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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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Feb282013

Fit for Champions

Interlocking rings representing some of L.A.'s recent sports triumphs are a centerpiece in the redesigned Champions Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live. Photo by Grey Crawford.

Los Angeles and sports championships are no strangers to one another. The Lakers have 11 to their credit over the last 40-plus years. The Dodgers have won five. Last year the Kings added to the city’s trophy case by winning their first Stanley Cup. It’s fitting then that members of the Kings were on hand dedicate a new Swarovski crystal sculpture—part of the redesigned Champions Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. Live.

The sculpture, a centerpiece of the space’s new look, embodies the winning ways of the city’s athletes: Its interlocking rings represent the championships won by the Lakers and the Kings since the opening of Staples Center in 1999. The specially-commissioned piece was designed by Czech artisan Katarina Kudejova Fulinova and is a collaboration between the lounge’s interior design firm, Bowery Design Group, and Lasvit, the Czech company renowned for its way with crystal and glass lighting. With its design and craft pedigree, the hanging sculpture is, not surprisingly, a dynamic presence bursting with energy—a perfect analogy for the games played nearby.

Lasvit was the ideal choice to create the sculpture, given the company’s own creative ferment. As the firm’s Leon Jakimic puts it, “This environment of dynamic creativity has drawn world class talent to Lasvit and enables us to partner with world’s leading architects, designers and property entrepreneurs. These creative collaborations enable our partners to realize their creative vision for the world’s finest architectural environments—be it through iconic classic designs or breathtaking contemporary creations in glass and crystal.”

The lounge's public spaces feature a custom glass billiard table. Photo by Grey Crawford.

While the stunning sculpture is a highlight, the space boasts a host of amenities and stunning design touches for the residents to love. There’s a breakfast and coffee bar and a wine tasting and storage vault. Luxe details include an onyx-topped table lit from within, a custom billiard table by Nottage Design (featured here last week) and a trophy case filled with memorabilia from L.A. Live’s winning teams. Chances are, the trophy case will have more added to it someday soon. And, who knows, Lasvit just might be called on to add another ring or two.

 

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