The Agenda: American Craft Show, Knoll Home Design, and Plato in L.A.Author:Allison McCarthy
Modern design enthusiasts in Los Angeles can now add another contemporary showroom to their bucket lists. Knoll has opened its second retail showroom in West Hollywood, so Angelenos no longer have to make the trek to NYC to experience the brand’s furniture firsthand. The expansive new location is a tranquil oasis with a neutral palette and pops of color, plus offerings that have a decidedly California appeal—like an iconic Barcelona Chair made fresh in a muted cotton.
When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday–Saturday
Where: 314 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Esteemed Watsonville glass artist Annie Morhauser has been invigorating the ancient art of glassmaking for 35 years under her namesake label, and it’s time to celebrate. Join Annie and the entire Annieglass team for a studio party that will kick off with a children’s Folklorico performance, followed by factory tours and glassmaking demonstrations by staff members. Stick around for bubbly and a silent auction benefiting Girls Inc. of the Central Coast, a local nonprofit empowering girls and young women.
When: 2 – 4:30 p.m., Sat. 8/4
Where: 310 Harvest Dr., Watsonville
The largest juried, fine-craft show on the West Coast returns to San Francisco for three days this summer to showcase the works of 250-plus of the top contemporary and emerging craft artists from across the country. Don’t miss Hip Pop, highlighting emerging artists such as Melanie Abrantes, Modern Shibori, Jenny Lemons, and Yolotli; and Make Room’s unique room vignettes by designers Storey Design, Quinn Morgan Design, Batch SF, and Marsh & Clark Design. And to top it off, seven of San Francisco’s top interior designers and fashion stylists offer a look at how to incorporate some of the show’s one-of-a-kind pieces into your home or wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for unique decor or accessories, now’s the time to go shopping.
When: Fri. 8/3–Sun. 8/5
Where: Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St., San Francisco
The elegant Getty Villa has always been esteemed for its superb antiquities collection, but this summer the museum is breaking from the past in an edgy new exhibit. In a bold move, contemporary art will be peppered throughout the galleries, initiating an unexpected conversation between ancient and modern. The beliefs held by Greek philosopher Plato have informed countless thinkers and artists of our time, and this show highlights 11 of them and their own explorations of ideas around morality, humanity, and politics. The centerpiece of the show is Jeff Koons’ famous Play-Doh, a massive aluminum sculpture resembling a mountain of multicolored clay, that is both a wordplay on Plato and musing on Plato’s often-negative feelings about art as too perfect in itself.
When: Through Mon. 9/3
Where: Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades
The design house of Oscar de la Renta has always supported noble causes, and its latest act of charity is popping up at Montecito Country Mart. After last winter’s devastating mudslides, locals have banded together to rebuild, and a percentage of the summer shop’s sales will go to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade for mudslide relief. Fans of the de la Renta brand will have the chance to scoop up classic frocks, resort wear, and exquisitely tailored pieces that will last a lifetime.
When: Through Sun. 8/26
Where: Montecito Country Mart, 1016 Coast Village Rd., Santa Barbara
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