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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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Deadline: January 16
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Deadline: February 23
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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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Wednesday
Mar052014

FORM on Design: Iconic Modern Furniture Reissued

Herman Miller has updated some of its classic designs, including Eames Aluminum Group outdoor chairs. Image courtesy Herman Miller.

Living in the apartment where the Eames prototyped their first designs in the 1940s, I've always been fascinated by the subtle changes iconic pieces undergo as they are first put into production and later revived. Herman Miller, which began as a traditional Michigan furniture maker, was introduced to modernism by Gilbert Rhode in the 1930s, and again by George Nelson, who was their director of design, 1945-1972, a tenure no-one is ever likely to match. He designed an entire range of basic furniture himself in a year, and then brought in his friends, Charles and Ray Eames, who have been the company's household gods ever since. Over the years, as Herman Miller put a greater emphasis on the contract market, some of the Eames's designs went out of production. A few were pirated, European rights went to Vitra, but most of the drop-outs have been brought back in sparkling new editions.

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Wednesday
Oct062010

"Sayl" Chairs Combine Beauty of Sailboats and Principles of Suspension Bridges

This new chair is designed by Yves Béhar in collaboration with Herman Miller. It was inspired by the engineering principles of a suspension bridge and the elegance of a sail, explaining its moniker, the Sayl chair. Hailing from San Francisco, Béhar looked to the city's iconic Golden Gate Bridge for inspiration. The spine of the seat back reflects the structure of the bridge, and the full, light shape of the mesh material alludes to the sail, just as the Golden Gate is often surrounded by the distintive sails from nearby sailboats. The chair is also manufactured with minimal environmental impact.