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features The Downtowners

50 Rollingwood Redesign 56 In With the Old, In With the New 68 Building Austin 74 Homegrown 80


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on the cover: K e l ly a n d L i n o M e n d i o l a’ s R o l l i n g w o o d h o m e photogr aphy by c a sey dunn

Communit y


Social Hour


Things We Love


Kristin Armstrong


Behind the Scenes


Exposed: Matt Fajkus


Product Pick


Perspective: David Shiflet


My Life


My Austin: Hugh Randolph & Family 98

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar


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Artist Spotlight


Our Little Secret


Clockwise from Top Left: Forestbound photo by Jeff Allen; Langdon home photo by Atelier Wong; Levy family photo by Paige Newton; Barkitecture photo by Tonya Schabacker; Alyson Fox photo by Bill Sallans; Mendiola home photo by Cody Hamilton.




Editor’s Letter

PUBLISHER George T. Elliman EDITOR + creative director Lauren Smith Ford designer Ashley Horsley editorial assistant Lisa Siva Events + Marketing Coordinator Staley Hawkins Senior Account ExeCutives Ashley Beall Andrea Brunner Kimberly Chassay principals George T. Elliman Chuck Sack Vance Sack Michael Torres interns Susannah Duerr Amanda Handy Alex Vickery

y e ar

In 2011, a study by the Brookings Institution

found that more people between the age of 25 and 34 moved to Austin than any other city. The Census estimates that more than 30,000 people moved here in 2011 and these figures are going nowhere but up. We are fortunate this influx has brought brilliant creatives from all different fields and every major city to Austin, and our talent pool of architects who now call Austin home is no exception. Architect Clay Shortall is one of these Austin transplants (you may have seen one of the projects he worked on—the 2012 London Olympics Aquatics Centre!), making him the perfect writer to sit down and talk with a group of these architects about the future of Austin design. Shortall says: “They are all applying their brains to shaping Austin. Our community should know about the people behind the work of all the interesting building happening in the city.” Get in on the round table chat in “Building Austin,” on page 76. We are big fans of Jamie Chioco’s work, so we were immediately smitten with the “warm modernism” of the “Rollingwood Redesign” that is featured both on our cover and on page 56. What’s particularly special about this project is that it is Chioco’s first from the ground up design he has done since he started his practice almost eight years ago. Architectural photographer Casey Dunn meticulously captured each room in the house in the stunning way he always does. For “In With the Old, In With New,” one of my favorite writers, Clay Smith, the literary director for the Texas Book Festival, talks to architects Mell Lawrence, Murray Legge and Eric Barth and Ryan Burke of A Parallel Architecture and three of their clients who beautifully incorporated a modern addition or remodel into an existing structure. At TRIBEZA, we are already planning for our December People issue, where we name and profile “The 10 Austinites of the Year,” as well as the up and comers to watch in the next year. We love to hear from our readers about who you feel has made the biggest impact on the city in 2012, so send in your suggestions to editorial@tribeza.com. Next time you are sitting in traffic on Mopac, cursing the number of people moving to Austin, just think happy thoughts of these talented transplants like the architects featured in this issue, who are making this city more beautiful, one, uniquely designed building at a time.

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Future Forum’s 10th Anniversary Bash

In 2002, a group of young professionals met over barbecue to establish an organization that would revolutionize civic involvement. Ten years later, the LBJ Future Forum celebrated a decade of dialogue and community at Scholz Garten. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers, while singer-songwriter Bruce Robison entertained the crowd at sunset.


Future Forum's 10th Anniversary Bash: 1. Aaron Weiss & Amanda Shaftel 2. Anna Carbajal & Patrick Rose 3. Mark Updegrove & Catherine Robb 4. Mary & Jake Silverstein 5. Tim Taliaferro & Taylor Nyberg 6. Justin & Janelle Demerarh & Andy Brown 7. Ryann Collier & Dave Shaw 8. David Hartstein, Emily Ramshaw & Brewster McCracken 9. Ricardo & Daphne Ainslie 10. Jessica Crawford & Carsi Mitzner 11. Corky Logue & Katy Hackerman.


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AvenueFive Institute Party

Top salon professionals gathered at the W Hotel for AvenueFive Institute’s fifth anniversary party. The event kicked off with drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a cabaret performance by Mandy Lauderdale. A Hair and Fashion Runway Show, followed by a lively after-party at the Living Room, rounded out this evening of style and beauty.





Concordia University Gala

Concordia University held their sixth annual Excellence in Leadership Gala honoring Reid Ryan, CEO for the Ryan-Sanders Baseball groups, which owns several minor league baseball team in Texas, including the Round Rock Express. All proceeds from the Gala benefitted the University's scholarship fund.

Ice Ball

Austinites cooled off at the enchanting Ice Ball, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas. Held at the Hilton Downtown, the gala featured exquisite ice sculptures and cuisine from the city’s finest restaurants. High-energy performances of eighties favorites by local cover band Radiostar carried the evening late into the night.









AvenueFive: 1. Jillian Green & Ashley Farr 2. Franchiska Bryant & Bill Pitts 3. Tim Patrick & Mandy Denson 4. Karen Haffelfinger, Ryan Driggers & Rudolph Leon-Guerrero Concordia: 5. Amy & Brent Youngblood 6. Curtis & Natalie Thigpen 7. AJ Bingham & Monica Guerrero Ice Ball: 8. Natalie Kraus & Lacey Miller 9. Melissa Alcorta & Heather Chasen 10. Collin Ohanian & Artoush Ohanian 11. Shea & Christine Morenz 12. Robyn & Victor Alcorta.


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Red Dot Art Spree

Women & Their Work Gallery presented its annual Red Dot Art Spree & Silent Auction, featuring some of the finest contemporary art and art-inspired experiences. Guests explored over 200 paintings, sculptures, photographs and more, as they sipped drinks by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and sampled tasty bites by Fête Accompli.




Ann Richards School Birthday Bash

The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders honored Ellen Richards and the founding board members for five years of exemplary education at the home of Lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen. As the school’s first class prepares to graduate in the spring, students shared their remarkable stories during this inspiring evening.

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Kendra Scott Fall Launch Party

Fashionistas gathered at the Kendra Scott flagship store on South Congress for the launch of the designer’s stunning fall collection. Aromatic appetizers from Thai Spice, refreshing cocktails by Deep Eddy Vodka and music by DJ ONE4ALL brought the evening to life, as guests browsed and shopped Kendra Scott’s latest creations.





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Authentic Mexico Gala

Supporters of the MexNet Alliance gathered at the Long Center for dinner on the state followed by an after party featuring live music and dancing on the City Terrace. The Alliance’s mission is to foster the talent of less fortunate Hispanics to either start or grow their own businesses.



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I was like the princess and the pea, finding my perfect peapod in a tiny home with wheels.

bitty bed crawl space, cocooned by pillows and a down comforter and slept better than I had in years, even on a night where I would normally be plagued by race jitterinsomnia. I was like the princess and the pea, finding my perfect peapod in a tiny home with wheels. I love the word cozy and all that it implies. I like to be “tucked in,” to “snuggle up,” and I love a space where everything has its place. My California neighbors have a Eurovan. I stalk it when I think they aren’t looking. I creep into their driveway and peer lustfully in the curtained windows. I marvel at how the seating arrangement can be swiveled to create a dining area. I love how a tiny closet hides next to the stove, which is hidden under a countertop, above a mini fridge. I love how everything efficiently stows and how the rear seats can stretch out to form a bed. But best of all (dramatic pause, to catch my breath), is the pop top roof. Oh my, yes. A simple turn of some thingy and up it goes, an instant tent on the top of your van! The very thought of sleeping up there under the moon puts me over the moon. I imagine picking the kids up after school on a Friday, pulling up in our Eurovan with the dogs in the back, food in the fridge and bikes on the back. I imagine how excited and surprised they would be, anticipating the awesome adventure ahead. We would cruise to some state park, listening to Bob Marley on cassette tapes. We would make camp, play outside, have a campfire, drink wine (me)


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What is the most beautiful place in the world you’ve visited? I once studied abroad in Barcelona, which had significant impact on me as a young architect. It was an urban laboratory where I understood the importance of a beautiful balance between interior space and exterior urban space. What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I played college tennis in undergrad, which most people wouldn’t know since I haven’t played the sport in years. Who is your greatest inspiration? My parents, who perfectly balance work and family. They have their own personal ambitions but also


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do whatever it takes to keep the immediate and extended family close. What is your most treasured possession? One thing I would hate to lose is a tuxedo I inherited from my grandfather, which I had tailored to fit me. What piece of art would you most like to own? A Mark Rothko painting, since they seem to truly embody the vision and emotion of the artist. When I lived in London, I would often spend time at Tate Modern, in a room featuring the Seagram murals. Who are your favorite heroes in real life? Many people in my family tree, including my great grandparents, took risks to immigrate to the US from Sweden, Germany and the former Czechoslovakia. And most of all, my parents for their hard work ethic and optimistic attitude.

What is the biggest challenge you have overcome? Shyness, which actually allowed me to develop my drawing skills and spatial understanding—it was the best way I could express myself in my childhood. What do you never travel without? My sketchbook, since I never know when inspiration will strike. I like to sketch and record thoughts and the world around me, which may be incorporated into future work. When and where are you the happiest? Holiday visits to my grandparents’ farm in Southeast Texas, where I see my extended family and escape the routines of the “real world” for a while. Getting out into nature allows me to put things into perspective and realize that life can be simpler than I sometimes make it.

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David Shiflet Principal Architect, Shifl e t G roup Architects

Architect David Shiflet shares his lifetime of architecture.



n an old photograph from 1953, I’m five

what you promise and turn a profit.

begins with creating special spaces for the owners’

years old and barefoot, one arm slung

At the beginning of my career, I designed every-

everyday activities, such as an intimate place for

over a dusty, makeshift fort. Despite the

thing, from churches to schools and office buildings.

the family to eat, a cozy spot to read, a great space

planks of wood jutting out at odd angles

What I liked to do best, however, was houses—

for friends and family to gather, outdoor living and

and threatening to collapse, there’s a big

they’re as unique as the people who sit down at the

dining and so much more.

grin on my face and a feeling of pride that lights up

conference table with you. In fact, it has been my

There is, of course, a learning curve: I remember

the photograph. Not much has changed since then:

good fortune to work with some of the finest clients

when I was just starting my career, I designed a

I may have traded in wooden forts for beautiful

in the world; they’ve taught me so much about how

house with no roof overhangs, a trend that began in

homes across the city, but some 50 years later, I’m

a house works and lives and especially about how it

California but wasn’t suited to Texas, with its love of

still in love with architecture.

feels. I have made lifelong friendships that mean far

deep porches and shady overhangs. I am blessed to

My passion for building began in my grandpar-

more to me than any building I have ever designed.

work with exceptional people in my office, as well as

ents’ tiny, four-room clapboard house, at a time

My first client, for example, was a retirement-age

with gifted consultants, so I asked an old, trusted

when I didn’t even know what an architect did.

woman who had worked for the State of Texas her

carpenter what he thought about my roof design.

Complete with chickens, a milk cow, a garden and

entire career. At our first meeting, she brought in

After a moment’s hesitation, he said, “Well, it’s kind

tired dogs burrowed in the cool sugar sand of East

a tattered, yellow 8½ x 11-inch drawing, complete

a like buying a new hat and cutting off the brim.”

Texas, my grandparents’ backyard become home

with furniture of a home she had designed herself.

That was my last zero overhang house.

to the playhouse I “helped” my grandmother build.

