Where can you pick Jonathan Adler's brain over brunch, hear about the latest smart home trends, discover your signature style, and help out with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts? The Decorative Center Houston Fall Market.
This one-day-only spotlight on designers, craftsmen, and companies that have reinvented the world of interior design is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year, and 2017's lineup promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Approximately 1,200 product lines, represented by 40 showroom manufacturers, will be on display for you to ogle, touch, and try out.
But this year there's an extra component, as the event will uplift and inspire those who were impacted by the recent devastating hurricane. Showrooms at the DCH are doing their part to help, beginning with the Houston Design Unites group, which the interior design community formed to provide resources and supplies where they are most needed. It's a way to connect and help interior designers, sales reps, showroom employees, and industry partners connect and rebuild.
Some of the Fall Market's participants are finding extra ways to help, such as Goravanchi Co. offering the Houston community exceptional discounts for antique, old, and new rugs. Armony Cucine Houston is offering special pricing to homeowners that have lost their kitchen, bath, and other cabinets to flooding or storm damage. Holly Hunt has donated $50,000 to the Red Cross and created a signature button asking others to join, while Fabricut Inc. has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross is working on a way to help local designers get their sample libraries back up and running.
The day, which is meant to be a relief for everyone, kicks off with opening keynote speaker Jonathan Adler, who made his mark by designing whimsical and cheeky accessories. He will discuss how he started his business, the challenges he's faced, where he finds inspiration, and how he approaches collaborative design projects, such as the new Jonathan Adler for The Shade Store Roller Shade Collection. A brunch in the next-door Shade Store follows his talk, where you can meet Adler and view the inspiring collection.
The afternoon keynote is from designer and creative director of The Mine, Alexa Hampton; style director of The Mine, Eddie Ross; and PaperCity’s editor-in-chief, Holly Moore. The trio will identify how to find your signature style and how interior design is more than just a practical process.
An array of showroom programs fill out the day from 9 am-6 pm, and you'll be tempted to try and hit every one. From the benefits of automated window coverings to performance-testing demonstrations of outdoor fabrics, trends in stone to the latest in bathroom and kitchen finishes by Italian cabinetmaker Armony, there is a topic to suit every interest. And Aria Stone Gallery will offer 10 percent off your total purchase if you mention this article.
Also expect to nosh as you vendor hop, since tasty bites and refreshing beverages (some with a harder edge than others) are served alongside the conversations and demonstrations. Eggerman's Kitchens|Home Living is even bringing back Beauty is in the Eye of the Beerholder, where you can enjoy German-style brews and food pairings.
The Holly Hunt showroom has the paintings of Allen Kirsch on display. Kirsch, who is a native of Dallas and graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, has also had an award-winning and well-published interior design career, and you can chat with the artist about his oil on canvas paintings.
The most amazing part about the Fall Market? It's all free. Simply register here to guarantee your spot, then get ready to discover how form and function come together while meeting influential trendsetters and discovering the latest cutting-edge news in the design community.