant. More came in from design colleagues. We pulled up old issues of Cite magazine to check facts about Sally Walsh. We passed around our ragged 1990 edition of Stephen Fox's Houston Architectural Guide. Irreplaceable. Today, we were fact-checking one of the Design Icons, Evans-Monical, a celebrated design emporium in the '80s at 2750 Kirby Drive. I happened to remember Bruce Monical was a friend of my friend Bill Caudell, so I asked Bill for his cell and email so we could check the date and architect of the former (demolished) Evans-Monical building. Bill sends it, then an hour later, he texts, "Please don't call him. He passed away this afternoon." Heartbreaking. Bill later texts, "This is really hitting me hard." It's because Bruce made a difference in his time; he was meaningful. If you loved modernism in the '70s, '80s, and beyond, you knew who Bruce Monical was. A tagline in a 1985 ad in Cite magazine read: "Evans-Monical and Knoll. The compatible representation of incomparable quality. Visually captivating and functionally efficient." That was Bruce. Dates to remember: Spring Round Top Antiques + Design Show, March 17 – April 3, 2022. Come by The Halles and visit. To see what we're up to in Round Top and what's new in town, check out pages 108 – 155. Texas Design Week Houston, April 25 – 29, 2022. Houston PaperCity Design Awards Sunday, April 24, at The Post Oak Hotel. For a look at who's coming to town, see page 20. For the full schedule as it develops and tickets, go to To enter the PaperCity Design Awards, go to; deadline to enter is Monday, April 4, at midnight. Texas Design Week Dallas and PaperCity Design Awards are September 19 – 23, 2022. Opening night of Kips Bay Decorator Show House Dallas is Thursday, September 22. Holly Moore Editor in Chief 18

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