Most everyone who lives, works or visits Los Angeles knows that creative endeavors make up a significant portion of the region’s economic output, contribute to its vitality and shape its identity. In particular, the breadth and scale of LA’s design talent is expansive and extraordinarily influential both nationally and internationally. A case in point – LA’s rich tradition of innovative residential architecture, which has helped shape new typologies of urban and suburban development through initiatives such as the Case Study Houses, sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine between 1945 and 1966.
While the design economy is clearly important to greater Los Angeles, the region’s vast scale and the distribution of creative talent across hundreds of square miles and five counties can make it challenging to get a handle on all that is happening here in design related fields. Enter the Los Angeles Design Festival, an annual series of events that recognizes the region’s rich design traditions, highlights local talent and celebrates the city’s status as a global design capital.
The festival encompasses “…all design disciplines practiced or appreciated in greater Los Angeles. These include Architecture, Interiors, Product, Fashion, Automobile, Information/Communications and Entertainment.”
Here are just a few festival events that caught my eye. You’ll find a complete list of activities here. I highly recommend you spend a little time perusing this site to find the activities that are of interest to you.
Design Hooky East
Friday, June 13, 2014 02:00 PM
Explore East LA, meet some of the city’s most interesting design personalities and see their design labs. From design studios and galleries to local eateries, shops, and restaurants, the first-ever Design Hooky tours offer a peek into the creative culture of LA. Each self-guided tour culminates with a party.
The LA Forum Presents: Linear City and The Big Atlas of L.A. Pools
Thursday, June 19, 2014 07:00 PM
The LA Forum’s summer exhibition features the work of Lane Barden, Benedikt Groß and Joseph K. Lee to illustrate distinct ways of seeing our sun-drenched metropolis through infrastructure, water resources, and habitat.
de LaB: Design & Dim Sum
Saturday, June 14, 2014 10:30 AM
Get ready for another day of studio visits, biking and bao on the sixth annual de LaB (Design East of La Brea) Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Ride with Flying Pigeon. This year they’ll visit design and fabrication studio Scout Regalia, ceramicist and artist Bari Ziperstein and a very special stop at REMAP’s Interpretive Media Laboratory in the second oldest industrial building in Los Angeles.
AA Visiting School Los Angeles
Monday, June 16, 2014 07:00 PM to Fri, June 27, 2014 11:00 PM
The AA Visiting School is a worldwide network of design workshops and other programmes organized by the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Meet and hear from some of today’s leading designers in a series of public lectures, panel discussions, a Pecha Kucha night, and more!
When: June 13-29, 2014
Where: Events are located in multiple locations across Los Angeles.
Tickets: There is no single ticket to the Festival. Each event has its own admission criteria – some events are free, some require advance ticket purchase, some events require an RSVP confirmation. Visit the link provided with each event listing to find information on ticket availability.
Week One Highlights
Week Two Highlights
Week Three Highlights
Design Tours 2014
Galleries and Exhibitions
Design Hooky East
Design Hooky West
Design Hooky Center City
Chinatown Design Night
Dwell on Design