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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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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