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Barton Myers: Works of Architecture and Urbanism
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.

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.

 

 

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Registration Opens: October 1
Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award
International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

2015 Diversity Scholarship
Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
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Jul022013

Building Your Business: Becoming Trade Savvy

For design professionals, especially for those just starting out or with small practices, the time spent completing vendor applications can quickly add up. That certainly was Harrison Bailey’s experience, a product of Parsons who had teamed with his mother in an Asheville, North Carolina–based firm. “I was going through a magazine and found a new vendor,” he recalls. “I went to the computer and realized I must have done at least 100 a year at the beginning. They’re not that difficult, but you spend 10 to 15 minutes filling them out. At the moment, I realized you should be able to upload one and send it to whomever. You shouldn’t have to do it over and over.” Out of that light bulb moment, TradeSavvy was born.

Bailey floated the idea to his stepfather, a computer industry veteran, who saw its potential. From there, they spent months doing market research and exploring the needs of the designers and vendors. Beyond the challenges of handling dozens of vendor applications, it became clear that a digital service, partiularly one with mobile capabilities, could connect designers to companies out of their home bases. “You have a client with a second home, and you’re not familiar with those local stores. It helps you set up a business relationship and source products,” Bailey explains. On the vendor side, he discovered that plenty of independent small business owners, such as those in his Asheville stomping ground, were interested in developing a trade program but didn’t have the manpower or other wherewithal to facilitate and grow a successful one. “This helps get their products in front of designers in a meaningful way,” he says.

A general availability version of the program just launched a few weeks ago, and the TradeSavvy crew is refining and adding more features in rapid succession. Bailey has his sights set high, he says: “We’re setting out to build a business-to-business scenario that’s as easy as friending someone on Facebook.”

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