Kelly Gale Amen has been an influential and eccentric designer and participant in the Houston arts & design community since 1974. His work has been described as shocking and deliciously enchanting. We can’t think of a better way to describe his downtown urban loft at the stylish and art-friendly Dakota Lofts!

Kelly’s compound is overflowing with juxtaposing extremes that just seem to fit perfectly together; humorous, dark, sentimental, eclectic, and erotic. Tribal artifacts flank contemporary sculptures. A child’s portrait of his pet Dalmatian named Fire Hydrant sits next to a renaissance-style, religious oil painting.  The home is filled with his personally designed, unique furniture accompanied by a photo of that furniture on fire. You can see his furniture anywhere from the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences to the Oklahoma State Capitol to the Cosmonauts Museum of Moscow!

Kelly is also a cancer survivor and the founder of the nonprofit Cancer Below the Belt which seeks to spread awareness and screening of the “Dirty Dozen” through humor. You can find information and photos about the CBB in the Dakota Lofts lobby, and don’t be surprised if you are asked to #GetCaughtWithYourPantsDown!


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