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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.

RICS Development Series Los Angeles 2014: Wilshire Grand Center
November 20, 2014
Join RICS Southern California chapter for the launch of their Los Angeles Development Series seminar, which takes an in-depth look at the development and construction of the upscale, world-class Wilshire Grand Project in downtown LA.

Innovation and Design Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Design: Today and Tomorrow
November 21, 2014
Hosted by AIA Los Angeles and AIA San Francisco, Future Care: Design for Health is a one-day healthcare symposium featuring the top minds in healthcare planning, design and construction. Speakers will address the rapidly changing healthcare environment and how these changes impact what healthcare providers need from the design and construction community.

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.

 

 

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The California Endowment

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Gensler

Deadline: December 15
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Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Wednesday
May142014

The FORM Questionnaire: Talking to Glen Coben

For architect Glen Coben, of Glen & Company, romance is a timeless constant in design. At Carbone, a Manhattan restaurant, he and his team capture it perfectly. Image courtesy Glen & Company.This spring and summer, Glen & Company will see four of its hotel projects open (not to mention three more scheduled for next winter). With so much happening, we figured founder Glen Coben would be a perfect person to chat with about the state of architecture and design in one of our occasional q-and-a sessions. Here, the award-winning architect, and designer of hotspots Del Posto and Carbone, to name a few, shares his thoughts on architecture, design,family and the return of elegance.

What direction do you see the profession heading?

Our client’s expectations are rising as [are those of] the people who dine out or sleep out. We have to be better storytellers and continue to surprise and delight the guests. Specifically, I see a trend towards more luxury and a little more formality. Hopefully a return to elegance.

What buildings inspire you?

The ones that seem to break the rules. The Christian de Portzamparc building on 28th Street and Park Avenue South in New York City is extraordinary in how it is so sculptural. I walk around and am inspired more and more these days!

Where else do you find inspiration?

My daughter continues to bring me inspiration. It used to be that when she was something for the first time, I would try to see it the same way. Now it is in the trying to understand the how and the why. My team continues to inspire me . . . they are so passionate and committed to excellence. I am blessed to work with such talented people. Lastly, our clients are very inspirational. Chefs who put themselves out there blow me away!

What are your three favorite objects?

●      The golf ball that commemorates the first time I broke 80.

●      A photo of my wife and daughter taken the night of my wife’s 40th birthday. It was a hot night in the city and they look so happy!

●      A painting by NYC based artist Marco. I designed his shop and it was how he paid me!

Image courtesy Glen & Company.

What do you collect (furniture, records, t-shirts, etc.)?

Memories.

Who are some of your favorite young designers?

Right now, we have a bunch of new, young designers on our team. They are my favorites! I’m not really paying too much attention to others, but I have interviewed some very talented people recently.

If you could live anywhere, where it would it be (a location or specific structure)?

Paris or Napa Valley.

A decade from now, what trends will be cringeworthy?

Thankfully, molecular gastronomy seems to have ended. It might be nice to never hear the term “urban oasis” again.

What currents trends will stand the test of time?

Elegance, Romance. A place to cuddle. A place to watch. That’s why Hitchcock movies never get boring!

What are you reading?

The Boys in the Boat

What are you wearing?

Jeans and a t-shirt.

Coben's work extends to hotel design, including TRYP by Wyndham Times Square South. Image courtesy Glen & Company.

What are you eating?

I made an awesome shrimp with garlic last night and quinoa cakes.

Do you listen to music while you're working?

Pandora is always on. We start with Beethoven or Mozart in the morning and then switch to livelier stations in the afternoon and evening.

Are you a sketcher or a computer person?

Sketching! I have tons of Moleskins.

Social media—yes or no?

Yes . . . how else would I keep up on what my daughter is doing?

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