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DESIGN & R EA L T Y BY DESIGN Gino Vian’s Merchant and Market makes for yet another reason for design denizens to check out the Westheimer Curve. MARKET VALUE Interior designer and craftsman Gino Vian is probably most well-known in the local design community for his hand at building out some of Houston’s trendiest bars and restos—his most recent commercial projects include the reopened Ruggles Green on Alabama Street and Midtown’s Wooster’s Garden. With the opening of his new antique store and workshop, Merchant and Market , on the Westheimer Curve, however, Houstonians now have access to his design nds and craftsman skills. “Anyone who walks by can swing in, and there’s all kinds of stu ,” the 36-year-old says of the superhip space that’s nothing short of a veritable treasure box. A bust of Napoleon sits in one corner, and an $8,500 antique Greek mirror lls another. “It’s a curiosity shop.” And this summer, Vian plans to start o ering painting lessons. Guests can bring in their own furniture and learn how to restore and re nish them on site, with guidance. e store even has its own paint line, currently at 18 colors. Space in the classes is limited, though, so make sure to keep an eye on his website for details. 1637 Westheimer Rd., 346.204.4596, mrchmrkt.com –Ray Dennison PHOTO BY PHOEBE ROURKE-GHABRIEL

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BY DESIGN Gino Vian’s Merchant and Market makes for yet another reason for design denizens to check out the Westheimer Curve.

MARKET VALUE Interior designer and craftsman Gino Vian is probably most well-known in the local design community for his hand at building out some of Houston’s trendiest bars and restos—his most recent commercial projects include the reopened Ruggles Green on Alabama Street and Midtown’s Wooster’s Garden. With the opening of his new antique store and workshop, Merchant and Market, on the Westheimer Curve, however, Houstonians now have access to his design finds and craftsman skills. “Anyone who walks by can swing in, and there’s all kinds of stu ,” the 36-year-old says of the superhip space that’s nothing short of a veritable treasure box. A bust of Napoleon sits in one corner, and an $8,500 antique Greek mirror fills another. “It’s a curiosity shop.” And this summer, Vian plans to start offering painting lessons. Guests can bring in their own furniture and learn how to restore and re finish them on site, with guidance. e store even has its own paint line, currently at 18 colors. Space in the classes is limited, though, so make sure to keep an eye on his website for details. 1637 Westheimer Rd., 346.204.4596, mrchmrkt.com –Ray Dennison

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