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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.

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.

Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio
February 20–May 24, 2015
This February, the Hammer Museum will present the West Coast debut of Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio, featuring the imaginative work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick and his London-based studio. Heatherwick is known for his unique design concepts ranging from products, such as a handbag for Longchamp, to large-scale structures like the new distillery for Bombay Sapphire Gin.

 

 

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Jun112014

SHOWROOM: New Wallcoverings from Trove

In its newest collection, Trove features wallcoverings mined from sources ranging from Paleolithic painting to 20th-century cinema. Grotte, one of the new designs, incorporates painting techniques found in some of the earliest painting ever unearthed. Image courtesy Trove. French Baroque architecture. North American forests Gabriel García Márquez. Film. Paleolithic painting. For Trove’s newest collection of wallpapers, which debuted last month at ICFF, the company’s founders, Jee Levin and Randall Buck, mined an awe-inspiring breadth of sources to create designs that complement the firm’s existing range.

“We are always exploring uncharted territory for us as designers with each new collection, whether that be in concept or technique,” Levin explains. “I would say the spring collection was more of an affirmation of our fundamental aesthetics. Considering we are still building our vocabulary we very much saw this collection as a declaration of Trove so that people would see it and recognize the brand through the design.”

Rinceau offers a witty take on 18th-century French architectural elements. Image courtesy Trove.

Allee takes its inspiration from the film Last Year at Marienbad and features a photographic repetition of a dreamy landscape and marked by classical formality. Another landscape-inspired design, Trace, which was introduced late last year and also debuted at ICFF, renders a forest to appear as a city skyline. Rinceau falls into a classical vein—grounded in the architectural moldings of 18th-century France. Suichuka and Maconda offer a more intimate feel with their whimsical foliate designs.

Of the new releases, Grotte pushed the partners furthest as they adapted an ancient painting technique (raw pigment is forced through a straw), used in the caves of Lascaux and Chauvet, for the design. “Grotte was a lot of fun to create,” says Levin.  “As designer,s we are always looking to keep the design process inspired. The unpredictable is of great value to us. We never know what the end design will be. For us the unexpected elements of the process are just as important to the design as the elementary concept.”

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