Take a Seat with Knoll & LALA at WestEdge

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with Knoll and LALA Magazine to auction 15 one-of-a-kind Bertoia chairs during the 2018 WestEdge Design Fair with all proceeds from the auction benefiting Safe Place for Youth (SPY).

For the partnership titled “Take a Seat”, WestEdge, Knoll and LALA Magazine invited 15 leading architects, designers and tastemakers to create one-of-a-kind art pieces using the brand’s iconic, and recently reissued, Knoll Bertoia Molded Shell Chair as a canvas. These pieces will be unveiled during the fair’s Opening Night Party on October 18th, at the Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, in Santa Monica, CA.

“Safe Place for Youth is a community-based organization that aids homeless youth and we’re pleased to support their cause and help build awareness. “We are so thrilled to have Knoll and LALA Magazine helping this effort and are confident that the Knoll auction will be well supported by our audience, thereby helping to generate such crucial funds for SPY members,” states Megan Reilly, Co-Founder and Principal of WestEdge.

Participating artists, architects and designers include: Cesar Giraldo, Gensler, Shimoda Design Group, Ruben Rojas, Terry Crews, Safe Place for Youth (SPY), Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Hanson LA, Erinn Valencich, Tracy Hiner (Black Crow Studios) and Doug Schwartz (DETROITWICK) for The Caliber Foundation, Art Center College, Katrien Van Der Schueren, Clair Vanders, Nolen Niu, and Carrie Livingston.

The auction, benefiting Safe Place for Youth (SPY), will begin during WestEdge’s Opening Night Gala on October 18 and end on October 21, 2018. Guests and design enthusiasts can submit their bids at http://www.safeplaceforyouth.org/.

SIA Presents A Night for Preservation Friday, October 19

 

Join us Friday evening after WestEdge for A Night for Preservation at the historic William Randolph Hearst & Marion Davies Ocean House designed by legendary architect Julia Morgan

This seaside cocktail party and private dinner will be an exciting social event filled with surprises in support of Architectural Preservation.
Join Save Iconic Architecture (SIA) for an evening under the stars with Los Angeles’ design society.

Door Prizes, Silent and Live Auction featuring:
2 night stay at Caesers Palace Las Vegas
Wilshire Country club Golf Package
Executive fitness and wellness package
and much more!

Space is extremely limited ticket info at:

https://siaprojects.org/

SIA Projects, is a non-profit foundation founded by Jaime Rummerfield and Ron Woodson. Together with a dedicated group of designers, architects and builders all passionate about architectural and cultural preservation and awareness, they spearhead special properties to protect, preserve, educate, and celebrate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The AD Film Festival Comes to LA March 14-18

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Join Us In Paris

Happy New Year!

Our 2018 is off to a busy start as we prepare to visit the City of Lights for a week of design happenings, including Maison & Objet, Paris Deco Off and various partner events throughout one of our all-time favorite cities.

And, we’re excited to partner with Maison & Objet to offer a “Day at M&O” exclusively for our American design friends making the trip later this month. If you’d like to join us for this VIP tour on Jan. 22, complete with complimentary access, prearranged shuttle service and welcome reception, please email Megan@WestEdgeDesignFair.com ASAP to reserve your spot (space is limited).

We’ve also aligned with several of our L.A. design friends and showrooms who’ll be in Paris hosting their own events and taking in all the Paris design-scene  happenings. Here’s a look at a few things on our agenda while there.

The pre-Paris fun kicks off this week in L.A. with tonight’s ‘Pre-Paris Party’ hosted by Kneedler Fauchere, Thomas Lavin and The Rug Company, followed by a Pacific Design Center “Paris Preview” seminar Tuesday, Jan. 9.

So give us a shout if you’ll be in Paris for Maison & Objet. We would love to see you there!

Art of Travel Auction- Own a One-of-a-kind Samsonite Piece

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California Home + Design Launches DesignLIVE L.A. at WestEdge October 19

 

We are thrilled to host the launch of the first DesignLIVE L.A. presented by California Home + Design on October 19, 2017. Join California Home + Design‘s Editorial Director Lindsey Shook as she explores a range of topics with leaders of the Los Angeles design community.

DESIGN DISCUSSIONS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19
2:00 PM: The Art of Investing in your Real Estate
Join Lindsey Shook, Editorial Director of California Home+Design, and a group of real estate, design, development and art experts as they explore what brings the most value to a home. From Kitchen design to the finest finishes and a dynamic art collection, they will uncover how to get the most bang for the buck.

