The Agenda: Dark Matter, Coastal Living Show House, and Half Hitch Goods Pop-Up



Dougall Paulson’s “Dark Matter” 

AIR, the newly unveiled artist-in-residence exhibition space housed within LA’s Therien gallery, was created to champion emerging talents in 21st Century Design. California design duo Sean Dougall and Andrew Paulson christen the concept space with their inaugural show “Dark Matter,” a premier collection of experimental furniture, lighting, art objects, and weavings inspired by the cosmos.  

When: Through Thurs. 7/31

Where: Therien Gallery, 716 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles 



The Industrial Home Designs of Henry Dreyfuss  

This lunch break conversation at the Contemporary Jewish Museum is part of a series of talks highlighting the objects, people, and stories that make up its “Designing Home” exhibit. This Friday, CJM associate curator Lily Siegel sheds light on the Brooklyn native who took the functionality of consumer products in the 1930s and 1940s to a new level. We can credit Dreyfuss for improvements to the tabletop telephone, vacuum cleaner, wall thermostat, and even the Polaroid camera. Sexy? No. Critical to the advancement of industrial design? Certainly.

When: 12:30 – 1 p.m., Fri. 7/11

Where: Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., San Francisco 


Sobieski House, Courtesy of AIA|LA


Sobieski House 

The LA chapter of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a “Breakfast with the Architect” tour of Pasadena’s award-winning Sobieski House. Julie Eizenberg of design firm Koning Eizenberg will walk attendees through the sustainable structure, an interconnected indoor/outdoor compound. Picture low, wood-clad “pods” with roof gardens juxtaposed with high-ceilinged white boxes that pour into natural environments. It’s innovative architecture that you have to see to believe. 

When: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sun. 7/13

Where: Exact meeting location provided upon registration, South Pasadena



Haus of Half Hitch

The beloved shop-on-wheels and online marketplace is getting a taste of brick-and-mortar through the end of the month. Half Hitch Goods is moving in to high-end floral shop Birch to celebrate quality craftsmanship. The partnership with local purveyors The Podolls, Metier, and Emily Proud is an experiment in rethinking the retail space and is serving up a curated assortment of gifts, clothing, antique jewelry, and original watercolors.   

When: Through Wed. 7/30

Where: Birch, 564 Hayes St., San Francisco



Coastal Living Show House

This year marks Coastal Living’s first show house on the West Coast, and it’s being held at a surprising venue. The 2014 house sits on Coronado Island, home to the U.S. Navy Seals. Designed by LA’s Burnham Design, with landscape architecture by San Diego’s own Topia Land, the house will be featured in the magazine’s October issue. Say you saw it first.  

When: Tues. 7/15 –Tues. 9/30

Where: Sunset Park on Coronado Island, San Diego 


EQ3 San Francisco showroom


EQ3 “Favorites” Sale

In case you’re late to the party, Canadian home furnishings brand EQ3 opened its second U.S. showroom (the other is in Emeryville) last month. The Potrero spot even boasts a Marimekko shop-in-shop, plus its EQ3+ line of handpicked iconic pieces from brands like Herman Miller and Alessi. Stop in before the end of the month for the store’s “Favorites” sale, and get sharp discounts on bestselling items like the Replay sofa and Hatch dining table. 

When: Through Thurs. 7/31 (in-store and online)

Where: EQ3, 2299 Alameda St., San Francisco


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