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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: June 1 
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Deadline: December 31
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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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