Houston Design Center Always Pulls in Big Names to Inspire
Houston Design Center always pulls in big names to inspire local designers and architects at its biannual market — and the most recent event was no exception. Two Architectural Digest AD 100 members spoke and signed their latest books: New Orleans-bred Suzanne Rheinstein, in from California, along with legendary Vicente Wolf, in from New York. Rheinstein and Wolf discussed and shared trade secrets with moderator Robin Mueck, chairman/CEO of Heritage Texas Properties, in the expansive Alkusari Stone showroom. Rheinstein’s style is often described as elegant civility, and her L.A. shop Hollyhock is a beloved resource for designers nationwide, as is her fabric/rug collection for Lee Jofa. Vicente Wolf’s impressive international portfolio spans projects from residential to hotels and restaurants; he also partners with numerous luxury brands to design products and heads up his two companies, VW Home by Vicente Wolf and Vicente Wolf Associates, out of his light-filled NYC loft.
‘Twas The Evening Before PaperCity Design Awards
Designers and those who love them welcomed interior luminaries Vicente Wolf, in from New York, and Suzanne Rheinstein, in from California, on the evening before a busy day: The pair were to present the Houston PaperCity Design Awards the following evening and were two of the four judges for
the awards. Nothing heightens the mood like anticipation.
Prior to their presentation of the awards, their day jobs included speaking and signing volumes at The Houston Design Center Market. Houston designer Laura Umansky hosted the fête in a spectacular home off River Oaks Boulevard, which she had recently completed. Only the finest champagne for the sparkling crowd: Krug was served, courtesy Moët Hennessy USA.