I immediately saw how I could transform her idea

I think I truly began to figure out architecture

Unencumbered by precision, she used reclaimed

into my own, reflecting the latest trend in architec-

when I was in my forties, after a lot of discussion

wooden boards, old tin and straightened nails to build

ture, and I asked if I could improve her plan. After

with my business partner, Charles Travis. The

a playhouse furnished with a bed, table, windows

a moment of hesitation, she agreed, reiterating that

concepts I leaned in architecture school—form,

and doors—just big enough to make mud pies or play

she really liked her plan and the location of her

function, beauty, proportion and detail—were

dominoes. That playhouse still stands today.

rugs and furnishings. The next week, we met at my

important, but they began to be supplemented with

Twenty years later, fresh out of architecture

conference table, and with great pride, I rolled out

whimsical elements and even “accidental architec-

school at the University of Texas, I launched my own

my idea for her home. At first, she didn’t say a word.

ture.” I started to gravitate toward less ordered and

practice. At times, it was a struggle: after starving

Suddenly, her hands began to tremble, and then she

unexpected designs, which helped me shape how

my first five years with a salary of sometimes $800

started to cry—and it was not a cry of joy. I quickly

the house truly felt—not just to me, but also to the

per month and moving my wife and two sons from

told her I could draw her house exactly as she had

homeowners. Those ideas evolved further when I

cheap house to cheaper house, I realized I had to

designed it, simply making adjustments for better

visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Fallingwater” and Fay

make a living at architecture and not simply be

roofing. When we met the following week, she was

Jones’ chapel, “Thorncrown.” They are both won-

satisfied to be the architect chosen for the job. Even-

overjoyed with the result. At that moment, I realized

derful buildings, inside and out, with a great feel.

tually, though, I figured out that running a business

architectural design is about much more than the

I’m not yet sure what kind of impact they will have,

wasn’t much different from running the paper route

architect’s vision—it’s not so much about the house

as I am mid-stream in a career of surprises—and I

I ran as a kid: you need to treat people right, deliver

as it is about the people who live there. A great house

wouldn’t have it any other way.

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David Byrne and St. Vincent

October 5, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall GRIMES

October 6, 10pm Emo’s East KEIKO MATSUI

October 7, 6 & 8:30pm One World Theatre DANIEL HOPE & FRIENDS

October 9-10 McCullough Theatre


October 11, 7:30pm The Long Center


October 12-14 Zilker Park

October 12, 6:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater RAVI SHANKAR

October 18, 8pm Riverbend Centre NORAH JONES

October 19, 8:00pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater october 2012

October 19, 8pm The Long Center MATT & KIM

October 20, 7pm Stubb’s THE PLANETS: AN HD ODYSSEY

October 21, 7pm Bass Concert Hall RODRIGUEZ

October 21, 8pm Antone’s AUSTIN SYMPHONY PRESENTS: TAKE 6

October 27, 8pm The Long Center MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK

October 29, 7pm La Zona Rosa JUSTICE

October 30, 6pm Austin Music Hall GILBERTO GIL: FOR ALL





October 30, 8pm Bass Concert Hall


October 31, 8pm Bass Concert Hall



Through October 31 The City Theatre

Ballet Austin’s The Taming of the Shrew

October 5-7 The Long Center


October 11, 8pm Bass Concert Hall RAGTIME


October 17-20 Cap City Comedy Club BRIAN POSEHN

October 25-27 Cap City Comedy Club BILL COSBY

October 28, 6:30 & 9pm Bass Concert Hall GALLAGHER

October 28, 7pm One World Theatre Happy Fall, Y’All!

Thursdays-Saturdays Esther’s Follies


October 19-31 Eponymous Garden GRUPO CORPO

October 18-19, 8pm Bass Concert Hall UT THEATRE AND DANCE PRESENTS: CATARACT

October 19-28 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre


October 3-6 Cap City Comedy Club NICK VATTEROTT

October 10-13 Cap City Comedy Club JEFF GARLIN

October 13, 7pm The Paramount Theatre

HAAM Benefit Day

October 2 Multiple Locations SXSW Eco

October 3-5 Multiple Locations DESIGN EXTRAVAGANZA

October 5-6 Scottish Rite Theater


October 10, 7pm Republic Square Park

rainforest partnership celebration dinner

October 11, 6-9pm Waller Creek School LOIS LOWRY

Film Movies in the Park: Labyrinth

October 4, 7pm Republic Square Park aGLIFF

October 3-7 Multiple Locations


October 28, 2pm The Long Center


October 27, 12pm One World Theatre


Saturdays, 10am ColdTowne Theater

October 15, 6pm BookPeople KEY TO THE CURE

October 18-21 Saks Fifth Avenue


October 20, 11am Auditorium Shores


October 23, 11am-1pm AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center DRESS BY CANDLELIGHT

October 25 Saks Fifth Avenue


October 27-28 State Capitol


October 27-28 Mandola’s Italian Market

arts & entertainment

C A l e n da r s

Arts Calendar Eliza Thomas: Light on Water Reception, 6-8pm Through October 27 big medium

Joshua Goode & Jennifer Caine: Trajan’s Column Reception, 7-10pm october 18 champion

Texas Contemporary Through October 21 october 19 visual arts center

A Nation of Fear Through November 10

blanton museum of art

The Rules of Basketball Into the Sacred City Through January 13

Texas Music Roadtrip Through October 14

gallery shoal creek

Aleksandar + Lyuba Titovets Through October 20 grayduck gallery

Sodalitas: Core Through October 14

harry ransom center


lora reynolds gallery

october 27 patrick slattery artworks

okay mountain gallery

Henry Horenstein: Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music Reception, 7-9pm Through October 28

Grand Opening, 3-10pm


Jefferson Pinder: LIFT Projects Through October 7 Mahwish Chishty: Spinning II Through November 14 April Wood Collection Selections: De-Luxe Through December 2 Andy Coolquitt: Attainable Excellence october 2012


In the heart of downtown Austin, Barkitecture celebrates the city’s creative minds and their furry friends.


october 20 bay6 gallery & studio

EAST 2012 Preview Party 7-10pm


Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight Through December 30

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America Through January 6 Cordy Ryman Through October 20 Jim Torok: There Is Nothing Wrong with You Through October 27 Katie Bell Through October 20 real gallery

Amy Zamarripa: Austin’s Own: Musicians & Poets Reception, 5-7:30pm Through October 29 visual arts center

Now What It Never Was Through October 13 Liz Hingley: Under Gods Future Regions Through October 27 Emily Roysdon Cruz Ortiz: Hecho Farm Through December 8

EVENT p i c k

Barkitecture Saturday, November 10, 12-4pm 2nd Street District austinbarkitecture.com


ext month, Animal Lovers of Austin will celebrate the canine companions who call this city home with Barkitecture 2012. As guests stroll along Second Street, licensed architects will showcase their designer doghouses during this family-friendly afternoon, benefiting local animal rescue and advocacy groups. “Austin is such an eclectic and progressive city with a love of pets, architecture and the outdoors,” says Animal Lovers of Austin Director Veronique Michalik. “Barkitecture brings all these elements together.” Barkitecture kicks off at noon with a colorful lineup of events, from a silent auction to the Lofty Dog Winter Wear Fashound Show. In true Austin fashion, the show promises to be both stylish and quirky, as dozens of well-dressed dogs and their owners model the latest fall fashions on the red carpet. Furthermore, guests can bring their own dogs to explore the designer dog park by D-Crain Design and Construction or visit with rescues from the Central Texas area. On display throughout the afternoon will be an array of unique doghouses envisioned by 25 innovative architects. Built with largely recycled or refurbished materials, the houses are one-of-a-kind creations, whether they are self-watering, solar-powered or guitar-shaped. “We hope to inspire an artistic appreciation for what Austin’s best and brightest architects, designers and builders can create,” Michalik notes. A panel of four judges will select the most notable structures, and guests have the opportunity to take home an incredible house of their own. All proceeds support animal welfare groups, including Austin Dog Alliance, Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin and Love-a-Bull. l.siva

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Nick cave: HiDiNG iN PLaiN SiGHT September 29–December 30, 2012 The Jones center // First Floor Galleries

also on view in the Second Floor Gallery aNDy cooLquiTT: aTTaiNabLe exceLLeNce The Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701 amoa-arthouse.org Image Credit: Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2011, Mixed media, 109 x 34 x 30 inches, Courtesy of Nick Cave and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, Photograph: James Prinz Photography, Chicago.

museums & galleries

Art Spaces Museums Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austinkids.org AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 arthousetexas.org

artist spotlight

Norman Bel Geddes


mid-century American designer and urban planner, Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958) was a visionary beyond his time. Despite his lack of profes- sional training, he developed a captivating vision for the country’s future through the arts and technology. From stage design to lighting techniques, architecture to urban planning, Bel Geddes shaped the course of American culture for the twentieth century. Even in his early years in theatre, Bel Geddes’ designs reflect an eye toward the future. As emerging playwrights began to increasingly focus on emotional and psychological depth, Bel Geddes sought to shake off the limitations of realism and designed fantastical theatres, sets and costumes. His visionary spirit continued when, in the late 1920s, he turned toward the industrial world with his signature, streamlined designs. Whether he was designing factory complexes or motor cars for Graham-Paige, Bel Geddes maintained a deep faith in the ability of art, design and technology to enrich and transform. Industrial design, he noted in his book, Horizons, can yield “not only purely physical but aesthetic and spiritual satisfaction.” With this vision in mind, Bel Geddes unveiled his magnum opus, Futurama, at the 1939 World’s Fair. A sprawling, 36,000 square foot model of the United States envisioned twenty years later, Futurama was an unparalleled feat of imagination that highlighted Bel Geddes as an incomparable designer, inventor and thinker. The Harry Ransom Center celebrates Bel Geddes’ varied and vibrant career with the exhibit, I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America, on display through January 6. S. DUERR


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AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 amoa.org Blanton Museum of Art

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 frenchlegationmuseum.org George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 hrc.utexas.edu LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5 lbjlib.utexas.edu

Mexic–Arte Museum

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5 blantonmuseum.org

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–artemuseum.org

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

O. Henry Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 thestoryoftexas.com Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30 umlaufsculpture.org

image courtesy of Honora Jacob.

arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

Hours: M-Sa 10-5 capitalfineart.com

Hours: M–Sa 10–6 jeanmarcfray.com

Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831


La Peña

Pro–Jex Gallery

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 arton5th.com

800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 championcontemporary.com

The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

Creative Research Laboratory

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 mannfinearts.com Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5 artworksaustin.com

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 austinartgarage.com Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6 austinartspace.com

Austin Galleries

1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment austingalleries.com B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY

1202-A W. 6th. St. (512) 825 6866 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5 bhollymangallery.com Birdhouse

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only birdhousegallery.com capital fine art

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 davisgalleryaustin.com Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 flatbedpress.com Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7 galleryblacklagoon.com Gallery Shoal Creek

2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4 galleryshoalcreek.com grayDUCK gallery

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 grayduckgallery.com Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts

1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4 havengalleryaustin.com Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena–austin.org Lora Reynolds Gallery

360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 lorareynolds.com Lotus Gallery

1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Mo–Sa 10-6 lotusasianart.com lytle pressley contemporary

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 469 6010 Hours: M-F 9-5 lytlepressley.com

Maranda Pleasant Gallery

2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only bigmodernart.com Mass Gallery

916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 massgallery.org The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 sstx.org Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only (512) 293 5177 okaymountain.com Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St.

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Red Space Gallery

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only redspacegallery.com

Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell–collection.com sofa

301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only sofagallerytx.com Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 stephenlclarkgallery.com studio 10

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 studiotenarts.com Studio 107

411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6 studio107.com Testsite

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 fluentcollab.org Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5 wallyworkman.com

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

Women & Their Work

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 womenandtheirwork.org WOW Gallery

1601 W. Koenig Ln. (512) 419 7005 T-Su 10-7 wanderlustaustin.com Yard Dog

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 yarddog.com

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. artpostaustin.com Austin Presence

2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 austinpresence.com Bay6 Gallery & Studios

5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only bay6studios.com Big Medium

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670 bigmedium.org Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4 clarksvillepottery.com Co-Lab Project Space

613 Allen St.

(512) 300 8217 By appointment only colabspace.org Domy Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7 domystore.com Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 ci.austin.tx.us/ dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571 pumpproject.org

Quattro Gallery

12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 quattrogallery.com Roi James

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 By appointment only roijames.com Space 12

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5 space12.org United States Art Authority

2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455 unitedstatesartauthority.com To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to events@tribeza.com. tribeza.com

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10th Annual

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See this home on the Austin NARI 10th Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes, October 27th & 28th. More details at austinnari.org/torh

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things we love

Marfa Symposium

AIA Austin Homes Tour

Things We Love

The annual AIA Austin Homes Tour returns for its 26th year, featuring 13 homes across the city. Showcasing the best of Austin’s design talent, this year’s tour highlights renovation projects, both modest revisions and complete transformations. From East Austin to Spicewood, the homes represent a variety of Austin lifestyles, neighborhoods and budgets, while exhibiting the latest innovations in contemporary and traditional design. With the purchase of a ticket, participants will receive an interactive iPhone map, as they embark on a one-of-a-kind, self-guided tour of the city’s architectural gems. Whether a 1940’s Italianate residence or a contemporary glass house, each home has a character of its own, which guests will be able to explore from the inside out. A citywide conversation about design, the AIA Austin Homes Tour promises to opens up a dynamic world of architecture to Austinites. Tickets are available for purchase at participating locations and online at aiahomestours.com.


