5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

One of the leading minds in “resiliency” in a time of climate change and rising seas is Dutchman Henk Ovink. In his role as Senior Advisor to both the former US Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and Shaun Donovan, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, he created and helmed ‘Rebuild by Design’ (RBD), a design competition to produce visionary, macro planning and design solutions for the northeast coast, following Sandy. He will give a talk in conjunction with Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, currently on display at the Annenberg Space For Photography (and featuring Rebuild By Design’s winning schemes, including one by BIG, above). His topic: crises at the regional and urban scale, and how both design and politics are at the heart of the development of a more resilient future. He will also talk at SCI-Arc on Wednesday, February 18.

When: February 19, 2015 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: Skylight Studios 10050 Constellation Boulevard Los Angeles

Tickets: Free, but online registration required. Register here.

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Jenny Rosen and Vlada Dronova, The Abandonment Series- Russian Porcelain Factories, slipcast porcelain and cobalt decals (Photo- Christopher Olin)
Jenny Rosen and Vlada Dronova, The Abandonment Series- Russian Porcelain Factories, slipcast porcelain and cobalt decals (Photo- Christopher Olin)

2. Craft in America

This is your last week to check out the lip smacking exhibition, “Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations,” an exhibition currently on display at the Craft in America Center. KCRW’s Christopher Olin went for a visit, and found Martini glasses made out of wood and ceramic champagne flutes. Read his account here.

When: Through February 21; Tues – Sat, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Where: Craft in America Center, 8415 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Tickets: rsvp@craftinamerica.org;  (323) 951-0610Click here for more information.

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3. Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio 

Thomas Heatherwick is a hotshot of British design whose credits include the remake of the red double decker London bus, the unfolding Olympic Cauldron at the 2012 Olympics (discussed on this DnA), the UK Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and a proposed floating park for Manhattan, above. Brooke Hodge has curated an exhibition of his work, opening Friday.

When: Opens February 20, 2015

Where: Hammer Museum; 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. The Art of Production Design: A Panel Discussion with the Nominees 

Great opportunity to hear from all five design teams nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Achievement in Production Design: Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (Grand Budapest Hotel); Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald (The Imitation Game); Nathan Crowley, Gary Fetts (Interstellar); Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock (Into The Woods); Suzie Davies; Charlotte Watts (Mr. Turner). See DnA’s profiles of several of these designers, here.

When: Saturday February 21 at 3:00 PM (doors open at 2:30 PM)

Where: Egyptian Theater; 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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tungsten5. Shadows and Puppetry in Tungsten

Shadows, Japanese Bunraku-inspired puppetry, sound, text and projected video are all elements of a multidisciplinary play, Tungsten (artery), a reworking of the myth of Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring and awakening. Written by Erik Ehn and directed and designed by Janie Geiser, in collaboration with scenic designer Shannon ScrofanoTungsten (artery) is the result of a partnership between Automata and Los Angeles Performance Practice.

When: Friday, February 20, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 21, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

Where: J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa

Tickets:  Tickets are $7 and are available by calling 310-440-7300 or visiting this link. 

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