Metro Retro Furniture and graffiti artist GONZO247, are teaming up for a unique collaboration melding contemporary graffiti and mid-century furniture design. Building on GONZO247’s 2010 “pop-up” exhibition at Design Within Reach that featured items from his personal collection of vintage furniture, this partnership highlights pieces from Metro Retro’s extensive collection of original mid-century treasures. Metro Retro has given the artist full access to their 30,000 sqft. warehouse, allowing him to hand select iconic side chairs by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller and vintage credenzas from Florence Knoll. This carefully curated collection features functional forms, elegant lines, and vibrant graffiti patterns from an artist who’s become synonymous with Houston’s ascendance in the global street art scene.
Join us Thursday, December 11th from 5 – 9 pm at Mid Century Modern 2215 Washington Ave. Houston, TX 77007 for a special unveiling of the collection before its available for purchase on the world market via 1stDibs™ and Mid Century Modern’s showroom on Washington Ave. Vibes provided by local DJ Talent. Supported by Red Bull and Saint Arnold Brewery.
About Metro Retro Furniture
Metro Retro started in 2000 as an online retailer providing mid-century designer furniture and accessories for thousands of customers through eBay. Demand from our customers led us to acquire a 30,000 sq. foot warehouse in Pasadena, Texas, and more recently a 3500 sq. foot showroom on Washington Ave. in Houston, TX. We feature vintage items from designers and manufacturers representing the full spectrum of mid-century and modern movements, including: Herman Miller, Jens Risom, Knoll, Dunbar, Paul McCobb, Harvey Probber, Milo Baughman, Thayer Coggin, Thonet, Stow Davis, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson and many others.
Metro Retro is the Houston representative for Modernica, Gordon International, Zographos and select Italian manufacturers of classic furniture. We ship from Texas to locations throughout the United States, Asia, Great Britain & Europe, and the Americas. Our online business remains robust as a result of our exclusive status as one of 1500 registered dealers on 1stDibs, the world’s leading online marketplace for the most beautiful things on earth.
Texas-based artist, Mario Enrique Figueroa, Jr. aka GONZO247 was exposed to graffiti and began his pursuit as a self-taught aerosol artist in 1985. Some of his accomplishments include: Opening Houston graffiti and street art gallery, Aerosol Warfare Gallery; producing Aerosol Warfare, a graffiti video series; Mural “Houston Is…” with The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) (Houston, TX 2013) selected Houston Press Best Public Art Project and won a Silver Addy Award; Mural Downtown Public Library Parking Garage (Houston, TX, 2011); Education HANS 200: The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall guest instructor at Rice University Hanszen College (Houston, Texas 2009); His artwork can also be found in the City of Houston Art Collection at The Houston Permitting Building; Interviewed for the Center for Arts Leadership Archives at University of Houston, 2013; Collaboration for the Houston Rap Book, Slipcase Cover Artwork (2013); Mentioned in The History of American Graffiti, Texas Chapter (2011); Also named Houston Press Best Art Curator in a Non-Museum Setting Award 2012.