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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

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.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
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November 21, 2014
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November 21–25, 2014
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January 15–18, 2015
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Oct162013

Showroom: Exploring the Potential of Bamboo

Taiwanese designer Feng Cheng-Tsung tests the limits of bamboo in his new chair. Image courtesy Feng Cheng-Tsung.

It doesn’t seem possible—with its sinuous strips of lashed and looped bamboo—that the chaise is for sitting let alone lounging. It seems more a piece of sculpture. In actuality, it's both. It’s Flow, a new chaise conjured up by Taiwainese designer Feng Cheng-Tsung and fabricated by Chen Kao-Min as Cheng-Tsung’s response to contemporary designers’ use of bamboo. “I believe that the methods of making bamboo products are too limited,” he explains. “I wanted to release the restricted soul of bamboo.”

Beyond an interest in exploring the limits of the material, Cheng-Tsung took nature as his inspiration for the piece. “I wanted to present a flying cloud, blowing wind and running water in bamboo material,” he says. “The concept represents the action of nature as gradually weakens.” To that end, the back of the chaise, structured around massed balls composed of strips of bamboo, looks as if a cascade or gust is streaming more bamboo strips down the seat. As the strips reach the foot of the piece, they gradually taper into varying lengths.

For Cheng-Tsung, the piece’s construction turned into a fascinating exercise in methodology, balancing mass production and artisanal work. On the one hand, the ball components are relatively standardized and can be produced in something approaching a large quantity (even lending themselves as a structural element to say a stool or an armchair). On the other, the bamboo strips that flow from the piece are handcrafted, requiring a sure and steady hand to create their twists, turns and connections. In each case, though, it required many hours to find the proper configuration, both of the balls and of the freewheeling strips in order to deliver the sturdiest results. 

In the end, says Cheng-Tsung,“I created an uncontrollable, perceptual and dynamic piece of furniture, with vivid and lifelike strength.”

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