As 2011 comes to a close, we wanted to take a few moments to say thank you for all your love and support this year. This year we explored new neighborhoods, even occasionally venturing (gasp!) WEST of La Brea to seek out the most interesting, innovative and inventive design across this great city. We also upped our events this year, hosting nearly two per month. We're so grateful for this community and can't wait to see what 2012 brings!
Here are some of our favorite people, places and things we saw this year...
- We started the year off right, getting our drink on at the Falls' 1970's inspired bar downtown.
- In February we headed way east, to Palm Springs for Modernism Week to host a panel of distinguished designers.
- In March, we ventured into Inglewood to see FER Studio's master plan for the city's downtown revitalization, and engaged in a lively panel discussion at LACE in Hollywood about urban graffiti and placemaking.
- In April we visited George Ehling's amazing self-made Tile House in the Hollywood Hills for Obscura Day, and toasted the release of author Sam Lubell's latest tome on Julius Shulman in Burbank.
- In May we gathered at the zinc-topped bar at Hollywood' Osteria La Buca to hear how designer Brendan Ravenhill remade the spot, and we walked through West Hollywood to honor our friend and mentor, John Chase, who was responsible for so much of that city's great urban design.
- In June we held our annual Design-n-Dim Sum bike ride, this time passing through Frogtown, and toured Steven Kanner's final project for HOLA in Lafayette Park.
- In July we walked through the urban farms in Compton and met a couple of local cowboys (and their horses)!
- In August we had the pleasure of co-hosting the Moving Beyond Cars party at the A+D Museum to celebrate LA's alternate transit future, and toured several studios to see what's new at the Brewery Arts complex in Lincoln Heights.
- In September we once again celebrated Park[ing] Day - this time with the incredible park designed by Standard LA in front of LOCAL. We also raised more than $800 for the Neutra VDL Studio and Residence with a reception and lecture by Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner.
- In October we gathered under the incredible temporary pavilion dubbed Netscape in SCI-Arc's parking lot with Dwayne Oyler and Jenny Wu of Oyler Wu Collaborative and spent another afternoon in Highland Park with the boys at KnowHow Shop for some high-tech pumpkin carving.
- In November we began the first of our "Eames Themed" events at JF Chen's exhaustive collection of Eames designs for Pacific Standard Time. We also trekked out to Lincoln Heights for our latest-starting event yet - a walk through the alternative art space Night Gallery for Samara Golden's piece Rape of the Mirror.
- And we began December taking to the streets once again, with a tour of one of the most bike-friendly cities in SoCal: Long Beach.
Thank you again for a great 2011!