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PaperCity Houston April 2022

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TEXAS DESIGN WEEK HOUSTON T he challenge: Design a n e s t a t e a n d sprawling sculpture park for a contem- porary art collector client in Hunting Valley, Ohio, with the intent that it be both a family home and ultimately bequeathed to the Cleveland Museum of Art. The twist? Draw inspiration from Czech Cubism, also known as Cubo-Expressionism — a short- lived avant-garde design movement that had its heyday for less than five years in the early 1900s. AD100 architect Peter Pennoyer of New York architecture and design firm Peter Pennoyer Architects served as architect and designer for this extraordinary project, integrating collections of 20th-century furniture, decorative arts, and a world-class contemporary art collection, culminating in a sculpture park with 146 acres of Reed-Hildebrand- designed meadows, orchards, forests and ravines. Pennoyer's resulting work— an estate built to showcase art that is itself a work of art — is chronicled in his book Rowdy Meadow: House, Land, Art (Vendome Press). With a foreword by World of Interiors features editor Mitchell Owens and stunning four-season photography by Eric Piasecki, the book is like turning a kaleidoscope, with each image illustrating how the structure's geometric angles seem to expand, contract, refract, and transform — a mesmerizing energy brought to life within its stately stone walls. An added delight is the extraordinary art collection with works by Damien Hirst, Walton Ford, and Takashi Murakami, as well as the 150-acre garden with sculpture by Ai Weiwei, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt, and six installations by Andy Goldsworthy. Pennoyer will deliver an illustrated talk Wednesday, April 27, at Decorative Center Houston, followed by a book signing at Schumacher showroom. For information, the full Texas Design Week Houston schedule, and link to purchase tickets, go to Lisa Collins Shaddock VISIONARY ROWDY MEADOW ESTATE ARCHITECT PETER PENNOYER DISCUSSES HIS CZECH-CUBIST-INSPIRED MASTERPIECE AT TEXAS DESIGN WEEK HOUSTON. Damien Hirst's triptych Bringing Forth the Fruits of Righteousness from Darkness, 2008, hangs in Peter Pennoyer's Rowdy Meadow estate project. PHOTOGRAPH ERIC PIASECKI

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