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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
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

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.

 

 

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Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

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
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Oct072013

Showroom: A Bryght Idea

Bryght.com is aiming to change the online furniture shopping game by offering high-style furniture and eliminating the risk. Image via Bryght.com.We shop online for books, clothes, groceries, even eyeglasses. What we don’t shop for much is furniture. By some estimates, only about three percent of furniture purchases are currently made online. When you think about it, it makes sense. Shopping for furniture is a singularly tactile experience. We want to feel the fabric or the finish and sit in the chair or the sofa. We want to walk around it and get the 360-degree experience so that when it comes times to put it in our living room or dining room, we know exactly what we’re getting.

Bryght.com is aiming to change all that. The company, based out of Vancouver, BC, and launched just a few months ago, is betting that we’re ready and willing to go online for high-quality furnishings, because, as Amir Baig, the CEO and a co-founder, puts it, “our scarcest resource is time.” To that end, Baig and his partners have created a company that offers high-style furniture with a contemporary flair that’s just a click away. Making it even more appealing, the pieces are priced substantially below their competitors since they source directly from designers and manufacturers, cutting out importers, distributors and sales people.

Besides offering affordable, quality, Amir and his team have taken steps to make the experience as risk-free as possible. The photography of their pieces is as high-resolution as possible, so buyers can get a detailed picture of the items they’re considering. They also offer free fabric swatches to bring a bit of that tactile experience into online shopping. Finally, and most importantly, if a customer isn’t happy with their purchase, they can send it back and not be charged for shipping or re-stocking. “To make this work,” says Baig, “we had to be bold.”

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