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Design Ex tr avaganz a

Design impacts us every day, from the homes we live in to the artwork we see. But above all, in business or education, graphic design or technology, it can be a tool for social change. This month, the Austin Center for Design will unite some of the leading thinkers in the design world for a weekendlong conference to consider the many ways in which design informs the very fabric of society. Speakers include Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Intel Fellow and Labs Director Genevieve Bell and Anya Kamenetz, Senior Writer at Fast Company. “Our intent for this conference is to spark a discussion about the role of design in shaping culture and society,” Jon Kolko, director of the Austin Center for Design, says. “Our speakers are extremely diverse, but all share a view of the power of design in driving social change.” The Design Extravaganza takes place between October 5-6. Tickets are available online at designextravaganza.com. S. DUERR

Cornerstone Architects Photo by Patrick Y. Wong; Design Symposium Photo by Misty Keasler.

This fall, Design Marfa will host its first annual Marfa Architecture Symposium as a celebration of the unique design that has emerged from the small West Texas town. Shaped by the challenges of desert living and the impact of the artist Donald Judd, the Marfa aesthetic is marked by stark minimalism coupled with muted colors that allow the design to integrate seamlessly with its desert surroundings. Speakers will discuss the extent of Judd’s influence on the Marfa aesthetic, as well as the increasing popularity of adobe homes and the challenges of designing and living in them. The symposium will run from November 2-3 at the Crowley Theater and will be accompanied by a home tour of six Marfa homes that weekend. A cocktail party will be held that Friday to kick off the event at The Capri. Registration and event details are available at designmarfa.com.

Dr. Sam Gosling (pictured), author of Snoop, studies the ways in which spaces reveal the people who live in them—and downtown Austin speaks volumes.

b y l i sa s i va | P h o t o g r ap h y b y P a i g e N e w t o n

Since its infancy in the early nineteenth century, downtown Austin has become a true melting pot, drawing its residents from around the world, as far as London and as close as South Austin. From its walkable streets to its nonstop bustle of activity, downtown possesses a charm that has proved irresistible, its diversity of districts matched only by the vibrancy of its residents. Whether they have kept one foot across the pond, traded in New York City for the Live Music Capitol or called Austin home for as long as they can remember, these individuals have made a haven for themselves in the heart of the city. tribeza.com

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The Brown Building offers the perfect intersection of history and modernism for Dr. Sam Gosling. “It’s a sense of resonating with the space,” he notes.


sam gosling


hen Dr. Sam Gosling first moved to Austin to teach psychology at the University of Texas, he purchased a small cottage in Hyde Park. While downtown Austin had only just started to develop in early 1999, Hyde Park was the cozy, quintessential neighborhood that seemed to typify Austin living: “Without really thinking about it, I just assumed that’s what you do in Austin. You live in Hyde Park,’” he says. After some time, however, Dr. Gosling, author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You and co-founder of spotsi.com, began to


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feel uneasy in his home. Despite the comforts of his neighborhood, he felt at odds with an environment that didn’t complement his love of urban activity. “One day, I found myself mowing my lawn,” he says solemnly. “And I thought, ‘How did I get here? I don’t enjoy mowing my lawn, and the mosquitoes are biting me.’” It was then that he began to search for a neighborhood that truly engaged him, reflecting both his lifestyle and his personality. Dr. Gosling at last discovered the historic Brown Building, an Art Deco structure built in the late 1930s and located in the heart of downtown Austin. “There are times when you go into a place and you immediately feel, ‘these are my people.’” Dr. Gosling observes. “I felt that it was much closer to who I was and where I wanted to live.” Born in London, Dr. Gosling spent many of his formative years on a farm in Gloucestershire, so he’s equally at home in the countryside as he is in the city. What draws him most to downtown Austin, however, is its intersection of modern urbanism and what he calls the neighborhood’s “grit.” “I don’t want to feel in danger—I’m not going to live in Mogadishu, for example,” he laughs. “But I want a place with just a little bit of edge.” For Dr. Gosling, the word “pleasant” is about as appealing as the word “bland,” and he instead seeks spaces with a sense of authenticity and artistic drive. Downtown Austin strikes just the right balance, he says, between its comforts—“this isn’t exactly the Tenderloin of San Francisco”—and a creative edge, which he sees reflected in the city’s street artists. “Downtown has unexpected things,” he notes. He especially admires the work of the public artist and printmaker, Failure, many of whose pieces he has hanging in his apartment. “If I go to a city and there’s no street art, then it’s not the sort of place I want to live,” he remarks. “I like that restless, artistic energy.” Above all, Dr. Gosling has found in downtown Austin the satisfaction of resonating with the people and space around him. It’s a kind of implicit resonance, one that doesn’t express itself in borrowed cups of sugar or evening chats on the front lawn. Instead, “there’s a sense of being around like-minded people,” due in part to the self-selecting nature of residents who have subscribed to the downtown lifestyle. “The people here have chosen to forgo space and a yard and driving in favor of being around amenities and other people,” Dr. Gosling says. “We don’t make these choices randomly—they reflect our values.” Much like Dr. Gosling himself, his fellow residents of downtown Austin have all traded in the ease of a conventional neighborhood for the density and high energy of downtown Austin. This “common urbanism” that downtown Austin residents share, he says, is essential to making a living space feel like a home. Though different corners of the city speak to different Austinites, for Dr. Gosling, downtown evokes a feeling of belonging: “It is, in some sense, my broader tribe.”

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noa & eddy levy


From story time at BookPeople to date night on 2nd Street, the Levy family loves living in the heart of the city.

hen Noa Levy first moved to Austin, the downtown area had only just begun to develop, and she was looking for a neighborhood that would grow along with her. “There were no bars, no Whole Foods,” she observes. “We wanted to be part of something that was going to evolve, and we’ve grown with downtown.” A native of Mexico City, Levy lived in a high-rise complex as a child, and though she has since hung her hat around the world, including Israel and San Diego, she has always been drawn to the compact, urban lifestyle with which she grew up, making downtown Austin the ideal neighborhood for Levy, her husband, Eddy, and her two children, Jack and Gali. In Mexico City, Levy’s parents worked in real estate on a small scale, and Levy still recalls accompanying her mother on rounds to meet her family’s tenants and collect rent—a childhood memory that stuck with Levy upon graduating from the University of Texas. After exploring many industries, from law to advertising, and attending graduate school for International Relations and International Communications, Levy found herself uncertain of where life would take her next. As she seached for her next job, she began driving across the city, looking at houses for sale. Though she didn’t realize it at the time, her upbringing had cemented an interest in real estate that later resurfaced as she searched for a career path: “I didn’t have any clients,” she says, “but I would call up the real estate agents and think, ‘I can do this on my own.’” Today, Levy and business partner Anna Anami head The Boutique Real Estate, and while Levy works in real estate in Austin’s many diverse neighborhoods, she has a special fondness for downtown Austin. Though she originally settled in the South Congress area in 2003, Levy couldn’t help but be pulled a little further north: she had been working with condominiums downtown, and after selling what she calls “the downtown lifestyle” to clients for a year, she realized that the neighborhood was just the right nesting place for herself and her family. The downtown lifestyle that won her over, she says, is the sense of community that comes from a shared philosophy of living: “I think people who live in downtown have a similar mentality of being a little

For New York transplants Tanya Erlach and Matthew Diffee, downtown offers big city urbanism with a distinctly Austin twist.

bit more green and reducing their carbon footprint—they’ll walk rather than drive their cars.” And though it’s easy to mistake the bustle of downtown Austin for brusqueness, Levy says it couldn’t be further from the truth. “You live in close quarters,” she observes. “There isn’t a yard separating you from your neighbors, and everybody’s very understanding—it’s almost like communal living.” Above all, what Levy loves most about downtown Austin is the feeling that the entire city is at her fingertips. “I feel like we have it all within a mile radius,” she admits. “We can go to the park, eat outside, visit the pool, make a trip to the grocery store, go to the movies, the children’s museum, run on the trail—we can do almost anything and not even use our car.” Furthermore, with The Boutique Real Estate office and her husband’s company, East End Ink,


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close by, she’s able to “live, work and play downtown.” Since making the move to downtown, Levy has watched her neighborhood blossom with art galleries, restaurants and bars. The development of the 2nd Street District has especially struck her over the years: between ACL Live at the Moody Theater and the Violet Crown Cinema, she says, “all of 2nd Street is our new date-night destination!” Though she’s seen many of her fellow downtown residents retire to the suburbs due to the influx of growth, Levy and her husband can’t imagine leaving. “We’ve seen downtown come from vacant warehouses to a full-blown, revitalized neighborhood, and it keeps growing every day,” she says. “I think it’s going to be an even more vibrant community five years from now than it is today.”



matthew diffee & tanya erlach


hile on the staff of The New Yorker, cartoonist Matthew Diffee and then Senior Talent Manager Tanya Erlach traveled to Austin for the magazine’s university tour. During a staff party, they began talking to each other at Guero’s Taco Bar, unaware that they would be returning years later as Austinites themselves. After a decade spent in New York City, they’ve settled into their home in downtown Austin, whose combination of urban sensibilities and laid-back culture made an ideal neighborhood for the New York transplants. “It’s funny—it’s like living in a New York City apartment in Austin,” Diffee, a cartoonist for The New Yorker and Texas Monthly, observes of their cozy space overlooking Lake Austin. “But it’s an apartment we could never afford in New York!” A native of Denton, Diffee was eager to get back to his Texan roots, so when Erlach took her position as Director of Events at The Texas Tribune, Austin was the perfect fit. Despite the city’s sprawl, Diffee notes, downtown Austin boasts an accessibility reminiscent of New York. “You can live without a car if you wanted to,” he says. “Especially for festivals like SXSW, downtown is a great headquarters. You can stroll around to things and stroll home when you’re done. That, to me, is the New York parallel.” Furthermore, downtown’s high-rise lifestyle made an easier transition from living in New York, Erlach adds. “I wasn’t ready to get a house and a yard,” she says. “This is just a little apartment in the middle of everything.” Though even the downtown corner stores channel Big Apple delis, what distinguishes downtown Austin from New York City, Diffee says, is its neighborhood feel. While the nearest movie theater in New York City might be ten blocks away, he and Erlach can simply walk across the street to catch a movie at the Violet Crown Cinema. “It’s so nice to be able to walk to all the places we love,” Erlach says. From

the diners at Jo’s Downtown to the people brunching at La Condesa, Diffee remarks, downtown residents often find some of their favorite eateries just around the corner. The neighborhood atmosphere of downtown extends even to the people who live there, Erlach observes. “People here are genuinely nice—when they ask you how you’re doing, they actually want to know!” Erlach attributes the easy demeanor of Austinites, even in the midst of urban downtown, to the balance of work and play. In contrast to many New Yorkers who gravitate to the city purely for work, she says, Austinites are dedicated to balancing their family and free time as well. “We spend much more time enjoying life here,” Erlach says, as she and Diffee love getting outdoors and exploring the area around Town Lake. “We’re running here where we never did in New York,” Diffee notes, while Erlach admits to heading to the Austin Farmer’s Market religiously every Saturday morning. Diffee adds, “There’s less of a ruthless ambition here. It’s not that Austinites aren’t driven or doing cool stuff, but they’re more about living well.” Ultimately, what they enjoy most about downtown Austin is that it shares New York City’s creative, dynamic population without the Big Apple bustle. “Coming home to Austin is very different from coming home to New York City—the first person you talk to in New York is always mad at you!” Diffee laughs. Nevertheless, Erlach and Diffee observe a similar sense of drive in downtown Austinites, whether they’re sculptors or small business owners. Unfettered by the cost of New York living, Erlach notes, “People here can do their art or craft or startup without the intense financial pressure.” It’s this relaxed, creative vibe that offers Austinites the perfect stage to pursue their unique endeavors, Diffee says: “The people that you run into at bars, at The Broken Spoke, or even at the dog park, they’re that top ten percent who are really going for something. They’re here.”

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With a modern design and inviting interior, architect Jamie Chioco creates a dream home in West Austin.

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Using white oak, walnut and steel, architect Jamie Chioco brought a modern, yet warm feel to the Mendiolas’ living room and fireplace.


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Rather than building a large room, Chioco opened the Mendiolas’ bedroom to the courtyard, creating a bright and comfortable space.

The materials used throughout the home continue into the bathroom, which Chioco notes “was meant to be spa-like, with plenty of natural light.”

