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September 2014 - Houston

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Luna Home & Gifts, 525 22nd St., Galveston, 409.497.2079 Galveston weekenders, rejoice! A stylish new home store, Luna Home & Goods, has opened downtown in a corner spot of the iconic 1896 Galveston Telephone Building, just down the way from the hustle of Postoffice Street. Owner Bob Luna, a part-time islander for the past five years, and his partner, Jeff Gale (who owns Barnaby's restaurants), felt there was a lack of high-quality furniture and accessories for a town experiencing such a renaissance post-Hurricane Ike. Luna's background is in fitness, restaurants and entertainment; with a voice like Sinatra's, he often fronts the Richard Brown Orchestra at galas around town. "Getting into the retail business just seemed to fit right in," he jokes. The 1,850-square-foot space is stocked with high-profile names such as Jonathan Adler, Dash & Albert rugs, Veritas crystal, as well as coastal-inspired furniture, lamps, stationery, candles and those always needed hostess gifts. Anna Schuster Octavia Art Gallery, 3637 W. Alabama, Suite 120, 713.877.1810, Our town's newest gallerist unfurls in the burgeoning home design + art enclave, Hollywood Square. Octavia Art Gallery, the New Orleans-founded Julia-Street space, sought a Houston branch after founder Pamela Bryan attended Another Great Night in November last fall at pal Terri Haven's casa. Observing the crowd's great gusto for contemporary art, and the informed esprit of the assembled collectors, Bryan began scouting inner-loop spots to showcase her stable, which ranges from Pop photorealist painter/sculptor Carole Feuerman to smart conceptual photographer the late San Antonio-talent/Artpace-exhibited Chuck Ramirez, who probed gender and identity politics, and is in the permanent collection of the MFAH. But the gallery's biggest all-star is Manhattan-based Caio Fonseca, son of Latin American modernist Gonzalo Fonseca and a masterful painter of syncopated abstractions in his own right; Caio is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bryan divides her time between the Crescent City and Houston; she's joined here by director Illa Gaunt. The pair, along with well-connected associate director Emmelie Kopp, plot progressive programming that includes an investigation into new art from Cuba — Bryan is a regular to Havana and its Biennial — as well as presenting emerging to mid-careers who should be on your radar. Signal Octavia's opening act, internationally exhibited, NOLA-based RISD grad Regina Scully, whose mark-making and mapping upon the canvas evokes 22nd- century metropolises and trade routes, making her a perfect solo for the gallery's big September reveal (September 13 – October 20). And should you want to document your burgeoning collection, Octavia also offers bespoke art-book services. Catherine D. Anspon For some collectors, the greatest achievement is acquiring the work of a young artist who goes on to a significant career. The recently opened Hello Project Gallery is tailor-made for that sort of collector. Director Jon Hopson — who has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and as private curator for a prominent Houston family — is especially interested in showcasing younger, emerging Houston-area artists in his simple, one-room gallery, located in McMurtrey Gallery's former storage area. His opening exhibition in July, "Summer Party," featured works by Alika Herreshoff, Angel Oloshove, Michelle Rawlings, James Scheuren and Carlos Rosales-Silva. His second exhibition, which opens September 5, showcases a single artist: Seth Alverson, who has been compared to Gerhard Richter for his technical mastery of painting; his work is also reminiscent of Francis Bacon, his distorted images of humans bearing titles such as Smashed Face, Useless Foot and Limbs. Other images are more serene. All of them comment on the art of painting and the role of the artist in a complex, layered way. George Alexander Longoria Collection's Sylvia Longoria and daughter Elizabeth Fertitta are readying the Uptown Park store with an expansion and a little nip and tuck, making room for expanded collections of all things Ralph Lauren Home (lighting, fabric and furnishings) and the world of Aerin Lauder (fabrics, wallpaper, lighting), with completion around September 15. More details in the October issue … Ann Sacks has opened in West Ave, which is becoming quite the little home hub, with Ligne Roset, Jonathan Adler and Flor, and Poliform opening this fall. We love that the Ann Sacks tile and stone are American-made in Portland. More on Ann Sacks in October. THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE LUNA HOME DELIGHTFUL CRESCENT CITY WHITE CUBE COMES TO HOLLYWOOD (ON ALABAMA) PHYLLIS HAND Luna Home & Gifts in Galveston Twenty-five years after launching their eponymous home furnishings brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, the illustrious design duo is celebrating the store's silver anniversary with a yearlong party and the release of a coffee- table tome, Who We Are. In the book's 176 pages, Gold and Williams detail their passion for beautiful, comfortable furniture, but thumb through the book, and it's evident their charitable efforts and renowned corporate culture are what truly make them who they are. Celebrate with Gold and Williams in-store Wednesday, October 8, when proceeds from the night benefit Children's Charity. $60, at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; Linden Wilson SILVER LININGS D'Light Antiques at Antiques of River Oaks, 3461 W. Alabama, 713.961.3333 Jean Khelifi Duprat and Sandrine Farges have opened a delightful vintage lighting emporium at Antiques of River Oaks. Their new space, D'Light, focuses on mid-century works produced in Europe — primarily lighting fixtures (as the name implies) from such lauded names as Stilnovo, Venini, Mazzega, Fontana Arte and Sciolari. Hailing from France, Duprat and Farges became staples in the L.A. antiques market and soon developed an exclusive client list that includes Bridget Fonda, Cher, Tom Cruise, Bianca Jagger and Ivana Trump. The duo travels almost nonstop to find unique, tasteful lighting, with frequent stops in Barcelona, Brussels, Milan, Paris and Vienna. Prices for their treasures range from $700 to $14,000 depending on size, rarity and provenance. Steven Hempel Mazzega frosted-glass chandelier, Murano, Italy, circa 1960, $5,900 MAX BURKHALTER Octavia Gallery's Pamela Bryan and Illa Gaunt with Caio Fonseca's Pietrasanta C11.76, 2011 HELLO THEY HAD US AT Hello Project Gallery 3508 Lake St. 832.819.2918 JENNY ANTILL. THE HEART MAN COMETH M useum District jewel Gallery Jatad mixes it up by pairing traditional African sculpture with contemporary works, often emphasizing drawing. On a recent visit, we were enchanted by this winsome Mambila figure, whose face resembles a heart. The Heart Man, as we christened him, dates from the first half of the 20th century and is a rare fiber work created by the people of the Donga River Valley region, Cameroon and Nigeria. Crafted from raffia fashioned from palm tree pith, our little man (nearly 15 inches tall with stand) was once kept under a baobab tree in the middle of a village, where he was employed by a chief priest to protect the hamlet's inhabitants. Now he can cast benevolent energy on your abode. $2,200, at Gallery Jatad, 1517 Blodgett St., 832.657.4328, Catherine D. Anspon Mambila figure, first half of 20th century, at Gallery Jatad DESIGN BUZZ Private Houses of France: Living with History by Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery with photography by Francis Hammond (Flammarion, $85). A dozen aristocratic families throw open their doors — the richly opulent interiors that include the Château de Champchevrier and Hubert de Givenchy's Paris townhouse. I love the Château d'Anet, dedicated to Diane de Poitiers. Lots of design inspiration and classic French garden ideas to steal. An essential reference. Diane Dorrans Saeks FETISH BOOK Jon Hopson with James Scheuren's #14 (Chair hits the wall), 2014

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