Houston 2020 Schedule


11:00 am

Kick Off Texas Design Week Houston with a Welcome Brunch and Design Blogger Confab at Roche Bobois, with Sarah Bray, Lyndsey Zorich, Hannah Swiggard, and Saba Jawda, moderated by Anne Lee Phillips 

WHEN: Monday, March 23, 11 am to 1 pm, at Roche Bobois

WHO: Kick-Off Texas Design Week Houston with a Welcome Brunch and Design Blogger Confab at Roche Bobois, with panelists:

Sarah Bray, Bermuda, NYC, TX. Content creator for Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bumble, LoveShackFancy. Previous: editor in chief Gotham and Beach magazines; Style Editor Town & Country; an editor across Hearst's titles House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Veranda.  

Lyndsey Zorich, blogger and founder of fashion and home goods ecommerce site The Avenue

Saba Jawda, interior designer and modern abstract artist

Hannah Swiggard, founder and digital strategist at Swiggard Creative

Moderated by Anne Lee PhillipsPaperCity design editor and AD Pro Texas contributor.

WHAT: A lively panel of some of the brightest in the blogging and social media world, who have a combined following of 180,000 followers, discuss: How to pass the magic 10k Instagram number, who's engaging with what, algorithm secrets, design trends online, and when and why to take social media out-of-house.

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: Social media has upended industries — these insiders will give you the 411 to successfully engage with and build your audience. Your can't afford to miss this!

WHERE: Roche Bobois, 4810 San Felipe

TXDW Sponsors: Roche Bobois, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard Creative, The Shade Store

5:30 - 7:30 pm

A Chat with San Francisco designer Jay Jeffers, Book Signing and Launch of His Collection for Access by Accurate, at Elegant Additions

WHEN: Monday, March 23, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at Elegant Addiitons

WHO: San Francisco designer and Elle Decor A-Lister Jay Jeffers

WHAT: Chat up Jay Jeffers as he talks about his new polished and handsome door-hardware collaboration with Access by Accurate, inspired by his everyday encounters with great design; eight silhouttes for knobs and levers, exclusively in Houston at Elegant Additions.

STREET CRED: Owns one of the coolest design stores in San Francisco, JayJeffers – The Store, filled with bespoke furniture and objects from his travels.

DECORATIONSElle Decor A List, published in top design magazines.

BOOKJay Jeffers: Be Bold, Bespoke Modern Interiors (Gibbs-Smith)

COLLABS: Arteriors, and architectural hardware for Access by Accurate.

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: Jay’s own San Francisco home and his Napa Valley getaway are projects in the book.

WHERE: Elegant Additions, 104 West 12th Street, Houston. 


TXDW Sponsors: Elegant Additions, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard Creative,The Shade Store

5:00 - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Ray Booth, as he launches his new collection for Hickory Chair, cocktails and book signing at the new Hickory Chair Showroom in Houston Design District.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 24, 5 to 8 pm

WHO: Designer Ray Booth, Nashville, NYC

WHAT:Long-time partner at the prestigious McAlpine architecture firm, Ray Booth dazzles with his devastating smile, and his first collection for Hickory Chair, a tour de force in bronze, nickel, marble, walnut and santos rosewood. Cocktails, book signing and a look at Ray's new collection, and a first peek at the new Hickory Chair Showroom. 

STREET CRED: Worked with John Saladino and Clodagh early in his career. 

DECORATIONS: His design work has been published in Elle Decor, Architectural DigestVeranda, and more. 

BOOK: Ray Booth: Evocative Interiors, published by Rizzoli.

COLLABS: Arteriors, Hickory Chair

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: Again, the smile. 

WHERE: Hickory Chair Showroom, Houston Design District, 7150 Old Katy Road, Suite 100. 


TXDW Sponsors: Hickory Chair, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard Creative,The Shade Store

4:00 pm

The Collaborationists at Circa Lighting. Panel discussion with architect Lauren Rottet, and designers J. Randall Powers and Paloma Contreras, who all have collaboratations with design companies, in a discussion with Gale Singer, owner of Circa Lighting, and Kyle Bunting of Kyle Bunting Rugs, both of whom collaborate with designers for their respective companies. Book signings to follow with Lauren Rottet and Paloma Contreras. 

