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Snubbing his nose at sleek-chic, architect and interior designer David Rockwell fabricates fanciful, Alice-in-Wonderland destinations for clients like Planet Hollywood and Disneycorporations whose mass appeal is arguably the enemy of art. But the instinctual zing of Rockwell’s work transcends corporate branding: Although his recent design for the Coca-Cola roof deck above Atlanta’s Ted Turner Stadium (incorporating Coke’s trademarked wave) veers onto Madison Avenue, Rockwell’s childlike phantasmagoriassuch as columns topped with fiber optic threads that become giant paintbrushes in Disney’s Animator’s Palate Restaurantillustrate a vision that springs from unabashed glee. The designer presents a slide lecture of recent work by his New York City-based firm, the Rockwell Group, at 7:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Hammer Auditorium, 17th & New York Ave. NW. $16. (202) 639-1770. (Jessica Barrow Dawson)