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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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Aug072013

Showroom: Everything in Its Place

The new Opencase shelving system from Henrybuilt can be endlessly and nearly effortlessly customized. Image courtesy Opencase.

Sleek European-style shelving units are undeniably sophisticated. But maybe they lack soul, or at least a bit of the human touch. Beyond that, most use wall standards or another type of vertical support for the shelving, limiting both functionality and aesthetics. Enter Henrybuilt and the company’s new Opencase shelving system. 

Over the last decade or so, the Seattle-based firm has been making a name for itself with its kitchen and whole-house furniture and storage. Now, the design minds there have turned their attention to multifunctional storage, creating a system that combines an innovative approach to design with good looks.  

One of the most compelling features of the new system is its adaptability. Need something for your entryway, library, office, wine storage area, pantry (the list is endless)? Opencase offers starting point configurations for these spaces. As needs evolve, though, elements can be easily added or subtracted via an interchangeable system of steel rod supports, which make up the backbone of the system.

Beyond customizing the system’s components, you can also customize the look. The panels come in a range of woods, high-pressure laminate and aluminum—something to fit pretty much every bill. Components come in steel, wood and leather, along with some made of composites. There’s even a collection of softgoods that provide a textural counterpoint to the solid surfaces while filling the need for laundry and recycling containers. Though chic and simple, the overall feel of the Opencase system is warm and user-friendly.

“True luxury continues to be defined by products that are highly functional, impeccably crafted, and tailored specifically to the needs of the individual client,” says Scott Hudson, Henrybuilt’s CEO and Founder. “This is our goal with Opencase.” 

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