Fans of the uniquely functional elegance of Snaidero USA's designs don't want to miss the June FORM Issue Event. Snaidero USA will open its doors to showcase the best of Italian Design, with products from the likes of Calligaris, Alessi, and Caesarstone. The event will kick off the LA Design Festival, and space is limited, so RSVP to rsvp@FORMMag.net or 818.956.5313. Include name, title, company, phone, and email.
Collectors and Frank Lloyd Wright aficionados brace yourself: a Frank Lloyd Wright letter and original blueprint from Fallingwater will be up at auction in June, from New Hampshire-based RR Auction. “These two documents…stand among the most important records of American architectural history,” says Bobby Livingston, vice president of RR Auction, in a written statement.
The two-paged typed letter, postmarked from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is dated August 29, 1936. In the letter, Wright expresses his frustration about the project: “I am willing to quit if I must but unwilling to go with my eyes open into the failure of my work— I have not built one hundred and ninety of the world’s important buildings without knowing the look of the thing when it turns up on the job.” Apparently Frank Llyod Wright also wasn’t shy about expressing the significance of his contributions to architecture.
But perhaps even better, also up for auction is an original 36 x 21 blueprint for Wright’s Fallingwater, titled “Guest Wing ‘Fallingwater’ Frank Lloyd Wright Architect.” The blueprint includes the caption: “showing distance from back wall at bridge to back wall of guest wing Scale ¼" = 1' – 0.” The reverse side of the blueprint also bears a pencil sketch, seemingly a portion of the upper right drawing on the blueprint.
The auction runs through 7 pm Easter Time on June 20.
Rivers have always been the lifeblood of cities—a fact celebrated by a very cool new succession of bracelets now available for sale by LA-based landscape architecture firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. The MY CITY MY RIVER bracelets, created for the A+D Museum’s Celebrate the Wearable Exhibition explores the topographical nature of the Los Angeles River by presenting 70 sections cut through the heart of Downtown LA. The bracelets can be worn individually or in groups as a statement for protecting and loving our river. Each bracelet is made of laser cut aircraft plywood with brass inserts available on demand.
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Running concurrently with Dwell on Design at the Los Angeles Convention Center, AIA|LA is hosting the 2012 Design Conference on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. The 2012 Design Conference will showcase design performance—exploring how leading design professionals are evolving the scope of professional practice to enhance social, cultural, and economic value. To see the complete schedule of panels and speakers and to register to attend, please visit the AIA|LA website.
Can a set of principles be adopted for an aesthetics of sustainable design? In the The Shape of Green, Lance Hosey, architect and former director of William McDonough + Partners, argues that to be truly sustainable, design must be beautiful: Not only is beauty often more streamlined, it also inspires people to love their surroundings. If you are curious, preview a chapter of the book, published this month by Island Press, by reading an online excerpt of the chapter “Aesthetic Imperatives.”