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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: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
Wolf and Sub-Zero 

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

Deadline: February 23
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Entries in Houston (3)

Tuesday
Feb252014

FORM on Design: Drawings in Houston

Menil Drawing Institute at dusk, looking past the west entrance courtyard. courtesy of Johnston Marklee/The Menil Collection.By Michael Webb

Johnston Marklee have won plaudits for their houses and they have now triumphed over several larger firms for a coveted commission: the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) in Houston. The late Dominique de Menil had refined taste and great wealth—a rare combination—and she patiently sought very best in art and architecture. The main museum, which opened in 1987, is still Renzo Piano's best—for its springy grace and luminous interiors. She established a leafy campus around that building, preserved a row of old houses to accommodate visiting artists, and created several satellite galleries, including Piano's understated shrine to Cy Twombly. For its future growth, the board commissioned a master plan from David Chipperfield, which will replace three massive apartment blocks with new housing and the MDI.

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Monday
Feb132012

Neil Denari Among Distinguished Finalists for Houston's Central Station

Image courtesy of Neil M. Denari ArchitectsA distinguished group has been announced as the finalists of a design competition for Central Station in Houston. According to Culture Map Houston, the station's prominent location is inspiring the lofty design ambitions for the new addition to Houston's urban environment.

The five finalists were culled from an initial group of 70:
Neil Denari, principle of Los Angeles-based Neil M. Denari Architects, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. Some of the firms in the final group also have connections to the Houston area. Snøhetta is a finalist for the forthcoming contemporary galleries at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Interloop principles Mark Wamble and Dawn Finley are professors at Rice University in Houston.

Central Station will be a transfer hub at the intersection of the forthcoming East End and Southeast lines on Main between Capitol and Rusk. Houston METRO and the Downtown District are holding the competition. The complete collection of final designs is available here.

Image courtesy of Snøhetta
Monday
May232011

FibroCITY

Image: Perkins+WillFibroCITY, a proposal centered around Houston, TX by architecture firm Perkins+Will, operates as a restorative catalyst for communities that have been segregated by 20th century superhighways and the environment built around the car.

The 15-acre fibroCITY core reclaims the spaces that once were by providing interwoven programmatic elements. It provides the platform for the city to reconnect and re-develop through a new avenue of growth.

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