The Agenda: San Diego Archtoberfest, Palm Springs Modernism Sale, And Jen Harvie-Watt Studio




Fall is in the air, and that means it’s 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. Mark your calendar for one of the many home tours. 

When: Thursday, 10/1–Saturday, 10/31 

Where: Various venues, San Diego



Pacific Design Center Fall Market

Now in its 40th year, LA’s design center opens its doors to the design community for a daylong showcase of luxury furniture and interior accessories. Expect panels and presentations with top tastemakers including Elliott Barnes, Patrick Frey, and Ashley Hicks in conversation with Departures home and design editor Dan Rubenstein and the Hollywood Reporter’s culture editor Degen Pener. Be sure to stop by the center’s latest showrooms—Holland & Sherry and Samuel and Sons, Cygal Art Deco, shading innovator J|Geiger Shading Technology, and California classic James Perse.

When: 9am- 8:30pm, Thursday, 10/8 

Where: Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

Palm Springs Modernism Fall Sale



Palm Springs Modernism Fall Sale

If you’re looking for a sneak peek, get your tickets for Friday night’s early buying preview reception, which will benefit February’s Modernism Week. Your ticket will get you entry into the sale—with 40 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers showcasing wares from all design movements of the 20th century—all weekend long. Tempt your significant other to attend with the promise of Saturday afternoon’s classic car show. 

When: 6pm-8pm, Friday, 10/9; 10am-6pm, Saturday, 10/10; 10am-4pm, Sunday, 10/11 

Where: Palm Springs Air Museum, 745 North Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs




In an exciting group show at the Napa Valley Museum, you can ponder the intersection of food and art through the lens of history and visual culture. Curated by artist and longtime Napa resident Nancy Willis, the show draws from her own experience in every aspect of the food industry, from working restaurants to her current role as design instructor at the Culinary Institute of America. Work from more than 25 artists will be on view, including the stunning abstract pieces by local artist Deborah Oropallo. 

When: Through Sunday, 11/29 

Where: Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville

Jen Harvie-Watt’s Cachette credenza



Jen Harvie-Watt Studio

San Francisco-based furniture designer and maker Jen Harvie-Watt returns to her studio after a successful run at Design Week in NYC, where her Mid-century Modern-inspired credenza-meets-liquor-cabinet, Cachette, caused quite a stir. Now you can visit the artist in her own working environment in the Sunset to learn about her process and even put in a bid for custom work.    

When: By appointment only; email or call 206-714-8663 

Where: The Sunset neighborhood, San Francisco 

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