The fourth annual FALL DESIGN WEEK + ACCESS DESIGN is fast approaching, set to run from October 9 to October 12, 2023. Members of The Houston Design District are eagerly preparing to welcome hundreds of design professionals and enthusiasts who will converge to connect and glean inspiration from renowned industry luminaries. The event promises a thrilling array of programs, receptions, panel discussions, educational sessions, book signings, and more.

World-renowned designer Vicente Wolf will inaugurate Fall Design Week on Monday, October 9, with an exclusive, invitation-only reception and presentation, hosted by Meredith O’Donnell Fine Furniture and LUXE Interiors + Design. The event will shine a spotlight on Vicente’s latest book, Creative Interior Solutions, with the esteemed designer gracing guests with book signings after his talk. A trailblazer in the field, Wolf played a pivotal role in transforming home design into a sleek, modern vision that rivaled the prevailing European-style interiors of his time. He became synonymous with the term “The White Knight,” thanks to his affinity for white rooms. Wolf is also credited with introducing high-gloss walls, leaning mirrors, photo picture ledges, black and white photographs, and oversized upholstered ottomans as coffee tables into residential design. His visionary approach seamlessly melds antique elements with exotic artifacts from his expeditions to remote civilizations, creating soul-nurturing environments.

James Craig Furnishings takes the reins on Tuesday, October 10, hosting keynote programs featuring celebrated interior designers Nina Magon, Paloma Contreras, and Mary Lambrakos. Magon will enchant the audience with her cosmopolitan glamour, skillfully balancing high-gloss modernism and old-world grandeur in her new book, Evoke. Contreras will share her insights on seamlessly blending vintage pieces into contemporary settings, crafting layered, intriguing spaces that always harbor an element of modern surprise, all within the pages of her new book, The New Classic Home. These keynotes will be masterfully moderated by Diane Cowen, the Architecture and Home Design Writer for the Houston Chronicle. Following the keynotes, guests will be treated to a luncheon and the final presentation and talk, titled “The Dialogue Between Art and Design,” featuring interior designer Mary Lambrakos, Rebekah Bredthauer, gallery owner and architect Katie LaRose. The panel discussion will be deftly moderated by Megan Hotze, of Megan Hotze Editorial.


Vicente Wolf, World-Renowed Designer

Nina Magon

Nina Magon, Celebrated Interior Designer

Paloma Headshot by Aimee Mazzenga

Paloma Contreras, Celebrated Interior Designer

Kirksey Architecture takes center stage on Wednesday, October 11, presenting the Sustainability in Design CEU with Catherine Callaway, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C. “Biophilia, Carbon, and Wellbeing! Oh, my!” promises to explore the latest sustainable design trends, strategies for addressing embodied carbon, and the profound impact of interior design on human health and wellbeing. Catherine Callaway, Associate Vice President and Director of Sustainability & Building Performance, has long championed resilient design strategies, a defining feature of her illustrious career that continues to inspire her community and industry peers.


ACCESS/DESIGN, presented by Diane Cowen, the Architecture and Design Writer for the Houston Chronicle, will showcase captivating designer and architectural presentations featuring Mary Patton, Lynda Eyles, and Michael Hsu on Thursday, October 12, at the Thorntree Natural Stone, Fine Porcelain showroom. Following these engaging presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to cap off Fall Design Week in style with a lunch  at Scene One Interiors, followed by an informative discussion on How to Nurture and Grow you Design Business with showroom owner and award winning ASID interior designer Steve Clifton, moderated by Memorial Lifestyle’s Suzanne Schackett and Diane Cowen.


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