5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

Frances Anderton and Mallery Roberts Morgan


Come to the West Hollywood Design District this Friday for DIEM, a day of talks and parties spread through the showrooms of the designing city. Curated by Mallery Roberts Morgan (above right) with an assist from DnA’s Frances Anderton (left of picture above), chewy topics include “rethinking retail,” social entrepreneurship (very good? Or too good to be true?) and whether a designer needs to be a “brand.”

Guests include AD’s Mayer Rus, Commune’s Roman Alonso and Frozen art director Michael Giaimo. Giaimo will talk about his experiences with the movie that keeps on giving, as well as his application of narrative design to his personal space, a restored house by Edward H. Fickett. The day is free and open to the public but space is limited so sign up here.

When: Friday November 14, 2014

Where: Various locations in West Hollywood

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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2. Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art

This sumptuous show of artisanal art from across Mexico, Central and South America, Spain and Portugal features hundreds of masks, intricate textiles, hand-carved miniature sculptures, yarn paintings, clay animals, religious and political altarpieces. The exhibition is arranged by materials and they include: clay, carved wood, blown glass, plant fibers, paper, leather, silver, beads, shells, gourds and stones.

When: Exhibition runs from November 9 to September 13, 2015

Where: Natural History Museum; 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Included in General Admission; Click here for tickets.

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Image courtesy of Courtesy Architecture and Design Collection Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara (The original image is no longer available, please contact KCRW if you need access to the original image.)

3. Under the Umbrella: Lutah Maria Riggs and Her Santa Barbara Style

Santa Barbara owes its architectural distinction in part to the architect Lutah Maria Riggs, designer of homes, commercial and institutional buildings and even movie sets in a singular, productive life. Riggs was a protégée and later chief designer of Spanish Revival architect George Washington Smith before founding her own firm and later forming a partnership with Arvin Shaw. Her meticulous hand is in Santa Barbara buildings including the Lobero Theatre, the Vedanta Temple and the Blaksley Library at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, as well as residences in Palos Verdes’ Rolling Hills.

Riggs reportedly did not like being referred to as a “woman” architect, but on obtaining her license in 1928, she became the first female licensed architect in Santa Barbara and joined Julia Morgan as a role model to later “women architects.” Explore her life, work and arresting personal style (see photo above) at this exhibition, designed by JCRR Design.

When: Open through Spring 2015

Where: Santa Barbara Historical Museum; 136 E De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. New Walled Order: The Aesthetics and Politics of Barriers

This past Sunday was the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, perhaps the most powerful symbol of the Cold War. At the Getty this Saturday, scholars will discuss “the physical and symbolic significance of walls erected to contain and separate peoples” and situate several historic walls in their broader context.”

When: November 15, 2014

Where: The Getty Center; 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free, but reservation recommended.

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5. ShopWalk DTLA

In case you had not noticed, the historic core of downtown Los Angeles is popping with new stores and eateries. Check ’em out this Sunday at this walkable tour, just in time for the holiday season.

When: Sunday November 16, 2014

Where: Various locations in Downtown Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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And don’t forget to listen to our most recent DnA, Haunted Screens, Birdman Costumes, The Future of Auschwitz