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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

Archtoberfest San Diego 2014
October 1–30, 2014
Archtoberfest San Diego 2014 is a collaboratively-operated initiative aimed at establishing an annual, month-long program of public events and activities pertaining to architecture, design, planning and sustainability.

New Urbanism Film Festival
November 2014
The primary goal of the New Urbanism Film Festival is to renew the dialogue about urban planning with a broader audience. The Festival brings in movies, short films, speakers, on the topics of architecture, public health, bicycle advocacy, urban design, public transit, inner-city gardens, to name a few. 

 

Competitions

Deadline: August 18
Fabric
Formabilio


Deadline: September 2
Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition
Hansgrohe+Axor


Deadline: September 5

2014 Designer Dream Bath Competition
Duravit

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

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Sep162013

FORM Culture: Fouladi Projects' Makers

Paris-based ceramist Claire DeLavallee's work appears in the window at Fouladi Projects. Her pieces are some of the first to be included in the gallery's Maker Program exhibitions. Image courtesy Fouladi Projects.

For the past 10 years, Fouladi Projects has been exhibiting the work of a wide range of artists at its San Francisco gallery. Recently, the gallery, under founder Alexandra Holly Fouladi, introduced the Maker Program. Now, exhibitions featuring the work of functional artists will rotate with shows for fine artists. "The Maker Program," says Fouladi, "allows us to share the work of amazing artists and encourages us to bring the work into our lives— the integration of art and life." Intrigued by the new endeavor, we spoke with the gallerist about the program and the relationship between fine and functional art. 

Do you see the line between fine art and functional art blurring?

Yes, because I've seen the lines between "fine art" and "craft" being blurred for a while now, and the reasons that segregated them from the start are becoming less and less important. While craft is a much closer cousin to functional art than it is to fine art, they all stem from design and so the degrees of separation among all of the categories are shrinking. 

Will that line ever be completely blurred?

It's possible but unlikely. The tradition of putting fine art on a pedestal has deep roots and it would be hard to yank them out entirely. 

How much are you contributing to the blurring of that line?

By showcasing works in the gallery that are traditionally categorized as "fine art" (drawings, paintings, sculpture, etc.) alongside "functional art" (ceramics, glass, furniture, etc.) we are highlighting that they can compliment each other and need not be segregated. In fact, they can enhance each other, and it is sometimes it is difficult to tell one from the other . . . DeLavallee's a ceramic vase that cannot hold water; Esque's hand-sculpted glass birds; fine artist Bill Culbert's suitcase with florescent.

How do you choose the participants in the maker program? What are you looking at in particular?

In a similar way that we choose our fine artists. We are drawn to makers that have a mastery of the chosen medium, a compelling process and a unique design sensibility. 

Are there any themes going in the world of functional art at the moment?

There is a lot of people working with wood. But no one does it like Paul Disco/Joinery Structure! Ceramics has also has been enjoying the spotlight for a while now. I think we will see more nostalgia for lost crafts to balance out the disconnect people feel for living in a increasingly digital world. 

Will fashion play into future maker shows?

I hope so! We have a few artists on our list from the fashion world that we are considering right now!

 

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