Houston Design District’s event shows connection to art, fashion

Houston Design District’s event shows connection to art, fashion

The Houston Design District is welcoming spring with a full lineup of designer talks April 5-6 for its annual Design Days event.

April 5 begins with a VIP reception with Nina Mago at 9:30 a.m., followed by her talk at 10 a.m., “The Next Level: Great Design and How to Use It for More.” Magon will discuss her career, beginning as an interior designer and eventually creating a furniture collection for Universal Furniture, a line of countertop tiles for Cosentino’s Dekton collection, lighting for Studio M and other products for a special sale at Bergdorf Goodman.

At 11:15, Mary Lambrakos of Lambrakos Studio will talk about “The Intersection of Art and Design.” Lambrakos, who was once a curator at the Menil Collection and now has her own interior design firm, will talk about the intimate relationship between art and interior design.

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James Craig Furnishings (Suite 298) will host the VIP reception and morning talks by Magon and Lambrakos, then the afternoon events will move to Thorntree Slate & Marble (Suite 167). Both showrooms are at the Houston Design Center, 7026 Old Katy Road. (Full disclosure: I will be hosting Wednesday’s events.)

At 1 p.m., interior designer Gin Braverman of Gin Design Group and chef/restaurateur David Cordúa will talk about their experience designing and launching Cordúa’s new bar-forward restaurant Lymbar in “Inside the Story of joint Restaurant Design”. Braverman has an extensive list of hospitality projects, including Mala Sichuan, Eunice, Goodnight Charlie’s and Ginger Kale. Cordúa and his father, Michael Cordúa, are longtime Houston chef/restaurateurs.

Then at 2 p.m., Lucinda Loya of Lucinda Loya Interiors will talk about trendy homes in her talk, “Interiors with a Passion: Texture + Color = Lifestyle! Let Your Style Guide You .”

Thursday’s lineup, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is filled with open exhibits, including one at Connie LeFevre’s Fabric House (Suite 159), a fabric and tapestry showroom that recently doubled in size. An opening reception will be in Scene One Interiors (Suite 109) at 10:00 a.m., with a conversation on rug trends. At 11am, designer Victoria Sheffield will talk about the latest ASID designer show home in the Design House showroom (Suite 115).

At noon, LeFevre and her staff will be on hand for tours of the expanded Fabric House, then at 1 p.m., architect Randall Walker of Kirksey Architects will talk about sustainability in the workplace from Johnson’s showroom Simon Resources (Suite 161). At 2 p.m., Bilal Rehman will give a talk on his experience-based sensory designs in the redesigned FAO in Design showroom at 7069 Old Katy Road, behind Joyce Horne Antiques.

When: 9:30am-3:00pm Wednesday; 10:00-16:00 on Thursday

Where: Various locations, Houston Design District

Tickets: $20-$65; designdays2023.eventbrite.com

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Tickets are $20-$65 at designdays2023.eventbrite.com.

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