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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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Deadline: December 15
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Deadline: December 31
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Monday
Jan272014

Showroom: Solid Foundation

Jennifer Ridel's Foundation collection offers a line of solid basics all handmade in Los Angeles. Image courtesy Foundation.A solid foundation is the key to everything—especially if you’re talking about buildings or rooms. With that in mind, designer Jennifer Ridel launched Foundation, a line of furnishings with good bones and great lines that can provide a sturdy base on which to build a room.

The pieces are all handmade in Ridel’s shop, which just happens to be located behind the main showroom in Van Nuys (she sells to professional and non-pro clients alike). “We can push the quality,” she explains, and adds that all of her suppliers are local too. Her craftspeople don’t use staple guns, and the pieces all feature cotton filling, jute banding and eight-way hand ties.  “You feel the difference when you sit on the furniture,” she notes.

Included in the collection are a range of pieces, from seating furniture to tables and case pieces. They’re crisp and simple with profiles that harken back to classics. In Ridel’s hands, though, they’re reinterpreted for contemporary living. For instance, the Green Street sofa suggests a classic Knole design but caning and tweaked proportions make it modern.

Besides Foundation, Ridel designs another line, Fenix, “It’s a little more fun, and I’m using different materials,” she says of the line, which serves as a playful counterpoint to the chic simplicity that Foundation embodies. Take the Jacks family, a group that includes an armchair, sofa and side chair. From the top up, they’ve got a traditional feel, but take a look at their feet. The bases are animated and lively and seem ready to scamper away.

Ridel also carries textiles, which are mostly made in Europe, although there are a couple manufactured in India and Turkey. It’s a well-curated collection that will appeal to the fabric junky in all of us, whether you’re dying for a chic bargello, an understated herringbone, a bright plaid or an exquisite linen.

For Ridel, “a good room is never finished,” and she carries the concept into her business. She’s on the look out for other designers’ work to feature in the showeoom along side her own and will be growing her lines too. 

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Reader Comments (1)

Thank you for the great article on Foundation. We at the WestEdge Design Fair think Jennifer's work is of the highest quality, and the fact that she's a delight to work with doesn't hurt either. We'd encourage a visit to www.thefoundationshop.com to explore her stunning, diverse collection.

January 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTroy Hanson

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