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July / August 2016 - Houston

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DECORATION BUZZ IN A BOX Workplace Solutions in West Ave NASH BAKER PHOTOGRAPHY, COURTESY THE ARTISTS AND MCCLAIN GALLERY T his summer's most ethereal show makes you want to hitch a ride on SpaceX's mission to Mars. "Radiant Space" at McClain Gallery recalls the Light and Space artists from the 1960s — some of whom are present here — and reminds us why that work is optimistic and timeless. Populated by second-gen members of the school — as well as the king of the vapor box, Larry Bell — the exhibition is an investigation into abstraction, a sublime and planetary orbit with sculptural work that teeters toward minimalism with the pow of new materials (urethane, blow- molded acrylic, vaporized quartz on glass) that serve as vessels for incandescent chambers of color. A fresh discovery, Puerto Rican-raised, L.A.-based Gisela Colón, creates curvaceous space capsules that almost steal the show from the eight other talents (all male). She's also the subject of a traveling museum solo that touches down next summer at Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico (June 30 – September 24, 2017). Other best bets include De Wain Valentine, Colón's mentor, who has been rediscovered thanks to the Getty-funded "Pacific Standard Time," and Houston's international Christian Eckart, returning to a series of fractured framed works fabricated on aluminum that hover between painting and sculpture. "Radiant Space" at McClain Gallery, through August 13; Catherine D. Anspon WONDERS WOVEN In late July, Germany-based furniture company Dedon opens its first Houston showroom in Decorative Center Houston. A Dallas showroom opened last month, as part of a national rollout that includes Boston, Chicago and Miami. The towering ceilings in the Houston showroom are designed to showcase Dedon's sought-after hanging seating, such as NestRest and SwingRest, which come in one- and two-seater versions. Dedon was founded in 1990 by a German soccer pro turned entrepreneur, and its high-tech synthetic fibers are woven into furniture by skilled rattan artisans on the island of Cebu in the Philippines. The combination of New World technology with Old World craftsmanship revolutionized outdoor furniture; Dedon's woven tables and chairs are now considered iconic. The company is also known for collaborating with designers such as Philippe Starck and Jean-Marie Massaud to produce fresh looks. For Spring 2016, Dedon has launched four new collections, including lounge seating by modular design master Toan Nguyen, who also recently created a contemporary collection for Fendi Casa. Dedon, to the trade at Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway, Suite 131, 281.635.1556, Rebecca Sherman Dedon Barefoot Luxury Outdoor Furniture, featuring Lou lounge system, Mbrace lounge collection, Fedro floor rocker, Porcini table collection, Dala lanterns and Mangrove table L eave it to the French to take the all-American cocktail hour to a swish new level. At $1,300, Baccarat's Cocktail Party in a Box is a set of eight of its most iconic glass designs: Château Baccarat flute, Vega flute, Château Baccarat wine glass, Vega Martini, Harcourt 1841 Old Fashion tumbler, Vega highball, Harcourt 1841 wine glass and Biba tumbler. Ensconced in Baccarat's signature red box, the legendary crystal glasses are no-fail conversation starters. After all, who can resist sipping their muddled bitters and whiskey in a vessel commissioned by King Louis- Philippe in 1841. Cheers. Exclusively at Baccarat in the Galleria, 713.572.4001, Rebecca Sherman H ouston artist/ designer Liz Marsh debuted a collection of graphic black- and-white lamps at the Architectural Digest Design Show in NYC in March. They caught the eye of AD editors, who included them in a website post of "10 Gems" discovered at the show. "I would never have imagined being included in a list with Damien Hirst," says Marsh. She produced a line of découpaged lamps in the '90s for Brunschwig & Fils and Baker Furniture; she returned to lighting design two years ago after a hiatus that included stints managing Jimmy Choo and Bottega Veneta boutiques in Houston and six years in Paris, exporting antiques and leading shopping tours. Her three collections are inspired by Parisian style. The black-and- white lamps from her Pops collection were sparked by striped awnings at the Palais Royal in Paris. Old Money is a hipper version of the chalked white and basalt of Wedgwood; the climbing vines hearken back to her house in Paris. Stoneware lamps in white, black and gray from her Paris Now collection contrast with the splendor of 19th-century Hausssmann- era apartments. The lamps are crafted in Texas from hand-blown glass and stoneware, with hand-turned wood bases and gold-gilt or silver-leaf caps. Marsh does the verre églomisé (reverse painting on glass) herself. The shades are also custom-made, including one in lacquered paper for Pops. "To me, they are functional works of art," says Marsh, who customizes colors, patterns, materials and sizes on request. Liz Marsh Designs $695 to $1,900, at Longoria Collection, Shabby Slips; Rebecca Sherman W orkplace Solutions, provider of custom services and ultra-sleek products for the office, has opened in Houston's West Ave shopping district. The 23-year-old Dallas- based company leaps outside the boring gray box with fresh, colorful work spaces and furniture from StudioTK (formerly Teknion Studio), a global design studio known for teaming with design luminaries Patricia Urquiola and Toan Nguyen. StudioTK creates workplace culture through beautiful and functional design, such as the Sidewise case-goods workstation, which creates small enclaves within open settings. Look for furniture by venerated manufacturers Bernhardt, Kimball and Gordon International, which produces designs by Mies van der Rohe. Modular seating and tables from Sandlerseating, Nucraft and Nevins give a residential feel, while colorful tables and chairs on wheels from Keilhauer make it easy to reconfigure a space and roll between meetings. No detail is too small to be stylish, including Workplace Solution's powermats, soundmasking, marker boards, file cabinets, clocks, signage and coat racks. Their services include 24/7 installation, space planning and project management. Workplace Solutions, 2800 Kirby Dr., 713.993.9797, wpsolutions. com. Rebecca Sherman NINE TO 5 GRAPHIC CONTENT SPACE RACE Don'tWorry, Be Happy Some people find their inner bliss in luxury interiors. Meet Chelsea Chavez and Jason Navarette, the husband-and-wife duo behind newly minted home boutique Feliz Interiors. Their goal is to make the city smile, one design at a time — hence, the name Feliz. Their chic space on South Voss Road is filled with treasures both modern and vintage, in- cluding locally consigned goods (French settees from Kay O'Toole antiques shop, a Mona Lisa rendition by artist Ilian Rochov), candles from Le Feu De l'Eau, custom-designed bunk beds outfitted for four, Snuggly Ugly dolls for tots and other ornate trinkets. Feliz Interiors, 1305 S. Voss Road, 713.997.0010, Jailyn Marcel French settee from Kay O'Toole Antiques and Eccentricities atop seagrass flooring by Carol Piper Rugs. Circa Lighting sconces. Artwork by Ilian Rochov. Liz Marsh Designs Pops collection of lamps

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