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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.

Japanese Design Today 100
June 27–July 19, 2014
The Japan Foundation presents the World premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall. This exhibition showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that are well known in Japan, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design. These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

BAM/PFA New Building Topping Out Celebration
July 17, 2014
Construction is nearing midpoint at the downtown Berkeley site of the future home of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Workers will soon be erecting the last of the steel beams that form the frame of this dynamic building. To celebrate this important milestone, BAM/PFA invites its Bay Area friends and neighbors to a “topping out” ceremony on Addison Street, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street.

39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show
August 8–10, 2014

The American Craft Council returns to San Francisco for its 39th Annual American Craft Council San Francisco Show this August 8-10, 2014 at Fort Mason Center. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the 2014 San Francisco Show is expected to draw more than 12,000 fine craft collectors and design enthusiasts.

Conversations in Place 2014
August 10, 2014
ow in its third year, Conversations in Place 2014 begins another series of illuminating explorations of “Southern California – Yesterday and Tomorrow” at the historic Rancho Los Alamitos. The 4-part series begins Sunday, August 10 and continues through Sunday, November 2. The series begins with W. Richard West, Jr, President and CEO of The Autry National Center of the American West, Milford Wayne Donaldson, FAIA, chairman of the United States Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and Pamela Seager, Executive Director of Rancho Los Alamitos, and Architect Stephen Farneth, FAIA, founding partner of the award-winning historic preservation firm Architectural Resources Group, in conversation about the place of museums and historic sites in shaping the story of Southern California. Can these institutions escape the straightjacket of the time to better interpret history to the 21st century?

NOW AND NEXT 2014 Symposium on Technology for Design and Construction
August 13–15, 2014
Meet thought leaders and colleagues interested in architecture, engineering, construction, open BIM Exchange, software trends and more. Learn about the innovations that are moving companies and people forward
including: where and how design and delivery is shifting; which software applications are transformative; best practices for collaborative project delivery; how to engage with the global BIM community. Connect with and hear from the best and the brightest such as Jordan Brandt, AutoDesk; Deke Smith, buildingSMART alliance; Ray Topping, Fiatech; Bill East, Prairie  Sky Consulting (formerly of the US Army Corps of Engineers).

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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