Hotels, by their very nature, can be some of the least-environmentally places around, but these days that reputation is changing. Hotels—both their designs and their furnishings—are looking more sustainable as developers and owners increasingly go for LEED certification for reasons both altruistic and practical.
We talk a lot about the new look of offices—open-plan, flooded with natural light, multi-use spaces. Often, though, designers and architects don’t take that idea to the next level, instead creating spaces that still very much retain the old aesthetic that leans toward the institutional and bland. For a recent project by Studio O+A, a San Francisco–based interior design studio, the team pushed the envelope, creating offices for the online firm Zazzle in Redwood City, California, that are lively and inviting.
With the explosion in LED fixture options, there’s suddenly something for eveyrone and every need. Have a project that calls for an edgy, contemporary look? You can find tons to fit the bill. Need something more traditional? You’re now covered on that front too. Want something with some midcentury modern flair? Now you've got a choice for that. With Nora Lighting’s new Tysen Globe pendant, 50s style comes to the LED world.
This weekend is a big one for architecture and design lovers in Los Angeles. On Saturday, November 9, The Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will host its annual fundraiser, ForumFest 2013. This year, the honoree will be architect Michael Maltzan, and the event will be held at Inner-City Arts, a building of Maltzan’s own design.
Next month, Woodbury University’s WUHO Gallery will play host to Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles!, an exhibition of the early and mid-career work of the groundbreaking environmental graphic designer Deborah Sussman, whose career highlights include stints in the Eames office as well responsibility for the identity and “pop-up” architecture for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.