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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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Apr292014

FORM on Design: Bathroom Basics

The centerpiece of a Boston area bathroom redesign by Lian Eoyang, of VIF Studio, is a freestanding tub from Waterworks. Photography by Bob O’Connor Photography/courtesy VIF Studio. When clients start remodeling, bigger is often the name of the game, especially when it comes to bathrooms. Not so for Lian Eoyang, of the San Francisco–based firm VIF Studio and her clients’ master bath in their expansive home outside Boston. Instead, she took a sprawling space, actually a his-and-hers set-up, and made it more intimate and user-friendly, swapping in a soothing palette of black, white and gray, along with equally quiet materials. Highlights include a two-person shower, a new closet for the toilet and a tub ringed with loose stones for a dramatic textural statement. We were so intrigued by this jewel box of a space, we asked Eoyang for more details, and she was happy to oblige.

How does the design of the bath relate to the design of the rest of the house?

We melded the principles of Shaker simplicity with the ethos of modern detailing, allowing us to create a sophisticated, minimalistic look that is evident in both the design of the bathroom and of the house.

Did the clients have any particular ideas in mind?

The clients wanted to meld their modern tastes while still remaining in harmony with the estate's New England heritage. To achieve this, we pared things down to their essential materials, utilizing clean detailing and an absolute economy of embellishments. For example, we eschewed standard under-mount sinks and instead built a custom ramp-sink vanity that appears formed from a singular block of stone. Also, the loose stone tub surround differentiates in texture only, employing the same color and material used throughout the rest of the bathroom.

Eoyang used a single block of stone, from Daltile, for the sink. The floor and wall tile is also from Daltile. The fixtures are from Dornbracht. Photography by Bob O’Connor Photography/courtesy VIF Studio.

When you say you brought the space down to a human scale, what specific steps were taken to do that?

Bathrooms can be places of relaxation, intimacy or privacy. Previously, the 300-square-foot bathroom was far from that: dark color palette, uncomfortable ledge-face river rock floor tile (extremely unsettling in bare feet), and so oversized and sparsely populated that the space, be it water droplets or footsteps, echoed cacophonously throughout. As a result, we re-organized the footprint, adding a two-person shower, a toilet compartment, and the statement tub area. An adjoining, inefficient 50-square-foot closet was reduced and the remainder was re-appropriated to create a powder room for an abutting suite.

What inspired the pebbles around the tub?

In creating something beautiful and serene, we felt it was also important to prioritize the realities of living. While the pebbles bring the outdoors in and harken back to the environs, we also chose them for a very functional purpose: to prevent slippage. The loose stones around the tub were integrated to avert puddles of water pooling when their young daughters play in the bath. Water drains through the stones into a copper pan and out a secondary drain, keeping the surface relatively dry.

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