5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Swimming in Succulents: A New Playground for Palm Springs 

Join DnA this weekend at Modernism Week, where we’ll be camped out along with KCRW DJ Anne Litt and other station colleagues all day at MW’s new gathering spot called CAMP. There Frances Anderton will host a chat about the future of the classic Palm Springs backyard — shimmering pool, shiny green golf course, acres of colorful blooms — in an age of aridity. Guests are designer Brad Dunning; Michaeleen Gallagher, Director of Environmental Programs at Sunnylands; Craig Ewing, Boardmember of the Desert Water Agency; and Stu Rowland, Director of golf course operations at Rancho La Quinta Country Club. Of course there’s tons of other fun stuff at Modernism Week so check that out too.

Join DnA in the KCRW “living room” at CAMP featuring designs by some of our past guests: Ana Serrano, Bari Ziperstein, Ben Medansky, Fitzsu, Tanya Aguiniga, Judy Kameon and Louise Sandhaus.

When: Saturday February 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

Where: 555 N. Palm Canyon Avenue Palm Springs

Tickets: Click here for tickets.

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2. Art of Motion Picture Costume Design

Awards seasons wouldn’t be complete without FIDM Museum & Galleries’ annual exhibition displaying the actual costumes created by Hollywood’s brilliant costume designers. This year’s exhibition will feature “over 100 costumes representing 20 of 2014’s “most notable films in a variety of genres,” including garments from The Great Gatsby, (Catherine Martin); Belle (Anushia Nieradzik); Big Eyes (Colleen Atwood); Selma (Ruth E. Carter); and Jersey Boys (Deborah Hopper).

When: February 10-April 25, 2015

Where: FIDM Museum; 919 S. Grand Ave, 2nd Floor Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Hollyhock House. Image courtesy of Kyle Magnuson

3. Hollyhock House Reopens 

Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles, The Hollyhock House, reopens this Friday after the completion of a long restoration. On Friday Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell will host a public ribbon-cutting, and the house will then be open for a Valentine’s Day special — a continuous 24 hours starting 4pm Friday — during which you can wander the property with friends, families, loved ones, take selfies with the building (typically photographs inside the house are NOT allowed). “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the house at night,” says Jeffrey Herr, curator of the Hollyhock House, which was recently nominated by the State Department, along with nine other FLW buildings, to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Regular tours start Sunday. Check out Carolina Miranda’s interview with Herr, here.

(If you’d prefer to spend V-Day in a classic craftsman house, the Gamble House invites you to a twilight tour on Saturday, February 14).

When: Friday February 13, 2015

Where: 4800 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles

Tickets: $7 for adults.

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4. Louis Vuitton Exhibit 

The convergence of fashion and art is on full display in “SERIES 2 – Past, Present and Future,” a pop-up installation created by Louis Vuitton glorifying Nicolas Ghesquière’s (LV’s Artistic Director for Women’s Collections) second show for women’s ready-to-wear collection. From a hall of videos of wall-size faces of models to a white-on-white gallery of mannequins clad only in discreet LV accessories, to a room themed after the runway show’s dressing room, fashionistas can get their fix here, through Feb 22. A new Louis Vuitton store has just opened on Rodeo Drive.

When: Runs until February 22, 2015

Where: 1135 North Highland Avenue Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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Image courtesy of Green Fire Productions

5. AltaSea

This Wednesday, the Annenberg Foundation will unveil its plans for AltaSea, “a new endeavor in the Port of Los Angeles that brings together science, business and education to generate innovative solutions to the global challenges of sustainability.” The public is invited to “an immersive multimedia display of the physical plans for the innovation hub that will tell the story of how a century-old pier will be transformed into an iconic landmark.” Wallis Annenberg will also unveil a street leading to AltaSea, named for her CEO Leonard Aube, who has shepherded the Foundation’s many projects for the last 14 years. “Cradle To Cradle” architect William McDonough was an advisor on the AltaSea project.

When: Wednesday February 11, 2015; Community event and preview: 4:00 PM

Where:  City Dock No. 1 — Berth 58; 2331 Signal St., San Pedro, CA 90731

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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