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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: December 31
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Thursday
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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