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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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Deadline: April 25
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Deadline: May 18
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Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
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Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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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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