The Agenda: Venice Design Series, San Francisco Decorator Showcase, and Jo Malone LondonAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Events + Tours
Venice Design Series: Architecture + Experience
Following a sold-out run last spring, artists, chefs, designers, civic leaders, and entrepreneurs will lead design enthusiasts on tours of and talks about architectural hot spots in and around L.A. for the second year in a row. Spearheaded by landscape designer Jay Griffith, the six site-specific events will take place over the course of three weeks. The series kicks off with DTLA’s Downtown Experience, where attendees will explore the city’s historic core, Bunker Hill, the arts district, and Skid Row. Then, peek into midcentury ranch homes in the posh Brentwood neighborhood during the Sullivan Canyon walking tour. You’ll also have the chance to see firsthand the rich heritage of Southwest L.A., where artist Mark Bradford has roots.
When: Sat. 4/30–Sat. 5/21
Where: Various venues, Los Angeles
Famed British perfumer Jo Malone London finds a home in the City by the Bay—its first standalone NorCal shop. Cue your olfactory senses for the opening of the brand’s signature black-and-cream boutique with Georgian-inspired lacquered cabinets, where you’ll be greeted by scents from the Far East. Part of the newly launched Rare Teas collection, these fragrances are a nod to the ancient art of tea making and will instantly transport you to the shores of Japan and verdant valleys of Fujian, China.
When: Mon. 4/18
Where: 2157 Union St. San Francisco
Room & Board April Sweepstakes
If, like us, you’re looking for ways to spruce up your patio for summer, you’ve come to the right place. Room & Board is giving you the chance to win a pair of Happily Emmett After outdoor lounge chairs. You have one more day to enter the sweepstakes, so you better hop to it.
When: Through Tues. 4/19
James Turrell at Pace Gallery Palo Alto
The world-renowned Pace Gallery will complement its new technology-focused space in Menlo Park with a stunning gallery in nearby Palo Alto—bringing more cutting-edge art to the people of Silicon Valley. The gallery opens with an immersive exhibit of works by famed light artist James Turrell.
When: Wed. 4/27–Sat. 7/30
Where: 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto
San Francisco Decorator Showcase
This year’s show house moves from the tony Pacific and Laurel Heights of years past to historic Telegraph Hill. The West Coast’s top designers are putting their finishing touches on Villa de Martini, an elegant hilltop estate near the iconic Coit Tower. More than two dozen rooms and outdoor spaces have been transformed to optimize the sweeping views of the city and the bay. Dating back to 1929, the palatial residence is the first example of concrete construction in San Francisco. Today, it features stone columns, arched windows and doorways, vaulted ceilings, and European-style gardens replete with olive trees, lemon trees, and roses, all accessed by travertine walkways.
When: Sat. 4/30–Mon. 5/30
Where: 298 Chestnut St., San Francisco
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