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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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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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