The Agenda: Dwell Store Pop-Up, Mobile Homestead, and Sourcing Saturdays



The Dwell Store at the Contemporary Jewish Museum 

The Dwell Store has opened shop inside the Contemporary Jewish Museum, timed to coincide with the exhibit “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism.” Expect iconic items and contemporary wares with midcentury inspiration, including Cherner chairs, prints by Mark McGinnis, Falcon Enamelware tumblers, and colorful Blossom candlesticks by Applicata. The shop-in-shop also features Dwell Store exclusives that launched at last month’s Dwell on Design show in LA.  

When: Through Mon. 10/6

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


Public Art

Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead

For the first time, artist Mike Kelley’s full-scale replica of his childhood home leaves Detroit and travels to LA. Through the end of the month, the public art project will host social services and community initiatives. On July 26 (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.), LUNCH (Local United Network in Combatting Hunger) will bag up 500 lunches onsite at the homestead for distribution at the Union Rescue Mission. On view inside the homestead are works by Skid Row community members, and on the last two days of the exhibit, an interactive design workshop will initiate discussions about issues like public spaces, housing, and recreation. 

When: Through Mon. 7/28

Where: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles



Sourcing Saturday at Pirch

San Diego-based kitchen, bath, and outdoor depot, Pirch, hosts a series of rotating in-store events, from movie nights to chef pairing sessions on the patio. Sourcing Saturdays are adults-only morning soirees (read: flowing beverages are part of the spread), where design lovers can learn new tricks of the trade. This weekend, the Pirch culinary team will scoop up produce and meats from local markets and will teach you how to prepare a dish from those ingredients. Sounds like fodder for an impromptu Saturday night dinner party.   

When: 10:30 a.m. – noon, Sat. 7/26

Where: Pirch, 4545 La Jolla Dr., Ste. E-1, San Diego



July Artist Projects at Workshop Residence

Three recent CCA (California College of the Arts) graduates have taken over Workshop Residence with their latest projects. Furniture design grad Hannah Quinn explores fabrication with a collection of mundane household objects (think brooms,dustpans, and ironing boards) in quantities of 50. Industrial designer Griffin Goldsmith looks at repurposing goods by transforming discarded and mismatched flatware into curiously crafted table sets anew. And Madeleine Isakson breathes new life into fabric scraps by creating lamps, bowls, and vases using bio-resin. 

When: Through Thurs. 7/31

Where: Workshop Residence, 833 22nd St., San Francisco


Private dining room at the Purple Palm; Courtesy of Colony Palms Hotel

Date Night

First Friday Art Walk + Dinner Date

Take a stroll through Crystal Fantasy shopping center to check out the hippie-driven works of Dirk Yates (tiki and Mod art) and Ronda MacNeil (spiritual wood pieces). Once you’ve had your psychedelic fill for the evening, beeline over to the freshly redesigned poolside restaurant Purple Palm at the Colony Palm Hotel. Finding inspiration from recent travels to Rajasthan, Istanbul, and Marrakech, designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard created an exotic air using Turkish reds and pomegranates with French limestone. Ebonized paneling, distressed mirrors, and parchment lampshades will have you feeling like you’re in a Middle Eastern market. Hint: ask for special permission to enter the real-life speakeasy. 

When: 6 – 9 p.m., Fri. 8/1

Where: Crystal Fantasy, 268 N. Palm Canyon Dr. and Purple Palm, 572 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs



The Long Table

Pasadena has long been a hub for architecture, arts, and culture. At this food-and-wine fundraiser for the Playhouse District presented by Patioworld, 300 of the town’s friends and neighbors will be treated to a sit-down dinner and discussion of Pasadena’s cultural history and future.   

When: 5 – 9 p.m., Sat. 7/26

Where: Playhouse District, 561 E. Green St., Pasadena



Farrow & Ball

The British brand known for its collection of eco-friendly paints (you’d never know they were green) and handcrafted wallpapers opens doors to its second California location (the other is in LA) this month. The sprawling new 2,500-square-foot showroom will be a draw for any design enthusiast. 

When: Opening late July

Where: Farrow & Ball, 3323-C Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa

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