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Texas Design Week Houston – Matthew Patrick Smyth, 400 Greatest Rooms with William Norwich and Madeline Stuart

Through the lens of Matthew Patrick Smyth

Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Decorative Center Houston followed by a book signing at the Arsin Rug Gallery

Veranda in a Palm Beach house with ottomans covered in hand-woven mats from Borneo. The églomisé mirror is original to the house.

Ffrom a Park Avenue duplex to a historic Palm Beach home by architect Maurice Flato, and the designer’s own 1970s country home in Salisbury, Connecticut, Matthew Patrick Smyththe last book of, Through a Designer’s Eye: Focus on Interiors (The Monacelli Press), features his impeccably crafted classic interiors, presented in a first-person narrative, recounting how he rediscovered his love of photography in the age of the smartphone, giving readers a true glimpse through the eye of the designer.

Smyth is regularly listed on the Elle Decor A-List and its projects have been featured in Architectural Summary, Beautiful house, traditional house, New York magazine and The New York Times, among others. It has carpet collections with Patterson Flynn Martin and fabrics and wallcoverings with Schumacher.

Matthew Patrick Smyth will present an illustrated lecture Wednesday April 27 at 11:30 a.m. at Houston Decorating Center followed by a reception and a book signing Arsin Carpet Gallery. This Keynote will be open to Decorative Center Houston Spring Market guests and Texas Design Week Houston ticket holders. TXDW ticket holders will have reserved seats at the Keynote.

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

The 400 greatest rooms of the century: cocktails, illustrated conference and book signing with William Norwich

Monday, April 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Christopher Martin Gallery

Albert Frey, Frey II House, Palm Springs, 1964
Albert Frey, Frey II House, Palm Springs, 1964

It is a daunting task to modify the 400 most striking pieces of a century of interior design. William Norwich, the New York-based interior design and fashion editor, formerly of vogue and the New York Timesdelved into the archives of its extensive industry experience and harnessed the full force of Phaidon’s editors to compile Interiors: the greatest rooms of the century (Phaidon).

The painstakingly researched compilation includes photographs and descriptions of the homes of fashion designers Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior; the artists Salvador Dalí, Georgia O’Keefe, Cy Twombly and Pablo Picasso; rooms commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy, Gloria Vanderbilt and Madonna; works by interior design greats Billy Baldwin, Colefax & Fowler and Elsie de Wolfe; and 87 other design triumphs. It’s an invaluable resource, not to mention a feast for the eyes.

William Norwich delivers an illustrated talk with a cocktail followed by a signing session, Monday April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Christophe Martin Gallery.

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

Madeline Stuart riffs on Growing up Hollywood, and the past is a prologue — Designing for Our Times

Thursday, April 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Elegant Additions

This Montana home is essentially a single space divided into living, kitchen, and dining areas, with a screened porch at the end.  The retaining walls are plank-like concrete and the interior walls are a combination of reclaimed wood and Douglas fir.
This Montana home is essentially a single space divided into living, kitchen, and dining areas, with a screened porch at the end. The retaining walls are plank-like concrete and the interior walls are a combination of reclaimed wood and Douglas fir.

Madeleine Stuart not only is her design business in the Hollywood Hills, she was raised in Hollywood. Director Mel Stuart’s daughter (Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory) and a decorator mother, Stuart grew up as a Hollywood insider later designing homes for Larry David, Lindsey Buckingham, Jason Alexander, Jason Siegel and the late Nora Ephron. Its timeless design is woven into meticulous reversals of neglect and damage to properties originally built by Cedric Gibbons, John Woolf, Sylvanus Marston, Paul Williams and Gerald Colcord. His work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Veranda, Home & Garden and Beautiful house and she’s on the AD100 and the Elle Decor A list. Stuart produces its own collections of lighting, furniture and accessories, with each item made to order in Los Angeles by a team of artisans.

As Mayer Rus writes so eloquently in the preface to Stuarts’ book, Nothing better than being at home: “Which brings us to the subject of his extraordinary candor. Madeline is a Savonarola of style, a prophet of modern times, a magnificent messianic figure, invective against the hypocrisies of our time (to borrow a phrase from Paddy Chayefsky). In the decorating demi-monde of airy kisses and other contrived subtleties, Madeline calls it as she sees it, still unwavering in her belief that style without substance is meaningless.

Slashing wit, heart and deeply talented, this event is not to be missed, as Stuart explains how too many designers are caught in a Pinterest rut. Looking back at interiors and interior designers from the past can be far more inspiring than scrolling through Instagram.

Madeleine Stuart delivers an illustrated talk with wine in the afternoon followed by a book signing, Thursday April 28 at 1 p.m. at Elegant additions.

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