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Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour
May 3, 2014

The Venice/Santa Monica Modern Home Tour gives L.A. residents a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture right in their own area, via self-guided driving tour. Attendees learn from homeowners what it's like to live in a modern home and find out where the architects got their inspiration - directly from the architects themselves. The tour is self-guided and self-driven, allowing guests to explore these modern treasures at their own pace.

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014

May 4-6, 2014
RICS Summit of the Americas 2014 is for any real estate professional looking to draw from timely, in-depth market knowledge that will be shared by local and international experts in the land, property and construction sectors. The summit will provide an excellent opportunity to connect with top professionals from around the world and engage in educational seminars and premier discussion forums.

Heath Open Studio Events
May 9–11
The traditional Spring event, where Heath opens the doors to the factory and studio so visitors can explore both Heath's history, as well as current projects and collections, will be held at the company's San Franciso, Sausalito and Los Angeles locations.

Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.

de LaB Presents an Eastside Home Tour: Architects at Home
May 10, 2014
De LaB presents its second annual Eastside home tour, “Architects at Home,” on May 10th from 12:00-4:00 p.m. The popular tour will explore homes designed and built by architects for their own families. A sense of experimentation, playfulness, inspiration, and a creative approach to budget constraints pervade these homes.

The Venice Art Walk
May 18, 2014
The proud tradition of artists and volunteers providing health care to their neighbors in need and the celebration of Venice’s vibrant artistic culture continues today. This event is free and open to the public and features a highly anticipated 350 piece art auction, live entertainment, and an impressive lineup of gourmet food trucks. Participants can purchase tickets to highly regarded Architecture Tours that held throughout the year and/or view exclusive art studios that will be featured on the day of Venice Art Walk & Auctions.

Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century.

Celebrate: Groundswell
June 28, 2014
A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles (A+D) celebrates its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser.

 

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Deadline: April 25
Call for Entries (Student Awards) 
ASLA

Deadline: May 18
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Imagine Hillandale

Deadline: June 1 
AIA|LA 2014 Design Awards Program Registration 
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Deadline: December 31
Kitchen Design Contest
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Tuesday
Mar192013

Showroom: Coryne Lovick Makes Modern Comfortable

Coryne Lovick's Z Chair features a zig-zag profile. Photo courtesy Coryne Lovick Collection.

Some people collect stamps. Others collect teapots. Designer Coryne Lovick collects chairs. The interior designer has been acquiring them for years—scouring flea markets for intriguing seats and amassing a collection that has come to require storage. In her design work, too, chairs have played a starring role. “When I put unique chairs in my own jobs, they were almost pieces of art on their own and could set a room apart,” she explains. And therein lay a problem.

As a chair aficionado, always looking for stunning seating statements for her projects, Lovick says she “saw an increasingly growing hole in the marketplace for interesting, different and comfortable chairs.” She took matters into her own hands and recently launched her first-ever furniture collection featuring a range of chairs inspired by some of her vintage finds. The line runs the gamut from contemporary riffs on classic designs such as wing chairs and club chairs (complete with cabriole legs) to more modern looks.

The Z Chair also comes in an armless option—perfect for use as a dining chair or occasional chair. Photo courtesy Coryne Lovick Collection.

In particular, Lovick’s Z Chair has a particularly 21st-century feel. Based on a vintage design that captured her heart, “The shape of this chair is totally unique for the marketplace,” she says. “You can add buttons to make it retro or add nail heads to make it more traditional. Although I present it as a dining chair it works as a side chair in any living space. Upholster it in a multicolor hide and it becomes quite a conversation piece and really makes a statement in the room.”

If you’re LA this week for the Pacific Design Center’s Westweek, stop by the Mimi London showroom there to check out her collection. The space “is a true icon of the design industry,” Lovick notes.

Tuesday
Mar122013

Showroom: A Look at the New Elements Collection from KnollTextiles 

The new Elements Collection from KnollTextiles includes three designs by creative director Dorothy Casonas. Image courtesy KnollTextiles.

For some of its newest fabrics in its 2013 Elements Collection, KnollTextiles’ Dorothy Cosonas turned to her library. "I collect lots of books and use them constantly as source material for my work as creative director for KnollTextiles,” she says. “With Ikat Square, Ikat Stripe, and Origins, I was initially inspired by patterns that I found in some Japanese textile books. I was also inspired by the traditional ‘Ikat’ concept—an intricate and labor intensive process of binding and dying sections of yarn, then weaving them together to create a fabric with multi-colored tones. The result is three patterns which speak to this old-world technique but have a truly modern twist."

The three fabrics by Cosonas, in addition to additional drapery and upholstery fabrics and wallcoverings will be beloved by architects and interior designers specifying fabrics that emphasizes color, texture and large-scale pattern.

If you happen to be in LA for the Pacific Design Center’s Westweek events, be sure to stop by the new KnollTextiles showroom opening then—just the company’s second textile-only destination. A Knoll Luxe showroom, the space is geared toward residential, hospitality and executive office designers and carries the full line of Knoll Luxe textiles, along with an assortment of other KnollTextiles (including Cosonas’s new designs) intended for residential and contract applications.

 

Wednesday
Jul212010

SUPERFRONT is proud to present OPEN HOUSE | STATE SECRETS, opening July 22

OPEN HOUSE | STATE SECRETS is about the dark side of architecture – ‘architecture’ in both the abstract political use of the term and the literal experience of normative buildings. Conceiving of this exhibition as a laboratory, Farrah Karapetian, Mitch McEwen, and architectural collective Bureau E.A.S.T will accumulate work in SUPERFRONT’s space between July 6th and August 22nd. SUPERFRONT’s space at the Pacific Design Center becomes a studio for the exploration of the parameters of photography, sculpture, mapping, and architecture.