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 4 pm, Circa Lighting

WHO: Circa Lighting owner Gale Singer; Kyle Bunting, Kyle Bunting Rugs; architect Lauren Rottet, and designers J. Randall Powers, Paloma Contreras

WHAT: The Collaborationists. The designers who collaborate and the design companies who hire them. In discussion: How do collaborations happen, what to bring to the table, negotiating, what you can expect time-wise, and pay back.  

STREET CRED: Gale Singer, Circa Lighting and parent company Visual Comfort have negotiated collaborations with 27 designers and design companies from Aerin Lauder to Kelly Wearstler; Lauren Rottet and J. Randall Powers have collections with Circa Lighting. Kyle Bunting's most recent collaboration with Douglas Friedman is buzzing in the design world — Friedman's home and the Kyle Bunting Rug Collection garnered 12 pages in the March issue of Architectural Digest. Paloma Contreras has a collaboration with Williams-Sonoma Home. 

BOOKS: Paloma Contreras: Dream, Design, Love (Abrams). Lauren Rottet: Authentic Design, published by Rizzoli. J. Randall Powers' book is in the works. 

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: What are three things a designer needs most, aside from talent: Instagram followers, a book, a colllaboration. 

WHERE: Circa Lighting, 2427 Westheimer


TXDW Sponsors: Circa Lighting, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard CreativeThe Shade Store

7:00 pm

Cocktails with Alessandra Branca, Illustrated Talk and Book Signing at Moxie.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 25, 7 pm, at Moxie

WHO: Alessandra Branca

WHAT: A designer's designer, the revered Alessandra Branca astounds with her hand-embroidered collections for de Gournay, her elaborate rooms for Kips Bay, and this month, a new decorative collection, Casa Branca. 

STREET CRED: Born and raised in Rome, she has offices in Chicago, NYC and LA.

DECORATIONS: Her work has been published in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Elle Decor, The New York Times, Veranda, Galerie. 

BOOK: New Classic Interiors (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) with a new book in the works.

COLLABS: De Gournay, bespoke collection for The Rug Company


WHERE: Moxie, 2031 West Alabama


TXDW Sponsors: MOXIE, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard CreativeThe Shade Store

10:30 am

The Venerables: Building Next Generation Legacies, with Elizabeth Pyne Singer, McMillen Inc., NYC., and Lance Scott, Partner, David Kleinberg Design Associates, NYC. 

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 10:30 to 12:30, Tribute Goods

WHO: The Venerables: Building Next Generation Legacies, with Elizabeth Pyne Singer, McMillen Inc., NYC., and Lance Scott, Partner, David Kleinberg Design Associates, NYC. Moderated by Chesie Breen, Niven Breen, NYC.

WHAT: Two renowned design firms, McMillen Inc., established 1924, and David Kleinberg Design Asociates, established 1997, both known for classic, historically accurate, timeless interiors.  

STREET CRED: McMillen is the olderst design firm in America. Elizabeth is third generation at McMillen, her grandmother, Betty Sherrill, purchased the firm in 1976, and her mother, Ann Pyne, is president. 

David Kleinberg Design Associates is based on the tenets of Parish-Hadley Associates where David Kleinberg worked closely with Sister Parish and was mentored by Albert Hadley. Lance has been with DKDA for 16 years, and became a partner in 2016. 

WHERE: Tribute Goods, 3637 West Alabama, Suite 100, in Hollywood Square. 

TXDW Sponsors: Tribute Goods, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard CreativeThe Shade Store

1:00 pm

NYC Designer David Kleinberg Illustrated Talk and Light Lunch at Found.

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 1 to 3 pm, at FOUND

WHO: David Kleinberg, David Kleinberg Design Associates, NYC.

WHAT: Illustrated talk showcasing his luscious projects for clients around the world.

TALKING POINTS: An erudite look at top-notch design today and what it means to be a classicist. 

STEET CRED: A resume that includes tenure at Denning & Fourcade, and 16 years at Parish-Hadley, where he was Mrs. Parish’s right-hand, and further mentored by Albert Hadley. Sigh.

