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October 2012 - Houston

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COURTESY THE ARTIST AND DARKE GALLERY JENNY ANTILL INTERIOR Motives Atelier 1505 at Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions, 1505 Sawyer St., 713.864.2112; An ENDANGERED PENGUIN SAVED! An endangered Penguin saved: Penguin Arms is the only surviving example of Googie architecture in Houston Swinging from the Atelier 1505 We are in awe of Dan Linscomb and Pam Kuhl Linscomb, who have saved the Penguin Arms, a 1950 building at 2902 Revere Street designed by architect Arthur Moss. Revered by architectural and design aficionados, history buffs and anyone with a brain, the Penguin Arms was on Houston MOD's Most Endangered List and most likely would have been razed by developers. The Penguin Arms served as a six-unit apartment building and is the only example of Googie architecture left in Houston, a genre influenced by the Space Age and Atomic Age that swept the nation. The Linscombs, owners of Kuhl-Linscomb, have saved a number of houses on the street to serve as charming storefronts for their world of furniture, design objects and everything beautiful for the home. The Penguin Arms will serve as a venue for curated design objects. And, why not? It's surely one itself. Holly Moore Emily Sloan's Mandala, 2012, at Darke Gallery CHANDELIERS We're mad for the poetic, deconstructed beauty put forth by Houston sculptor Emily Sloan, who's completely obsessed with chandeliers. For her latest project as artist-in-residence at Darke Gallery, funded in part by Houston Arts Alliance, Sloan has disassembled vintage lampshades, stripping away the silk to expose their lacy, whispery metal frames. Go see the result — wall-sized mandalas that blossom like over-blown flora — at this West End art space that is earning a reputation as an incubator for young talent on the rise. 320 B Detering at Feagan, 713.542.3802; Catherine D. Anspon COLLECTION WALKER ART CENTER, MINNEAPOLIS JENNY ANTILL Like many of her clients, interior designer Dianne Josephs is downsizing her life. Rather than seeing the gorgeous pieces she's acquired over a lifetime gather dust in a storage unit, she's unveiled them all at Atelier 1505, a 2,000-square-foot curated space housed within Lewis & Maese's Antiques & Auctions warehouse. Open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, the inspired space borrows from the legendary designer John Dickinson's firehouse in San Francisco, with wainscoting and crown-molding details painted taupe with shades of gray blue and a punch of stripes ("I'm mad for stripes," Joseph confesses). Within this retail venture — a first for this design mind — you'll find clever vignettes assembled from such finds as a pair of whimsical bamboo daybeds painted red with a floral motif, consigned by the stylish Christina Girard; Swedish-style pieces; Dutch benches; serious pieces such as a Neoclassical birch bibliothèque; plus lamps and chandeliers galore. Laurann Claridge Roy Lichtenstein's Artist's Studio, "Look Mickey," 1973 Great BRITISH Goods Benday BEST Kelim Sofa Multi Library Wallpaper COURTESY THE ARTIST AND DIANA LOWENSTEIN GALLERY, MIAMI The Andrew Martin showroom has opened in Decorative Center Houston, and we're entranced with the wallpapers in the Navigator wallpaper collection — specifically, the library books, stamps, mathematics and science. And then there are the Lumberjack papers (a wall of sturdy logs) and another of stacked vintage luggage. The Kelim Sofa Multi is rich and lovely, and there are some stunning '70s-feel X-desks and wonderful chrome alphabet-letter side tables. With large collections of furnishings, lighting, fabrics, wallpapers and bedding, this UK-based showroom was co-founded in London by designer Martin Waller in 1978; this is the first Andrew Martin showroom in Texas, and the fourth in the U.S. 5120 Woodway, Suite 1050, 832.649.4368; to the trade. Holly Moore If Warhol is the king of Pop art, then Roy Lichtenstein is the movement's crown prince. Now this prince's unforgettable benday dots and swell comic attitude are celebrated in a new retrospective, complete with behind-the-scenes drawings, his greatest and most classic cartoony paintings of the '60s and many under-known canvases that comment on the canon of 20th-century art history. Catch "Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" organized by the Art Institute of Chicago traveling to Washington, D.C.'s National Gallery of Art (October 14 – January 13, 2013); London's Tate Modern (February 21 – May 27, 2013); and Centre Pompidou in Paris (July 3 – November 4, 2013). Catherine D. Anspon Dibs on the GREEK REVIVAL Michael Bruno, founder of 1stdibs (the Web site beloved by designers and … well, just about anyone with any taste), has invited Greenwood King Properties to feature homes on the luscious 1stdibs. com site. Under the heading Fine Homes, Greenwood King showcases 14 properties at any one time, all fairly A Greenwood King offering on stratospheric in price and aimed at this international, design-loving audience. Launched in 2001, 1stdibs is the portal to more than 1,000 antiques, art and vintage jewelry dealers all over the world, and Julie Greenwood's charming Fredericksburg shop The Garten was invited on the site in 2005. Bruno was a real estate broker in San Francisco before he dreamed up 1stdibs and moved to Paris; he launched the Fine Homes division last fall, and now a handful of highly curated real estate companies — one must be vetted and invited to join 1stdibs — showcase some of the most magnificent properties on the market at any one time. With more than 2 million visits a month by people seeking rare and extraordinary objects, furnishings and art, Bruno knew instinctively that design lovers and real estate junkies were cut from the same cloth. Clemencia Labin at the 2011 Venice Biennale It's a Whole New WORLD New World Museum director Armando Palacios once again lures a Venice Biennale talent to town. Venezuelan sculptor Clemencia Labin — whose installation at her country's pavilion for the 2011 Biennale won over even the toughest critics for its enchanting amalgamation of color, shape, soft sculpture, design and architecture — makes her Texas debut his month with a site-specific show for New World. Watch for Labin's signature tropical palette, inspired by the streetscape of neighborhoods in her native Maracaibo, applied upon a fantastical kingdom of structures resembling sentient beings clothed in riotous fabrics and pulsating colors. We hope the artist will don her fabulous peppermint-hued braids, which make her resemble a character on a set of a Saturday morning cartoon. Clemencia's Playhouse, anyone? "Clemencia Labin: WhiteGold," opening Wednesday, October 17, 7 to 9 pm, through November 21; New World Museum, 5230 Center St.,713.426.4544; Catherine D. Anspon

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