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On The Map: Shop Talk
August 28, 2014
This week the second installment of On The Map: Shop Talk takes the LA Forum behind the scenes of Ball-Nogues Studio. The integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues operates in a territory between architecture, art, and industrial design. Their work is informed by the exploration of craft. Essential to each project is the design of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement. 

LA River Boat Race
August 30, 2014
LA River Expeditions, a leader in recreational kayaking on the Los Angeles River, will host an inaugural LA River Boat Race. The first-ever event will take place on August 30, 2014, between 11am-3pm, at the Glendale Narrows recreational zone in the Elysian Valley. Los Angeles city council member Tom LaBonge will kick off the river celebration, which will feature honorary celebrity kayakers such as Ed Begley and about 100 contestants.

Architecture and the City Festival
September 1–30, 2014
The American Institute of Architects, San Francisco chapter (AIA San Francisco) and the Center for Architecture + Design announce the 11th annual Architecture and the City festival, the nation’s largest architectural festival of its kind. Taking place in San Francisco every September, the month-long celebration features behind the scenes and walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more, providing opportunities for participants to engage with the local architecture community and experience design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. The 2014 Architecture and the City festival theme, Home: My San Francisco, will examine the shifting nature of home, the different elements that contribute to its definition, and its relation to the urban fabric. Over 40 festival programs will explore the cultural richness and diversity of our local architectural and design community as well as provide a platform for conversation about our changing landscape and its implications for a city in a time of rapidly intensifying housing needs.

10th Annual KAYAK and SUP Coastal Cleanup Day Event
September 20, 2014
On Saturday, September 20, from 8:15am–1:30pm, The Bay Foundation (TBF) will host its 10th Annual Marina del Rey Kayak Cleanup Day Event as part of the greater annual Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) which draws over 14,000 volunteers from across Los Angeles County to hundreds of events. As the longest-running kayak and SUP cleanup site, the TBF event is immensely popular each year and spaces fill up early.

San Francisco Living: Home Tours
September 20–21, 2014
AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design are excited to announce the 12th annual San Francisco Living: Home Tours, a two-day open house event featuring a select number of modern residences. The popular weekend showcases a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences, including single-family homes, contemporary renovations and multi-family residences, and is the first tour series in the Bay Area to promote residential design from the architect's point of view. Throughout the weekend, tour participants can see some of the city's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover innovative design solutions that inspire unique San Francisco living.

Detroit Design Festival
September 23–28, 2014
Presented by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), and supported by the Knight Foundation, the fourth-annual Detroit Design Festival spans all design disciplines and brings together commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program of exhibitions, openings, installations, shows, talks, open studios, fashion shows, product previews, performances and workshops.

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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Apr142014

The FORM Questionnaire: Talking to House Fifty Two's Erin Adams

Erin Adams Merge Collection, designed in collaboration with her husband, Mike Corney, capture her well-crafted, contemporary aesthetic. Her new venture is House Fifty Two, a curated lifestyle brand. Image courtesy Erin Adams. A ceramist by training, Erin Adams' design career has spanned three decades. She has created work for Ann Sacks and New Ravenna to name just a few of the firms that have worked with her, not to mention received and been nominated multiple awards. Her newest venture is a curated lifestyle brand, House Fifty Two, where she's bringing the work of talented artists and designers together. The pieces range from housewares to tile, wallpaper and furnishings. With such a tremendous design résumé, we wanted to get her take on the state of the profession. We're delighted to share her thoughts on her inspiration and her favorites—and she reveals her fascination with fake food. 

What direction do you see the profession heading?
More color, more handmade and more organic!

What buildings/spaces inspire you?
Uncluttered, Modernist spaces with clean lines. Open, inside and outside living! 

What are your three favorite objects?
Any work by my husband, Mike Corney, who is a ceramic artist with such clever, off the wall ideas. My collection of fake food, which includes my crocheted hamburger. And my “jump from paper” backpack. 

Who are some of your favorite young architects/designers?
I scout Etsy for general trends and to see what young crafts kids are creating. I generally research older designers and cultural, worldly trends more than specific designers.

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?
I would live in my suitcase traveling the world, visiting third world factories, but always come home to my Modernist house in Leucadia, California, with a plot of land and my husband’s chickens.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?
Oak, and Tuscan grande homes. McMansions. Cheap glass mosaics that are cluttered and not well crafted. 

Courtesy Erin Adams.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?
Anything born from the heart and not copied from another. Objects and design that are simple yet well crafted.

Color—yes or no?
Absolutely, but as with everything, in moderation!

Do you collect? If so, what and why?
I used to more than I do now. I live more simplly and less cluttered. I would much rather be creating than consuming. If I was going to collect anything, it would be more fake food.

What are you reading?
I read a lot of spiritual books and listen to a lot of podcasts on creativity and truth seeking.

What are you wearing?
I wear clothes that can look cool when out, but can also stand to get trashed at the studio. Probably five days out of the week, I am in my jeans and my favorite Rag & Bone jean shirt. I dress for comfort. I also always wear a take on men’s oxford shoes. I have about six pair all in different colors.  

What are you eating?
Yogurt in the AM, almond butter and rice cakes at the studio for lunch, a hit of dark chocolate in the afternoon and something grilled at night, and always a bottle of hot sauce by my side. Also, my kids and I are ramen, udon and Pho addicts, always searching for the best Asian soup in town.

Do you listen to music while you're working?
Most of the time. YES! 

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?
I am a computer person more than a sketcher, but ideas get stuck in my head until I am able to get them out. I am an ideas person, big picture thinking. Once they materialize, I am done with it and on to the next. I have lately realized I am an ATM of ideas. A constant flow runs through my head at all times. 

Social media—yes or no?
I wish more, but I would rather just create and have other people take care of the distribution, marketing and outreach. I am more likely to go to my computer and research inspiration than reach out to find followers. I believe if I put it out there, they will come.

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