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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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Feb262013

Designing the Future: A Conversation with Jamie Wolfond

Jamie Wolfond's witty Emergency Bench. The RISD student is building a large body of work while still a student at RISD. Image via Jamie Wolfond.Today we kick off our series of interviews with young architects and designers by speaking with Jamie Wolfond. Jamie is finishing up his last year at RISD and already has a substantial CV to his name, with stints in film and in design studios to his credit. He has also designed some intriguing objects himself, which were what initially brought him to our attention. We wanted to find out what makes a young designer tick, his thoughts on design and his vision of the future. What follows is our Q-and-A with an emerging young talent about his inspirations, plans and why design is like looking for your keys.

We plan to bring you more interviews with young architects and designers down the line, so keep checking here regularly.

FORM: How did you get interested in furniture design?

Jamie Wolfond: I wanted to design furniture before I knew there was such a job. In the beginning, I wanted to use my toys to make things that my parents would take seriously. K'nex is just a building tool for kids, it isn't “real,” but when I use it to make a shelving unit or an umbrella stand, people see it differently.

F: What was the first piece of furniture you ever made?

JW: When I was around 11, I screwed together these pine cubes that act as a modular shelving unit. I still have some in my apartment. I joke that they're the most useful thing I’ve ever made.

F: Was that your “ah ha” moment in terms of your career, or did it happen more gradually?

JW: I guess it was one of the first times I really thought about it. I always knew what I wanted to do, but before that it was more visceral than intellectual.

F: What sorts of things inspire you?

JW: I can't think of any sorts of things that don't.

Lately, I have been searching things like 'bad design” on Google Images to see if I get an idea. It's not that I'm necessarily looking for bad design, but I can only find certain things by searching something else entirely.

F: Who are your top three favorite living designers?

JW: They're always changing. Three things that I'm really excited about right now are Sebastian Wrong's slipcast table for Established and Sons, Erwin Wurm's work and this short animated film called BAKA! by Immanuel Wagner.

F: How about top three of all time?

W: Marcel Duchamp, Sol Lewitt and Alvar Aalto.

F: What do you see as trends in your field?

JW: Computers and technology seem to be an increasingly prominent way of making things. I guess I can't say that the very use of technology is a new thing, but I think, now, designers are polarized by the question of 3D printers and CNC in general.

F: What's your process like? Are you sketcher, a tinkerer, a computer guy?

JW: I usually know what I want the thing to feel like before I know how it might look or work. So it’s really just a matter of doing a lot until I know how to get what I want.

I feel the same way when I've lost my keys. At first, I have no idea where I left them- no clue at all- so I look in the obvious places. As I look, my idea of where they might be gets better and better. Soon, I'm checking under specific books and papers, half expecting to find them. When I finally figure out where they are, I don't even have to check to know I got it right.

Looking for the keys is research. I usually combine iterative material experiments and working models with internet research until I find whatever it is I'm looking for.

F: What's your all time favorite object?

JW: I'm sitting in my kitchen now, so I would say my French press and this box of plastic cutlery are my favorite objects, but when I go back into my living room it might be my Sorel boots, and when I leave the house, a cast iron spigot.

I am always falling in love with some things and falling out of love with others. I think that changing my mind is a large part of the reason I keep wanting to make new things.

F: What has been your professional highlight so far?

JW: Last summer I worked at Den Herder Production House in the Netherlands. I lived in a spacious trailer in the sheep field on Bas Den Herder's farm. I helped produce work by Maarten Baas and Bertjan Pot and some custom projects. It was like nothing I've ever done- challenging, gritty and beautiful.

This interview has been edited for length and style.

 

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