The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.




Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
I Like Design
Interiors & Sources 

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Wayback Wednesday: Inspired Match

  For Bermondsey Square, Igloo worked with five design firms to transform a derelict community into a development with affordable housing, large plaza, and a range of programming. Image by Will Pryce.

By John Gendall

Historians position the Renaissance’s birth in Florence, Italy around the year 1400. They give it this coordinate in place and time because of a perfect storm of conditions: a wealth of talent pouring out from several accomplished workshops (Lorenzo Ghiberti, Fra Angelico, and Filipo Brunelleschi), a thriving economy owing to bustling trade, and, importantly, an ambitious and tasteful patron of the arts, the Medici family, willing to invest in provocative new art and architecture. In the midst of the Bubonic Plague, the revelation of the Florentine patrons served as a guiding light, paving they way for the exquisite work of the high renaissance. In other words, without the Medicis, there would have been no Michelangelo.

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Workbook: Paul Basile's Plan Check Vision

For their new location, Plan Check's owners turned to San Diego–based designer Paul Basile. Photographs by Dylan + Jeni/Courtesy Basile Studios.

For the newest location of Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (the first was on Sawtelle), the company tapped design polymath Paul Basile, of Basile Studio, to create the space on Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. A veteran of the San Diego design scene, Basile brought a warm, inviting vibe to the space. We chatted with him about his ideas for it recently.

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The FORM 15: Rebecca Dorris Steiger

Earlier this year, designer Rebecca Dorris Steiger took the helm of the IIDA's New York Chapter. Image courtesy Rebecca Dorris Steiger.Rebecca Dorris Steiger wears many hats. She's a senior interior designer and associate at Gensler; and, earlier this year, she was appointed president of the IIDA NY Chapter. She traces her involvement in the IIDA to 2001, when she joined the San Francisco chapter. Subsequently, she served as Vice President of Membership and Vice President of Communications for the Northern California Chapter. Her work on the Board of Directors helped the chapter win IIDA Large Chapter of the Year in 2005. After her return to New York in 2006, she quickly got involved with the NY Chapter. We recently sprung our ever-popular FORM questionnaire on her, since she has a unique view of the design profession, both as a practioner and a leader, promoting the field and educating its members. 

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Events: Cinema as Art

A scene from Nightcrawler, one of the films showing at the Hammer's Contenders series. Image courtesy Hammer Museum.There are too few opportunities to enjoy the art of cinema at its best. It requires an near-miraculous fusion of all the elements, perfectly projected on a big screen to an appreciative audience. If you don't have a private screening room you are limited to the American Cinematheque, and a handful of Academy offerings. To fill the void, the Hammer's Billy Wilder Theater is hosting The Contenders, a series of nine new releases selected by the Museum of Modern Art Film Department. The goal is to show features from around the world that are up for awards and deserve enduring fame. Most have had limited theatrical distribution, crowded out by mindless blockbusters and the endless stream of Hollywood drivel. As a bonus, directors and actors will engage in post-screening discussions. 

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FORM on Design: Jamie Wolfond's Journey

Designer Jamie Wolfond collaborated with Elliot Camarra on the Sticker Clock, one of the products from his company, Good Thing. Photograph by Alyssa Kirsten.

We first encountered Jamie Wolfond almost two years ago. A student at RISD, he had created a piece he dubbed the Emergency Bench, incoporating inflatable rafting tubes into a witty piece of seating that could be set up on the fly. Since then, he and his girlfriend, Samantha Anderson, have founded Good Thing, a Brooklyn-based firm. We recently chatted with Jamie to find out what life is like outside of design school and how his approach to his work has changed in the last few years. 


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