Video Pick: Is Design Art?

Lawndale Art Center re-branded its Modern Market last year, adding cutting-edge, contemporary design objects and a Texas co-op featuring limited production works by local artists, and with the support of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, University of Houston and international architect Lauren Rottet, Design Fair is back in a big way this year.

Sotheby's 20th Century design director James Zemaitis (in the video above) will kick off the weekend with a free lecture at the MFAH Brown Auditorium on Wednesday, March 30.

Mr. Zemaitis will discuss issues of provenance and market fluctuations in his lecture titled, "Inspiring Design: 20th and 21st Century Design Masterworks, Rarities and Oddities, from Tiffany Studio to Studio Job." He'll answer the question, "When it comes to the auction market for design, why is one Noguchi stool worth $100,000 and another Saarinen stool worth 10 bucks?"

Later that week, the Design Fair will add to the conversation by presenting the best selection of design in Texas curated by Michael Guidry, Curator of University Art Collections at the University of Houston. Design Fair 2011 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well as cutting-edge contemporary design from the likes of Houston design fixture Gertrude Barnstone, Wimberly-based Michael Wilson, Peter Glassford and Houston's own wacdesignstudio. It's always a hot ticket.

For more information about the event including lecture details and fair dates, visit

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