Design Marathon

Sotheby's speaker and Texas treasures amplify Lawndale Design Fair

Sotheby's speaker and Texas treasures amplify Lawndale Design Fair

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At left, James Zemaitis, senior vice president and director of 20th century design, Sotheby's Courtesy of Sotheby’s
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Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio Photo by Steven Thomson
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Michael Guidry, curator of University of Houston art collection Photo by Steven Thomson
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Not all art is meant to be hung on the wall, as evidenced this week at the 2011 edition of the ever-expanding Lawndale Art Center Design Fair, dubbed Learn. Shop. Connect. Launching the design dialogue is keynote speaker James Zemaitis, senior vice president and director of 20th century design at Sotheby's.

During a Wednesday evening lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Brown Auditorium, Zemaitis will illuminate issues of provenance, rarity and volatility in the design market. The Sotheby's exec will draw on an encyclopediac design reservoir, from American icon Louis Comfort Tiffany to the ultra-contemporary Antwerp-based Studio Job.

Learn. Shop. Connect. is being fronted by honorary chair and internationally acclaimed architect Lauren Rottet. "James is going to be a fantastic highlight. He's just such an amazing wealth of information," she tells CultureMap.

Design savants will don their contemporary cocktail finest for Friday's Design Fair Preview Party, where they'll get dibs on the weekend's goods while shimmying to DJ MIKE C and causing a refined ruckus in the Smilebooth ($75 per person, $60 for Lawndale members; includes admittance all weekend).

Michael Guidry, curator of the University of Houston art collection, has curated the fair's Texas Co-Op, a survey of the state's designers. Consider it a crash course in our state's contemporary style. Also on view are works by a cadre of local dealers including Smith Opticians, Sunset Settings and wacdesignstudio. The look ranges from utilitarian to decadent, with works of furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion.
 
Visitors are invited to explore and shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $5.