The Agenda: Jasper Johns, SF Decorator Showcase, and a High-Design Surf ShopAuthor:Allison McCarthy
Designed by L.A.- and Portland-based architecture firm West of West, Banks Journal is no doubt the chicest surf shop you ever did see. Located at The Row DTLA, the high-end boutique marks the first brick-and-mortar for the surf-inspired menswear brand. The bright, airy, minimalist space marries elements of the retailer’s Pacific heritage—from Japanese craft to the laid-back styling of Byron Bay in Australia to the ever-evolving urban energy of Los Angeles. The pièce de résistance is a bespoke lattice ceiling installation made of 1,000 linear feet of wood, a nod to Japanese woodworking traditions that influenced midcentury California design.
When: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday–Saturday; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday
Where: 1320 E. 7th St., Ste. 114, Los Angeles
Bay Area design enthusiasts take note. The 41st annual fundraiser, combining the talents of 20-plus NorCal interior designers and landscape architects, is the first-ever showcase event in the Marina district. Located across the street from Marina Green, the three-level home built by architect George McCrea in 1930 boasts large picture windows offering uninterrupted views of the bay and iconic Golden Gate bridge. From the grand entryway to the garden courtyard, designers including Mead Quin, Willem Racké Studio, and Jeff Schlarb Design have decked out every space in this historic home. Did we mention there’s also a rosé lounge?
When: Sat. 4/28–Mon. 5/28
Where: 465 Marina Blvd., San Francisco
Anyone in the craft community knows the work of SoCal fiber artist Sally England. Her large-scale modern macramé work was a major catalyst in the revival of this art form and has drawn attention from celebrities including Julianne Moore (who commissioned a piece for her New York City townhouse). Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including her first solo exhibition at The Grand Rapids Art Museum. Now, she’s holding regular workshops at the prestigious Ojai Valley Inn & Spa to share her expertise with the public. Over the course of an afternoon workshop, you’ll learn the basics of the knotting process, which you’ll use to make your very own wall hanging.
When: 2 – 3:30 p.m., Mondays
Where: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, 905 Country Club Rd., Ojai
Reserve your tickets before this special exhibit ends—it’s the first major survey of the American artist’s work to be shown in L.A. and the only U.S. stop on the international tour. “Something Resembling Truth” comprises more than 100 pieces spanning Johns’ 60-year career. From paintings to prints to sculptures and drawings spanning a series of thematic chapters, the show features many works never before exhibited in L.A. A collaboration with the Royal Academy in London, the show includes pieces from the Broad’s own archives as well as loans from more than 50 international public and private collections.
When: Through Sun. 5/13
Where: The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
A long time coming, this brand-new retail and restaurant complex in L.A.’s Arts District is the place to be. Five large warehouses were transformed into a 130,000-square-foot open-air space with top-tier boutique and restaurants, plus 50,000 square feet of creative office space. Inspired by the Arts District’s manufacturing and industrial past, the complex features repurposed brick, concrete, and wood reminiscent of the neighborhood’s heritage. From rooftop patios to courtyard gardens, plus a Blue Bottle cafe and upscale boutiques to come, this is where you’ll want to hang out on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
When: Open daily
Where: Mateo St. and Palmetto St., Los Angeles
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