5 Design Things To Do this Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Naomi Pollock Lecture at UCLA 

Japanese design is in the spotlight with the awarding of the Pritzker Prize last week to Shigeru Ban. Learn more about Ban and Japanese design and architecture in general when Naomi Pollock, author of Made in Japan: 100 New Products, talks tonight at UCLA’s Perloff Hall. She will discuss how Japanese design has moved from imitative to innovative and found a language that meshes a crafts tradition with ingenious modern concepts.

In case you miss her lecture at UCLA, make sure to tune into Tuesday’s DnA to hear why she is so pleased the Pritzker went to Shigeru Ban.

When: Monday March 31, 5:00 PM

Where: UCLA Perloff Hall, Los Angeles. Click here for campus map.

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.


2. CICLAVIA -MOPLA Installation by Jay Mark Johnson                                                                                                                                     

CicLAvia returns this Sunday and claims Wilshire boulevard, from 7th Street to Fairfax Boulevard, for the day for cyclists and pedestrians. Along the way, make sure to check out a photo installation, presented by MOPLA, by photographer Jay Mark Johnson, who has aimed his slit-scan camera at cyclists in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and in Los Angeles, on a past cicLAvia.

When: Sunday April 6, 2014

Where: In front of  5900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets:Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information. 

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3. Helen Pashgian ‘Light Invisible’

And while taking a rest to view the MOPLA photo installation above, consider a visit to LACMA, on the other side of the road. There you can catch the “immersive viewing experience” by artist Helen Pashgian; her new installation of  12 tall acrylic columns fill a gallery space and demonstrate her fascination with light. And don’t forget James Turrell’s LACMA installation ends this month.

When: Exhibition runs from March 30, 2014–June 29, 2014

Where: LACMA, Art of the Americas Building, Level 2

Tickets: Included in admission to LACMA.

Click here for more information.

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4. Brand Art and Music Library Reopening 

Glendale’s Brand Art and Music Library has just reopened after a two year restoration process helmed by architecture firm Gruen Associates. The historic building was constructed in 1904 and was originally the dwelling of Leslie C. Brand. The restoration process included rehabilitating the original ceiling paintings, a relocated entryway and seismic upgrades.

When: Open every day except Sunday and Monday (check here for opening times).

Where: 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.


5. Check out design of POT and the Line Hotel 

Chef Roy Choi’s eagerly-anticipated Pot eatery has just opened its doors inside the newly opened Line Hotel, designed by architect Sean Knibb. Hearty Korean food aside, the design at POT is also an attraction. From the green neon sign reminiscent of marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles, to the tabloid-style menus, to the flowery flourishes that can be found throughout the restaurant, Choi and his design team mix up the visual references with the same gusto as his food.

When: Now open daily from 11:00 AM- 11:00PM

Where: 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Tickets: N/A. Sit down and enjoy a meal!