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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Deadline: May 18
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Deadline: June 1 
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Deadline: December 31
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Wednesday
Jan302013

Light up Your Life with the New Stickbulb Collection by RUX

The new Stickbulb Collection from RUX features lights inspired by fireworks. Image via RUX.

You might say that RUX’s wide-ranging design practice runs from the sublime (a concept for floating bridges spanning the East River) to the more, perhaps, utilitarian (a prototype for a very 21st-century gum dispenser springs to mind). With the Stickbulb Collection of LED lights, now available to order, they’ve created something that is both.

As founder and principal Russell Greenberg tells the story, “RUX was designing a house in Miami that needed a large light installation in the foyer. At the same time, the production of another one of our projects was producing linear strips of wooden ‘waste’ that were piling up in our workshop. We challenged ourselves to make a light fixture out of the wooden scraps. Instead of developing a one-off installation with the sticks, we set out to design an elegant modular product, like a light-up erector set.”

The elegant new results of RUX’s experiment include the Bang Series, a group of three lights, ranging from a tabletop model just under three feet tall to a nine-foot tall floor-sized piece, all reminiscent of exploding fireworks and tree branches. The simple, elegant Torch Series—just a single, linear light—also comes in three sizes. All the lights emit a warm glow reminiscent of candles but without the flicker.

Besides looking fantastic, the Stickbulb Collection has some seriously eco-friendly cred. “Conservation of resources is at the heart of the Stickbulb collection,” says Greenberg. “We use responsibly sourced and reclaimed woods for the enclosures.” In practical terms, it means the pieces are constructed from sustainably harvested maple and pine, from Southern yellow pine reclaimed from construction sites in New York and Connecticut, and from ipe salvaged from the Coney Island and Atlantic City boardwalks.

On top of that, “We work with local manufacturers and craftsman for the minimal lamp components,” says Greenberg. “At RUX we are not only interested in designing innovative products, but we are also interested in developing elegant supply chains to produce those products.”

To supply yourself with a light from the Stickbulb collection, contact the company at orders@stickbulb.com.

 

 

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