DECORATIONSElle Decor A List, Interior Design’s Hall of Fame.

PUBLISHEDArchitectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Galerie, HG, Veranda, British House & Garden, and in numerous books.

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: A dean of design, movie-star handsome.

WHERE: FOUND, 3433 West Alabama 


TXDW Sponsors: FOUND, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard CreativeThe Shade Store

3:30 pm

Ever-Intriguing India Hicks Illustrated Talk and Book Signing at Wisteria.

WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 3:30 to 5:30 pm, at Wisteria

WHO: British designer India Hicks has long been a source of fascination — she’s the daughter of decorator David Hicks and Lady Pamela Mountbatten Hicks, and lives in the Bahamas.  

WHAT: Illustrated talk, family lore, book signing and cocktails. 

TALKING POINTS: India recently launched a podcast series with her mother Lady Pamela, whose father was the last Viceroy of India (hence, her name) which is filled with fascinating anecdotes and has reached more than 100,000 downloads.

STREET CRED: First cousin once removed and godchild to Prince Charles (she was a bridesmaid in his wedding to Diana). Entrepreneur, designer, author, and mother of five.

BOOKS: Two best-selling books, Island Style and A Slice of England, with a new book from Rizzoli, An Entertaining Story, debuting this fall. 

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: Growing up Hicks.... with father David Hicks, brother Ashley Hicks, and grandparents Lord and Lady Mountbatten. 

WHERE: Wisteria, 3461 West Alabama


TXDW Sponsors: Wisteria, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard Creative, The Shade Store

5:45 pm

Cocktails, Illustrated Talk, and Book Signings with:

Architectural Digest Decorative Arts Editor, the AD Aesthete Mitchell Owens, and Emily Evans Eerdmans, the administer of the Mario Buatta blockbuster auction at Sotheby's and author of the Mario Buatta book, and Textile Designer Lisa Fine and author of Interiors I Love.


WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 5:45 to 8 pm, at Wells Abbott and JAMES Showrooms

WHAT: Cocktails, Illutrated Talk and Book Signings. Join us as we Topic Hop: 

1. Giants of Design.

2. The Blockbuster Mario Buatta Auction of the Decade.

3. How Travel Inspires. 

Mitchell Owens, the erudite and extremely knowledgeable Decorative Arts Editor of Architectural Digest, Mitch is the voice behind AD's podcast The AD Aesthete, where he delves into the legacies of iconic decorators and contemplates the promise of design's future. He is editor of books on Jansen and Elsie De Wolfe, author of Fabulous! The Dazzling Interiors of Tom Britt, and In House (Rizzoli).

Emily Evans Eerdmans, design historian and administer of the blockbuster Mario Buatta auction, co-author of Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Decoration, and author of the definitive books on Madeleine Castaing and Henri Samuel, all published by Rizzoli.

Textile designer Lisa Fine, gathers together in her book, Near & Far: Interiors I Love (Vendome), the bohemian rhapsody of interiors that inspire her, from Mughal palaces to gardens of India, to a Tangier Casbah belonging to Jamie Creel, and the white-washed Patmos retreat of John Stefanidis. Indian textiles, Turkish rugs, Greek embroideries, and Anglo-Indian furniture all echo Lisa’s collections of hand-printed textiles, carried across the globe at John Rosselli, Hollywood at Home, Holland and Sherry, Tissues d’Helene, and at James Showroom in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

TALKING POINTS: Designers such as Mario Buatta, Elsie de Wolfe, Henri Samuel, Madeleine Castaing and Jansen took the historical design that came before and electrified it, interpreting it for a new era and audience, creating rooms that designers still look to today.

The late Prince of Chintz, Mario Buatta's reign is more powerful than ever, as evidenced by the blockbuster two-day Sotheby’s auction of his personal collections in January. In a bidding frenzy over hordes of silver, bamboo flatware, and spaniel paintings, Buatta enthusiasts spent a collective $7.6 million. The sale went  2.5 times over the sale’s high estimate, and 4,000 visitors attended the week-long presale exhibition. 

