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.

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.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.




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Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
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Showroom: Not Your Mother's Laminate

For its new Ink collection, Arborite tapped three designers to create playful patterns. Photo courtesy, Arborite.Laminate options just got a little bit more fun with Arborite’s new Ink collection, introduced recently at NeoCon. For the colorful collection, the company tapped three designers: Giona Maiarelli, of Maiarelli Studio; Peggy Leung, of PLD Studio; and Gonzalo Bustamante, of GBDW. “The designers used laminate as a canvas to create innovative and contemporary patterns that are unique to Arborite and unlike any others available on the market,” explains Arborite’s president, Salvatore Rivera.

For Maiarelli, his childhood in Italy informed his design—but not in the way you might think. “Growing up in 1960s Italy and seeing the image of America through the media, I saw all sorts of paneled wood on appliances, cars, televisions, everything!” He translated these memories into a Pyne, a tongue-in-cheek take on traditional imitation-wood laminates and rendered the design in bright, decidedly un-wood-like hues.

Leung, on the other hand, took her cues from mosaic tiles for her design, Chroma. “I wanted to approach them in updated way. By giving it a monochromatic color palette and a flexible scale, it’s a subtle pattern that can be used in a range of spaces.” As an added bonus the pattern is non-repeating and can be used to create a much-larger scale pattern than what would be found in a typical laminate or wallcovering.

Corcho, Bustamante’s design, came, in part, from a place of sustainability. With the world’s cork supply dwindling, he chose to replicate the material in a different form. He also notes,  “I love the look of cork, and by recreating the design on laminate, it makes the material usable in demanding, high traffic hospitality settings.” Like Maiarelli, he did experiment with colors beyond what’s found in nature—it comes in a natural color combination and in a vivid mix.

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