Let the light in Kelly and Lino Mendiola, along with their two daughters, Cecelia (21) and Isabel (16), their beagle-mix, Sadie, and their cat, Sparkles, have lived on Vance Lane for over a decade. In 2002, they purchased their Rollingwood abode and, until the recent completion of their new home on the lot, had called the original 1973 structure home. Redesigned by local architect Jamie Chioco, the Mendiolas' new house is a reflection of the family’s needs, habits and lifestyle.


At first, the Mendiolas had hoped to remodel the existing house, but their goal of opening up their living environment to its natural surroundings required a more substantial transformation. “It took us some time to come to terms with the fact that the house previously on our lot would never be our dream house,” Kelly Mendiola admits. “After discussing Jamie’s ideas for a completely new house, though, I was persuaded.” For Chioco, a practiced architect with an impressive portfolio of both residential and commercial projects, the Mendiolas’ home became the first “from the ground up” design he’s had built since starting his practice almost eight years ago.

The combination of rich woods with angular lines softens the modernist aesthetic that informs the architecture of the Mendiolas’ home.


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The floor-to-ceiling white oak cabinets continue the system of wood volumes that also influences the stairwell and office.


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warm modernisn Set on the property’s sloping lawns and surrounded by existing live oak trees, the house facilitates a beautiful dialogue between exterior and interior spaces. As you approach, the house is a study in interlocking linear volumes, defined by right angles, vertical glazing and lush, elevated steel planters. Alternating walls of long, thin, muted gray Lueders limestone balance the other smooth, white stucco walls and vertical grain Douglas Fir siding, alluding to the interplay of natural materials that continues inside. Just beyond the front entry exists one of Chioco’s favorite moments in the house. And while he likens the prospect of selecting a single one to “choosing a favorite sibling—impossible if you have five brothers and sisters like I do,” he finds the combination of stairway, reading nook, doubleheight bookshelves and library ladder especially “visually and functionally dynamic” in a space framed by natural light and warm, oak-paneled walls.

If setting the stage for a more casual mode of indoor/outdoor living was the catalyst for the design, then emphasizing a sense of warmth has been a defining subtext for each subsequent decision thereafter. The term “warm modernism” has made its way into the popular design vernacular to describe a home that pays respect to uncomplicated and simplified design while embracing the need for a degree of comfort not typically associated with its stark, mid-century predecessors. The geometry remains similar, as does the scale and efficiency of form, but Chioco’s challenge with the Mendiola residence was to achieve a contemporary look, while accommodating the practical needs of the family with an intimate, yet comfortably spacious design. “Perhaps surprisingly, neither Lino nor I is a die-hard modernist,” Kelly says. “I think choosing a modern design ultimately came down to the decision to move forward, not backwards. We wanted to create a house that was of its time. We had faith that Jamie could make modern feel ‘homey.’”


Once Chioco and the Mendiolas decided to design a tall bookcase, the idea of a cozy, yet functional reading nook was a natural next step.


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“The house during the evening is more dramatic,” Chioco observes. “I think it lights up quite nicely.”

Organic Chemistry

Among the home’s unique touches are the ribbon fireplace and cozy annex, each evoking a sense of connectedness that resonates throughout the house. For Kelly, the steel-encased hearth not only adds interesting material texture to a central gathering place but will also serve a very real purpose come holiday time. “I know it’s traditional, but I thought, ‘If we don’t have a fireplace, where are we going to hang stockings?’” To underscore the importance of family in the design and to anticipate the needs of their aging parents, the Mendiolas built adjacent guest quarters that could operate as a fully functional small apartment—complete with kitchen, dining, bed, bath and living facilities—yet still feel part of the home’s central hub. Both the primary den and this side suite look out to the rear pool area and backyard, so neither feels isolated or detached from the other. The landscape design, engineered by local landscape architect Danielle Swayne, provides the family with a number of peaceful views from different vantage points around the house. When not hosting grandparents, the annex’s living area is Lino’s getaway of choice, as he puts his record player to good use, listening to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and other, more contemporary rap and rock artists (much to the chagrin of his daughters).

Because interior design can greatly enhance the architecture, creating ambiance and defining the program of a room, the Mendiolas, together with Chioco and his studio team (JD Clark and Vanessa Francis), were meticulous in choosing a blend of materials and fixtures to complement the relatively open layout. No fewer than four types of wood line the various interior surfaces of the home—floors, cabinets, ceilings, bookcases—but the most striking of these grain elements (if not for its sheer heft) is the custom kitchen island, fabricated by Ambrose Taylor of Austin’s Vintage Material Supply. Made entirely from a single slab of walnut that turns down on either side to support the top, the piece features live edges and lends a decidedly organic feel to this central area of the home. Kelly admits that while using the term “organic” in reference to design is all too common, it is actually the most accurate way to describe her


“The house is basically a series of rectangular boxes put together and connected in an interesting way that responds to the site,� Chioco remarks.


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own furnishing process of slowly integrating the family’s existing pieces into their new home. Whether it’s a favorite pair of upholstered walnut mid-century lounge chairs she scored on eBay years ago or a thoughtfully placed gallery wall of portraits and family artwork, the subtle vignettes of memory-filled moments are plentiful. Ultimately, Kelly and Lino wanted their new home to reflect the modern sensibility of urban living while enjoying the benefits of suburbansized space. One of the most important results of the redesign? Developing an architecture of community, a welcoming place for intimate family gatherings and casual get-togethers with the neighbors in a warm, light-filled home, just minutes from downtown Austin.

This transparent corridor connects the main house to the guest quarters and pool, creating a sense of continuity between the home’s diverse elements.


even years ago, in the underserved region of Ensenado, Mexico, Greenworld Restoration began to research and provide sustainable housing solutions to communities without running water, wastewater or electricity. There, the company developed a host of revolutionary building technologies, including closed-loop water systems and lighter, seismic-resistant concrete. Today, Greenworld Restoration and owner Michael Torres seek to implement those unique solutions around the world, from Bastrop County to Haiti, as they rethink the future of home construction. “When we look at the way we construct, it hasn’t changed a great deal in the last 50 years or so, but technology is changing all the time,” Torres observes. “Greenworld Restoration looks at materials differently—we’re making them stronger and more sustainable.” “Sustainable,” however, is more than a mere buzzword—it is the company’s driving force. Whether Greenworld Restoration is constructing 7000 homes for industrial workers in northern Haiti or a single home in Port Arthur, it relies on its founding principles of ecoWith its dynamic technology nomic, environmental and cultural and greener homes, Greenworld sustainability. In fact, the need for Restoration offers a sustainable sustainable housing solutions has view of the future. never been greater: since 2010, over By Li sa Si va 20 million individuals have been displaced by natural disasters, and P h oto g r a p h y by Michael Thad Carter with the ever-expanding oil and gas industries, thousands of new job seekers have found themselves in areas with limited housing and infrastructure to support them. Rather than returning to older methods of construction, Greenworld Restoration instead looks forward to newer, safer and more sustainable possibilities. In response to the needs of its two markets—post-disaster reconstruction and workforce housing for the energy industry—Greenworld Restoration has developed a suite of innovative housing solutions, both permanent and convertible. Each home begins with one of two building blocks: a remarkably ductile, self-compacted concrete frame or a metal stick

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frame composed of sturdy, 18 gauge steel and non-flammable, water-proof composite board. “This, combined with a strong roofing structure is going to better withstand hurricane-force winds, water and fire,” Torres notes. “And it’s going to cost the same as a normal home.” Furthermore, Greenworld’s convertible home has expanded the concept of a temporary house into one that is not only as safe and reliable as its permanent counterpart, but also one that can be later recycled into a more permanent home. Built to better withstand other natural disasters and to offer sustainable options to traditionally unsustainable industries, Greenworld Restoration provides a solution for both the present and future. Nevertheless, housing is but one aspect of Greenworld Restoration, which aims to serve communities as a whole. “We can’t just think about housing or water or agriculture,” Torres says. “We have to think holistically.” To that effect, the company has developed its Integrated Solution Architecture for Sustainable Communities, applying its twelve key pillars— including renewable energy, contextual-based education and clean water systems—to the unique needs of the areas they serve. In light of northern Haiti’s growing textile industry, for example, Greenworld Restoration plans to construct thousands of homes to support the country’s burgeoning workforce. By contrast, Torres and former President Vincente Fox, who serves on Greenworld Restoration’s Board of Directors, have been in discussion with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe about developing an agricultural community better suited to the south of Haiti. The flexibility of the Integrated Solution Architecture plan therefore allows Greenworld Restoration to help diverse communities challenged by natural disaster and housing shortages on the path to recovery. Above all, the capstone of the Greenworld philosophy is the idea that post-disaster and workforce housing is about more than building a roof over someone’s head. From affordable septic systems in underprivileged communities to greener options for the energy industry, Greenworld Restoration offers housing as a means of effecting social, economic and social change. In addition, the company has partnered with the Worldwide Maniac Foundation to return up to 30% of its profits to the communities it has provided with housing. “We want Greenworld Restoration to have a connection to the areas we serve,” Torres says, “because a house is not just a product—it’s a solution.”

Whitney Langdon (pictured here with her architect, M e ll L a w r e n c e ) and her husband, Cl a y , s o u g h t t o create a modern, yet intimate space with the help of Lawrence.


Architects and homeowners breathe new life into their remodeled homes.


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True to the existing structure, the Langdons’ home maintains a quiet and simple exterior.


ur homes reveal a lot about us, and anyone who’s added to or remodeled an old home knows that the changed elements speak volumes, charged with the task of straddling the old and new. Three recent remodels are notable for the healthy distance they establish between the original home and the new addition—the architects don’t disrespect the existing structures but aren’t beholden to their limitations either. We talked to the homes’ architects and owners to get their takes on the remodels.

A Simple Calm Clay and Whitney Langdon’s home is easy to miss. Set far back on its expansive lot and built in the forties, the white house with its inviting porch feels quaint compared to some of the more towering structures in this part of Tarrytown. But once you enter the house, you sense at once that the Langdons’ recent remodel isn’t about calling attention to itself: where there had been a large backyard, there is now a smaller one filled with a white stucco box that is now the Langdons’ peaceful, hushed bedroom. From the street, nothing about the addition is showy or even evident. The couple, who have children aged six and eight, sought to transform their home, which they bought five years ago, from a cozy two-bedroom, two-bathroom into something that would accommodate the extra space they needed. At the same time, the Langdons strove to keep their cool,


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spare aesthetic at the forefront, which gave birth to the box that contains their bedroom and bathroom. A short hallway connects the previously existing structure of the house—the inviting kitchen, the children’s bedrooms—to Whitney’s trim office and then their bedroom. To call the addition a simple “box,” however, is inadequate. Mell Lawrence and Scott Smith, the architects of the remodel, put a literal kink in the walls—there is a slight bend in the wall that ushers you into the bedroom, guiding you gently into the room. The adjoining wall also has a bend to it. The subtle arcs create a vibrant, kinetic energy that, with the play of light from the floor-to-ceiling windows, imparts life to the space. The entire house is a temple of white. The wood floors have a gauzy coat of whitewash over them; the cabinetry, bathrooms and back patio are all white (and not gradations of white—Decorators White by Benjamin Moore was used throughout). But the home is far from severe or forbidding and is instead warm and soothing. There is also a notable lack of clutter anywhere in the house. “There are so many household objects left out in homes that people don’t see anymore because they’re so used to them,” like clunky appliances, Lawrence points out. “One of Whitney’s goals was to get rid of that—then, your eye goes directly to the shape of the chair,” for example. It’s a subtle effect, but one that creates a “simple calm,” Lawrence says. “I grew up in more of an old, English-style home, and when I saw modern architecture, it was thrilling,” Whitney says. “I think some of our key words during the remodel were ‘disappear’ and ‘simple.’”


At first glance, Paul Stekler’s (pictured with his architect, Murray Legge) home is a pure testament to the Arts and Crafts design movement.

A sharp contrast to the exterior, the bright and angular interior of Stekler’s home creates a light, airy space.

