The Agenda: SF Living Home Tours, Steve McQueen at MOCA, and Laguna Design Market



San Francisco Living: Home Tours 

One of the highlights of the annual Architecture and the City Festival, the two-day San Francisco Living: Home Tours event gives the design obsessed a glimpse into some of the Bay Area’s hottest residential properties. Presented from the architect’s point of view, tour attendees will see a variety of architectural styles in SF’s most desirable neighborhoods and have the chance to meet the design teams behind the work.  

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 9/20 and Sun. 9/21

Where: San Francisco Living: Home Tours Headquarters, 1333 Minna St., San Francisco


Industry Event

Laguna Design Center Fall Market 

Honoring SoCal’s designers, this industry-focused event will feature keynote presentations by Doug Meyer, the man named one of Architectural Digest France’s “80 Most Influential Designers” three years running, and Houzz’s Lindsey Thudin. Designers can tour showrooms and cap off the night with a cocktail reception hosted by Thomas Lavin at Blake House.  

When: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wed. 9/17

Where: Laguna Design Center, 23811 Aliso Creek Rd., Laguna Niguel

“Steve McQueen: Drumroll,” photo by Joshua White



“Steve McQueen: Drumroll”

This weekend is your last chance to tip your hat to legendary British artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. Focus your trip on Barrage, a series of 56 photos of gutter barriers and dams on the streets of Paris, and Drumroll, a three-channel, triptych video projection made by installing three cameras in oil drums and rolling them down three streets in midtown Manhattan.   

When: Through Sun. 9/21

Where: MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood


Public Space

Park(ing) Day 

Started in 2005 when SF art and design studio Rebar converted a metered parking spot to a temporary public park, the Park(ing) Day movement has gone global. Taking place on the third Friday every September, artists, designers, and advocates for open public spaces get creative and transform parking spaces across cities into community gathering spots … until the meter runs out. 

When: Fri. 9/19

Where: Various parking spaces in San Francisco and San Jose

Camping cabin prototype, photo by Paul Vu



Camping Cabin Prototype 

Head to the outskirts of L.A. for a distinctly non-Angeleno experience, and get an early look at the future of camping in state parks. As part of the state’s “Parks Forward” initiative to better attract millenials and minorities, students at the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pomona were tasked with designing and building eye-catching cabins. The winning design, expected to be mass produced and placed in parks throughout the state, will be on display at the L.A. County Fair.

When: Through Sun. 9/28

Where: L.A. County Fair, 1101 West McKinley Ave., Fairplex



Style Week Orange County 

While New York Fashion Week is raging in NYC, a more low-key style extravaganza is happening right here in the OC. You’ve got the usual mix of runway shows from Neiman Marcus and fun events like Athleta’s “selfie” contest, but turn your attention towards the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising’s design challenge. The evening starts with the debut of Nick Verreos’ (of Project Runway) Spring 2015 Nikolai collection. Then, FIDM students go head-to-head for the $2,000 prize awarded by Celebrity Cruises for the most unique resort wear collection based on an exotic Celebrity Cruise destination.  

When: 7 p.m., Sat. 9/20

Where: Irvine Spectrum Center, 71 Fortune Dr., Irvine



San Diego Film Fest

Hilary Swank, Reese Witherspoon, Kiera Knightly—San Diego will throw out the proverbial red carpet for this star-studded affair. Splurge on a pass to attend Variety’s Night with the Stars at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla. This year’s lineup is heavy with serious documentaries and celeb-filled blockbuster premieres.  

When: Wed. 9/24 – Sun. 9/28

Where: Various venues, San Diego


More news: