The Agenda: LA Design Festival, Rob Forbes + David Kelley, And Space Oddity Exhibit



LA Design Festival

Honoring LA’s status as a global design capital, this 18-day festival is chock full of exhibits, studio tours, talks, and design pop-ups. Catch the tail end of the action this week, with a wine + design night at the Mondrian, Brendan Ravenhill studio sale, and Chinatown design market, all culminating in a series of four home tours on June 14. 

When: Through Sunday, 6/14

Where: Various venues, Los Angeles



Arkitektura Assembly 

Join the Bay Area’s greatest thinkers for a lively discussion themed, “see for yourself,” inspired by Rob Forbes’ new book of the same name. The founder of Design Within Reach and Public Bikes, Forbes will lead a conversation with IDEO’s David Kelley, designer and architect Johanna Grawunder, and cofounder of design firm Volume Inc. Eric Heiman. The four will engage in a chat about how the way we see affects everyday design. 

When: 5:30pm-8pm, Monday, 6/8

Where: Arkitektura, 560 Ninth St., San Francisco

John Chakeres digital print Discovery, Photo Courtesy of Wall Space Gallery


“Space Oddity” 

Four photographers dive head first into the world of outer space. Each artist’s unique approach has viewers contemplating our place in the world through the lens of space travel. John Chakeres creates vivid reflections on his time at Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers while Charles Grogg explores miniature universes in a small, but impactful show.  

When: 11am-12pm, Friday, 5/29

Where: Wall Space Gallery, 116 East Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara



“Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent” 

The first full-scale survey of this design icon’s oeuvre, this exhibit spans Kent’s 30-year career. One of the most popular graphic artists of the 1960s and 1970s, Kent made a name for herself as a designer, teacher, feminist, and anti-war activist. See some of her most iconic posters, murals, and signature serigraphs, including never-before-seen photos of the artist herself. Consider Kent the intellectual counterpoint to Andy Warhol’s world of Pop Art.  

When: Sunday, 6/14–Sunday, 11/1

Where: Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union Street, Pasadena



Mario Bellini in Conversation

This is a rare chance to meet one of Italy’s finest design minds. The renowned architect and designer, whose work can be viewed in MoMa’s permanent collection, specializes in furniture and industrial design, re-imagining the present by envisioning the future. He’s consulted for such big brands as Cassina, Vitra, B&B Italia, Flos, Artemide, and Olivetti. 

When: 6:00pm-9:00pm, Tuesday, 6/16 in Los Angeles and 5:30pm-8pm, Wednesday, 6/17 in San Francisco

Where: Cassina Los Angeles, 8815 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles and Arkitektura, 560 Ninth Street, San Francisco

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