Panelists include:
Barclay Butera of Barclay Butera Interiors
Steven Cooper of Cooper Pacific Kitchens 

3:15 PM: The Healthy Home
Designing a healthy, eco-friendly home is becoming more and more important. With the new WELL building standards and an ever-evolving collection of eco-materials, it can be difficult to navigate the smartest choices. Lindsey Shook, Editorial Director of California Home+Design, will explore the future of sustainability in the home with a panel of experts.

Panelists include:
Leslie Delli-Venneri, WELL Certified, ASID Sustainability Committee Member, Victoria + Albert Baths
Barry Cik, acheter viagra Technical Director, Founder & CEO of Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery
Moty Ginsburg, CEO at Treeium Eco-Remodeling

4:30 PM: Made Local: Los Angeles
In the current world of design, locally made objects and furniture are playing a central role in the home. California Home+Design’s Editorial Director Lindsey Shook, will sit down with a panel of L.A.’s most innovative makers as they share their story, the secrets of their craft and why it’s important to shop for handmade, local design.

Panelists include:
Alex Segal and Riley Rea of Croft House
Jamie Davis of Portola Paints
Meyghan Hill of Whorehaus Studio
Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks

5:30-7:00 PM: Rose Reception
Meet California Home + Design‘s Southern California editors during a delightful rose reception!

REGISTER FOR designLIVE L.A. HERE! 

DIFFA and Thrive Tribe Foundation Team Up for a Wine Auction at WestEdge on Saturday, October 21

DIFFA and Thrive Tribe Foundation Team Up for a Wine Auction
at WestEdge on Saturday, October 21

This year, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and the Thrive Tribe Foundation are teaming up to support their work of helping individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. DIFFAxThrive is an event that will feature one-of-a-kind customized Nambe wine buckets created by two-dozen artists and designers, all for sale at the show. The auction will culminate at a reception on Saturday, October 21st from 4-6 PM.

DIFFAxThrive is presented in partnership with California Homes Magazine and Nambe.

If you are a designer who wants to get involved and put your style mark on a piece for the auction, please get in touch with Dawn Roberson at droberson@diffa.org.

ABOUT NAMBE
Recognized for its award-winning designs for more than 60 years, Nambé’s commitment to timeless beauty, artistic integrity and uncompromising quality is evident in the brand’s collection of serveware, barware, home décor and gift items. Nambé collaborates with the world’s most esteemed designers to develop products that bring function and style into the home.

 

Palm Springs Modernism Week

February in Palm Springs! For design aficionados, there’s no better time to visit. And for all our friends getting pummeled with snow on the East Coast, it’s not too late to consider a quick trip for Palm Springs Modernism Week.

This celebration of mid-century modern design runs February 16-26, and seems to keep getting bigger and better. With 10+ design-packed days and nights of cocktail parties, exhibitions, lectures, films, expos, home tours, and much more, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Below, we’ve outlined a few highlights that are on our hit list this coming weekend.

2016 Christopher Kennedy Compound

2016 Christopher Kennedy Compound

Screen Style Panel & Reception presented by SDSA

For year #2, WestEdge is pleased to be a partner of the Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) February 18 event “Screen Style: Creating Narrative Spaces on Film and Television”. With the 2017 Oscars right around the corner, we’re excited to meet and hear from some of Hollywood’s most talented set decorators who help create the movie magic. Cathy Whitlock, author of “Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction” moderates a discussion with set decorators Halina Siwolop SDSA (“Masters of Sex”) and Gene Serdena SDSA (“Passengers”). Tickets are available here.
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Christopher Kennedy Compound
Always a top highlight of Modernism Week, The Christopher Kennedy Compound is not-to-be-missed. Sponsored by Traditional Home and California Home + Design magazines, the house brings together nearly 20 of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in this decorator showcase house. The project is brought to life by Chairish, Thermador, Ferguson, DuPont, Eggersmann USA cabinetry and more than three dozen other local and national design resources.
The Red Carpet Gala is this Saturday and Christopher Kennedy has offered friends of WestEdge a special ticket offer. Use promo code CWMW17 for 20% here.

Kelly Golightly and Christopher Kennedy at the 2017 Christopher Kennedy Show House

Kelly Golightly and Christopher Kennedy at the 2017 Christopher Kennedy Show House

17th Annual Modernism Show & Sale
See 85 premier national and international exhibitors showcasing 20th century (with emphasis on midcentury modern) design at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Midcentury Modern Meets Modern: Design Milk Talk & Reception
We always look forward to catching up with Design Milk founder Jaime Derringer who’s moderating a highly social discussion at the new Desert Eichler Home, followed by tasty bites at a wine and cocktails reception.

