The Houston Design Center and Flower magazine have teamed to host Design in Bloom, a full day of design, lectures, book signings, and flower demonstrations Tuesday, April 10, with a lineup of mega-designers: Charlotte Moss, India Hicks, Gil Schafer, and floral designer Remco Van Vliet. The panel convenes, moderated by Flower editor Margot Shaw, at 9:30 am at Bunch & Shoemaker Showroom. Then its lunch and chatting with the designers at the Bloom Room at Leisure Collections Showroom. At 11 am, India Hicks signs her book A Slice of England at Design House Showroom; at 1 pm, Gil Schafer signs A Place to Call Home at Off White Showroom; at 2:15 pm, Charlotte Moss, with Flower magazine, signs Charlotte Moss Entertains at Charlotte Nail Antiques Showroom; at 3:30 pm, floral designer Remco Van Vliet demonstrates his petal prowess at Kitchen & Bath Concepts; and at 4:30 pm, the day ends with a Design in Bloom wrap-up at Dream Theaters Showroom. Books will be available at all events, to be signed. Registration and tickets are required for each design presentation; some require VIP tickets. For information and ticket levels, go to designinbloom2018.com.
ITALIAN LOVE X 2
Two storied Italian brands will juice up your kitchen when Smeg rolls out its latest collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana this spring. The fashion-meets-home-appliance endeavor debuted to fanfare at the 2017 Milan furniture fair. Themed “Sicily Is My Love,” the toasters, juicers, and tea kettles wink at traditional folklore from the Italian island, with lush depictions of lemons, cherries, and prickly pears, united through abstractions of Mount Etna, ornamental friezes, stylized acanthus leaves, and crocchi triangular motifs. Yearning for a matching hand-painted refrigerator? Acquire one that does double duty as a sculpture for your cucina (with a price tag of $50,000). Dolce & Gabbana x Smeg Sicily Is My Love, neimanmarcus.com, williams-sonoma.com. Refrigerator only at neimanmarcus.com.