The Agenda: Desert X, Andy Moses, and Design Bloggers Conference


Art Festival 

Desert X  

Think of Desert X as the next wave of Burning Man-inspired site-specific outdoor art exhibits—minus the bartering and hype. The inaugural event will consist of a series of specific installations by a roster of contemporary artists, who will use the landscapes of the Coachella Valley, Salton Sea, and Joshua Tree as their canvases. The free festival is backed by a nonprofit group that includes artist Ed Ruscha, collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, and former Palm Springs Art Museum Director Steven A. Nash, so you know it’s no joke. Artists include Lita Albuquerque (who’s been making desert art works since the 70s), the famed Doug Aitken, and the boundary-pushing Palm Desert-based artist Phillip K. Smith. We say it’s akin to a conceptual art scavenger hunt through the desert. Bring lots of water and prepare to have your mind blown.   

When: Sat. 2/25–Sun. 4/30

Where: Various Venues, Greater Palm Springs Area and Coachella Valley   



Jo Malone London x Michael Angove  

Jo Malone London, one of our favorite fragrance brands, has just relaunched five of its most popular soaps in brand-new packaging specially designed by renowned British artist and designer Michael Angove. Each unique design celebrates the soaps’ scents—lime basil and mandarin, English pear and freesia, blackberry and bay, red roses, and pomegranate noir. Get a few to decorate the guest bath or give a set as a hostess gift.    

When: Through Sun. 4/2

Where: Available at Jo Malone boutiques nationwide and at  


Andy Moses, Metamorph 1502, 2016; courtesy of Pete and Susan Barrett Gallery


“Andy Moses: A 30-Year Survey”  

The elaborately detailed dispersion paintings that Andy Moses creates in his Venice studio are the result of equal parts alchemy, methodology, and experiment. The son of legendary L.A.-based painter Ed Moses achieves his desired effect by pouring paint across smooth panel surfaces, often bowed to create convex or concave three-dimensionality. Moses is like a dual personality—both artist and scientist—who explores the interaction of gravity and paint played out as abstraction and representation on his canvases. The show highlights pieces from his thirty-year career and traces the evolution of his work from New York to Los Angeles.   

When: Through Sat. 3/25; gallery talk by artist at 7 p.m., Tues. 3/14

Where: Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica College, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica  



Design Bloggers Conference  

This annual event, now in its fifth year, offers the chance for the interior design world to come together with bloggers and social media influencers to talk about the important role of new media in the design industry. The three-day event includes workshops, including how to use Instagram to promote and grow your business, how to make Google work for you, and the strategies behind inbound marketing. Speakers include interior design star Ken Fulk, designer and architect duo Brooke and Steve Gianetti, and blogger-turned-design-professional success story, Amber Lewis. Whether you’re an established interior designer, an aspiring designer, a design blogger, design writer, or supplier to the luxury home design community, this is the conference to add to your calendar. Pre-registration and workshops are filling up fast.   

When: Sun. 3/5–Tues. 3/7

Where: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills  



The Inn at Union Square 

The boutique hotel located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square just received a top-to-bottom refresh by interior design firm Perkins + Will, and the new SF-inspired look suits the property well. Philanthropist and celebrated arts proponent Alma Spreckels, considered by many as the great grandmother of the city, was the muse for this impressive undertaking, and design details evoke a residential quality influenced by San Francisco’s historic Victorians. Think grand living rooms, wood-burning fireplaces, and unique artwork adorning the walls. Public parlors on each floor are a modern interpretation of the formal living rooms in historic homes, and guest rooms are customized with distinct colors, numbers, and door knockers unique to different entry styles of days past.   

When: Currently taking reservations

Where: 440 Post St., San Francisco   



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