The summer months tend to be quiet, but for the AIA|LA, July is shaping up to be busy, with a variety of events and programs planned, not to mention an important deadline to keep in mind. On the tour side of things, there are two planned that are must-dos. On July 13, set your GPS for South Pasadena and another edition of the Spring 2014 Breakfast with the Architect Tour and a visit to Koning Eizenberg's "The Sobieski House," a sustainable, indoor-outdoor compound that makes the most of its large lot. Two days later, take a peek at the recently remodeled Elysian. Once conceived of as the headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, the William Pereira–designed structure has been given new life by David Lawrence Gray Architects. Swing by the tour to get the full scoop on its transformation.
A reading group begat a film festival, at least that's the short version of the creation story of the New Urbanism Film Festival, now in its second year. The brainchild of founders Josh Paget and Joel Karahadian, the festival brings aims to bring discussions around planning out of the classroom and the conference rooms of city halls and to a broader audience through engaging films. (FORM was on board as a founding sponsor last year, and we're back again this year!)
A well-researched, critical study of an architect who is in urgent need of re-evaluation. In 1963, Paul Rudolph was widely admired—for his leadership of the Yale School of Architecture, newly installed in his monumental building; for his light, airy houses and schools in Florida, and for his ambitions to renew American cities. He was seen as an iconoclast, experimenting with new forms and materials, and offering bold alternatives to modernist orthodoxy. He was unafraid to express himself, break the rules, and create an architecture of emotion. As Rohan writes, "Rudolph believed that every cantilevered beam, every twist of a passageway, and every bright orange carpet could awaken the creativity and individuality of a building's inhabitants and thus combat the monotony and conformity of postwar life."
In the current issue of FORM, we include some maravelous tile installations featuring the work of Hallworth Design, Ceràmica Cumella, Granada Tile and Spec Ceramics. Today, to celebrate the debut of a new series we're calling Showroom Spotlight, we're highlighting some more great tile options, all from SOLI Architectural Surfaces.
For design professionals in Los Angeles, the company is a go-to source for stone, wood and concrete surfaces—not to mention a range of innovative and beautiful tile options. Options range from stylish contemporary designs in porcelain and ceramic designs to reclaimed options that reflect founder Soli Besharat's interest in vintage materials.
SOLI offers a range of tile options, from ceramic to metal and beyond. Their wares include glazed porcelain mesh-mounted ceramic tiles from Hoshi, which come in a rainbow of color choices and can be mixed to create visually arresting custom installations.
Isola Murano glass tiles are made in Italy and only available in the United States through Soli. The company produces the tiles in large rounds, which are then cut into square or rectangles, ensuring that no two tiles are exactly like.
Besides new designs, SOLI also carries an assortment of reclaimed tiles, such as colorful, patterned encaustic options and stunning, graphic triangular numbers crafted from metal. Despite their vintage, the latter bring a contemporary, yet contemporary vibe to installations.
Bohemian Coding has released the latest version of its award-winning graphic design application, Sketch. Defined as a “simple interface with powerful tools,” Sketch supports formulation of icons, websites, and interfaces through a transparent, straightforward layout.