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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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The California Endowment

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Deadline: December 8

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Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Deadline: January 16
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Deadline: February 23
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Tuesday
Feb192013

A Capital Idea: The New D. C. International Design Festival

 

Ronan and Erwin Bouroullec's wool and foam Clouds will be part of the exhibition The Next Wave at the Washington, D. C. International Design Festival. Image via Kravdat.There's a new kid on the design-fest block this week. Say hello to the Washington, D. C. International Design Festival, which kicks off on Thursday, February 21, and runs through Sunday, May 19. The festival, a joint effort presented by the arts organizations Apartment Zero and Artisphere, features a major exhibition along with a great assortment of public programs that take stock of the state of industrial design in the early 21st century.

 

Why D.C. and why now? For Douglas Burton, the co-owner of Apartment Zero, it’s a natural fit. “It's always been surprising to me to compare the size of Metro D. C. to other major metropolitan areas through the country and find that we have the second highest density of residential design showrooms, architecture firms, commercial furniture showrooms and published interior designers after New York City,” he says.  “You can find almost any item being created around the world presented right here in your own hometown. We may not know it, but many of the design decisions that are seen throughout the world start right here. With so many industry groups and associations based here, why not take advantage of this unique city and create a program that brings so many of them together?”Also on view will be Patricia Urquiola's Magnus Rug. Image via Gandia Blasco.

 

At the heart of the multi-disciplinary festival is the exhibition The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, an exploration of design in the first 13 years of the century curated by Burton and produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute and Spain Arts & Culture, the Embassy of Spain and the Spain USA Foundation’s cultural program. Highlighted will be prototypes, one-offs and production pieces from Europe and the United States, all displayed across a 4,000-square-foot exhibition space. 

 

“It is an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate something we all have in common: a love for beauty, whether that exists in the end with products being clever, useful, or unusual. Having an event like this in the capital region helps solidify Washington, DC as a leader in the field of design. It is a natural fit with the vibrant design scene across the area, which is already known for its outstanding visual art, theatre, dance and experimental arts. The Next Wave will enrich the DC region, allowing residents to celebrate design in a way that many major cities have not examined,” says Burton. So if you’re in D.C. or have plans to be over the next few months, be sure to check out the Design Festival’s happenings—it promises to be a major addition to the scene.

 

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