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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.

 

 

Competitions

Registration Opens: October 1
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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Mar172014

SHOWROOM: Good Lines

Cromatti's line of sleek, minimalist furnishings allows customers to customize the designs.Image courtesy Cromatti.

Let’s face it. We’re living in a neutral world. Just ask Dan Maddox, CEO of the LA–based Cromatti. “We saw how most home products are offered in a limited range of neutral colors and wanted to create something different,” he says. “We believe color is a celebration of life.” To that end, he teamed with Alan Rauta to create a collection of furnishings that emphasizes clean lines and color not to mention choice.

The range includes designs ranging from nesting, side and sofa tables to stools, benches and even an upholstered ottoman. Each has a simple profile—there’s nothing extraneous to be found on these—and a sleek finish. For inspiration, Maddux found it in sources as varied contemporary sculpture and automotive design. “I have always been mesmerized when looking into one of Jeff Koons’s shiny metal sculptures or a classic, just waxed car,” says Maddox. “The reflection is so distorted in color and shape. I wanted to create furniture that is functional and has that magic in the reflection.”

Beyond their good looks, what also sets these pieces apart is the options. You see, you can choose your model and then make it wholly your own. Want a barstool in bright blue with purple fabric on the cushion? You’re in luck. For the steel frames, you can choose from the usual suspects (white, black, you get the drift) or go bold with red, blue or teal. Cushions, in either fabric or leather, come in a rainbow of shades, too, and you can choose from three different glass options.

As Maddox puts it, “The purpose of Cromatti is to give our customers the power to create furniture as unique as they are. Cromatti is different from other furniture companies because our items transform to your style and not the other way around; it can be vivid and daring or calm and subdued.”

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