W. Hollywood, CA

designLAb Opening

Wed Mar 22 | 5 - 9:30 PM

Pacific Design Center
Blue Building, Second Floor & Lobby
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

designLAb celebrates Westweek with new galleries and art and design exhibits with a public reception on Wednesday, March 22 from 5:00 – 9:30 PM. Exhibitions are on view in Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building Lobby and Second Floor with happy hour (cash bar) at Red Seven, located on the first floor of the Green Building.

designLAb pays special tribute to The Interior and The Carpet at VAROLA, Suite B256, an exhibition of carpets produced by publisher, Petra Grunert SinghEquator Production that includes carpets by 15 internationally renowned artists: Alan Belcher, Walter Dahn, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Liam Gillick, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Lum, Jonathan Monk, Peter Nagy, Emilio Prini, Julião Sarmento, Rob Scholte, Rosemarie Trockel and Heimo Zobernig.

The Interior and The Carpet presents the primary roster of artists commissioned by Equator Production from 1985-2003: Walter Dahn, Jiří Georg Dokoupil, Peter Nagy, Rob Scholte, and Rosemarie Trockel, as well as a more recent carpet series (since 2014) with Alan Belcher, Liam Gillick, Emilia and Ilya Kabakov, Joseph Kosuth, Ken Lum, Jonathan Monk and Julião Sarmento. This recent series was curated by Cornelia Lauf for Equator Production, in a project managed by GoldenRuler, Rome (www.goldenruler.eu). A selection of carpets was exhibited recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland exhibition, Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, curated by Cornelia Lauf.

Equator Production collaborates with artists who incorporate their practice into the larger narrative of artistic historical relevance, blurring the domains of art, design, and craftsmanship. By commissioning carpet designs from contemporary international artists and orchestrating the execution and production of designs in limited editions by traditional weavers, Equator Production seeks to fuse both artistic processes, creating a long lost symbiosis between conception and production, while restoring the connection between the artist and the interior and the vital connection between conception and production.

Meta-4 presents Strange Explanations, a solo exhibition by Korean artist Kim Jiwon whose self-referential pen and gouache drawings and paintings draw surprising connections between the artist, the society he lives in and everyday life.

Sean Yashar of The Culture Creative and interior designer Oliver Furth present an exclusive surprise pop-up for Westweek featuring 21st century design.

A site-specific sculpture installation by Los Angeles artist Brad Howe is on view through July 29 in the Blue Lobby. While Howe is internationally recognized for his signature colorful, lyrical abstract sculpture, his new work at the PDC reflects the artist’s new direction inspired by minimalism’s reductive objective language.

Image above: from The Interior and The Carpet at Varola (B256), Courtesy Equator Production. Photo: Francesco Lagnese.

designLAb galleries 

About designLAb

designLAb provides a platform to explore art that addresses the design center‘s unique context of interior design, spanning a variety of art disciplines and media. designLAb is conceived and directed by New York-based curator Helen Varola and made possible by Charles S. Cohen, collector and generous supporter of MOCA Pacific Design Center.

designLAb is located on the 2nd floor of the Blue Building and most galleries are open Monday – Friday from 11:00 – 6:00 PM or by appointment on Saturday. Enter Pacific Design Center’s Blue Building on Melrose and use the escalators or elevators to the 2nd floor. For private appointments after hours or on weekends, please enter from the garage or San Vincente entrance and PDC’s concierge will direct you to the gallery.

Please also visit MOCA Pacific Design Center, open 11:00 – 5:00 PM, Tuesday – Friday; 11:00 – 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free.

Press Inquires: 

Contact K+J Agency at karen@kj-agency.com.


Valet, garage, and street parking are available and complimentary parking for press is available by calling the PDC Parking Office one day in advance, Monday – Friday at 310-360-6417.

Happy Hour! 

Please also join us for Happy Hour at Red Seven, located on the first floor of the Green Building.

designLAb Inquiries:

For further information please email designLAb Curator, Helen Varola at helen@helenvarola.com.