The Agenda: Architecture & the City, LA Idea House, and Gary Dwyer Exhibit



Architecture & the City 

September means Architecture & the City in San Francisco. The 11th annual festival features a series of more than 40 tours, lectures, films, exhibits, and workshops. The monthlong affair kicks off with launch party (register here) at Blu Dot Furniture on August 29. Other highlights include a tour and tasting at 140 New Montgomery and Trou Normand with Boor Bridges Architecture (September 10), a screening of The Queen of Versailles (September 24), a Modernism and the Bay Area lecture with Leo Marmol (September 11), the game show format Who Designed That? (Septebmer 9), and Park(ing) Day (September 19). Start filling up your calendar now. 

When: Mon. 9/1 – Tues. 9/30

Where: Various venues, San Francisco



“Gary Dwyer: Seeing Thinking Living”

With a degree in landscape architecture and fine arts, Gary Dwyer is one of the foremost home-and-garden photographers of our time. No doubt, you’ve seen his work while flipping through the pages of Metropolitan Home, Avenue, and Garden Design. In this show, you’ll get to see a smattering of his work over the years and across mediums, all in one place.   

When: Through Sun. 8/31

Where: San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St., San Luis Obispo



Tony Duquette Residence

Lotusland will take guests on a daylong excursion to tour the former Beverly Hills home and gardens of stage-and-film design icon Tony Duquette. The Dawnridge estate, now owned by Duquette protege Hutton Wilkinson, has been preserved down to the last detail for more than 30 years. Designed by Duquette with the help of LA architect Casper Ehmcke, the home features an enclosed indoor terrace with mirrored ceilings, red-lacquered Queen Anne chairs, an abalone-and-amethyst chandelier, and gold-plated antique lobsters.   

When: 8:30 a.m., Thurs. 8/21

Where: Lotusland, Cold Spring Rd., Montecito


Jeanne K. Chung



Sunset LA Idea House

If spying into primo beach houses is your thing, don’t miss a tour of the first-ever Sunset Idea House in LA (which will be featured in the magazine’s November issue). Located in the upscale South Bay community of Manhattan Beach, the house was designed by Tomaro Design Group, DISC Interiors, and Mike David Custom Homes. You’ll get a walkthrough of the laid-back rustic-chic interiors of this SoCal beach pad with the designers themselves. Let your home-owning fantasies loose.  

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays – Sundays through Sun. 9/7

Where: 111 South Meadows Ave., Manhattan Beach



Aleksandra Zee “Sea Salt” 

Here’s an excuse to shop at NoPa’s beloved Rare Device and see the woodworkings of talented local artisan Aleksandra Zee. Her site-specific installations built from found objects and repurposed materials range in size from small sculptures to distortions that take over an entire room. “Sea Salt” was inspired by the coastline and the artist urges viewers to observe with quiet contemplation.   

When: Through Sun. 8/31

Where: Rare Device, 600 Divisadero St., San Francisco



“S, M, L, XLA”

An inquiry into architecture and design in present-day LA, this show uses the seminal texts of Rem Koolhaas and Bruce Maus as its guiding principle and jumping off point. The group show brings to together LA-based designers across mediums—from architecture and graphic design to digital media and sound art—in an exploration of design’s meanings and implications today.  

When: Through Sun. 8/31

Where: Architecture and Design Museum, 6032 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles




The art of printmaking is alive and well. Learn the art of lino and mono printing in this hands-on class. You’ll create your own lino-cut stamp and use ink to make mono-prints in a range of colors.  

When: 2 – 5 p.m., Sat. 8/23

Where: Red Brick Gallery, 315 East Main St., Ventura

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