Why You Can't Miss: We are enraptured. And not just with Mario Buatta, but with the legacy of interior design’s top historical talent, how it inspires today's designers, and how travel is the common thread. 

Moderated by Hunter Ellis.

TXDW Sponsors: Wells Abbott Showroom, JAMES Showroom, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard CreativeThe Shade Store

11:00 am

The Art of the Book Deal. A Panel Discussion Outlining The Art of Tthe Book Deal - How to Get a Design Book Published

The Publisher: Beatrice Vincenzini, Managing Director, Vendome Press, London

The Photographer: Pieter Estersohn, NYC.

The Book Agent: Chesie Breen, Niven Breen, NYC 

WHEN: Friday, March 27, 11 to 1 pm, Tenenbaum Jewelers

WHATThe Art of the Book Deal - From Design Project to Book: the process, the good, the bad and beautiful from industry greats who have traveled the book road. How to get a book published, step by step.

WHO: Vendome Press Managing Director, Beatrice Vincenzini, London, NYC. Renowned interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn, NYC. Book whisperer and agent Chesie Breen, Niven Breen, NYC.  

TALKING POINTS: Beatrice Vincenzini,  founded Scriptum Editions which merged with Vendome Press in 2016, specializing in books on interior design, photography, art and lifestyle; she has shepherded hundreds of design books through the publishing process. The much-published photographer Pieter Estersohn, has photographed interiors for numerous books, as well as for his own book, Life Along the Hudson. Chesie Breen has brokered contracts and navigated numerous books through the publishing process.  

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: If you dream of a book deal, get thee to this forum! 

WHERE: Tenenbaum Jewelers, 4310 Westheimer.

TXDW Sponsors: Tenenbaum Jewelers, New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Megan Hotze Creative, The WM, Swiggard Creative, The Shade Store


6:30 pm

Cocktails, Illustrated Talk and Book Signing with San Francisco Designer Ken Fulk, at The Sarofim House, Hosted by New Orleans Auction Galleries.  

WHEN: Friday, March 27, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at The Sarofim House on River Oaks Boulevard

WHO: San Francisco interior designer, and special events maestro Ken Fulk

WHAT: A designer of experiences, Ken and his team of 75 make magic happen in the 15,000 square foot magic factory in San Francisco.

TALKING POINTS: Renowned for his layetred interiors, high-concept brand identities and unforegttable parties. Newest project is the restoration of National Historic Landmark Saint Joseph's Arts Society & Foundation in San Francisco.  

STREET CRED: Magical restaurant interiors such as  Leo's Oyster Bar in San Francisco, named Bon Apetite's Best New Restaurant Design; Legacy Records; Noda and Felix Roasting Company in NYC, Swan and Bar Bevy in Miami, and two immersive dining experiences in Las Vegas — Sadelle's and Carbone.

DECORATIONS: Architectural Digest AD 100, Elle Decor A-List, nominateed for a James Beard Award for Best Designed Restaurant

BOOK: Mr. Ken Fulk's Magical World (Abrams)

WHY YOU CAN'T MISS: Because Ken is magical. 

WHERE: The Sarofim House, 2124 River Oaks Boulevard.

 TXDW Sponsors: New Orleans Auction Galleries, Porcelanosa, Swiggard CreativeThe Shade Store

6:30 pm

The Annual Houston PaperCity Design Awards at The Post Oak Hotel Hosted by Ken Fulk, Monday, March 30, 6:30 pm.

* TXDW VIP ticket holder and by invitation.

Celebrate the winning entries at the Houston PaperCity Design Awards Ceremony at The Post Oak Hotel. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

6:30 pm Cocktails

7:15 Awards Ceremony

The Post Oak Hotel

Grand Ballroom, 2nd Floor

The Post Oak Hotel

1600 West Loop South

Complimentary valet parking South Entrance.

Interested in entering a project? Submit here: https://designawards.papercitymag.com/

Entry period closes Monday, March 16th at midnight.

Design Awards Sponsors: New Orleans Auction Galleries, The Post Oak Hotel, Kyle Bunting, Construction Concepts, Swiggard Creative

Event schedule is subject to change without notice

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