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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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Jun042013

Showroom: For Moz, Textiles Inspire a New Collection


Moz's new range of metal surfaces, The Graphix Collection, was inspired by textile designs. For Loom, a traditional ikat was transformed into a stunning, modern application. Image courtesy Moz Designs.
Moz’s newest release, the Graphix Collection of decorative metal surfaces takes its cues from fashion and home design. That the new collection bears more than a small resemblence to classic fabric patterns is in no small part due to the input of Kelley Sanford, a senior designer at Moz, who comes from the world of textile design.

“There’s a natural connection between reflective metal surfaces and classic textile patterns,” Sanford explains, so the transition from fabric to metal was generally smooth sailing. Her first collection for Moz, a line of neutrals, came out about a year ago and taught her the finer points of designing on metal—how colors change and react on the material, for example.

With a solid base of knowledge, Sanford and the team at Moz began exploring with other ideas. “We didn’t know what the new collection was going to look like,” she reports. “It developed out of a process—through prototyping and trying different types of design.” With the collection fleshed out, it took more experiments to achieve the desired, textile-like effects. It took a long time to get the desired effect, since “how they look like on paper,” says Sanford, “isn’t how it will necessarily look on metal.”

The final result of Moz’s process is the Graphix Collection of eight designs, all in an array of colors (custom colors are also available). “We highlighted patterns from all over the globe,” notes Sanford, ranging from the simple line-and-dot Cosmos design to the more elaborate patterns of Serpentine and Loom, inspired by snakeskin and ikats, respectively. “We updated them for the industry,” she points out. The designs are available for all of Moz’s products.

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