Friday, July 1, 2011

What to do in July > Three Summer Design Events

We know you're still recovering from June's LA Design Festival, but don't get too comfortable yet. July is packed with a slew of incredible design events and, in case you can't make our events, we recommend the following. But please note, these are not official de LaB events--we just recommend them!

Our favorite architecture and design gallery west of La Brea opens the summer season with TOPO/GRAPHY, an exhibition that visually explores the mapping of the relief, stratigraphy, and history of land. On July 23rd and July 30th, artists Mary Heebner, Brian Hollister, Steve Schmidt, Flora Kao, Adam Silverman and Michael Whiting will discuss the process and craft behind their pieces.

This four-day festival promises to celebrate the best of Japan's cutting-edge design and technology. Hosted throughout Little Toyko, the festival will encourage participants to consider a "New Urban Lifestyle" and will offer an endless stream of activities--from outdoor film screenings and fashion shows, to product demonstrations, awards ceremonies, and, naturally, a Pecha Kucha evening.

John Lautner Turns 100 > Opens July 16
In celebration of what would have been legendary architect John Lautner's 100th birthday, his namesake foundation is hosting a series of events to showcase his extraordinary body of work. Designed to inform and inspire the public about the importance of preserving his architecture, events will include an exhibition of his famous Goldstein Office, home tours, films, and a not-to-be-missed Gala evening.

Image: John Lautner Hope Residence | Mike Moore

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