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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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Breaking New Ground
The California Endowment

Deadlne: November 30
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International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA)

Deadline: December 8

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Gensler

Deadline: December 15
2015 Preservation Awards
Santa Monica Conservancy 

Deadline: December 31
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Deadline: January 16
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Jun102014

Workbook: A Different Vision 

Reclaimed wood serves as the unifying feature across the three floors of Stripes Group's new Manhattan offices, designed by ICRAVE. Photography by John Muggenborg © 2013/courtesy ICRAVE. “If you’re not happy kicking around ideas with your friends at seven pm, this isn’t the place for you,” is refrain heard often around the offices at ICRAVE, a Manhattan design firm known for its hospitality work. As with most creative firms, the company’s offices emphasize collaboration and cooperation with an open plan to facilitate the free flow of ideas. Recently, Ken Fox, the managing partner of Stripes Group, a private equity firm in New York, asked ICRAVE to bring some of that spirit into their new Manhattan offices.

“Most of these firms are in Midtown or Downtown,” says project manager Mitchell Streichhirsch. “They’re in high rises with a central elevator core. You see the same office over and over.” In contrast, the new Stripes Group office was slated for space in the Meatpacking District, much removed from the city’s traditional financial hubs. It was also slated to occupy three floors of a newly-constructed building.

The spaces' design balances high design with the needs of a financial industry firm. Photography by John Muggenborg © 2013/courtesy ICRAVE.


For the space, “we took the different programs that go into the work day and broke them up into unique areas,” says Streichhirsch. In practical terms, it meant assigning each floor a particular function. The third houses the bullpen area—“a youthful and energetic” space. It follows an open plan where the younger members of the staff are within eye- and earshot of one another, so ideas can be tossed around thick and fast. The designers hung custom bikes on the walls, and the carpet tiles have a bold, dynamic pattern. Acoustical panels hang from aircraft cables and tubular lights run in the channels between.

One floor above are spaces geared toward visitors. There’s a reception desk, two conference rooms and smaller meeting areas. Though the team took many of their cues from designs geared to more creative pursuits, “there had to be some semblance of seriousness,” says Streichhirsch, but he and the team tweaked it. “We left the concrete floor exposed and polished it,” he explains. “It creates a feeling of raw space and lent some history of the neighborhood to it.” Work by Leroy Granisand and Hans Van Der Meer hangs throughout, and the furnishings mix sophisticated contemporary pieces with a few midcentury modern notes to play off the more industrial elements.

The executive contingent fills the fifth floor, which features a dramatic installation of tubular fluorescent lights, one of the first in North America to include the product. They can be seen from the street below and create an effect that signals something “is happening there,” says Streichhirsch. Reclaimed wood from old city water towers defines the space, as it does on the other floors, providing a unifying element.

“Ken was very trusting,” says Streichhirsch. “He created a different breed of private equity firm and wanted you to know when you walk into Stripes Group, it wasn't another private equity firm. “They’re forward-thinking, youthful, risk takers, and he the design expresses that.”

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