To be considered an icon is substantial. To be considered an innovator is quite notable. So what about those who are considered both? How is this level of diverse expertise achieved? This very thought was explored during WESTWEEK 2017 at the PDC, starting with the keynote “The Intersection of Icon and Innovator.”
Moderator and Veranda editor in chief Clinton Smith facilitated an enlightening discussion with two renowned designers and true forward-thinkers. John Saladino, who began his own firm in 1972 and is recognized for many firsts in 21st-century interior design (read: scratched-coat plaster on walls, being one of the first designers to have successful furniture collections, and more), and Richard Shapiro, devotee of the arts, gallery owner and 35-year collector of iconic postwar contemporary art.
In the mood for engaging keynote presentations, cocktail parties, showroom open houses and product debuts? Well, you’re in luck. Less than one week from now, on March 22 and 23, WESTWEEK 2017 will kickoff at the PDC. The theme of this year’s annual two-day market, “Icons + Innovators,” will offer interesting programs and events surrounding the seminal standard-bearers and groundbreaking influencers leading the design industry forward today.
To best navigate the extensive schedule of events, we have pulled together a list of the top five Spring Market themes and where to see them in action!
Year after year, the PDC’s Spring Market—better known as WESTWEEK—offers a diverse schedule of events featuring design editors, tastemakers and trade professionals under one roof. This year’s two-day affair (March 22 and 23) will follow the theme “ICONS + INNOVATORS” to celebrate “today’s seminal standard-bearers and groundbreaking influencers leading the design industry ever forward.” As we gear up for the 2017 market, GDG asked five attending designers which WESTWEEK debuts and programs they’re looking forward to, and why attending annually is instrumental in furthering their craft and business.
Pacific Design Center is pleased to support the PDC brands and top L.A. interior designers featured in the 2017 historic Wattles Mansion Showcase House. This year’s theme, Hollywood History: The New Classics, will demonstrate through interior design how to reinterpret a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle.
For the third consecutive year The Christopher Kennedy Compound: Modernism Week Show House in Palm Springs—held in conjunction with Modernism Week and brought to the public by mediasponsors Traditional Home and California Homes—drew thousands of visitors. They came seeking design ideas, a chance to view some of their favorite designers’ work and the opportunity to visit a classic mid-century property updated with today’s technology—all while contributing to show house’s mission, which is to raise $100,000 for Palm Springs Modernism and other preservation efforts.
Posted on February 11th, 2016 by Brittany Friedstein, Photos by Anna Chavez
The Maison De Luxe designer show house debuted this past fall at one of Beverly Hill’s most glamorous and historic estates, the Doheney Greystone Mansion. Produced by Luxe Interiors + Design, the property’s large and luxurious quarters became the perfect canvas for twenty three top designers from across the country to showcase their individual style. From bold designs by Timothy Corrigan, to the streamlined aesthetic found in the living room designed by Sarah Story, Maison De Luxe offered inspiration for all, reflecting the creative vision of each designer. Sponsors lent a hand in making the designers’ vision a reality by providing furniture and materials by iconic brands such as Pacific Design Center’s own Duralee and Bausman & Company.
Paris has long been regarded as a Mecca for interior design, bringing to the world some of the most iconic and respected names in home decor. This year, the City of Lights hosted it’s 7th annual Déco Off Design “Rendez Vous”, with 106 brands opening their doors to thousands of visitors from around the world. Elegant fabric-clad lanterns decorating stretches of Parisian cobble-stone streets welcomed design professionals, manufacturers, and enthusiasts to this iconic event to celebrate the global design community, discuss the latest and most relevant trends in textiles and furnishings, and experience firsthand the newest collections by some of the industry’s most recognizable brands.
Accessories are a sensitive subject, and many designers take sourcing the finishing touches that can make or break a project — that elusive final 20% — quite seriously. Last week, House Beautiful Editor in Chief Sophie Donelson joined a panel of elite designers including Jeffery Alan Marks, Michael Berman, and Barclay Butera at the Kravet Showroom (Suite B624) to discuss what it takes to find the perfect pieces to make a project truly exceptional. The panelists also touched on their curatorial role for Kravet’s recently launched curatedkravet.com, an exclusive resource offering an assortment of hand-picked furnishings and accessories to the interior design trade. These “Curated Rooms” by some of the most well-regarded names in the industry, aim to help designers find inspiration in the form of finished, immersive, and fully shoppable spaces.
designLAb, PDC’s dynamic contemporary art initiative, opened its doors to the Los Angeles art community on Thursday, November 12th for its final opening of 2015, showcasing innovative work from an exciting and diverse group of local and international artists. The Second Floor of the Blue Building buzzed with excitement as 14 galleries unveiled new exhibitions which included site-specific installations by Spanish sculptor Heras Castan at Boite Noire Gallery, and a bespoke immersive video/sensory experience by Julie Weitz at YoungProjects. Boite Noire’s opening also featured a live performance by artist Miki Yokoyama as she covered a marble sculpture by Castan with black ink, taking breaks to face-paint willing attendees. Read More