Sunday, June 21, 2009

Thanks for Coming to Our Design-n-Dim-Sum Ride!

Thanks to all the intrepid people who braved the cloudy skies and light morning sprinkle to come out for our first-ever Design-n-Dim-Sum Ride.  

We started with a quick two block test drive up Figueroa to Fung + Blatt where gracious Alice and Michael welcomed us with sweet, summer crudites and a tour of their airy warehouse space.  They've got a great trapezoidal adjacent studio space for rent, if any of  you creative types are searching for a new design lab!  And if Alice's felt confections weren't felt before, they sure are now! 
From there, de LaB took to the streets (or rather took over the streets) and made it to C-town in record time, via  Mom's Tamales (Mama delivers, people!) and the interesting route that our friends at Flying Pigeon mapped out for us.  We even had time to make a quick stop above the Cornfield for a photo to show our solidarity for California Parks.  LOC welcomed us into their secret Chung King Alley sanctuary, and Fifth Floor gave us a peek at their "Looking for Work" exhibit before taking us through Hong Kong alley to Robert's very own above-Fifth Floor loft space.  Dim sum at Ocean Seafood did not disappoint (no one was accosted by the baby octopus!)  Some worked off their dumplings by making the return trip by bike, others opted for the Gold Line.  Oh, and a few lucky people practiced reclaimed design snagging some authentic chinese lanterns from the trash can....  Overall, it was a lovely afternoon of great company, inspiring design, light cardio, and good nosh.
A deep quad-felt thanks to Adam and Josef from Flying Pigeon for being our guides and hosts.  And a special thanks to Fung and Blatt for opening up their studio despite our interrupting a working Saturday!  And to Fifth Floor and  LOC for letting us traipse through their homes!

Check out the photos here. We are SO going to do this again so look for another great design ride in 2010.  And check back soon for details on our upcoming July event.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Design-n-Dim Sum Ride> Links and Learn

There's been a few articles/posts recently about some of the sites we'll be visiting this Saturday on our Design-n-Dim Sum Ride:
  • Check out Fung + Blatt's Mount Washington residence, now front page on
  • So timely...check out this little ditty by David Keeps on Fifth Floor's new "Looking for Work" exhibit, opening this Saturday night. Come on the design-n-dim-sum ride for a sneak peek and maybe stick around for the opening night party! (Note that Ali Jevanjee, whose Chung King Alley loft we'll also be seeing on Saturday, will be debuting his new line of laminated plywood furniture as part of the exhibit.)
  • Yet another cool post about one of the design labs we'll be visiting this Saturday!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Take Our de LaB Survey and You Might Be Headed to Dwell on Design!

We're busy planning more parties, more events and more tours but in order to make de LaB the best it can be, we want to hear from you! We've put together a de LaB survey to find out what you'd like to see in the next few months, years, decades.

And because we know you're busy, we're sweetening the deal. At the end of the survey, simply enter your email and be entered into our drawing. One winner will be headed to Dwell on Design here in LA June 26-28 with a three-day Dwell Conference Plus ticket valued at $149!

Your ticket will get you in to a one-day conference curated by the editors of Dwell, including a keynote by Daniel Pink, plus two days of trade show access, and lots more panels including an entire Sunday devoted to design and food. Thanks to our friends at Dwell!

Please take a few minutes to fill out our de LaB survey by Monday, June 15 at noon. If you don't win, we also have special Dwell on Design discount codes especially for our de LaB friends:

Exhibition Plus (Weekend Pass) only $10 with this special code: DWELL49A
Conference Plus (3 Day Pass) from $49 with this special code: DWELL942L
Register at

Thanks, as always, for your support!

Friday, June 5, 2009

June de LaB > Design-n-Dim Sum Ride

Bring your bikes and join de LaB as we hit the streets for the first-ever design-n-dim sum ride!  Check out the details below and please be sure to RSVP so that we have an accurate head count for the restaurant.

We're meeting at Flying Pigeon LA at 10am on JUNE 20th and taking off by 10:30am. Adam and Josef are offering a special de LaB discount of 10% off ALL PRODUCTS in the store (except drinks) so come a bit early if you want to check out the wares. Who knows, you might walk away with a new bike!

For those of you without your own bikes, Flying Pigeon is offering FIVE rentals. The first five people to RSVP will get to ride a 'pidge' for the day. For everyone else, feel free to use our Facebook page and your own resources to borrow a bike for the day.

Location: 3714 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Time: 10 to 10.30am, June 20th

FIRST STOP: Fung + Blatt
We'll pop up the street for a peek inside this innovative studio and a tasting of chilled and refreshing crudites, straight from the Fung + Blatt garden (perfect for a hot summer day!)

Location: 3927 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Time: 11 - 11.30am

SCENIC RIDE: Flying Pigeon
Next, the guys from FP are taking us through a bit of LA history, through Lincoln Heights, past the old Department of Water and Power storefront, the old Chinese funeral home at Five Points, Young Nak Church, and down across the train yard on the Pasadena bridge into Chinatown. It's not a tough ride, but be sure to bring water!

Location: Highland Park to Chinatown, via Lincoln Heights
Time: 11.30am to 12.30pm

Once we roll into Chung King Court, we'll head to Fifth Floor to catch our breath and check out Robert's awesome upstairs loft. He's also offering a special 10% de LaB discount for all products in the gallery.

Walk three minutes down the alley to check out LOC's modern live/work space. Ali Jeevanjee and Poonam Sharma take simple plywood to a whole new level of cool in their groovy indoor/outdoor pad, which was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times. You'll see what we mean.

Location: Chung King Court + Road
Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

THEN, DIM SUM: Ocean Seafood
By this point, we'll have worked up a crazy appetite and we'll head over to Ocean Seafood for some delicious dim sum. Only word of caution: avoid the fried baby octopus! We're going dutch on this so don't forget to bring cash.

Fearless riders can head back the way we came or take the Gold Line
back up to Highland Park. Hop off at Heritage Square. (Or better yet, head to the Mountain Bar to hydrate on beer as we wait for the afternoon to cool off...)

Since this is one of our more complicated events, here's the gist:

- Don't forget to RSVP.
- Let us know if you want to rent a bike. We only have FIVE.
- Bring lots of water.
- Bring cash for dim sum.

RSVP required. E-mail us at hello[at] designeastoflabrea [dot] org.

PS - If you're RSVP'd via Facebook, you're cool.  Just be sure to e-mail us directly if you need to rent a bike!