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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
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Tuesday
Dec132011

Orchard School Library by HMC Architects

HMC Architects has released photos of a recently opened elementary and middle school library for Orchard School in San Jose, one of the oldest schools in Northern California.

The LEED Gold project combines a 3,000-square-foot renovation and a 3,000-square-foot addition. The façade, perhaps the building’s most striking feature, employs metallic composite-panel with zinc plate accents and glass. According to an HMC blog post on the building, “The angular, sloping windows emphasize the building entries and focus interior vistas obliquely toward view corridors.”

The building may seem non sequiter in the context of the stucco-clad, flat roofed ‘90s buildings that surround it on campus, but the design team deliberately and successfully positioned the building as the physical and cultural center for the campus community. The building seamlessly draws in the landscaping of the adjacent courtyard and provides opposing entries to the library for the elementary and middle schools.

Full-height glass brings natural light deep into the interior space, and a natural wood screen, locally crafted from FSC-certified wood, defines space and provides boundaries without compromising supervision.

HMC claims that the high-performance exterior building envelope, interior day lighting, natural ventilation, photovoltaic panels, upgraded mechanical systems, green-certified interior furnishings and finishes, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and siting and orientation to reduce solar heat gain are responsible for the building’s achievement of LEED Gold certification. (All images by David Wakely)

 

Sunday
Sep182011

West Gate Office Building

At the western entrance to the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia lies the West Gate Office Building, a pair of office towers designed by Studio Kalamar. The building complements its urban surroundings and emphasizes the openness of the area with wings pointing west. Its southern tower features a protruding corner which points the way to the city and its lower northern wing is designed with respect to the railway traffic behind it. One wing has 14 floors, the other 8. Different wing lengths allow for various floor divisions and office size options.  On the eastern sides are vertical cores which allow for the possibility of connection to the future extension of an adjacent building.

A white fixed shading element is attached in four different positions on panels, creating an intriguing facade effect.

Placed around the building are tree formations and hillocks, which create a public space in front of the building secluded from traffic.

A low-temperature heating and cooling system with heat pumps maintains a healthy work environment. Users are kept in contact with their surroundings and face little technological inconvenience in maintaining a good climate.  A central control system ensures optimal energy use.

Friday
Sep022011

Featured Event: LightShow/West, October 26-27th, LA Convention Center

LightShow/West is the only trade show and conference specifically created for all west coast specifiers of lighting products and sponsored by Southern California's leading lighting agencies.

See thousands of products from top manufacturers and stay current on the latest lighting trends through the free educational seminars - offered both days of the show! For a list of seminars, click here. 

Be sure to register now to attend LighShow/West on October 26-27th, 2011 at the LA Convention Center. 

Thursday
Aug042011

RSVP Now for the FORM Issue Event, August 25th at DWR Santa Monica

Join us Thursday August 25th for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at DWR’s Santa Monica showroom. During the evening, our headline sponsors will reveal their deep, unspoken discount programs for architects and designers. Peruse the spectacular furniture and kitchen products on-site, hang out with your colleagues, and celebrate the end of summer in classic FORM style. Special prizes/additional discounts will be awarded at the door.

Please RSVP at rsvp@formmag.net with your name, title, company, phone, and email. 

August 25th, 6:30-9:30 PM

Design Within Reach, 332 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica

Wednesday
Jul272011

Skinniest House in the World

 

 

Construction is expected to begin September of this year on what may be considered the skinniest house in the world. Designed by Jakub Szczęsny of Centrala, Keret House will be 4 feet at its widest and 28 inches at its narrowest.

The house will have a simple tri-dimensional steel frame finished with plywood, insulated sandwich panels and styrofoam covered with concrete cloth. Electricity will be generated from a neighboring building, and the independent plumbing designed after boat sewage technology. To save space, the entry stairs will fold up and flatten, becoming part of the first floor at the press of a button.

The residence, created for Israeli writer Etgar Keret, will be located in a crack between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland in the district of Wola. Because it does not meet Polish building code, Keret House is recognized as an "art installation." However, it will serve as both a home and a space conductive to creative work conditions -- a "significant platform for world intellectual exchange. The house is to be a "studio for invited guests -- young creators and intellectualists from all over the world."