The Agenda: Rick Owens’ Furniture, Santa Barbara Film Fest, and PhotoFairs San Francisco



“Rick Owens: Furniture”  

Rick Owens is known in fashion circles as a force on the Paris design scene, but he hails from our very own state of California. This month, L.A. MOCA Pacific Design Center pays tribute to the artiste, but not for his clothes. Owens’ equally radical and against-the-grain furniture designs will take center stage, but they aren’t exactly the kind of designs you’ll want to cozy up in. Stark masses of marble, bronze, leather, and plywood, they’re as striking as they come.   

When: Through Sun. 4/2

Where: MOCA at Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood  



Santa Barbara International Film Festival 

Santa Barbara rolls out the red carpet for Hollywood’s elite just in time for Oscar season. Viola Davis will present a modern master award to Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone will be honored, and an amazing cast of characters (from Dev Patel to Janelle Monae to Mahershala Ali to Naomie Harris to Ruth Negga) will get their due. Pay tribute at one of these ceremonies and get tickets to a host of independent and foreign films that won’t be screened in Santa Barbara outside of the festival.   

When: Wed. 2/1–Sat. 2/11

Where: Various venues, Santa Barbara 


Kelp Forest, Courtesy of The Culture Creative


“Kelp Forest” Consoles 

L.A. interior designer Oliver M. Furth approached fiber artist Tanya Aguiñiga with a proposition: to collaborate on a project that was deliberately different, a little bit strange, and endlessly compelling. The result is a pair of high-concept “Kelp Forest” consoles on view at Sean Yashar’s AUX creative incubator. You can see the otherworldly pieces by appointment and, if you’re really smitten, you can commission them in other shapes and sizes. 

When: Currently on view by appointment

Where: AUX Gallery, 1608 S. Hayworth Ave., Los Angeles 




The first U.S. destination of its international art fair dedicated to photography, PhotoFairs San Francisco touches down at Fort Mason Center this weekend, offering a primo opportunity for collectors to acquire key pieces of fine-art photography. The fair focuses on living contemporary artists and presents collectors with a chance to discover new work alongside established names. Featured galleries include Ratio 3 (San Francisco), Danziger Gallery (New York), and Camerawork (Berlin), plus three galleries exhibiting in the U.S. for the first time: Elipsis Projects (Istanbul and London), East Wing Gallery (Dubai), and Mohsen Gallery (Tehran).   

When: Fri. 1/27–Sun. 1/29

Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco  


Design, Art, Furniture 


Alison Palevsky’s eponymous new boutique and art gallery concept is more than just an expertly curated collection of art, furniture, and accessories. Offerings, which emphasize L.A.-based and L.A.-inspired makers, will rotate seasonally based on different themes. The current theme is “Source of Life,” celebrating all things female in the form of curvaceous shapes, forms, and subject matter. Palevsky’s goal: to bring you unexpected things you won’t find elsewhere. And we’d say she’s done a good job of it.  

When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tues. to Sat. 

Where: 11740 San Vicente Blvd., #115, Los Angeles  


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