The Agenda: Designing with Your Senses, Elyse Walker Newport, and Peace Industry x Heath Ceramics
Maybe you’ve never considered how music can influence design, but this enlightening conversation will spark new ideas about how memorable products and projects have the power to ignite all the senses. Inspired by noted furniture designer and accomplished pianist Dakota Jackson’s latest Symphony collection (each piece of which is designed in a particular musical style), this talk will challenge traditional notions of the industry. Moderated by L.A.-based writer and editor Michael Slenske, the discussion between Jackson, Hollywood music supervisor Bonnie Greenberg, and painter Raffi Kalenderian promises to be a lively one. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: 4 p.m., Wed. 9/21
Where: Pacific Design Center, 2nd floor conference room, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Get ready to be excited by kitchen and bath. The newly relocated 8,000-square-foot showroom in the heart of San Francisco’s design district features creative vignettes that incorporate the seller’s wares—from patterned tiles to painted tubs to volcanic stone floors. Room-sized displays will no doubt inspire ideas for lighting, surfaces, and hardware for your own spaces. New designs were even created to reflect a California-specific lifestyle, with warm materials like wood and leather for accenting, plus an exclusive-to-San Francisco paint color, called whisper, in an earthy gray that fits today’s decor style.
When: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon.–Fri.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat.; closed Sundays
Where: 155 Rhode Island St., San Francisco
San Francisco’s longstanding maker of modern felted home goods has just designed a capsule collection of rugs, baskets, and ottomans exclusively for Heath Ceramics. Available online and in both San Francisco and Los Angeles showrooms starting September 23, the line is a nod to Heath’s signature tile glazes and color palettes. Each piece is lovingly handmade in Iran using ancient felting techniques known for both quality and durability. Get your hands on the goods during an L.A. pop-up and then chat about the collaboration with Melina and Dodd of Peace Industry in person during a reception on September 24.
When: Pop-up Fri. 9/23–Mon. 9/26; Reception Sat. 9/24, 2 - 5 p.m.
Where: Heath Ceramics L.A. Showroom, 7525 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
At Elyse Walker’s second store location (the first was opened 16 years ago in L.A.), midcentury modern classics go head-to-head with contemporary statement pieces in an intriguing story of contrasts that reflect the owner’s duality of styles. Housed in a historic bank building, the 12,000-square-foot space designed by Marmol Radziner is divided up into curated designer shop-in-shops with collections from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Ann Demeulemeester, and Victoria Beckham. The interior is an exploration of opposites: dark and light, hard and soft, industrial and natural. Sleek black doors make up the main entrance and open up to jewel-shaped gray mirrored pendant lights and custom chain-mail chandeliers, which hang delicately from the 1950s wood bow-truss ceiling. Both are a striking contrast to the original plaster and stone facade. The store even features a rotating collection of pieces by both emerging and established artists to honor Walker’s love of fine art. It’s so pretty that it’s worth a visit whether or not you’re in the market for new luxury wear.
When: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Mon.– Sat.; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sundays
Where: 3444 Via Lido, Newport Beach
Book Signing + Launch Party
The first in a series of books about the master architects of Southern California from 1920 to 1940, this tome celebrates the work of the legendary Gordon B. Kaufmann. Vintage images show off two dozen of Kaufmann’s most famous projects—from Greystone mansion in Beverly Hills and the Isador Eisner house in Hancock Park to Cal Tech’s Atheneaum in Pasadena and the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. Live jazz, cocktails, and free valet parking sweeten the deal—architecture buff or novice that you are. RSVP to RSVPchristine@communicationartsinc.com.
When: 6 - 8 p.m., Wed. 9/21
Where: 1399 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica