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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
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Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
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Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

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

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Books: A Preview of Leslie Williamson's Handcrafted Modern Europe

Bruno Matthson's house in Varnamo, Sweden, will be featured in Leslie Williamson's forthcoming book Handcrafted Modern Europe. Image courtesy Leslie Williamson.Our own homes reveal so much about us and about the inner-workings of our minds. Is there clutter? Is everything carefully stowed away? Which rooms have been best thought-out? The kitchen with a well-worn batterie de cuisine? A library with perfectly organized, floor-to-ceiling stacks of books?

A few years back photographer Leslie Williamson wanted to find a book on how some of the leading names in midcentury design lived. What she realized, though, was that it didn’t exist. Inspired, she set out to create one. “I just made the book that I really wanted,” she explains. That book is the 2010 publication Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers, which explores the homes of over a dozen architects and designers around the United States, including those of George Nakashima, Eva Zeisel, Albert Frey, and Jens Risom.

While many of the people profiled in the book are perhaps best known for designs that exploited the possibilities of larger-scale manufacturing, she opted to use the word “handcrafted” to describe her subjects’ ways of living. As Williamson puts it, “I think of “handcrafted” as more referring to their own homes than their work. All homes are handcrafted over time. That is probably why it is such an effective title, because it plays on that notion of Modernism.”

For the designers whose “handcrafted” residences she profiled, her selection process was deeply personal. “It really starts with me loving a designer’s work. That inevitably leads to my wondering how he/she lived and if the home is still in tact,” she says. “A key criteria is that the homes be in tact or as closely in tact to when the designer was living there if they no longer do—so personal possessions in the house. A designer still living in their home is the best case scenario, but house museums can also be good if they are very closely in tact.”  

Gae Aulenti's Milan apartment will also appear in Williamson's book. Image courtesy Leslie Williamson.

Now Williamson has her sights set internationally, with a book under way on the homes of some notable midcentury European designers—think Gae Aulenti, Finn Juhl and Bruno Matthson to name just a few. Putting Handcrafted Modern Europe together has been epic to say the least. “Books like these—consisting of all original photography, shot all over the world, just don't exist anymore. I took the better part of six months off from my usual client work to travel around and shoot the book,” she says. Books like these also cost money so to fund the project, she has set-up a Kickstarter campaign in order to complete it.

“I do believe Kickstarter is an amazing vehicle, and the immediacy of support is something that I appreciate. So many fundraising options take years of planning. Kickstarter gets you going and gets you the money rather quickly, so that is key for me because I am working on a deadline.”

Besides revealing more about the private lives of some of the greatest designers of the 20th century, the project has revealed some personal insights for Williamson. “The type of travel I have been doing—rather last minute at times through necessity—has really changed me on a fundamental level. I really like how I am much more adaptable with whatever is thrown at me, and I can make almost everything work in my favor. It is pretty hard to throw me.”

To learn more about Leslie Williamson’s new book, be sure to visit her blog and check out her Kickstarter campaign, which closes on March 14.

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