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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.

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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Dec052013

Showroom: Reinterpreting the Roaring '20s  

Catherine Martin drew inspiration for her latest, Art Déco–inspired collection for Mokum from her film work—and her love of the period. Image courtesy Mokum. For sheer glamour, you can’t beat the Roaring Twenties. The clothes. The jewels. The furnishings. For their newest collection, Mokum, the New Zealand textile company, taps that rich heritage with a collection by Catherine Martin, the acclaimed, Academy Award–winning costume and set designer.

The new collection, the second collaboration between Martin and Mokum, grew out of Martin’s costume and set work on Baz Luhrmann’s recent film adaptation of The Great Gatsby (their first was inspired by Martin’s experience on Luhrmann’s epic Australia). It was a perfect fit for Mokum, explains Stephanie Moffitt, the company’s Sydney-based design director. “As a studio, we’d done an Art Déco collection, so it was nice to revisit an area we’ve already researched.” In teaming with Martin once again it also offered a chance “to see what worked with the first collection and explore what we wanted to achieve with the second,” she says. 

Besides drawing on her film work for the new designs, Martin turned to her childhood, where she spent time in France at her grandfather’s Art Déco house, and to her second home of Manhattan, where the American Déco tradition has influenced her. The resulting designs immediately evoke period motifs but “are infused with a modern feel,” notes Moffitt.

Included in the collection are five textiles, along with wallpapers and pair of ribbons. They’re offered in glamorous black and gold and an intense peacock shade that suggests jade and Bakelite designs of the '20s, along with paler neutrals that are just as luxe. Patterns range from the geometric (the velvet Limelight and the linen blend Metropolis) to a floral velvet (Splendour).

In the end, though, the collection isn’t about a verbatim recreation of the time’s motifs. “There are a few signature pieces that reflect Déco, but, depending on your application, you can transcend it,” says Moffitt. 

For more information on the collection and where to find it, click here.

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