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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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The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
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International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

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
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
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Deadline: February 23
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Fun and Games Tables

Teckell represents a complete re-imagining of the foosball table. Image via Teckell.For the design-aware who also like the occasional game of foosball, or table tennis or pool, the pickings have historically been, shall we say, somewhat slim. In general, the options were either of the lumpy, blocky, woody variety or of the flimsy, shoddy one. Little wonder they’re usually relegated to basements, garages or dim game rooms—out of sight and, more often than not, out of mind. A few companies are changing all that, creating game tables that demand some prime real estate. 

Take the Teckell Calcio Balilla collection—foosball tables that shift the paradigm. A joint effort from B.lab Italia and Adriano Design, the pieces have more in common with a sculpture than with quotidian game tables. Gregg Brodarick, the managing director of B.lab Italia explains genesis like this: “When we asked Adriano to design a new product for us and they came back with a design for a foosball table entirely in crystal, pure madness! We took up the challenge with enthusiasm and we created Teckell.” Perhaps the most stunning piece in the line is the Cristallino Gold LE—a foosball table constructed of crystal and aluminum with 24-carat-gold-plated accessories. 

If pool is more your forte, we’ve got something for you, too. Also sleek and totally cutting edge—initially developed over a two-year span by Australian designer Craig Nottage—Nottage Design collection features transparent-top tables made of glass beneath a layer dubbed Vitrik, the first and only clear playing surface in the world. While they look totally space age, the tables actually replicate the rolling-resistance of a cloth-topped surface, allow for spin and wear hard, so they'll hold up for countless competitive games. A custom-finished ball set is used with the tables, and the company offers a range of accessories, all equally well-designed. Nottage Design's revolutionary G-1 pool table with a clear playing surface. Image via Nottage Design.

As is so often the case, the ping pong tables from 11 Ravens were born from designer Bernard Semerdjian’s love of the game. A noted graphic designer, Semerdjian decided to apply his talents to his passion. For his first table, the Theseus, “My intent was to have it be as simple as possible and yet striking at the same time,” he explains. “I always try and design something that will push the limits of each of these table designs while maintaining a practical functionality that serves this simple and brilliant game."
The Theseus ping-pong table grew out of a graphic designer's love of the game. Image via 11 Ravens.

So if you're mind and body are tempted by the thought of a foosball table or ping-pong table or pool table, but your design soul says no, maybe these fun, innovative pieces will turn change your mind, and bring some fun out of the depths and into the light.

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