One House, Two Personalities Like a number of the houses on his street just off South Congress, Paul Stekler’s Arts & Crafts bungalow is intimate. It has dark, old wood floors, with some light that enters the house but no surplus of it. But enter Stekler’s house and head straight to the back, and the house opens up into what feels like another house, the same size as the one you first entered. That new house is filled with light, jutting angles and architectural insights into the property, which his home’s original architects, with their tendency to plant as many boxy bungalows as they could, never realized. The new addition is a long and narrow two-story space that feels roomy and uses Stekler’s rectangular lot effectively. “How do you create an addition that is ultimately small and make it feel open?” architect Murray Legge remembers asking himself when he created Stekler’s addition, which is less than 1,000 square feet and only eight feet wide at its narrowest. The obvious answer was to put a lot of windows in the new space. But anyone can add a bunch of windows to a house. Legge argues that


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it’s the placement of the windows that matters. There are windows that face upward; when Stekler wakes up, the sky is the first thing he sees. Some windows peek into hidden corners of the property, and some bend around a heritage oak tree a City of Austin arborist declared untouchable (and that Legge and Stekler didn’t want to disturb anyway). The addition faces north, which allowed Legge to refrain from installing window treatments. Legge wanted the addition to embody “a strong connection with the exterior,” a space that “engages the outside.” Because the outdoors seem to enter the house so fully, you feel as if you’ve spent the afternoon outside when you’ve really been sitting at Stekler’s dining room table. Because the addition employs the backyard, “it makes the house feel three times as big as it was,” Stekler says. “It makes use of this property in a way I never thought of, and the expanding of the old and new is quite beautiful.” “It’s balanced out with the old house,” Legge says of the new space and the “old Austin intimate Arts and Crafts” style of the original house. “The addition was meant to complement the house in that way, these two different personalities.”


The Canvas H e a t h e r O t t e n ’ s m o t h e r , B i ll y e , p a i n t e d t h e s t r i k i n g y e ll o w c a n v a s t h a t s e r v e s a s t h e living room’s focal point. Otter is pictured with her partner, Katherine Loeb, and their architects, Eric Barth and Ryan Burke of A P a r a ll e l A r c h i t e c t u r e .

Nestled in the Delwood Duplex District is a house, which, at first glance, blends seamlessly with its neighbors. In fact, its minimalist concrete block exterior is a testament to the postwar housing boom of the late 1940s that left another 59, seemingly identical duplexes in the vicinity. Upon further inspection, however, distinctive details begin to emerge— the beautiful windows in place of stacked doors, the roof’s clean lines free of decorative trim—and hint at the intriguing space inside. Collaborating with Eric Barth and Ryan Burke of A Parallel Architecture, homeowners Heather Otten and Katherine Loeb remodeled the duplex into a singlefamily home with a character of its own. Throughout the remodel, Barth and Burke sought to maintain the home’s historic quality and aesthetic continuity with its neighbors. “Given the iconic location, our work extended beyond the walls of the house,” Burke says. “It was a thoughtful response to the broader context of the neighborhood.” Rather than drastically reshaping the exterior, they thus focused on creating a warm and inviting interior. Barth and Burke deconstructed the duplex’s original, stacked plan, which required a series of calculated moves, from expanding the dining room to turning a downstairs bedroom into a spacious kitchen. At the heart of the remodel is the double-height living space that was built to fill out the L-shaped layout of the duplex. Though only 400 square feet, the bright and airy room, which connects to the backyard and newly added pool through wide, sliding glass doors, transformed the house entirely. “It created this open, modern plan in what was previously a very tight, dark, room to-room home,” Barth observes. “With a couple of simple moves, we unlocked the hidden potential of the existing structure.” The warmth of the added living space continues into the rest of the home, which effortlessly brings together old and new elements: inspired by the texture and rich palette of the original white oak wood floors upstairs, for example, Barth and Burke added white oak flooring throughout the rest of the home. “There’s no line in the sand of old versus new,” Barth notes. In line with the duplex’s modernist sensibilities, the home also maintains an elegant simplicity, free of unnecessary architectural flourishes, in order to showcase the furniture and pieces of art Otten and Loeb have thoughtfully selected. Over the course of the day, sunlight enters through the home’s airy windows, playing off the staircase, walls and artwork. “The interior of the home becomes a canvas,” Barth remarks.

Arman Hadilou received his Master of Urban Design at the Iran University of Science and Technology before coming to UT to work on his Master of Architecture, which he was drawn to because of all the opportunities for international students at UT. “Besides the livability of Austin with the vibrancy of the outdoor environment, year round festivals and creative culture in support of the art, it’s a great place to study.”

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A ro u nd tab l e c hat wi t h four Aus t in de si gne rs who give a b e h ind -t he-sce ne s lo o k at the collec ti ve e f f o rt that is t ra n sf o rmi ng the c ity.


rchitecture is not solely driven by individual “genius” architects—it takes a collective of many hands and minds to produce buildings, parks, homes and cities. We tend to hear from the people whose names are on the door, but the people behind those doors wield great influence on the built environment that we interact with everyday. Winston Churchill stated that “we shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” As Austin attracts designers from around the world (and welcomes others home), they will help shape the way we live. Their experiences and influences are part of the fabric of our future built environment, soon to appear on a corner near you.

Arman Hadilou G ra duat e S t u d e nt at U ni ve rs ity of Te xa s Sc h o o l o f A rc h i t ec t u re // f ro m Te hr a n , Ir a n

What’s your favorite building in Austin? 12th Street Studio by Pollen Architects

What culture and design influences have the other cities you’ve lived in had on you? Working in architectural design and building construction in Tehran, I faced social, political and technological problems. Technical issues were so critical that architects had to consider them as the most important factor in the design process. Facing these problems made me aware of the efficiency of construction process using digital fabrication. For a few small-scale projects, I had the chance to use computational design for interior space. Using CAD/CAM through design and implementation enabled us to avoid inexperienced workforce and minimize the labor to maximize scale.

How do you think Austin is influencing your design thinking? Studying at UT Austin gives me a unique opportunity to meet people at the cutting edge of my field. Professors who have experience of working with famous offices such as Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry are passing their knowledge to their students. Being part of a research team connects me to a well-rounded group of peers with similar abilities and concerns.

What are you doing now to shape Austin, both in the office and outside of work? I am researching the workflow of computational design to final product. This workflow enables architects to strategically reposition design within the fabrication and construction process, which we have been divorced from in recent years. This process allows designers to rapidly


“ I’m getting a sense that people here now expect a higher standard of craft, be it for restaurants,

and efficiently tackle complex design problems and produce a flexible range of variable products in a short amount of time.

What is the most positive sign you see about the future of architecture and design in Austin? The positive sign: Austin is among the fastest growing cities in the U.S. This is an opportunity as much as a challenge. With the positive growth, we must consider suitable plans for the city, such as Smart Growth and TOD, and control its size and density, in addition to its infrastructures. Architects should look for new typologies for residential buildings in order to make them compatible with new sets of communal and environmental conditions.

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What’s your favorite building in Austin? Arthouse.

What culture and design influences have the other cities you’ve lived in had on you? By living in cities that aren’t oriented towards cars (London, NYC, Venice, Siena, Boston), I have become keenly aware of the isolation auto-dependence can create. Opportunities for unplanned shared experiences, such as public transport or peoplewatching from a plaza cafe, create community. Designers should look for opportunities to create informal public gathering and in-between places, rather than focusing solely on destinations.

How do you think Austin is influencing your design thinking? Providing shade and vegetation is definitely now a priority!

What are you doing now to shape Austin, both in the office and outside of work? I’m connecting people in Austin who have an interest in materials and material culture—at the School of Architecture and in the non-academic community of makers and fabricators—to design professionals.

What is the most positive sign you see about the future of architecture and design in Austin? Austin is growing up. I’m getting a sense that people here now expect a higher standard of craft, be it for restaurants, bars, products, art, design or architecture. Hopefully, this will translate into greater demand (and compensation) for architectural services.

Syndey Mainster first visited Austin rather coincidentally as it became a last minute extension of a road trip to Marfa. She was living in Cambridge, MA. attending Harvard at the time and was immediately taken with warmth and sunshine. “Couple that with a slightly rogue creative atmosphere, an abundance of breakfast tacos, and strangers who would have full conversations with you, and I was convinced I needed to move here!� she says. tribeza.com

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historic brick buildings that romanticize the past, yet there is a very clear desire to embrace technology and ideas about the future as expressed through architecture. This duality provides a great opportunity to explore new ideas and materials while staying grounded in context and memory.

What are you doing now to shape Austin, both in the office and outside of work?

Moving back to his hometown of Austin wasn’t in Arthur Furman’s plans, but it conversations with his father, architect Gary Furman, made him realize “Austin had refused to take part in the national recession. His dad’s firm Furman + Keil landing the contract for the Greater Texas Foundation (GTF) new headquarters in Bryan, Texas sealed the deal. .

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What’s your favorite building in Austin? The un-built parts: the hike-and-bike trail, Barton Springs, etc. These amenities serve as a natural urban infrastructure that connects and catalyzes the built environment around them.

Sustainability has long been a priority for me. Austin is very responsive to the green building movement, and there are great resources here for discussing new building systems and best practices. By bringing this conversation back into the office and infusing this knowledge into our work, the buildings we design can participate in the ongoing conversation regarding Austin’s green future.

What is the most positive sign you see about the future of architecture and design in Austin? I love driving through the neighborhoods of South Austin or the East Side and seeing some of the crazy stuff people do architecturally. Folks are fearless here, and that spirit of self-expression carries through the character of the city.

What culture and design influences have the other cities you’ve lived in had on you? The architecture of Miami Beach in large part is expressive of a culture of luxury and excess. The extravagant pool decks and flowing, white curtains made famous by Morris Lapidus and Philippe Stark are ubiquitous, and this “tropical modernism” aesthetic makes perfect sense in that context. There is something appealing about a culture that demands pure, white forms and clean, crisp lines as a point of departure.

How do you think Austin is influencing your design thinking? The convergence in Austin between “vintage” and “contemporary” gives rise to an aesthetic culture that is exciting to be a part of. There is an affinity for rural vernacular forms and


“ the The convergence in Austin between “vintage” and “contemporary” gives rise to an aesthetic culture that is exciting to be a part of.”

Sophia Razzaque Michael Hsu Office of Architecture // from Austin, TX

What’s your favorite building in Austin? Arthouse.

What culture and design influences have the other cities you’ve lived in had on you? I have lived in New York City and London, two great examples of dense urban centers. The public infrastructure in both cities is incredible—from transport to parks and museums. There are great networks; it is easy to find yourself coalescing around other like-minded designers and artists. In Austin, I see these people moving or already living here, with the same types of networks coming together to foster a collaborative environment.

How do you think Austin is influencing your design thinking? It’s hard for me to see places I loved as a child close down, but I also like to visit the new places that help keep Austin current. This has made it easier to look at an older building and see new opportunities. Austin has a huge artisan culture; it has been fun to discover local craftsmen who can turn an idea into reality with finesse.

What are you doing now to shape Austin, both in the office and outside of work? Many of Michael Hsu’s projects are renovations or additions, and in reenvisioning them, we get to reenergize the existing building fabric of Austin. Most of these projects are in the public realm, making what we do more accessible to the public and therefore that much more rewarding.

What is the most positive sign you see about the future of architecture and design in Austin? Austin has become a draw for new businesses, which are creating a demand for new spaces. And this new clientele is asking for more innovation and creativity. The skyline has changed dramatically in the last 12 years (since the city allowed its first building to be taller than the Capitol), yet Austin has managed to keep its downtown thriving.

Sophia Razzaque spent six years in New York and London before moving to Austin. She says: “I always felt the need to try to bring some of those experiences back home in the hopes of making even a small difference.” tribeza.com

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From interior designers to builders and shop owners, meet the Austinites who make dream spaces a reality.

Behind every home, restaurant and bar are the many hands that bring it to life. From building custom houses to finding the perfect lamp, interior designers, shopkeepers and builders work together to develop unique spaces from the ground up. Whether they dream it up or sketch it out, build it or furnish it, these Austinites create one-of-a-kind places to call home.

Ashley Menger and Adam Talianchich of Hatch Works live in their distinctive “Yellow House� with their daughter, Gia George, and dog, Birdie.

T he builders Hatch works | hatchworksaustin.com A few months after Ashley Menger met her future husband, Adam Talianchich, pictured on the previous page, he began to renovate an old home in East Austin that had fallen into disrepair. She soon joined him, and the charming home they built became the impetus behind Hatch Works, the duo’s custom design and build company. “When we survived those early days of our relationship working on this house, fighting over tiles and making up over tiles, we learned to figure out our design decisions together,” Menger laughs. The Hatch Works aesthetic is clean and classic, with modern interiors and an unexpected touch or two, like reclaimed material or a vibrant pop of color on a home’s exterior. “Our goal is to build a house that is comfortable from the day you move in,” Talianchich says. With his building expertise and Menger’s understanding of layout and interiors, Hatch Works provides a streamlined process for clients seeking a distinctive home. “It’s like we’re creating a little baby,” Talianchich says. “We raise a home from the very first idea into reality.”

