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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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