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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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Apr082013

Showroom: Global Lighting Brings Jacco Maris's Lighting Designs to the US

Jacco Maris's lighting designs, now available in the US and Canada from Global Lighting, include the Montone hanging fixture. Image courtesy Global Lighting.

For close to 20 years, Jacco Maris has been cooking up inventive, lovely lighting. Fortunately, you don't have to travel all the way to Europe anymore to find his wonderful pieces. Global Lighting recently began offering Maris’s light fixtures in showrooms around United States and Canada.

If you’re not familiar with his work, you’re in for a treat. The collection of five Maris-designed lights runs the stylistic gamut from ethereal, looping fixtures to more substantial models—all handmade in the Netherlands. They’re rendered in metal (steel, brass, copper, iron and sand-casted aluminum) in shapes that highlight the physical properties and versatility of their media. In Maris’s hand, the materials have the last word.

Inspiration for the fixtures comes from disparate sources. Scraps of twisted metal and industrial hoses could suggest a form, as they did in the case of his Ruban Plié, his first foray into lighting design. Maris recalls, "I was at home, when when I was asked to make my first light. All I had at home were some metal tubes and some metal ribbon which I had found at the local scrap yard. I didn’t have any money so had to find a way to create the most luxurious fixture possible with the least amount of materials and costs. And I had to be able to make on my own, by hand."

Traditional Dutch design also finds its way into his pieces, though his take on it is anything but old-fashioned. For a version of the Montone chandelier, clients can choose a model painted with a windmill pattern by Frank de Wit and Ben Quaedvlieg in the iconic style of 16th-century Delftware. Ode 1647 arrives as a smart reinterpretation of Dutch chandeliers of the 17th-century. Instead of gilt metal, though, Maris opted for copper mesh, a material more commonly found in the high-pressure hoses on racecars and elevators.

 

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