Pilgrim Building Company | pilgrimbuilding.com After building furniture and cabinetry for several years, Branson Fustes became fascinated with building on a larger scale. “I’ve always had a love for the craft,” he says. Today, as president of the award-winning Pilgrim Building Company, Fustes constructs each custom home with immaculate detail and a dedication to sustainability. “We want to build high-performing houses,” Fustes remarks. Establishing that superior level of performance can range from sourcing reclaimed materials to using innovative, two-stage insulation techniques, and Pilgrim is deeply involved at every step of the way. “We have a really technical appreciation and love for these projects,” Fustes notes. To that effect, he works closely with his


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Branson Fustes of Pilgrim Building Company seeks to establish a close team between designer, owner and builder, in order to both create and execute designs efficiently.

With her love of found objects, Mickie Spencer creates spaces that immerse her guests in an eclectic, new world.

sister carpentry company, Enabler, to ensure quality control throughout the project, whether he’s finishing a condominium at the W Hotel with Michael Hsu or outfitting an airstream trailer for Stubb’s. “We’re not just providing a product—we’re providing a service,” he says. “We want our clients to be thrilled with their new homes, but I also hope they enjoy the building process.”

Mickie Spencer | eastsideshowroom.com Mickie Spencer has lived around the world, from Brooklyn to Barcelona, but some of the most memorable places she has visited are the ones she created on Austin’s East Side. After studying welding, woodworking and furniture design in New York, Spencer moved to Austin in 2007 and

channeled her love of adventure into two ramshackle buildings on East Sixth Street. “It was always my dream to open something with a turn of the century feel, and the East Side was just ready to explode,” Spencer notes. With the help of her mother and twin sister, Spencer took the plunge, knocked down the wall between the two buildings and transformed the space into the enchanting East Side Showroom. Every aspect of the local institution is carefully crafted, including the warm lighting, inviting bar and vintage-inspired décor. This attention to detail infuses each of Spencer’s projects, including Hillside Farmacy and an upcoming New Orleans-style diner. “I hope guests feel like they’re in a completely different world,” Spencer says. “Once they cross the threshold, they enter into a new experience.” 83


T h e designers GREER Interior Design | greerinteriordesign.com After studying interior design at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and working with the renowned Gary Lee Partners in Chicago, Jennifer Greer Hartmann settled in Austin two years ago with an eye for fresh, clean interiors and a broad design perspective. “Our aesthetic is classic and timeless,” Hartmann observes, “but we always want our interiors to be a reflection of our clients.” Collaborating closely with the client and architect, Hartmann considers the surrounding architecture, lighting, proportion and scale, as she develops both functional and striking spaces. Among her favorite projects are a bright, modern condominium that she designed for the Austonian as well as a Lake Austin home, which she transformed extensively to highlight the surrounding landscape. “I appreciate all kinds of architecture, from the very old to the very new, from minimalist to more embellished spaces,” Hartmann says. “I love helping my clients make their homes a place that they can enjoy.”

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After working in Chicago and New York, Jennifer Hartmann brings a unique approach to design: “The exposure to different ways of doing things has helped me become a better, more well-rounded designer,” she observes.

Sarah Stacey’s fascination with interior design began in high school, as she watched her home being furnished and decorated. “I loved how the designer made everything cohesive,” she recalls. In 2009, she began to design spaces of her own, specializing in elegant salons and children’s nurseries. Her clients can choose from a variety of services, including online and color consultations, as well as complete single-room design. “It’s a collaboration between the client and me,” Stacey says of her design process, which often involves developing mood boards and three-dimensional renderings before executing the client’s vision. Whether she’s stripping the walls down or adding decorative finishes, Stacey ultimately seeks to create clean spaces with a graphic element. One of her projects, for example, is a stunning nursery, on whose walls she painted a mural of an owl peering through the branches of a tree. “I want my clients to be comfortable and happy in their surroundings,” Stacey remarks. “I want them to be able to sit down, look around and love everything they see.”

As a parting gift to her clients, Sarah Stacey often leaves a painting or mural to brighten their newly designed nurseries.


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Using the room’s existing sofa and wallpaper, Andrea Caldwell brought in traditional elements with a playful touch—custom pillows, reupholstered slipper chairs—to suit her client’s personality and style.

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Andrea Leigh Interiors | andrealeighinteriors.com Even as a young girl, Andrea Caldwell was drawn to design, a passion evident in the clothes she wore and the room she grew up in, which she painted annually. “It was always in my system,” she laughs. Though licensed to practice law since 2008, Caldwell returned to her love for design and launched Andrea Leigh Interiors, creating spaces that bring together classic and contemporary elements. Central to each of her projects is the relationship Caldwell builds with the client, who is her foremost consideration. “I want to help people build a room they’re happy with,” she says. To that effect, Caldwell balances textures, colors and objects in her designs, drawing inspiration from cues as diverse as a client’s favorite lamp or a stained glass window in Paris. Leaving no aspect untouched, from lighting to window treatments to upholstery, Caldwell hopes to offer her clients a comfortable and inviting space: “I want someone to come home every day and enjoy being in the room we’ve created for them,” she remarks.

Andrea Caldwell describes her aesthetic as a combination of traditional pieces and contemporary lines. “I’m drawn to things that are clean simple,” she says.


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T h e shopkeepers

Alyson Fox's West Elm Collection | alysonfox.com

Artist Alyson Fox knows no limitations when it comes to medium. After working as a visual director for Anthropologie, she began to create her own, fantastical illustrations, which earned her the attention of Design Sponge and the New York Times. She soon began expanding into dinnerware, photography, textiles and jewelry, developing a distinctive, feminine aesthetic with a masculine edge. “I found myself really excited about products and wanted to explore that side of design,” Fox says. “Taking my drawings from paper to objects seemed like a fun next step.” In 2008, she launched A Small Collection, a website that showcases her perpetually evolving body of work. This holiday season, Fox looks forward to the debut of her collaboration with West Elm, featuring patterns inspired by the sunset viewed from her Spicewood home. The collection will feature pillows, rugs, a chair and canvas pendant light, each bursting with beautiful, geometric shapes. “I like making products that have an interesting story behind them,” Fox says. “It’s inspiring to take something two-dimensional and see it come to life.”

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From pillows for West Elm to an upcoming line of woven accessories for A Small Collection, Alyson Fox’s creations offer a dynamic pop of color.


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Jeff and Laura Daly, the husband-and-wife team behind Mockingbird Domestics, have developed a love of craftsmanship ever since they met in high school, when Jeff bought and rebuilt a 66’ Mustang, while Laura worked on the interior. “We’ve been building and renovating together ever since,” Laura says. With their combined experience in furniture building and interior design, the Dalys decided to create a space to showcase their love of artisan craftsmanship. “It’s a much bigger concept than just a store selling items,” Jeff notes. “There’s a story behind every piece.” Featuring the work of over 50 craftsmen, Mockingbird Domestics offers Austinites a range of elegant and timeless pieces for the home, from an approachable, plywood collection by Andrew Danziger to a luxury, walnut wood table by Michael Yates. In addition to its array of furniture, lighting fixtures, vintage pieces and more, the store serves as a forum for artisans to connect with the customer and with each other. “Mockingbird Domestics is about representing these craftsmen and the passion for what they do,” Jeff says. “And that’s our passion.”


For Alyson Fox, the allure of art is irresistible: “I love making things,” she says, “and I love sharing it with people.”

Jeff and Laura Daly have been building together since high school. Today, they share their love for craftsmanship at Mockingbird Domestics.


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Amber Ambramson strives to create spaces that are “bright, artistic and comfortable,” and with Busy-Being’s beautiful and eclectic collection of goods, she helps Austinites do just that.

Busy-Being | busy-being.com A native of Los Angeles, Amber Abramson had curated art galleries along the West Coast for over a decade before moving to Austin, where she transformed her online shop, Busy-Being, into a brick-and-mortar haven for unforgettable artwork. Turning her curator’s eye for engaging pieces toward her East Austin store, Abramson thinks of Busy-Being as her own “living art installation,” which she stocks with handcrafted work by artists she has come to know over the years. “It’s filled with things I love by people I love,” she says. In addition to clothing, books and accessories, Busy-Being offers an eclectic home décor collection, including whimsical wall hangings, rugs and hand-dyed quilts. “I don’t stick to any rules,” Abramson observes. “I pull from everything and everywhere.” Busy-Being has recently expanded to include a workshop series that will introduce guests to the crafts of indigo dyeing, organic skincare and everything in between. “I hope that people feel like they’ve stepped into a little part of my world,” Abramson says.

Leading Ladies By George celebrates the First Ladies and their impact on American style. By alex vi c kery P h oto g r a p h y by cody hamilton


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rom Eleanor Roosevelt to Michelle Obama, the history of the United States has been shaped by strong First Ladies who have defined their generation. With election season in full swing, By George pays tribute to these leading women in a vibrant fall window display, featuring portraits of each of the 46 First Ladies by acclaimed artist Mark Gagnon. A dynamic retrospective of great American women, the display is a visual testament to the old adage, “Behind every great man there is a great woman.” “While all eyes are on the male leaders of our country,” By George Marketing Director Kate Risinger says, “we are giving a nod to the females who back them up.” The profound impact our country’s First Ladies have had is especially evident in their leading role in fashion. Whether Jackie Onassis’ signature sheath dress or Mamie Eisenhower’s pink inaugural gown, each First Lady has exuded a style of her own. This fall, By George honors the timeless sensibilities of these women who left their mark on American style. To that effect, Mark Gagnon’s portrait series, which has previously appeared in holiday windows for luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman, will serve as a thoughtful backdrop for the array of ensembles displayed on By George mannequins. The New York-based artist first began the series eight years ago, as a personal exercise in portraiture, though his work soon garnered the attention of Flaunt and American Illustration.

“They’re iconic,” Gagnon says of his choice to paint the First Ladies. “Everyone has a favorite.” While each, individual portrait is beautiful, the collective effect of all 46 displayed in one setting is an especially striking tour de force of history and style. At the same time, Gagnon gives these incredible women a modern update, using house paint and foam board to add a playful touch. “It’s a high-end, low-end way of working,” he observes. “I hope people enjoy these portraits with a little bit of humor.” Alongside Gagnon’s portraits, By George took cues from First Lady Michelle Obama’s stylebook, mixing contemporary and designer pieces for the looks in the window display. Like Obama and many of her predecessors, the ensembles at By George evoke a simple elegance with a few, distinctive touches, such as a bold vest, a classic scarf or a one-of-a-kind necklace. “We really think that ‘American style’ is as much of a hodgepodge as America is,” Risinger observes. “We get so much influence from all over the world but really make it our own.” Juxtaposing strong, unforgettable women with diverse examples of American style, By George celebrates American designs and the leading ladies who wore them. By George’s fall window display, designed by Justin Hancock, is available for viewing at the boutique’s Lamar and South Congress locations through November 8. For more information about Mark Gagnon, visit markgagnon.com.

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'd like to think that every day starts out with potential to be a perfect day; it's all a matter of channeling one's inner Ferris Bueller and grabbing life by the horns. And since the horns are long here in Austin, they ought to be easier to grab. As a father of two boys, Hollins (8) and Calder (10), life is always an adventure. Like every parent, seeing the world through children's eyes has given me the blessing to see things in a new light. And as an architect, being able to see the beauty and joy in the everyday and in the ordinary is indeed a blessing. One of our favorite adventures is weekend outings to Callahan's General Store. What makes it so special? Maybe it's the drive across the old steel truss Montopolis Bridge. Maybe it's the beautiful live oak tree out front. Maybe it's walking in on a Saturday afternoon and hearing live music. Where else in Austin can you get a hunting license, goat and chicken feed, all the while listening to a live band performing "King of the Road?" Need a small swimming pool? They've got a big selection of large galvanized tubs… and the smaller ones are great for beer. After a trip to Callahan’s, it’s lunch at Nau’s Enfield Drug for cheeseburgers, shakes and a couple bags of Frito’s. It's an Austin institution with an eclectic mix of customers—old and young, rich and less so. The boys love to spend an afternoon at Camp Mabry. Known to most drivers on Mopac as a series of simple stone buildings and fighter jet forever frozen in flight, it is also home to a military history museum and semi annual battle reenactments. But my favorite Camp Mabry experience is attending Mass in the chapel on the base. It's a simple humble building, a perfect environment for reflection, humility and prayer. It’s a place that shows while Austin continues to become more wonderfully vibrant and diverse, it can still be as much of a simple small town as you want it to be. It's just a matter of seeing the beauty and joy in the everyday and the ordinary. HUGH RANDOLPH Hugh Randolph is an architect. Visit austinarchitect.com to view his work.

