The Agenda: Napa Valley Showhouse, Unscene Design Film, and Archtoberfest



Napa Valley Showhouse

This year’s Napa Valley Showhouse is perched above Coombsville’s ancient volcanic caldera on Caldwell Vineyard’s epic 123-acre estate. Drawing inspiration from the region’s natural and architectural history, the tour takes visitors through the property’s original two-story Victorian farmhouse, stone cheese barn, and landmark water tower. The interiors have been re-imagined by the Bay Area’s top designers, with nods to the past and updates that transform these spaces into modern masterpieces. Look for rustic French country chic in the cheese barn by Jonathan Rachman Design and an earthy simplicity in the main kitchen and terrace by Catherine Macfee. And don’t miss a stop at the water tower, refreshed by Sarah DeWitt. 

When: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., through Sun. 11/16 (closed Mondays)

Where: Caldwell Vineyard, 169 Kreuzer Lane, Napa




Attention, Palm Springs creatives. The fourth annual conference emphasizes salon-style sessions with fellow industry professionals. This year’s theme, Adaptation, is especially critical to the future of design and urban planning but will affect creatives across disciplines. Sign up before registration closes.  

When: Sun. 11/2 – Tues. 11/4

Where: Ace Hotel, 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs

Film still from “Unscene” by designer Azadeh Shladovsky and director Sayer Danforth




Beloved LA designer Azadeh Shladovsky—you know her furniture and interiors from features in California Home + Design and Elle Decor—has collaborated on her first short film with director Sayer Danforth. The collaborative work, both a film screening and site-specific show at Shladovsky’s studio, explores the designer’s study in visual perception through the craft of furniture making. Expect a cinematic journey of reality and optical illusion accompanied by a handful of new work on view at the studio. Watch a short trailer here.  

When: On view through Sat. 11/15

Where: Azadeh Shladovsky Studio, 3645 10th Ave., Los Angeles



“Keith Haring: The Political Line”

Artist Keith Haring famously devoted himself to spreading messages of social justice and change through contemporary art. Now, his oeuvre is on view at the de Young Museum. The show, partly in an effort to attract both young professionals and die-hard creatives, features the artist’s edgiest and most iconic subway drawings, murals, diary entries, and sculptures.

When: Sat. 11/8 – Mon. 2/16/2015

Where: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr., San Francisco 

Phoenix House by Sebastian Mariscal Studio



Archtoberfest San Diego

Before the month’s end, pencil in time for San Diego’s Archtoberfest, a monthlong celebration of architecture, design, and art in SoCal. The festival, through a series of special events at participating venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, pays tribute to the region’s important architecture and design legacy. Next up on the calendar is a home tour of the Busick residence (Board Member at MCASD), led by architect Sebastian Mariscal, who is known for his groundbreaking work on projects including the concrete Phoenix House in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The event is part of the museum’s Architecture + Design series and is open to Circle-level members and above.  

When: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Wed. 10/29

Where: Location to be announced upon RSVP, San Diego



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