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Texas Design Week Houston — Architect Peter Pennoyer, the Entertaining India Hicks, and All Things Chinoiserie with Aldous Bertram

Fascinating Illustrated Talks, Books Signings and Cocktails Abound

BY // 04.17.22

Architect Peter Pennoyer Discusses his Czech-Cubist-Inspired Masterpiece

Wednesday, April 27, 2022: 10 am to Noon at Decorative Center Houston followed by a book signing at Schumacher

Damien Hirst’s triptych Bringing Forth the Fruits of Righteousness from Darkness, 2008, hangs in Peter Pennoyer’s Rowdy Meadow estate project

The challenge: Design an estate and sprawling sculpture park for a contemporary art collector client in Hunting Valley, Ohio, with the intent that it be both a family home and ultimately bequeathed to the Cleveland Museum of Art. The twist? Draw inspiration from Czech Cubism, also known as Cubo-Expressionism — a short-lived avant-garde design movement that had its heyday for less than five years in the early 1900s.

AD100 architect Peter Pennoyer of New York architecture and design firm Peter Pennoyer Architects served as architect and designer for this extraordinary project, integrating collections of 20th-century furniture, decorative arts, and a world-class contemporary art collection, culminating in a sculpture park with 146 acres of Reed-Hildebrand-designed meadows, orchards, forests and ravines. Pennoyer’s resulting work— an estate built to showcase art that is itself a work of art — is chronicled in his book Rowdy Meadow: House, Land, Art (Vendome Press).

With a foreword by World of Interiors features editor Mitchell Owens and stunning four-season photography by Eric Piasecki, the book is like turning a kaleidoscope, with each image illustrating how the structure’s geometric angles seem to expand, contract, refract, and transform — a mesmerizing energy brought to life within its stately stone walls. An added delight is the extraordinary art collection with works by Damien Hirst, Walton Ford, and Takashi Murakami, as well as the 150-acre garden with sculpture by Ai Weiwei, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, Sol Lewitt, and six installations by Andy Goldsworthy.

Peter Pennoyer will deliver an illustrated talk Wednesday, April 27, 10 am at Decorative Center Houston, followed by a reception and book signing at Schumacher showroom. This event is open to Decorative Center Houston Spring Market guests and Texas Design Week Houston ticket holders. TXDW ticket holders will have reserved seating at this Keynote.

Texas Design Week is a ticketed event. For information, the full Texas Design Week Houston schedule, and link to purchase tickets, go to TexasDesignWeek.com.

Design Royalty: India Hicks

Wednesday: April 27, 2022: 5:30 pm to 8 pm at OKA

India Hicks’ entertaining advice: Check tide charts before hosting on the beach. Illustrated talk, cocktails and book signing at OKA.

Of all of the entertaining guides peppered with recipes and seasonal tableaux, the gatherings showcased in India Hicks’ book An Entertaining Story (Rizzoli) are ones we would actually want to attend. The hostess — as well as designer, entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, Bravo Top Design host, and mother of five — presents her slightly madcap spin on entertaining with breezy style and sense of humor. The book begins with the most important meal of the day — cocktail hour — and moves to Panic Dinner, when you find yourself suddenly playing host, interspersed with memorable anecdotes about past party guests such as Mick Jagger.

Such gems are plentiful from Hicks, who was born in London and whose father was interior designer David Hicks and her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks. Hicks is granddaughter of the Lord and Lady Mountbatten of Burma, second cousin to the Prince of Wales and was a bridesmaid to Lady Diana and Prince Charles. She’s lived in the Bahamas for 26 years.

Bonus: Preview the new collection by British Brand Hester Bly, for which India consults.

Meet India Hicks for cocktails as she discuss life in the Bahamas and growing up Hicks followed by a book signing Wednesday, April 27, 5:30 pm at OKA.

Texas Design Week is a ticketed event. For information, the full Texas Design Week Houston schedule, and link to purchase tickets, go to TexasDesignWeek.com.

Dragons & Pagodas, a Celebration of Chinoiserie with Historian Aldous Bertram

Friday, April 29, 2022: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Found

The Chinese House on the grounds of the Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, dreamed up by Frederick the Great in 1754
The Chinese House on the grounds of the Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, dreamed up by Frederick the Great in 1754

Calling lovers of all things chinoiserie: A delectable art history lesson awaits. The utterly charming Aldous Bertram’s much-Instagrammed book Dragons & Pagodas: A Celebration of Chinoiserie (The Vendome Press), is filled with his study of pagodas, follies, summer palaces, ornate plasterwork, painted wallpapers, and illustrated with ravishing watercolors from Bertram’s own hand. With a doctorate from Trinity at Cambridge University on the historical influence of China on English garden design and architecture, Bertram, who grew up in England visiting country estates, began his artistic life building miniature houses for Harrods in London, and painting murals in private homes in Palm Beach in the employ of designer Amanda Lindroth.

Cocktails with Aldous Bertram as he discusses all things Chinoiserie followed by a book signing Friday, April 29, 6:30 pm at Found.

Texas Design Week is a ticketed event. For information, the full Texas Design Week Houston schedule, and link to purchase tickets, visit TexasDesignWeek.com.

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