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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.

 

 

Competitions

Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

Deadline: January 16
Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2015
Ceramics of Italy 

Deadline: February 23
I Like Design
Interiors & Sources 

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Tuesday
Nov252014

Events: What's Happening in December from AIA|LA

Another busy year is nearly in the books for our industry partner AIA|LA. While the coming month is quieter than some, there are still several compelling opportunities. First, though, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate the new members of the organization’s 2015 Board of Directors. President: Ted Hyman, FAIA—ZGF Architects, LLP; Vice President/President-Elect: Debra Gerod, FAIA—Gruen Associates; Secretary, Douglas Teiger, AIA—Abramson Teiger Architects; Treasurer: Douglas Noble, FAIA, Ph.D—USC School of Architecture; Past President: Andrea Cohen Gehring, FAIA—DLR Group; Directors: Jim Auld, AIA, Altoon Partners LLP; Jeffrey Averill, FAIA—UCLA; Gail Peter Borden, AIA, Borden Partnership, LLP & USC; Gwynne Pugh, FAIA—Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio;

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Monday
Nov242014

Book Review: Havana Modern

Courtesy RizzoliHavana Modern: 20th Century Architecture and Interiors. Michael Connors. Rizzoli. $65

An idealized portrait of the crumbling Cuban capital, which offers very incomplete coverage of the modernist treasures of the 1940s and 1950s. The subtitle is more exact: The early decades of the 20th century saw a wonderful flowering of Beaux Arts and Art Déco, including a scaled down version of the US Capitol and the exuberant Bacardi Building. Those decorative styles occupy more than half this book, but the images must have been extensively photo-shopped to achieve such pristine elegance. In reality most of these houses and public buildings are shabby and decayed, even on the verge of collapse.

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Wednesday
Nov192014

Exhibitions: Becoming a Design Mecca

The history of the West Hollywood Design District gets an exhibition at the West Hollywood Public Library. It features rare archival material. Image courtesy West Hollywood Design District.

“They came because the rent was low. It was all warehouses and people could open showrooms and not pay the prices at the mart,” Greg Firlotte says of the beginnings of what was to become the West Hollywood Design District. “And it was unincorporated, so there were fewer restrictions and more freedom to do things you couldn’t within the city. There was a Wild West aspect where Bohemian types could start things.”

Firlotte, a Design District and design industry veteran, was tapped to curate a new exhibition, Decades of Design, 1948–2014, opening November 19, at the West Hollywood Library. The show traces the history of area via its story as a design mecca, from its beginnings in 1948, when the Carl Marias carpet showroom first opened (after moving several times, the company is still in business in WeHo). Other seminal events covered include the opening of the Eames-designed Herman Miller showroom and the arrival of the PDC in 1976. “The whole district changed dramatically then,” Firlotte points out. “It brought along a lot of other businesses.”

Many of the show’s images have never been seen by the public. “I started looking through personal and corporate archives,” says Firlotte. “I had a lot of ‘Oh my God’ moments,” he says, including coming across the first ever map of the district, published in 1964. He was able to mine Herman Miller's collection, that of Phyllis Morris and those of other notable firms and individuals.

Once the show closes, it will live on as a permanent online archive, preserving the legacy of a critical piece of design history. “There are a lot of things for the design to trade to discover,” notes Firlotte. 

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Tuesday
Nov182014

FORM on Design: Welcome Companions' Architectural Foundation

Architect Laurel Consuelo Broughton's Welcome Companions line of accessories offers a novel spin on traditional forms. Image courtesy Welcome Companions.

Architects have a long and storied history when it comes to designing furniture? It's a space to play and experiment. While furniture and furnishings might be the natural, other practitioners have turned their attentions to other forms. Laurel Consuelo Broughton, who trained at SCI-Arc and serves as an adjunct on the architecture faculty at USC, is one such designer. She's the force behind Welcome Projects and its off-shoot, Welcome Companions, an endeavor that "that reinterprets everyday sartorial accessories and objects through a formal and surrealist lens." Recently, she collaborated with artist Miranda July on her most recent collection of accesories, which includes a handbag, the Miranda, named for July. We chatted with Broughton about her project and the opportunities it offers her, not to mention the ways it has informed her approach to design.

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Monday
Nov172014

Book Review: Chinese Museums

Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press

By Michael Webb

New Museums in China. Clare Jacobsen. Princeton Architectural Press. $50.

An invaluable compilation of 50 museums, completed or begun in the past decade, all over China. Jacobsen has selected these projects for their architectural value, and she has cast a wide net, from MAD's Ordos Museum—a scale-less blob that anchors a raw new development in Inner Mongolia, to the Museum of Handcraft Paper, a woodsy cluster by Trace Architecture in a remote southwestern village. There's a good mix of Chinese and Western firms, and the Pritzker Prize laureates include Wang Shu of Hangzhou.

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