Archive for February, 2013

Drink wine for a cause with TASTE

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Everyone loves having fun while supporting a good cause and TASTE, happening this Saturday, March 2nd in the Design District, is going to help you do just that.

TASTE is the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce’s (DJCC) annual fundraiser and benefit and this year it is happening right here in the neighborhood at Samuel Lynne Galleries.

TASTE is what the DJCC refers to as a “charitable wine tasting.” This year ticketed attendees will be able to taste over 15 premiere wines from around the world while snacking on light hors d’oeuvres, bidding in the silent auction and enjoying the beautiful art in the galleries.


Summer is here early: Introducing the 2013 Trina Turk for Schumacher collection

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Schumacher is at it again. If the sun and slightly warmer weather has you picturing yourself poolside, you’re going to fall in love with the 2013 Trina Turk for Schumacher collection.

Trina Turk is known for her sunny, California design aesthetic full of vibrant colors and enticing prints, and the indoor/outdoor collection debuting this year exclusively for Schumacher will not disappoint Turk’s fans.

Here are some shots from the Schumacher blog that will have you calling your designer and demanding some indoor fabric accents or a completely re-designed patio.


Completion of Continental Ave. Bridge Pushed Back to April 2014

Posted by    |    February 27th, 2013 at 8:58 am

Word on the long-awaited Continental Bridge plan, which will turn the bridge into a pedestrian park and walkway, has been minimal ever since its announcement last Spring. Now, according to an article on, City Manager Mary Suhm is predicting its completion date for April 2014, a full year after the date the City first announced.

While already fully funded, the bridge’s delays are being traced back to the closing of the urban-design and landscape-architect firm that conceptualized the bridge, as well as other aspects of the Trinity River Project, Wallace Roberts and Todd. They are closing their Dallas office due to slow business, but are assuring Dallasites and the City that the plans for West Dallas and the bridge will still be completed from their Philadelphia offices.

As we reported last April, the bridge will essentially turn into a walkway for West Dallas and the Design District, complete with fountains, seating areas, landscaping, stage, eating area, playgrounds and more. You can see pictures of the plans here.



Laura Rathe Fine Art touches down in the Design District

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2013 at 10:58 am

This weekend we welcome another new gallery to Dragon Street. On Saturday night, Laura Rathe Fine Art will make its Dallas debut with an inaugural show entitled ‘SEE.’

Laura Rathe’s contemporary art gallery in Houston is well-known for its carefully curated selection of mid-career artists who create work in a variety of media and her eye for talent will serve as a welcome addition to Dallas’ gallery scene.

When adding artists to her roster, Rathe specifically looks for  those who are about 20 years into their career in contemporary art. Her artists typically have strong bios and create work that is technically superior in one way or another, to some of their contemporaries. While the gallery represents a wide selection of Abstract Expressionist artists, Rathe is always looking for fresh work in other media, be it sculpture, photography or even conceptual art.


Gilt City Hosts its Warehouse Sale at the Dallas Contemporary This Weekend

Posted by    |    February 21st, 2013 at 10:16 am

The most exciting weekend of the year has arrived., the members-only shopping website that offers major discounts on designer labels, is having their two-day-only warehouse sale at the Dallas Contemporary on Feb. 22nd and 23rd.

Men and women’s clothes, accessories and home decor items will be on sale for up to 90% off retail prices. To put this in perspective, at last year’s sale, my friends and I collectively snagged a $35 Rebecca Minkoff bag, $50 Elizabeth and James dress, $40 Jeffrey Campbell platforms, and saw countless other awesome pieces at shockingly low prices.

Plus, shoppers get to sip on complimentary La Marca Prosecco, Whitehaven wine, New Amsterdam vodka, CocoCafe lattes, AQUAHydrate water, and Vita Coco coconut water, hear music from a live DJ, snap pictures in the SMART Pics photo booth, and all new users will receive a $20 Uber gift card with their purchase. On Saturday, Exhale Mind Body Spa will be giving out free samples and mini-treatments.


An exhaustive guide to navigating this weekend’s art openings in the Design District

Posted by    |    February 20th, 2013 at 11:20 am

Opening weekends in the Design District are one of my favorite things about the neighborhood. The streets are full of neighbors and art-lovers and there is typically more art than one person could possibly see in an evening. This weekend I’ve counted at least 15 galleries holding opening receptions for their artists so some strategic planning is definitely in order. Based on various artistic tastes, I’ve created a handy guide for navigating this busy Saturday. Scroll down to plan your night and happy gallery hopping!

For those with eclectic tastes…

Roberto Munguia


The secret to professional beer drinking

Posted by    |    February 18th, 2013 at 10:56 am

I have to admit something. I have a difficult time getting excited about household appliances. I’ve always viewed them as a necessity as opposed to a luxury or exciting purchase. Fortunately, Miele could convert even the staunchest of skeptics with their cutting-edge, beautifully designed products.

The international company produces everything from ovens to vacuum cleaners to gorgeous coffee systems and the best part? They’ll teach you how to use them.

Miele’s Design District showroom has a packed schedule of hands-on classes taught by experts in the field. Classes cover everything from cooking to how to use your Miele appliances. Now that’s customer service!


Wax Addicts: Bringing Back Vinyl Record DJing

Posted by    |    February 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am

276754_304440169678053_2116800598_nStarting Wednesday, Circuit12, Lower Echelon and THRWD will debut their monthly  Wax Addicts event, featuring local and international DJs. Unlike your modern day DJs who use MP3 players and laptops to record and play music, these DJs will be displaying the art of vinyl record DJing.  Each month there will be 3 DJs  giving you a sneak peak into their record collections; and displays of art and cocktails.

If you love the authentic sound that comes from a vinyl record, then come out to Circuit12 Contemporary’s Event and enjoy souful music from old school classics and modern day artists:

Wax Addicts Event


Harwood is coming to the Design District

Posted by    |    February 14th, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thinking about moving to the Design District? Well apparently you ought to be. Powerhouse Uptown real-estate developer Harwood International has become the newest investor to get in on the Design District action with their recently announced plans to break ground on a mixed-use development at the corner of Oak Lawn and Dragon.

The building will host a variety of services but 224 apartment units will be a central part of the mix.

Harwood has owned the corner spot, which is currently home to two mid-century showrooms, for almost a decade but it seems the group of developers and investors have finally decided the time is right to go all in on the Design District.

Apart from the residential units, Harwood, a firm which has always been focused on creating an urban environment and lifestyle with their residential and office projects, has exciting plans for what they’re calling District 1444: The Design Village.


How to stay artsy this weekend in the Design District

Posted by    |    February 12th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

It may not be a huge opening weekend for the galleries of the Design District. But that doesn’t mean this weekend can’t be one filled with art. Here are some notable art openings and happenings going on in the neighborhood.

Meet Vincent at Banks Fine Art

Banks Fine Art has been a part of the neighborhood for a whopping 32 years and the gallery shows no signs of slowing down. Bob and Maloree Banks are hosting gallery favorite Vincent this weekend, February 16th, for a show featuring their newest acquisitions from the beloved French landscape painter.


Vincent is a third generation artist known for beautiful landscape studies of both his native France and his many travels. Maloree applauds Vincent for “painting in words.” Fortunately, you won’t have to rely on Vincent’s paintings for words this weekend, as the artist himself will be on hand to meet fans and admirers.

For more information on Banks, Vincent or the opening, head to Banks Fine Art’s Website.