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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: May 18
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Deadline: December 31
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Apr182013

Event Preview: A Sneak Peek at Designs from the A+D Museum's Upcoming Gala

Karim Rashid's carry-on. Part of the presentation at the A +D Museum's gala next month. Image courtesy Karim Rashid. Get ready to Celebrate the Journey! The A + D Museum’s annual gala is less than a month away (May 11) and promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Besides a curated silent auction, music by KCRW DJ Raul Campos, food and drink, the evening will feature the presentation and sale of one-of-a-kind carry-ons—inspired by this year’s theme: Celebrate: The Journey. To create the bags, the museum tapped some of the world’s leading designers, artists and architects—including Karim Rashid, Steven Ehrlich, and BMW Designworks USA to name just a few.

As an exclusive for our readers, we asked several of this year's participants to talk a bit about their favorite journeys, what they can't live without on a trip and what sparked their designs for this year's presentation.

Karim Rashid

What is your favorite journey?

My favorite escape is bed. I love to draw, work, watch, read, and listen to music, in bed. I think it is spending countless nights in hotels that has made me used to being in the bed to do all my activities. Also I go to Miami Beach or Playa del Carmen, Mexico or Belgrade with my wife where we have apartments—we usually go about 10 times a year.

I am inspired by every city I have traveled to, by my childhood, my education, by all my teachers I have ever had, by every project I have worked on, by every book I have read, by every art show I have seen, by every song I have heard, by every smell, every taste, sight, sound, and feeling. Not having travelled, not having been exposed to the diversity of the world, would certainly affect my designs. Traveling keeps my life streamlined—I travel with less and less and therefore learn to need less in my life.

A rendering from Mehrdad Yazdani / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design. Image courtesy Mehrdad Yazdani / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design.

Mehrdad Yazdani / Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design

What is your favorite journey?

Paris—I share a special connection to Paris as it is the place I have traveled most with my daughter. She attended a private, French-speaking school in Los Angeles and now speaks French fluently. It is wonderful to be immersed in the rich, creative culture—art, architecture, design, and fashion—heightened by the fact that my daughter can converse so easily with everyone and bring me closer to the center of discussions.

What is your must-have travel accessory?

My sketchbook – I really cannot be without it. In its simplest form it allows for a creative “catch-all” for idea generation, iteration, and resolution. It also provides me with a wonderful chronology for my thoughts and explorations—I am currently on my 31st book and I frequently refer back to older volumes to see how my process has evolved or simply as a reminder of thoughts and experiences.

What was your inspiration for your carry-on piece for A+D?

We were inspired by the seductive forms of nature. Specifically, we were intrigued by larval shells or cocoons as the basis for our design. Through exploration of the composition of larval structures, we set out to create a piece of luggage that would explore the variable relationship between traveler and travel length. A single case will possess the flexibility to resize depending on the purpose and duration of travel – paralleling building envelope systems which adapt to different program and environmental conditions.

BMW DesignworksUSA 

What was the inspiration for your carry-on piece for A + D?

Our fantasies and dreams, and the promises of the future. Adventure, discovery and effortless beauty.

Fitzsu

What is your must-have travel accessory?

A great partner.

What was your inspiration for your carry-on piece for A+D?

The Traveling Museum Picnic is symbolic of our original concept for the Fitzsu Society, which was developed while picnicking in the Pyrenees on our honeymoon. We have discovered that creativity is often like a picnic and nourished by your surroundings and the tools in which you choose to use to accomplish the task at hand. The carry-on piece we have created to celebrate the A + D Museum incorporates work by Timo Sarpaneva, Alvar Aalto, Antonio Citterio, Joe Colombo, Richard Meier, Peter Raacke and others. The selection process was simple, this one of a kind case contains the tools we use everyday in our home, The Living Design Store. These items are tested tried and true in their beauty and function. It should be understood that if the future caretaker of the Travel Museum Picnic does not use the device, the project is a failure. Like a picnic, a journey and life it should be enjoyed. The Traveling Museum Picnic contains everything needed to enjoy a picnic including Timo Sarpaneva dinnerware, Joe Colombo glasses, Peter Raacke flatware, an Ettore Sottsass condiment set, a Marcel Wanders wine coaster, an Eric Magnussen vacuum jug, and an Alvar Aalto vase among other things.  

Le Bag-ette, Steven Erhlich's contribution to the A + D Museum gala. Image courtesy Steven Ehrlich.Steven Ehrlich

What is your favorite journey?

The year (1972/1973) I took a journey crossing the Sahara Desert into West Africa. There, I learned about the wisdom of vernacular architecture. In 2012, I spent a month in Rajasthan, India, which was an amazing assault on all of the senses.

What is your must-have travel accessory?

iPhone and charger

What was your inspiration for your carry-on piece for A+D?

I love picnics and fresh baked baguette…. “Voila, Le Bag-ette!”

Kathryn M. Ireland

What's your favorite journey? 

My favorite escape is to my farm in Southern France . . . the time difference, no phone calls, little talking and having time to myself is heaven.

What is your must-have travel accessory?

I carry my faithful Vuitton and my Kathryn M. Ireland tote bag. 

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