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Seasonal design event taps industry leaders for inspiration and insight

HOUSTON – The Houston Design Center is thrilled to welcome a dynamic line up of talent for its annual Leading in Design Fall Market 2018 on Tuesday, October 9. This year’s event gathers industry leaders for its keynote program, THE WORLD OF ARCHITECTURE IN TEXAS TODAY.

Design professionals are invited to start the morning off with GLOBAL & COLOR DESIGN FOR 2019, an inspiring continuing education program presented by Sabrina Overman of PPG Paints. The presentation unravels the moods, mindsets and design directions behind the 2019 Global Color Forecast researched and identified by PPG’s international team of color experts and specialists.

Esteemed architect Jay Baker kicks off keynote programming with MAKING THINGS, where he will discuss his new book and a review of the collective portfolio of Jay Baker Architects through 19 projects across varied design platforms. Baker’s work contributes to his belief that in order to make things well, it is necessary to serve the integrity of an idea, ensuring greater incisiveness in response to design challenges.

Helen Thompson and Casey Dunn, the writer/photographer team that produced the exceptionally successful Marfa Modern, join forces again to investigate Texas modernism with TEXAS MADE/TEXAS MODERN: THE HOUSE AND THE LAND, a compelling survey of Texas houses that draw both on the heritage of pioneer ranches and on the twentieth-century design principles of modernism. The presentation will also include an illustrious panel of architects including: Michael Hsu, Austin; Michael Morrow of Kinneymorrow Architecture, Houston; and Steve Raike of Lake/Flato, San Antonio.

The keynote programs will be followed with meet and greet opportunities, book signings and a luncheon. In the afternoon, guests are invited to FLORISTS TO THE FIELD, an inspiring discussion with Erick New and Greg Campbell. The intrepid owners of the Memphis floral design shop, Garden District, will present highlights from their new book Florists to the Field, one of the duo’s most ambitious endeavors to date and a true testament of their success over the past 25 years. The festivities will conclude with a Champagne reception at the Fall Market Mixer.

The Leading in Design Fall Market 2018 is a free of charge, but seating is limited. Reservations are required to attend each presentation. To register, please visit www.fallmarket2018.eventbrite.com.

About the Keynote Speakers
Jay Baker

Architect | Houston, TX

Since founding his firm in 1991, Jay Baker has produced a body of work recognized for design excellence, and in 2002 was honored by the American Institute of Architects as a Fellow. Receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Rice University School of Architecture (1980), he subsequently taught architectural design at the university for 10 years. As President of the Rice Design Alliance (1992), Jay recognized the dormant potential of Houston’s historic Hermann Park, spearheading an international design competition intent on achieving built improvements to the park, efforts resulting in the commission of a Master Plan, subsequently adopted by City Council. Today, as Past Chairman of the Board of Hermann Park Conservancy, Jay is Chair of the Projects Committee.


Helen Thompson + Casey Dunn
Author + Photographer | Austin, TX

Helen Thompson is a nationally known writer whose areas of specialty are interior design, architecture, kitchen design, and food. Helen was formerly a food writer and editor for Texas Monthly magazine, where she worked for 17 years. She was also the Texas city editor for Metropolitan Home magazine for 14 years. While at Metropolitan Home, Thompson wrote about houses, restaurants, and gardens and produced many of the features shot in Texas during those years. She has also written and produced articles for Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Martha Stewart Living, Western Interiors, Traditional Home, Veranda, Country Home, and many other magazines. She is the author of Marfa Modern, The Big Texas Steakhouse Cookbook, and The Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook. Casey Dunn is an Austin-based architectural and landscape photographer whose work has appeared in Dwell, the New York Times Magazine, Interior Design, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, and Paper City Magazine.

Erick New + Greg Campbell
Floral Design | Memphis, TN

Garden District co-owners Greg Campbell and Erick New have a partnership of boundless creativity with an anything-can-be-done attitude, and they have navigated the vibrant labyrinth of floriculture together for 25 years. As newcomers to the flower industry, Greg and Erick, both Memphis-born and raised, worked for John Hoover Flowers in Midtown Memphis. John showed his protégés all angles of the flower trade. Following John Hoover’s death in 1995, Greg and Erick stayed with John Hoover Flowers in different capacities. Erick was in his early 20s and continued to work part-time while attending The University of Memphis. Greg, 10 years Erick’s senior, assumed partial ownership and updated the name to Garden District. Greg continued to reinvent and expand the business, and ultimately outgrew the Midtown space. In 2002, the floral boutique moved to its current home in East Memphis, a stylish retail space on Sanderlin Avenue. Soon after the move, Greg and Erick became co-owners—Garden District was in full bloom. The florists operate in tandem as architect and engineer, exchanging roles as needed. Greg is the architect—a persistent, alert perfectionist—while Erick is the engineer—a methodical strategist always prepping for the next step.

About The Houston Design Center

Located at 7026 Old Katy Road, The Houston Design Center is the city’s preferred destination for the best in luxury residential and commercial furnishings and products. With more than 45 showrooms and design firms, the center provides design professionals and the design-inspired unique services and solutions that are second to none. The Houston Design Center is open Monday – Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM and Saturday from 10 AM – 4 PM. For individual showroom times and additional information, visit thehoustondesigncenter.com.