This Saturday evening, the Los Angeles design community will converge upon the Architecture and Design Museum (A+D) to celebrate its 13th year of cutting edge exhibitions and progressive architecture and design programs with its annual gala and fundraiser, “CELEBRATE: GROUNDSWELL,”.
We spoke with Julie Du Brow. Principal of dubroWorks, and Tibbie Dunbar, Executive Director of the A+D, this week to get a sneak peek of what we can look forward to at this must-attend event.
This year, A+D celebrates California’s beach communities, which have for years been a mecca for—and inspiration to—artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects. Continuing the legendary runway presentations for which A+D’s annual CELEBRATE gala has now become known, the 2014 event will feature custom surfboards, boogie boards, and skateboards created by local and international architects, designers, and artists.
Designers include returning participants Karim Rashid, Richard Meier & Partners, Don Chadwick (Herman Miller’s Aeron Chair designer), Steven Ehrlich, David Hertz, Neil Denari, Minarc, Warner Bros. Studios, and Gensler, among others. In addition A+D welcomes debuts by Arquitectonica, SPF:a, Michael Maltzan, Ogassian partnering with Ann Sacks, Sorensen Architects, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, LA-Más, KMNelson Design Inc., and West of West. For a full list, please click HERE.
The festivities will also include a silent auction, DJ Raul Campos of KCRW, “Facing the Music” live art performance by Gregory Adamson (piece to be auctioned), open bar sponsored by Tito’s Vodka and Asahi Beer, and Southern California cuisine. We already have our eyes on a few of the surf boards; now we just need to learn how to surf! Hoping we can bid on some surf lessons too…
For more information on the A+D Museum gala and to purchase tickets, click here.
West is Best! Well… we may need to be somewhat careful of choosing sides here given our NY roots (although LA is still riding high with Kings fever and we give them props). BUT, we do, of course, LOVE west coast design and are excited to celebrate it with a special exhibition at this year’s edition of WestEdge. Jaime Derringer, Founder of Design Milk, is curating a must-see exhibition called superPAC featuring several of the best designers from throughout the North American Pacific coast.
The selected designers represent a large range of product categories including furniture, lighting, accessories, carpets and more. Here’s a list of the names you’ll see this October:
100xbetter — Los Angeles, CA
Brendan Ravenhill — Los Angeles, CA
Brook & Lyn — Los Angeles, CA
Eric Trine — Long Beach, CA
Iacoli & McAllister — Seattle WA
Graypants — Seattle, WA
Hinterland — Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio — Seattle, WA
PECA — Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
Phloem Studio — Portland, OR
Rachel Denny — Beavercreek, OR
Standard Socket — Seattle, WA
Aguiniga Design — Los Angeles, CA
urbancase — Seattle, WA
Wolfum — Los Angeles, CA
Zoe Pawlak — Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Photo gallery above features: Graypants, Zoe Pawlak, urbancase, Iacoli & McAllister and Eric Trine.
Product imagery from all participating brands can be viewed on our WestEdge #superPACdesign Pinterest board
Stay tuned for more from Design Milk and #superPACdesign over the next few months. And we’ll let you be the judge of west coast design in October.
The LA Design Festival kicked off in full force last week; over the next several days Los Angeles will be teeming with design happenings and events to celebrate the industry and many people and places that make Los Angeles such a creative and inspiring hub within the design world.
To get in on the event action, we’re pleased to partner with the American Society of Interior Designers (and our WestEdge media partner Angeleno Magazine) to sponsor California Dreaming this Friday, June 20. This party will welcome over 500 ASID members, along with hundreds of other design industry leaders.
The REEF (the cool creative habitat for the culturally diverse, artisanal designers and creators unique to Los Angeles) will be transformed into a retro California beach party, offering a chance to step back into the Los Angeles AM-radio beach scene from the mid-sixties, with a DJ and music from that era. For details about the event, please see below. If you can join us, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re sponsoring the wine bars so come stop by and see us for a glass of vino; we’ll be sure to keep your glass topped-off!
We could not be more pleased to announce that the “EXO”, an exquisite structure designed by Doris Sung of DOSU Studio Architecture, engineered by ARUP Engineering and fabricated by Neal Feay Company, will be featured at this year’s edition of WestEdge serving as the official DJ tower.
About Neal Feay:
Neal Feay Studio is the global leader in creative aluminum with over 60 years experience in cutting edge manufacturing technology and design. The third generation, Santa Barbara-based company has collaborated with an expansive list of top-tier artists, architects, designers and manufacturers over the years.
About the EXO:
The materials used to build this 8’ high structure include thermobimetal, aluminum and steel. Thermobimetal is a lamination of two alloys of metals with different coefficients of expansion. When heated, the “smart” material curls. This natural behavior is beneficial during construction because it enables a person to assemble the project with minimal effort and danger. With no mechanical force required, a single person can assemble the surface with a single hand. Each individual piece is heated in a conventional oven to about 350 degrees Farenheit, the point with optimal geometric curl, then simply held into position until it cools. As the piece cools and returns to its flattened state, it is prematurely locked into place, forming a tensioned bow-beam (imagine an archer’s bow). When distributed in a field of bows on a cylindrical type of surface, the result is an extremely strong and lightweight shell, much like the exo-skeleton of a lobster or crustacean. The surface is held in tension with no connection hardware.
About DOSU Studio Architecture:
Doris Sung, principal at DOSU in Los Angeles, finds inspiration in biology to improve the performance of building skins. She applies “smart” geometries to “smart” materials, such as thermobimetals, to make “smart” building skins. Her TED talk is nearing one million views.
The music from our resident DJ Matthew Rubino will sound even better emanating from the top of this extraordinary sculpture located prominently on the show floor. See the brilliantly designed EXO in person at this year’s edition of WestEdge!
We’re excited to be a partner of this year’s WantedDesign! If you’re in NYC next week for the design celebration that is NYCxDESIGN, The City’s 11-day festival that showcases New York as a dynamic and unique design destination, please make sure to add WantedDesign to your must-attend event schedule.
Our friends Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat launched WantedDesign in 2011. Since its launch, the event has established itself as a premier creative destination for the international design community and will again bring together national and international participants for a vibrant four day experience. The show will offer innovative installations, memorable products, a pop-up store, interactive experiences, convivial lounges, thought-provoking student workshops, engaging discourse and more.
This year adds a fresh direction with programs that follow the daily themes of Design Around the World, Designing, Making, Transforming, and What’s Next in the U.S.A.?, with each day featuring supporting conversations. In addition to the “Conversation Series” co-presented by Metropolis Magazine, the show features nearly 60+ exhibitors, including several of our favorites such as DWR, Egg Collective, David Trubridge, and Blackbody. For the full list of exhibitors, click here.
Located in the exceptional landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue, WantedDesign promises to be a highlight of our week back in NYC. The event, which runs May 16-19, is free to the trade (registration required); general public tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.
For more information, please visit: www.wanteddesignnyc.com