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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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May062014

FORM Trends: What's Cooking in Kitchen Design

Introduced in 1972, the Idea kitchen, by Pininfarina Design and available through Snaidero USA, was recently rethought. From technology to finishes, kitchens are rapidly evolving, so we asked Alberto Snaidero, operational manager at Snaidero USA, to share some insights into the changes taking place. Image courtesy Snaidero USA.

Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen seems to be evolving the most rapidly, especically when it comes to technology. We reached out to Alberto Snaidero to get his take on the changes taking place. As the operational manager at Snaidero USA, he's got a front row seat to the new kitchen. From smart tech to materials, there's a lot going on.

Alberto Snaidero, operational manager at Snaidero USA. Image courtesy Snaidero USA.How has technology changed the kitchen in the last five or 10 years?


For cabinets, soft close systems on all doors and drawers are a must. Software technology is drastically different than it was a decade ago—you can immediately design a space and make changes on the fly, when it used to take hours to draw out the floor plans. It has increased productivity and efficiency significantly. Material technologies are allowing us to use materials we never considered for kitchen in the past: leather, bronze, concrete, carbon fiber, zinc, and other industrial materials. Our ventilation hoods clean the air and can hide out of view when we aren’t using them, and they have become design elements in their own right.
 
Touch controls instead of knobs are now popular on ovens and cooktops, and we’re seeing remote control settings and timers as well. Ovens have eliminated all the guess work—you basically scroll through a menu of food items (as you would on your smartphone) enter the weight and hit ‘start’. The oven technology is advanced enough to cook it to perfection, determining exactly the right amount of heat, time, and energy to use, allowing us all to appear as if we’re seasoned chefs. Refrigeration is the same way, storing our food at optimal temperature and humidity levels to keep food fresh and tasting great for much longer.
 
How will technology continue to evolve in the kitchen?


The use of technology is allowing us to take universal kitchen design to a whole new level, making the kitchen a completely personalized, safe and functional space for all, regardless of age and physical/mental abilities. Snaidero has recently partnered with a network of universities, research centers and companies in different fields to explore industrial research and development for a universal design project called LAK: the “Living for All” kitchen. The goal of this universal kitchen design endeavor is to develop the prototype for an “intelligent” environment that utilizes home automation devices, sensors, smart outlets, and innovative remote control systems. These different technologies are integrated into a single platform with an easy-to-use interface that helps you “program” the kitchen to act as you wish. It will consider security, comfort, energy efficiency, and design to create a kitchen that literally adapts and transforms depending on its user. With features like adjustable workspaces and countertops, sensors that let you know how food items should be stored and when they will expire, and  facial recognition software that will adapt to your personal specifications for lighting, temperature or personal reminders, etc., this is just the beginning.
 
The result is a solution that improves the quality of home life for everyone. This concept that is especially useful for multi-generational households where different users have distinct functional needs. This home automation allows more flexibility as we grow older.  If someone in the home is dealing with memory loss or if you have small children, the oven and cook-top can be locked remotely, if they are home alone, to avoid accidents.
 
Kitchen technology will also continue to evolve in environmentally friendly ways, given the ubiquitousness of things like LED lighting and environmentally-friendly wood and manufacturing processes. I think particleboard, while industry-standard, will be even more prominent, given its durability, and the fact that it requires less deforestation than solid wood.

 Snaidero sees induction cooktops replacing large, bulky commercial models. Image courtesy Snaidero USA.
How have your designs evolved/continue to evolve as technology takes a bigger role in the kitchen?

 

One of the bigger design and aesthetic changes in recent memory occurred when dishwashers were developed that had the controls located on the inside of the door so an outside panel can be integrated to look like the rest of the cabinetry for a clean, European look. The cabinets will continue to integrate technology seamlessly but will also advance the design conversation. Snaidero has been influential in setting the standards for European cabinetry, including introducing the first handle-less kitchen, commissioning notable designers to design our kitchens, and demonstrating how new materials can provide classic style, while maintaining modern appeal.
 
On a smaller level, many of our designers have added adjustable spaces into cabinetry for people to place iPads, docking stations, and TV screens that help them manage the household.  They can pull up recipes and family schedules as well as control things going on in other sections of the home.  The keyword here is adjustability.  Technology improves so quickly, you do not want to spend money creating a niche for something that will be smaller, thinner, and smarter a year later.
 
Despite changing tastes and trends, Snaidero’s designs have stood the test of time. What do you attribute that to? In what ways have you adapted or tweaked them?

Snaidero never designs to be trendy. We try to consider classic designs, then adapt them to modern life, while introducing new and unique elements to help evolve the kitchen in a meaningful way.  A tremendous amount of thought, design, and engineering goes into our cabinet styles so they CAN stand the test of time.  You cannot manufacture a kitchen to last 30 years in someone’s home, but design it so that it is only current for 5-10 years.  That is intentional and what makes Snaidero truly special.  We further update and stay relevant by evolving wood and lacquer colors and updating the styles every so often to accommodate advancing technologies.
 
Intelligent design will always stand the test of time.  The overall concept of IDEA today is based on the same design principals as it was over 40 years ago; elegant balance and unified lines.  The adaptions come from updated drawer systems and modern engineering.  Small details like door profiles and finishes will be streamlined to keep the style fresh, but the beauty is that the IDEA installed in 1975 still looks as current and innovative as the one installed in 2014. That is the Snaidero difference.

In one of the company's newer kitchen designs, Code, rustic meets modern. Image courtey Snaidero USA.

What are some design trends on the kitchen horizon?

Different materials for door finishes like porcelain and glass are becoming more popular. While grey will continue to be a huge trend in interior design as a whole, I think we’ll start seeing more rusts, bronzes, and warmer, golden tones on the horizon.  Both dark and neutral woods (like Walnut) and raw, textured wood have some staying power as well.  They revisit early kitchen design in a new way, and are often integrated with more contemporary elements to stay interesting.  More industrial elements like stainless open shelving and brick will also continue.  As for function, we’ll see more double islands, double ovens, specific ‘work zones’ and unique pantry storage.  White kitchens are timeless and open floor plans are definitely here to stay for good.

Design can simplify life—people like materials that are easy to clean and appliances that are “smart” and intuitive. Streamlined design that reduces clutter, integrated appliances and handle-free cabinets and appliances. 

 

Are there things that folks aren't as interested in now?

We’ve seen diminished interest in granite countertops and in medium toned and warm woods (like cherry).
 
Double bowl sinks, tambour appliance garages and trash compactors are also losing their appeal a bit. I think people are growing more of their own food, trying to create less waste, reusing things and repurposing for the environment, which can only be positive! People are also requesting the removal of a desk area in the kitchen, possibly as a way to remove the pleasures of food and company from the concepts of work or homework. People are gravitating towards induction cooktops and away from bulky professional style appliances.  The elimination of microwaves has been interesting—people want to make their food fresh or reheat it more traditional ways. There is always value in the past—it’s interesting to revisit concepts that once were old and are now new again. It keeps things interesting!
 
 

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