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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.

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.

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January 15–18, 2015
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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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