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The Topfer Theatre at ZACH Architect Arthur Andersson offers a glimpse behind the curtain at ZACH Theatre’s newest stage. Architects Arthur Andersson and Chris Wise worked with ZACH Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Dave Steakley, to develop a captivating space for ZACH’s dynamic performances.

Boasting a fly tower, trapped stage and adjustable acoustics, the Karen Kuykendall Stage offers the perfect venue for ZACH’s unforgettable productions.


Recalling the inspiring experience of entering Paris’ Palais Garnier, Arthur Andersson sought to capture a sense of enchantment and intimacy at the new Topfer Theatre.

During the day, the blue aluminum finish of the Topfer Theatre changes with the light, alternately blending with the sky and evoking the waters of Lady Bird Lake.

The Topfer Theatre at ZACH is located at 1510 Toomey Road


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t the heart of Zilker Park, past two curtains of glass, the Topfer Theatre at ZACH unfolds into a theatrical wonderland. “It’s designed to be a journey,” says Arthur Andersson of AnderssonWise Architects. Though the theatre accommodates 430 guests—almost twice the capacity of the original Kleberg Stage—it evokes a sense of warmth and intimacy: once inside, guests find themselves in a lofty space of luminescent beeswax-covered plaster walls and masonite paneling, a playful nod to the materials often found in theatre sets. A staircase leads to the Juliet balcony, overlooking a plaza and rain garden, and as guests continue to ascend, they at last come to the beautiful Serra Skyline Lounge, with a view of downtown Austin. “It’s as though you are going backstage and emerging onstage,” Andersson observes. Theatergoers can also look forward to performances on the new, state-of-the-art Karen Kuykendall stage, which has been expanded and outfitted with adjustable acoustics to heighten the unique relationship between audience and performer. “I hope people feel a sense of kinship with their experience at ZACH,” Andersson remarks. L. SIVA P h oto g r a p h y by b i ll s a ll a n s


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ose Minguell, former cellist and principal architect at MinguellMcQuary Architecture, knows the importance of an artist’s instrument. While his favorite remains the sturdy Rotring 600 1mm mechanical pencil, he uses different pens based on his artistic needs. For on-the-go sketching, Minguell prefers the clean lines of a ballpoint pen, while he uses a mechanical or wet point pen for detailed renderings of 3D objects. And when Minguell has time to draw at his leisure, there is nothing like a fountain pen. “The fountain pen is an art—it’s like playing a string instrument,” he says. “You can't just grab it and go at it. It requires practice and carefully learned and coordinated movements.” Though computers have largely replaced pens in architectural drafting, Minguell holds that pens will never become obsolete: “We think with our pencils. We draw to convey our ideas. The pen is like the language we're using—it's not going anywhere.” S. DUERR


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24, Concierge, Hotel St. Cecilia. She's wearing a vintage shift dress from her personal collection.

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35, Bikram Yoga Instructor. Her shorts are from Protype.

The Victory Grill played the perfect backdrop for Cook's Release Party of her new album Summer Skin.

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36, Creative Consultant. She picked up her snazzy boots at Allens Boots.


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Arthur Andersson Design Director Arthur Andersson of Andersson Wise looks back at four decades of architecture, life and laughter. 1. Christmas in Colorado with my kids in 2008. This is Lily, buttering up Santa. 2. From a House and Garden photo shoot, 1989. I was 29 and very much in need of a haircut. 3. Taking a break from cycling across Colorado, summer of 1992. 4. Showing off my coordination skills in Southern California, 1963. 5. Picture from the Cherry Creek High School yearbook, Denver 1973-74. I played 2nd base. Pretty sure we won the state championship that year. 6. With Henry Wildman, age 3 at that time, at a friend’s house for Easter, 2008. 7. Up to my ears in the sand at Leo Carillo beach in Malibu, summer of 1963. 8. Navigating my way around Florence, Italy in October 1992. 9. Assuming the correct stance for Little League...we were the Athletics. 1965 was a very good year. 10. Standing among the ruins of Monte Alban, near Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1990. 11. Riding Reno, outside Clark, Colorado, in summer of 2012.


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Feliz Feliz celebrates the art of handmade goods with a lineup of incredible artisans and intimate workshops


he idea behind Feliz was born two years ago, when West Coast transplants Natalie Davis of Tool & Tack and photographer Abby Powell-Thompson met in Austin. Inspired by the diversity of the city’s creative set, Davis and Powell-Thompson began to develop the concept for an event that would feature the work of local and national artisans. “We love learning about people who make beautiful objects and the process behind it.” Davis says. “Abby and I wanted to showcase that.” To that end, the duo will bring together vendors from across the country for Feliz, a weekend-long celebration Abby Powell-Thompson (pictured left) and Natalie Davis (pictured right) curate a weekend of craftsmanship with vendors like Forestbound (top) and BDJ Craftworks (bottom). of all things handmade. In the spirit of its festive name, Feliz begins with a cocktail party by gildem and more. “You can come with your kids, your husband, at West Elm, where Austinites are invited to meet the makers behind your best friend or your grandmother,” Davis observes, “and everyone the upcoming sale and workshops. “We wanted to provide people with an opportunity to get to know each other, share their stories and would be able to find something they love.” Across the river at Casa de Luz, a series of dynamic workshops prolearn from one another,” Davis remarks. Complete with unique popup shops by the Byrd Collective and Canoe, the evening will transport vide a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship showcased during the sale. Beginning and experienced artisans alike may purchase guests to a world of craftsmanship and offer a preview of the events seats in advance for a variety of classes, including jewelry making to come. with Kate Miss and “Etsy 101” with certified Etsy educators Caro Feliz continues at the Palm Door, which Davis and Powell-Thompline and Jose Vasquez. “Anybody can take a workshop.” Davis says. son have transformed into a simple and elegant space, punctuated “People can meet working artists who help them connect to the ideas by beautiful local plants, vintage tables, wooden crates and a hint of they have.” That connection between artist and consumer southern charm. Over the course of the weekend, this is central to the philosophy of the event: whether you’re artisan oasis will be home to 26 vendors, each handFeliz browsing stunning quilts or dyeing fabric with natural selected by Davis and Powell-Thompson. Guests can November 2-4 indigo, Feliz celebrates handmade goods and the stories wander between the tables, exploring cabinetry by BDJ felizsale.com behind them. L. siva Craftworks, silk scarves by BEAM Textiles, leather totes


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or years, restaurateur Eddie Bernal has been quietly cornering a corridor of central Austin. His restaurants aren’t the flashiest or most buzzed about, but they’re packed nightly with loyal Rosedale/ Bryker Woods clientele devoted to his winning formula of quality food at fair prices in a neighborhood setting. His 34th Street Café is practically iconic. Open since 1995, this beloved boîte continues to pack ‘em in for modern American favorites. Next came Santa Rita, a sprawling cantina serving Tex-Mex and margs. Then Blue Star Cafeteria, which satisfies comfort food cravings with updated diner classics. The only thing missing from Bernal’s portfolio was Italian. So now there’s Gusto, which he opened this year with business partner Cameron Lockley. Gusto is a re-do of one of Bernal’s rare missteps: La Sombra. While the Latin Ameri-


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can restaurant served tasty and inventive cuisine, it never caught fire. So Bernal and Lockley briefly shuttered it and reopened it with a different cuisine, décor and name: Gusto was born. The food is rustic and familiar. The Caesar Salad is a delightful start: crisp romaine is tossed in a bold, creamy dressing and scattered with ciabatta croutons and shaved parmesan. Next, fresh pappardelle pasta is topped with bolognese, a rich ragu of tomatoes, beef and pork. Tender braised pork shank comes with creamy polenta and sautéed kale and is large enough for two. For dessert, the incredibly dense flourless chocolate torte is a decadent slab of dark chocolate topped with homemade whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts. Throughout the night, service was knowledgeable and friendly. And aside from some dishes needing a little salt, everything is satisfying

and tasty. My only real gripe: the $3 ‘split plate’ charges tacked onto our bill. Gusto prides itself as a wine bar and offers a good selection from Italy and around the globe—with many offered by the glass and most bottles priced in the attractive $20-$40 range. There’s also a nice choice of beers on tap and by the bottle. Austin architect and designer Robert F. Smith revamped the restaurant’s interior to reflect its new Italian flavor and hired local artist Federico Archuleta to stencil the colorful walls with images of iconic Italian film stars. Diners can choose to sit in the cozy dining area, in the open lounge, at the long, sleek bar or on the covered patio. The ambience is relaxed and pleasant, with mellow jazz infusing the air and flickering red votives adding a touch of Italian sensuality. Gusto serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday Brunch that features frittatas, breakfast paninis and eggs with soft polenta and crispy pancetta. There are the requisite mimosas and bellinis, but what really caught my eye was the Italian-inspired Michelada made with herb-seasoned tomato puree, lime and Italian beer. Gusto seems poised to give its neighborhood diners their Italian fix. It looks like Eddie Bernal has done it again. K. spezia P h oto g r a p h y by EVAN P RINCE

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612 W. 6th St. (512) 474 2194 American tapas, mini burgers and cocktails— one of the most beloved happy hours in the city THE GROVE WINE BAR

6317 Bee Cave Rd. (512) 327 8822

Lively Westlake wine bar, retailer and restaurant. The wine list boasts more than 250 by the bottle.


11301 Domain Dr. (512) 490 1511

Urban emphasizes local breweries and offers classic comfort food in a modern setting. THE WOODLAND

1716 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 6800 Modern comfort food, made fresh daily in a cozy space. Bottles of wine are half price on Sunday and Monday nights.



4206 Duval St. (512) 458 3168 4521 West Gate Blvd. (512) 899 2700


A neighborhood scene with fine food and a cool, central bar serving an extensive, rotating wine list and selection of classic cocktails.

New American cuisine inspired by modern European brasseries with a thoughtful drink menu by Tipsy Texan’s David Alan.



Pub fare at its best, paired with a strong menu of classic and modern cocktails.

Dark wood paneling and an impressive wine and coffee list make Apothecary the perfect place to unwind.

710 W. 6th St. (512) 433 6954


701 Congress Ave. (512) 583 0000 10850 Stonelake Blvd. (512) 342 2700 The western bistro and “saloon” brings in the crowds for one of the best happy hour deals in town.


319 Congress Ave. (512) 472 1884

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4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 371 1600


3401 Esperanza Crossing (512) 215 3633 Austin’s favorite cake balls have a brick-andmortar home, complete with a small plates menu


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2024 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 394 8150

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(512) 614 2260 Taking cues from Contigo Ranch, the restaurant offers fresh, quality bar food.

Comfort food doesn’t get much better than the pork- and beer-centric gastropub by Chef Bryce Gilmore.



Elegant small plates with over 300 wine selections, perfect for pairing.

