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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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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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Sep242013

Showroom: Made Natural 

Designer Alice Tacheny's furniture features clean lines and a focus on materials. Image courtesy Alice Tacheny Design.“I’m inspired by the materials themselves,” says Bay Area–furniture designer Alice Tacheny, who launched her own collection last year at ICFF and will be having an opening at Erica Tanov Marin at the Marin Country Mart later this week. Her work—pared-down, clean-lined chairs, tables, case pieces, even a bed, along with new home accessories—are primarily crafted of American walnut and rift white oak. Brass appears, too, “because it’s soft and easy to work with,” she says. “It pairs well with other materials I use and, no matter what finish it has, it patinas nicely. It bears the imprint of the people who use it.” 

“I’ve also been using poured concrete more,” she says (her line now includes the Headlands range of concrete-and-brass boxes). “I started using it this year and experimenting it with it more. I was inspired by postindustrial buildings with poured concrete walls—the imprint of the molds was transposed on concrete itself. I’ve loved working with it, because it’s so versatile.

It’s the small details that set Tacheny’s work apart. The Hide bed, described by Tacheny as “simple and feminine” features unexpected angles in the form of a back rail that flair out—“It’s a way to cradle the user a little bit,” she explains. Instead of being screwed to the faces, the handles and pulls on the Tilde credenza and dresser are set to intersect the wood. On the Platte occasional tables a similar idea is at play: the brass legs intersect with the wood and stand out just a bit, adding a subtle layer of dimensionality to the pieces.

Bet on seeing Tacheny expand her line in the coming years and months to lighting. She’s hinting that she may turn her attention there. 

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