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February 2017 - Houston

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Detroit-based online emporium that stocks, sells, and celebrates museum-quality masterpieces by the afore- mentioned Paul Evans alongside furnishings by George Nakashima, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Judy Kensley McKie, and Bertha Schaefer; Paavo Tynell lighting; Barbro Nilsson and Berit Koenig rugs and carpets; and more, all talents very much in evidence in Barkley's residence at Gaea II. So Gaea II and its contents exist in a perfectly poised equilibrium, although the furnishings subtly shift as pieces find new homes. This humanistic house exemplifies both the words and the values of its creator. In the final chapter of Being••Becoming, Zemanek writes, "My world-view evolved in the pursuit of a holistic life-style, following my commitment to sustain the rights to which all are entitled … to make the world a better place, to co-exist in the universe." To read the original story of Gaea II when Zemanek resided there, penned for PaperCity by his former student, architect Lisa Pope Westerman who now works at Gensler (published January 2002), go to Professor Zemanek will be commemorated in an exhi- bition on view this month at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, Joseph Mashburn Gallery, 4200 Elgin Street: "Unem- bellished Integrity: Furniture and Selected Paintings of John Zemanek, FAIA," February 7 through March 3; opening reception Tuesday, February 7, 6 pm. Gifts may be made to support a scholarship fund in his honor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design; inquiries Stephen Schad, 713.743.2539, A long open hallway is anchored by a table by George Nakashima — a masterwork in complete old-growth rosewood — ringed by Nakashima Conoid dining chairs. To the right, a pass through to the kitchen, and a series of circular Asian-inspired features based on Chinese moon gates. Dining room carpet from Swedish weaver Marta Maas- Fjetterstrom. A nook in the kitchen dramatically framed by a moon gate highlights Zemanek's brilliant, unorthodox aesthetic, a true fusion of East and West. 62

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