The Agenda: Meet the Designer of the Year, Art Market, and More

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Meet Philippe Nigro, best known for his ingenious furniture design and Maison & Objet’s 2014 Designer of the Year, and enjoy a spirited discussion moderated by design writer (and former California Home + Design editor!) Sarah White at Ligne Roset’s gorgeous light-filled showroom in SoMa. Antoine Roset (Executive VP of Ligne Roset) will also participate as the trio explore the global world of design. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and dress to network! It’s RSVP only.
When: 6 – 8 p.m. Weds. 5/14
Where: 162 King St, San Francisco

If you want to be in the know of the many urban design projects in Los Angeles (and even have a say in some), head over to the AIA’s LA Urban Design Committee meeting. You’ll get updates on existing projects (like the temporary plaza and street reconfiguration along the historic Broadway corridor) and discuss ideas like how to improve pedestrian safety in LA. RSVP here.
When: 7 – 8:30 p.m., Weds. 5/14 
Where: Meléndrez offices, 617 S Olive St, 11th Floor, Los Angeles

The W Hotel is throwing a party and this time it’s a pop-up boutique mixing interior design, style, and shopping. M Dot Design Studio will feature limited edition clothing and jewelry, ARKITEKTURA will build an on-site design installation, and home décor will be provided by Tom Dixon and Iconic Lighting by Diesel Living with Foscarini. Hosted by two infamous California fashion bloggers you probably follow. RSVP to get in.
When: Thurs. 5/15, 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: W Hotel, 181 3rd St, San Francisco

The Bay Area’s largest contemporary art fair descends upon San Francisco for three days this weekend. Art Market will showcase works from over 70 local, national, and international galleries as well as play host to a series of curated programs including lectures, panels, performances, and tours. Highlights include ON-SITE, a series of installations meant to engage guests with interactive elements and planned discussions around the influence of tech on art. The popular ArtPad event took a hiatus this year, so this is your only chance to pore over the best of modern art. If you can’t make it, you can still bid on art pieces for the charity auction online. 
When: Thurs. 5/15 Benefit Preview Reception & Opening Night Party 6 – 10:30 p.m. $150, buy tickets here. Regular fair hours: 11-7 p.m. Fri. 5/16; 11 – 7 p.m. Sat 5/17; 12 – 6 p.m. Sun 5/18. multi-day pass $35, one day pass $25, buy tickets here
Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco

Always wanted to be a designer? The NewSchool of Architecture and Design is hosting an open house for prospective students. NSAD recently added a global design program in conjunction with design schools in Milan and Auckland and they also offer graduate programs in architecture and construction management. Save your space here.
When: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sat. 5/17 
Where: 1249 F St, San Diego

If you’ve ever been dazzled by an outdoor landscape and wondered, “How the hell did they do that?” then you may be interested in renowned landscape designer Scott Spencer’s talk on Designing for the World’s Toughest Sites. Spencer uses one of his own examples of how he transformed an ugly, difficult space into a beautiful walking garden. The discussion will be followed by a tour through one of his gardens. RSVP here.
When: $15, 3 – 6 p.m. Mon. 5/19
Where: 1825 Sheridan Ave, San Diego

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