1115 E. 11th St. (512) 542 9542

A European-style bistro on Austin’s eastside with a curated wine list. BRAISE

2121 E. 6th St. (512) 478 8700 As befits its name, Braise offers dishes cooked to perfection and a strong wine program at a reasonable price point. THE CARILLON

1900 University Ave. (512) 404 3655 A fine dining spot, featuring New American cuisine with a sophisticated twist. CONGRESS

200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2760 Enjoy a wine list carefully crafted by Beverage Director June Rodil, named Best New Sommelier by Wine & Sprits Magazine. CONTIGO

2027 Anchor Ln.

11410 Century Oaks Ter. Ste. 104 (512) 339 9463 238 W. 2nd St. (512) 472 9463


604 Brazos St. (512) 391 7162

A dark intimate feel and rich American culinary experience. EAST SIDE SHOW ROOM

1100 E. 6th St. (512) 467 4280

Open until 2am Inspired by the eclectic cafes of Europe, East Side Show Room is more than a gourmet bar. The space gets a burst of color from its local artwork and live music. EASY TIGER

709 E. 6th St. (512) 614 4972 With a delicious bake shop upstairs and a beer garden downstairs, you just might never want to leave. ELEVEN PLATES & WINE

3800 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. (512) 328 0110

In addition to small and large plates menus, eleven

offers a cocktail program that brings together pre-prohibition classics and award-winning new concoctions. FINO RESTAURANT PATIO & BAR

2905 San Gabriel St. (512) 474 2905

Mediterranean bites and plates for sharing. Sip a handcrafted cocktail al fresco on the lovely patio. FOREIGN & DOMESTIC

306 E. 53rd St. (512) 459 1010 In addition to its rotating, seasonal menu, Foreign & Domestic offers a tightly edited drinks list. HADDINGTON’S

601 W. 6th St. (512) 992 0204

Open until 2am Fri & Sa This gastropub draws from across the Atlantic, offering British-inspired cuisine and a refreshing drink menu executed by classically trained mixologists. MAX’S WINE DIVE

207 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 904 0111 An elegant take on latenight comfort food. Its unfussy yet sophisticated dishes complement an extensive, daily-rotating wine list. MULBERRY

360 Nueces St. (512) 320 0297 Mulberry takes its cuisine as

seriously as it does the diverse wine and beer selection. PARKSIDE

301 E. 6th St. (512) 474 9898 Stop by for dinner or happy hour oysters at the bar. SALTY SOW

1917 Manor Rd. (512) 391 2337 A late-night, pork-loving dining destination, Salty Sow serves up creative signature drinks, including a BlueberryLemon Thyme Smash. SECOND

200 Congress Ave. (512) 827 2750 Another venture from Chef David Bull, Second offers a more casual bistro experience, complete with craft and local beers and an approachable wine program. SWIFT’S ATTIC

315 Congress Ave. (512) 482 8842 In an eclectic space overlooking South Congress, Swift's Attic takes its culinary cues from around the world, serving up kimchi and Lockhart quail and everything in between. TRIO

98 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 685 8300 Come for one of the city’s most popular happy hours or stay for dinner, enjoying wine pairings by the acclaimed Mark Sayre.


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900 RR. 620 S. (512) 263 8728


A classic French bistro, wine bar and bake shop.

408 E. 43rd St. (512) 451 1218


Travel to Piedmont and Tuscany with this tasting tour of Italy.

2026 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 442 3373


and contemporary takes on Japanese cuisine.

Taverna’s menu boasts sophisticated pastas, pizzas and trademark risottos, in addition to a diverse wine program.


258 W. 2nd St. (512) 477 1001



13308 FM 150 W. Driftwood, TX. (512) 894 3111

Exquisite pizzas hot out of the wood-fired brick oven and wines by the glass.

Nestled in the Mandola Estate Winery in Driftwood. Expect hearty portions of rustic Italian food.

Part charcuterie, cheese and wine shop, Henri’s offers a cozy space to explore new wines or take a bottle home.

507 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 474 9899



A gastropub with French inclinations and unique cocktails.

An inviting trattoria with warm Tuscan colors. Small bar up front and cozy booths in back.

trento 3600 North Capital of Texas Highway (512) 328 7555 The new go to spot for fresh, casual Italian in Westlake. Delicious weekend brunch.



Superb bistro menu with panini, salad, pasta and pizza and handmade pastries.

An staple of Italian fare in Austin, from thoughtfully chosen wines to excellent cuisine.

3110 Guadalupe St. (512) 537 0467


1807 S. 1st St. (512) 215 9778 French fare with a global outlook, drawing from the cuisines of India, North Africa and more. PÉCHÉ

1321 S. Congress Ave. (512) 916 1315

1610 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 7672

208 W. 4th St. (512) 492 9669


Enjoy prohibition-style cocktails at Austin’s first absinthe bar, alongside standout dishes of smoked duck salad and citrus-dusted salmon.

Hearty Italian fare with big, bold flavor.


3801 N. Capital of TX. Hwy. (512) 327 4448


Great espresso bar and a mostly Italian wine list, complete with an outdoor patio for sipping.

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4800 Burnet Rd. (512) 458 1100


3411 Glenview Ave. (512) 467 9898 Southern Italian cuisine, inspired by Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s family recipes. Pair your meal with one of the house’s specialty cocktails.

1610 S. Congress Ave. (512) 441 6100


206 Colorado St. (512) 382 5557 An upscale, fanciful sushi bar with a killer seven-day happy hour menu. MIZU PRIME STEAK & SUSHI

3001 RR. 620 S. (512) 263 2801

A blend of both traditional

207 San Jacinto Blvd. (512) 473 8775

An oasis of calm and cool in the Warehouse District. Mod¬ern sushi with fresh dishes and fun drinks. RAMEN TATSU-YA

8557 Research Blvd. Ste. 126 Chefs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto bring authentic ramen to Austin, complete with rich broth and slurpworthy noodles. UCHI

801 S. Lamar Blvd. (512) 916 4808 Uchi has become synonymous with excellence in modern Japanese fare. Start off with a series of hot and cold tastings before diving into the restaurant’s innovative sushi menu and sake list. UCHIKO

4200 N. Lamar Blvd. Ste. #140 (512) 916 4808 Don’t miss the daily Sake Social specials at Uchi’s sibling restaurat.


2330 W. N. Loop Blvd. (512) 459 4121 For over 30 years, Austinites have flocked

to Fonda’s for its interior Mexican menu and classic Latin American cocktails.

of the freshest options for seafood in town. Enjoy a drink on the patio overlooking South Congress.

LA CONDESA 400-A W. 2nd St. (512) 499 0300 Chef René Ortiz offers a menu inspired by the hip

truluck's 400 Colorado St. (512) 482 9000 10225 Research Blvd. (512) 794 8300 Highlight the flavors of

and bohemian Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City, accompanied by delicious cocktails by mixologist Nate Wales. MALAGA TAPAS & BAR 440 W. 2nd St. (512) 236 8020 Nothing pairs better with tapas than a refreshing cocktail—try the specialty Spanish Sangria. PAPI TINO’S

1306 E. 6th St. (512) 479 1306 Nestled in a converted house on East Sixth, Papi tino’s serves up modern Mexican cuisine and an impressive selection of delicious mezcals. TAKOBA 1411 E. 7th St. (512) 628 4466 Bold, authentic flavors with an emphasis on fresh ingredients that carries over to Takoba’s two full bars.

Seafood Perla's 1400 S. Congress Ave. (512) 291 7300 Great selection of oysters, clever cocktails, and one

fresh-catch seafood with a delicious wine by the glass or bottle.

Steak FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 320 E. 2nd St. (512) 457 1500 11600 Century Oaks Ter. Ste. 140 (512) 835 9463 Excellent food, stellar wines, pleasant atmosphere and polished staff. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE A consistent, fine dining experience with an extensive wine list for pairing. Don’t leave without trying the Chocolate Sin Cake!


14005 N. US Hwy. 183 Ste. 10000 (512) 258 1365

With an array of tasting and full plates, Spin offers a modern take on traditional Thai flavors.



Marketplace 4506 Balcones Drive, 78731


Built in 1955, this amazing Roland Roessner designed mid-century modern home is tucked away from the street on .43 acres. This is one of the finest and well preserved mid-century jewels in town. The home features four bedrooms, two updated modern baths, interior tongue and groove wood paneling, and walls of windows that bring the outside in. There is even a city view from the backyard patio. A must see for any MCM aficionado. DREW MARYE, BROKER THE MARYE COMPANY

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402 Graciosa Cove


Limestone “Hill Country” Traditional on a one acre lot with Austin Skyline views. Located on a private cul de sac, yet minutes to Eanes schools, fine storefronts and downtown Austin. 5 bedrooms-6 baths, 3 car garage, skyline view from master bedroom, resort size pool with spa, full size sport court, classic floor plan with flexibility for separate apt or studio, 10’ and 11’ ceilings in living areas, wine cellar, outside living area with custom waterfall. www.402Graciosa.com

5608 Parkcrest, Suite 300 | Austin, Tx, 78731 512.964.8944 themaryecompany.com


4401 Sunset Cliff Road

2703 Maria Anna, 78703

Get away to the joys of lakeside living. This hillside home has stunning views of Lake Buchanan, and a gentle slope takes you down to your own lake access. Spacious decks on three levels are perfect for relaxing and enjoying the amazing ever changing views and gentle breezes. With three plus acres there is room to roam and explore. Come on out and ENJOY. You’re sure to love it!

This soft, contemporary Tarrytown home was meticulously designed to complement Austin’s natural Hill Country Terrain. Nestled into the hillside, this multi-level floor plan combines casual, open living with wonderful, private spaces. Almost every room includes its own private deck. Abundant natural light filters throughout each level. The versatile floor plan includes 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths and several comfortable living spaces.





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512-431-9502 wendy@ameliabullock.com www.ameliabullock.com

2315 Hartford


Beautiful Old Enfield estate. Over 5300 sf Tastefully updated, yet offers 1940’s charm. This home boasts original hardwood floors, custom moldings, beautifully landscaped grounds and private pool with cabana. Offering four-bedrooms, four-and-two -half-baths, gorgeous gourmet eat in kitchen with large adjoining family room allowing easy entertaining. Beautiful dining room, living room and sun-room round out this amazing property. Private water well installed in 2011. Located just minutes to downtown and zoned for award winning Casis Elementary.


betsy@buttross.com 512 300-7919 for your private showing!

Drawn from Norman Bel Geddes’s extensive archive housed at the Harry Ransom Center, the exhibition explores this innovative designer’s futuristic and streamlined concepts and his impact on modern American society.

Through January 6 Harry Ransom Center 21st and Guadalupe Streets Free admission, donations welcome www.hrc.utexas.edu 512-471-8944

Dress by Candlelight October 25, 2012 • 7 to 10 pm • Saks Fifth Avenue Join us for an evening of fun, shopping and fashion benefiting Candlelight Ranch. Enjoy a runway show, live and silent auctions, great music, and lots of fine food and drink from Austin's top restaurants. •

VIP tickets are $125 with reserved seating and a private VIP reception.

General Admission tickets are $75.

Shop Saks the night of the event as 10% of sales will be donated to Candlelight Ranch! For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, contact www.candlelightranch.org or 512-323-5300.

Candlelight Ranch provides a unique outdoor environment where special needs and at-risk children learn, play and heal through the wonders of nature.

Gottesman Krumholz Siegel Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Ron Knight, Vice President Investments Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Austin-Arboretum Branch

The Frachtman Steve and Gail and Family Molly Krasoff Rodney Susholtz

Cake, Please! • Coco Paloma • Fabi + Rosi • Mansion at Judge’s Hill • Quality Seafood Market and Restaurant • Sullivan's • Taco Deli

our little secret

B John and

Tracy Dyess' freddie's place Freddie’s Place 1703 South First Street (512) 445 9197


october 2012


efore we had children, we loved trying out new eateries and enjoying live music wherever it could be found. After a long, busy week, we would just sit, savor our food and lose track of time. This all changed dramatically when our children entered the picture, and going to dinner became an entirely new adventure. After children, we decided that the most important factor was finding a place where we could enjoy good food but also provide entertainment for our energetic children who had no interest in sitting at a table. Our perfect restaurant must be a place that is not so loud that you cannot hold a conversation but loud enough so that

the screams of our children would not disturb our neighbors. Ideally, it would include a playground, sandbox or something for our children to climb on. We heard about Freddie’s Place from some friends of ours, and from their description, we knew it was just the place that we were looking for. We packed up the children and decided to give it a try. When we walked up, the giant oak trees and live music playing in the back invited us in, while the children saw the playground and took off running. We grabbed a seat close by to watch the children play as we enjoyed some local music and waited for our food. For the first time in a while, we were not worrying about entertaining our children at the table. We were actually out in public and enjoying ourselves—even before we got our food, we were already in love. The food proved to be delicious. Our family loves to start out with a big ol’ basket of sweet potato fries, and the queso is never disappointing. Although our daughter is in love with the grilled cheese sandwich, we usually can’t resist having a burger when we go. The Royale with cheese is a regular order, as well as the no-frills Old Standby. When we are feeling a little in need of a salad, the cranberry walnut salad would be our pick. We also really love the Chicken Chez Freddie, which is grilled chicken topped with their homemade hummus, sliced tomatoes, mushrooms and Swiss cheese. Yum! Austin is such a great city to live and raise a family. We are so thankful for Freddie’s Place where a family can go and still enjoy all of the things that make Austin great. John and tracy dyess John Dyess is the owner and director of Dyezz Surveillance and Security, which provides residential and commercial video surveillance and alarm systems. Tracy Dyess is a site director of the University of Texas Child Development Center.

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