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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
September 12–December 12, 2014
With works as varied as a Vidal Sassoon Salon from 1968, the U.S. Expo Pavilion in Seville, Spain in 1992, and his steel houses, this exhibit will present an overview of almost fifty years of architecture. Barton Myers first attracted attention in the late 1960s for his civic buildings and urban projects in Canada. He returned to the United States in 1984 to open a Los Angeles office and became known for his performing arts centers, campus buildings, and steel houses among many projects. 

The Barton Myers papers were donated to the Architecture and Design Collection of the AD&A Museum, UC Santa Barbara in 2000.  The archive covers Myers’s work from 1968 through 2002 and includes sketches and computer drawings, watercolors, images by well-known photographers, detailed study models and models of blocks-long sections of cities, as well as research notes, correspondence, lectures, and writings.

The West Hollywood Design District Presents Decades of Design 1948–2014
November 19, 2014–February 2015
The first-ever retrospective exhibition uncovering, examining and celebrating six decades of rich design history in West Hollywood. The curated ­­gallery will showcase design pioneers and present tastemakers through bold graphics, photographs and original product.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

Heath Ceramics Annual Sale
November 21–25, 2014
Heath's annual sale at their locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sausalito offer deals on merchandise along with special presentations.

FOG Design + Art Fair
January 15–18, 2015
Benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), FOG Design+Art is a four-day celebration and exploration of modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, art galleries, lectures, and discussions with leaders in the art and design worlds.

 

 

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Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

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

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Showroom: POD's Tetra Light Pushes the Boundaries of Neon

Brooks Atwood, of POD Design, recently introduced Tetra, a new neon light that explores and exploits the medium's properties. Image courtesy POD Design. One look at the new Tetra light from POD Design (now available from ahaLife), and you know there's something afoot. The design might be simple, deceptively so, but there's something about its form that invites contemplation and further inspection. We talked to the brains behind it—Brooks Atwood, Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at NJIT and principal of POD Design—to get the inside scoop on what makes it so singular.

What was the inspiration for the light?

I think the balance between ‘craft’ and machined parts is very beautiful.  It creates intrigue and mystery.  I want to elevate the mundane into something magical.  Traditional neon signs are everywhere.  They seem to procreate like rabbits.  Neon signs seem to have lost their own beauty because they are used for mundane announcements like “open” or “beer.”  I love re-seeing what you take for granted all around you. Neon is so exciting because it’s mysterious and mundane at the same time. I want to take the ordinary desk light and transcend that function into one that has impact not through excess but through subtraction. It’s the ultimate minimum, the reduction to zero.

The form really challenges the idea of neon. The design takes the typical neon letters and reduces any excess until you get basic purity.  The reduction becomes its essence.  The reduction becomes the pure geometry.  From every angle you view the lamp you’ll see a different geometrical form, glowing in white, natural light.

What were the technical challenges in creating this light?

Technically, the form was the biggest challenge. We went through hundreds of designs until we ended up with nothing; the absolute removal of all excess while also created unique geometries from every angle.  We made so many wire prototypes our office looked like some sort of wild west tumbleweed cemetery. It was beyond difficult and we did a lot of hair pulling and throwing things, but we also did a lot of jumping and dancing when we discovered a potential solution.  Reducing all the elements that you need and adding all the elements you want is extremely complicated.  No pain, no design!

What are some of the applications for this light?

The light can be used in all kinds of places and spaces.  It’s dimmable so you can really create a unique interior with a subtle white glow.  I love the combination of vintage pieces with something like the Tetra light.  It creates a really unique balance between the past and present that really brings a space alive.

 Some applications are: desk lamp, dining room table centerpiece, atop an armoire, or on a bookcase.  We even have some mounted on a wall at different angles.  For those boundary pushers out there, you could decorate an entire space using the Tetra light in every possible way (almost like a Kama Sutra of neon).

 

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