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May 2014 - Houston

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O nline gallery Tiger Flower Studios, which was founded by Justin Nangel and Harrison Howard last December, offers fabulous limited-edition prints by some of our favorite creatives — most for the first time. Included are the incomparable fashion illustrator Galdys Perint Palmer, interior-rendering goddess Mita Corsini Bland, quixotic Gaul Kazumi Yoshida, cheeky and chic Caitlin McGauley and the imagined chinoiserie scenes of Harrison Howard himself. Best of all, prices for these wondrous works are all under $500. Something tells us now would be a smart time to buy. From $320, at Seth Vaughan SKETCHY... Magic Carpet RIDE I f you've ever stepped into the Leontine Linens store in New Orleans on Magazine Street, then you know whence I speak. Leontine is the chicest, most romantic world of linens you can imagine. Jane Scott Hodges is the brilliant owner of Leontine, and much of her brilliance lies in the fact that the linens are custom-designed and made in the fabled Eleanor Beard Studio in Hardinsburg, Kentucky (which Scott was smart enough to purchase), whose specialty artisans have been hand-cutting and sewing couture linens since 1921. The store in New Orleans is the only Leontine store; otherwise, one must order the linens through trunk shows in key cities or by perusing the website (a virtual catalog) and telephoning the store. How civilized. I challenge you to open a design, fashion or lifestyle magazine without seeing the signature bold monograms, the palette of chic hues of Leontine. Ms. Hodges has written a book this month, Linens For Every Room and Occasion (Rizzoli, foreword Charlotte Moss, $55,) showing her bespoke bed, bath and table linens in sumptuous settings designed by the world's top decorators. We think Hodges has single-handedly brought back the fine art — thankfully, not a lost art — of procuring custom-made linens with beautiful workmanship and design elements. Holly Moore The Thrill of Custom Linens I n true laissez-faire fashion, when John Derian — the creative fount renowned for fantastic découpage pieces that incorporate vintage ephemera into plates, paperweights, tabletops, trays and occasionally cups — wanted to collaborate with the minds behind Parisian potter Astier de Villatte, the deal was only a phone call away. Derian collects and entertains with the trademark black terra-cotta dinnerware glazed in white that Astier has long created by hand; he's also friends with Ivan Pericoli and Benoit Astier de Villatte, who not only run the incredible flagship boutique near the Palais Royal on rue St. Honoré but also oversee its products sold the world over. The two Frenchmen gave him carte blanche, with gentle suggestions offered by email and post, as well as an occasional Paris meet-up. The result is marbleized cups, teapots, platters and plates inspired by endpapers of antique tomes, while other pieces marry Derian's devotion to the vivid illustrations of the natural world he collects. Our favorites are the surreal Apple plate, Eye teapot and all of the marbleized pieces in alluringly unexpected colors. From $68, at Judith Ann Jewels, Kuhl-Linscomb, Seth Vaughan John Derian takes on Parisian Pottery We first met this month's PC Acquire talent, Tim Gonzalez, as curator of the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, where he conceptualized group and solo exhibitions including last summer's high-octane graffiti blockbuster, "Call It Street Art, Call It Fine Art, Call It What You Know." Gonzalez's photography came to our attention thanks to PC art director Michelle Aviña. We were there for Gonzalez's turn in the provocative three-person show "ProjeXion" at Avis Frank Gallery in early 2013, in which he, Devon Britt-Darby and Alex Rosa unveiled a raw exploration of gay sexuality; Gonzalez's homoerotic imagery was both unflinching and poignant. But there's another side to the Houston lensman, who attended the prestigious School of Visual Arts in NYC as well as the MFAH's Glassell School of Art. Influenced by modern and contemporary masters ranging from Stephen Shore to William Eggleston, Gonzalez has created PC ACQUIRE: Artist Tim Gonzalez a portfolio of archival inkjet prints for PC readers, in editions of 10. The subjects comment on the open road and the American dream, snapped in locales that could be anywhere, U.S.A., to the specificity of signage that anchors the viewer in a place and time — from a West Hollywood bus stop with a safari-suited matron and her pink shopping bags to a sensitively portrayed senior at our hometown eatery, House of Pies. Pay attention to the surreal humor of Store Front Massacre I & II (2013), which is carnivalesque and odd, while its lone shopping cart offers a subliminal connection with Eggleston's classic late-'60s/early-'70s image of a pompadoured youth pushing a grocery-store cart. Inquiries, Seth Vaughan,; peruse the portfolio, priced from $500, on PaperCity Facebook. A lways at the forefront of design, Swedish rug manufacturer Henzel Studio has paired with artists and designers from around the world for Collaborations Volume 1, an exclusive collection of art rugs conceptualized in partnership with 12 top talents, including Helmut Lang, Marilyn Minter, Juergen Teller and Anselm Reyle — cutting-edge works that reflect each icon's aesthetic while transcending the boundaries between art and interior design. Founder and creative director Calle Henzel recently unveiled two of the handmade creations at The Temporary Museum for New Design in Milan, where Henzel shared, "We are contextualizing the medium of art rugs within a bigger picture." After the Italian debut, all 12 designs head to Barneys New York, where they are for sale exclusively through June 9, followed by a release at select retailers. Jane Rozelle DECORATION Jane Scott Hodges Anselm Reyle- Henzel Studio Collaborations rug Tim Gonzalez's Store Front Massacre I, 2013 Tim Gonzalez's Store Front Massacre II, 2013 Caitlin McGauley's Still Life with Urn Gladys Perint Palmer's Where Coco Chanel wrote, "Friends, there are no friends." Harrison Howard's Rococo Fantasy Kazumi Yoshida's Beekman Place John Derian Eye teapot, $306 John Derian Iris dinner plate, $102 John Derian black, blue and red marble dinner plate, $136

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