Hotel Lautner – A Night for Preservation
See first-hand the award winning restored Hotel Lautner designed by legendary midcentury architect John Lautner. The evening benefits Save Iconic Architecture (SIA), a non-profit foundation founded by dynamic design duo Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield to preserve significant architecture as art.

West Elm House
The West Elm House is an idea house created to inspire and guide architecture and design enthusiasts when it comes to the art of modernizing a midcentury home for the way we live today. Be among the first to experience the “Midcentury to Next-Century Transformation” of this iconic 1950s home by Palmer & Krisel.

For the full list of events and detailed information on Palm Springs Modernism Week, visit www.modernismweek.com.
And be sure to follow us on Instagram for updates throughout the week. Hope to see you in the desert!

What’s this WELL Standard I Keep Hearing About?

We’re pleased to welcome Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic to WestEdge this Friday, November 4. She’ll be presenting  Introduction to the WELL Building Standard: How It Can Benefit Your Projects and Clients  in the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio. Below Jennifer sheds light on what this WELL Standard is about and what it means for all of us.

By Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic

We spend 90% of our time indoors and sitting is the new smoking.  Worse yet, physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor for mortality.  So what can we do about it?

In October of 2014, after years of development; The WELL Building Standard™, also known as WELL, was released as an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being where we live, work and play.  WELL takes a holistic approach to health in the built environment; addressing behavior, operations, policies, procedures and design.  Much like LEED was created to measure and verify how healthy a building is for the planet; WELL was created to measure and verify how healthy a building is for the people.

“Design for Healthy Behaviors” is ranked #1 as both the most transformative and fastest-moving sub-trend of the Health and Well-Being macro-trend,” reported ASID Industry Outlook, 2015.  Research also shows that most employers are already offering health and wellness programs or initiatives, or plan to start providing them in the near future.

WELL focuses on seven concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind; while using behavior, operations and design to drive the measurement and verification for these concepts.  WELL is like a nutrition label for your building, providing transparency on the quality of our built environment. We don’t want to design buildings that are obsolete before they are finished with construction!

If you are familiar with LEED, WELL is extremely complimentary.  Certifications for both are administered by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). WELL can be implemented alongside other rating systems such as LEED or Living Building Challenge; however, WELL also stands very solidly on its own as a Standard.  One of the highlights of WELL is that it is performance-based and focuses on meeting the intent, as opposed to being prescriptive and meeting a requirement.  There is much less paper documentation required by WELL, versus other rating systems.  WELL also uses performance verification audits to do on-site testing, visual inspections and spot checks; to ensure projects meet compliance.

Another benefit of WELL is that it does not separate Existing and New projects. There are standards and pilot programs aimed at a variety of situations.  If you want to check these out, please click here https://www.wellcertified.com/.

WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment.  WELL is not about ‘Healthy just for the Wealthy’.  Thus, IWBI was set up as a Public For Benefit Corporation requiring IWBI to donate 51% of their profits to health and wellness housing initiatives in local communities and highly impacted/stressed international communities.  WELL is all about healthier, more productive places for people and is a confluence of Medical Science, Building Science and Business Science. WELL is an evidence based, peer reviewed Standard that is 3rd party administered by IWBI.  And its believers are impressive!  Beginning November 4, 2016, U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) CEO and founding Chairman, Rick Fedrizzi, is joining IWBI as CEO and Chairman of its Board of Directors. Rick brings with him decades of developing and implementing rating systems for the built environment such as LEED, all around the world.

There are a lot of different reasons people consider doing WELL certification. Some companies or multifamily residences are looking to attract the right employees, clients or tenants.  Some companies are looking to retain the people they have who might have a high cost to replace them.  Some companies are looking to do fewer negatives; while some companies are looking to do more positives.  Companies are looking for better ideas, fewer sick days, reduced presenteeism, higher return on investment, employee longevity, increased learning potential and more.  WELL provides a true benefits differentiator for those who achieve certification.

Many Owners, developers and self-insured companies see the return on investment for doing the WELL Standard.  The average company spends 1% of its annual budget on Energy.  Approximately 9% of that annual budget is spent on rent and operations.  That same budget focuses 90% of its allocations to the People.  From salaries, to benefits, to insurance, we spend most of our money on the people.  Where we work, play and live matters! WELL is providing a path to increase our ability to be healthy and productive, regardless of where we spend the majority of our time!

~ Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic is President & CEO of A Sustainable Production (ASAP); a woman owned, full-service, global sustainability and wellness consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA http://www.sustainpro.org/.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles chapter (www.usgbc-la.org) and is a WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP Homes, and USGBC LEED & WELL Faculty.

 

 

Convo By Design Social Lounge

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