The Agenda: Santa Barbara Style, Palm Springs Center for Architecture Opening, and Holiday Design Market



“Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs & Her Santa Barbara Style” 

The Santa Barbara Historical Museum celebrates the work of architect and draftswoman Lutah Maria Riggs. Said to have shaped Santa Barbara’s signature style, Riggs is synonymous with design elements including white walls, arched openings, red tile, and wrought iron. This mix of classic Mediterranean and Art Moderne has come to define the look of America’s Riviera. In this exhibit, you’ll see the inner workings of such landmarks as the Lobrero Theatre and Vedanta Temple, plus Riggs’ Spanish Revival handiwork as the designer under architect George Washington Smith. You’ll also learn about Riggs’ days as a Hollywood set designer and the work she did on Greta Garbo’s tinseltown hideaway. 

When: Through May 2015

Where: Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 136 E. De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara



Palm Springs Art Museum Center for Architecture and Design

Built by architect E. Stewart Williams in 1961 as the Santa Fe Federal Savings & Loan building, this historic monument now houses the Palm Spring Art Museum Architecture and Design Center. Newly renovated by acclaimed LA firm Marmol Radziner (who used old photographs and Williams’ original drawings to aid the meticulous restoration) and funded in part by fashion designer Trina Turk, the 13,000-square foot glass pavilion will host rotating architecture and design exhibits in the main level gallery space. The opening exhibit is a comprehensive retrospective of Williams’ life and work. Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the center’s gift shop, which is built in and around the bank vault’s original door. 

When: Exhibit through 2/22/15

Where: Center for Architecture and Design, 300 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs


Remodelista Holiday Market




Remodelista Holiday Market

Shop goods by the likes of Scout Regalia, Specialty Dry Goods, and The MIA Project at Remodelista’s annual market event. It’s free and open to the public, but if you RSVP, you’ll be entered to win a Heath Ceramics bud vase set, $500 gift certificate to Big Daddy’s, a $500 gift certificate to Terrain, and a signed copy of Remodelista: A Manual for the Considered Home. Looking to spread the holiday cheer? Sign up for Terrain’s workshop ($25), where you’ll learn techniques inspired by the Japanese bonsai tradition of kokedama and walk away with a string garden ornament for your tree.  

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 12/6

Where: Big Daddy’s Antiques, 3334 La Cienega Place, Los Angeles




It’s your last chance to catch the latest series by beloved NYC artist Paulette Tavormina, who’s known around the world for her exquisite still lifes. This new series, “Bodegón” was inspired by the great 18th-century Spanish painter Luis Melendez and includes humble kitchen objects styled with a bounty of fruits and comestibles. The best part? You can take a Tavormina home with you—each piece in the show is available for purchase, that is, if they haven’t already sold yet.

When: Through Mon. 12/15

Where: March, 3075 Sacramento St., San Francisco



The Future of Mission Valley

Join students and faculty at San Diego’s New School of Architecture and Design for a talk about the future of SD’s Mission Valley community. Students have worked closely with the City of San Diego, the San Diego River Park Foundation, and members of the Mission Valley Planning Group to propose a solution addressing the projected population group between now and 2050. Do your civic duty and weigh in on student-proposed plans for housing and green space.  

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wed. 12/3

Where: New School of Architecture and Design, 1249 F St., San Diego



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