LA Design Festival is hosting a special event to honor the 2019 Awards recipients at the Ace Hotel followed by an After Party Upstairs at Ace Hotel. 2019 Award Recipients include: Elena Manferdini - Atelier Manferdini (ICON), Meyghan Hill - (wh)ORE HAuS Studios (EDGE), Uri Davillier - Neptune Glassworks (EDGE), Kenesha Snead - Tactile Matters (EDGE), Eric Trine - Amigo Modern (EDGE), and Cindy Hsu Zell - Wknd LA (EDGE). The 2019 RISE Award recipient will be announced at the awards night. Tickets for the Awards Night available here.
DESIGN BLOCK PARTY ROW DTLA
LA Design Festival kicks off the 9th annual festivities with a public design party in the streets of ROW DTLA with music by dublab. Special exhibitions include: ON THE EDGE (a group show featuring work by the 2019 EDGE Award recipients), Epicene Gallery curated by Meyghan Hill and Uri Davillier, a pop-up bookstore by Archinect, a Color Experience by Dunn Edwards x Caroline Geys, and public design installations by Architecture Office, Dreamland Creative Projects, Ghatit Studio, Oasys, OWIU, MADWORKSHOP, and Some People. Outdoor summer lounges by Seedlip, Bend Goods, and Tidelli. Tickets for the Design Block Party are available here.
ROW DTLA COLLECTIVE
In its third year at ROW DTLA, the LA Design Festival has engaged with the brands, retailers and design entrepreneurs that make up The Collective at ROW, pairing them with some of LA’s most cutting-edge designers and artists. Many of the shops and spaces will feature in-store design collaborations, innovative installations, unique retail opportunities and more. These include DIMS, Dusen Dusen and Amsterdam Modern at Poketo, a new scent experience at Scent Bar with SALT Landscape Architecture and the Institute for Art and Olfactory, an installation by Nik Nik Studio at Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen, an interactive workshop with Heather Rosenman at Still Life Ceramics, an exhibition Galerie LA, a collaboration at LCD with Tappan Collective, a live art experience at tokyobike by Coral Monday, a celebration of design at Kinto, new work by Lukas Peet in collaboration with IDS Vancouver at A+R and much more. All exhibitions and installations are on view to June 23, 2019.
LA Design Festival expands Design, etc., its annual series of design conversations, from three days to four this year covering architecture, interior design, industrial design, technology, landscape architecture and urbanism, and non-traditional design disciplines. Featured speakers include: Brooks + Scarpa (Keynote Address), Sofia Borges (MADWORKSHOP), Andrew Byrne (Grimshaw Architects), Heidi Creighton (Buro Happold), Jaime Derringer (DesignMilk), Steve Fortunato (Fig House), Jorge Gracia (Gracia Studio/Escuela Libre de Arquitectura), Simon Kang (Munchkin), Sid Lee (Sid Lee), Jack Morgan (Duolingo), Angie Myung (Poketo), Petrus Palmer (HEM), Lex Roman (The Black Tux), David Tobin (Audio Jack), Ted Vadakan (Poketo), Alissa Walker (Curbed), Peter Zellner (Free School of Architecture), and more. LA Design Festival also features the AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards.
LA Design Festival expands its workshop program to offer three full days of hands-on experiences, featuring: AWA+D, Concrete Geometric, Electric Eunice, Folia Collective, Handmade by Sara Kim, Krystal Chang Projects, Marley&Alfie, and Noun Project. Workshops have a limited capacity and require advance registration. New this year, the workshop space will feature a lounge by Yeah! Rentals, a kid-friendly zone and pop-up shop by Nico & Yeye with award-winning products designed by Munchkin.
LA Design Festival features two major design shows in 2019.
- INTRO LA x ROW DTLA - Independent design show INTRO LA curated by Small Office celebrates its fifth year in Los Angeles as part of the LA Design Festival. Initiated in 2013, the INTRO series invites a select group of designers and brands to present their work in a non-traditional format that prizes intimacy over scale. Eschewing the conventions of the trade show, INTRO is arranged as a holistic design-space, integrating a diverse series of installations into a cohesive interior. The exhibition provides a platform for designers to engage with peers and public alike, resulting in a sampling of forms and production processes and acting as a vernacular gauge of the industry itself. Featured designers in 2019 include: Another Human, Atelier De Troupe, Base 10, Rachel Duvall, Estudio Persona, Michael Felix, Stephen Kenn, Klein Agency, Taidgh O’Neill, Adam Pogue, Waka Waka, Bari Ziperstein, Brendan Ravenhill, Block Shop, ETC.etera, Laun, The Coast, Norma, and wrk-shp.
- PULO PROJECT x PLEASE DO NOT ENTER - The Pulo Project is a contemporary retail experience merging contemporary Filipino designers and American collaborators. The Pulo Project will take over Please Do Not Enter's two downtown LA locations through a strong program of exhibitions and performances. Ranging from art to fashion, most featured collections and artworks have been specially imagined and produced for Pulo project. The exhibition runs May 7, 2019 through August 4, 2019. Take a curator’s tour with Michelle Aquino on Saturday, June 21, 2019.
OFFSITE AND AROUND THE CITY
LA Design Festival partner organizations will host programs around the city. Participants include A+D Museum, Abramson Teiger, Bend Goods, Brant Ritter, Carbon Five, Dopium LA, HEM, Helms Bakery, MUD, Museum of Neon, Please Do Not Enter, Rapt Studio, Tom Dixon, Twentieth, Vitsoe, and more.
TOURS + SUPPER CLUB
Given the emerging importance of Accessory Dwelling Units as a new housing typology, LA Design Festival hosts a special ADU Home Tour featuring modern backyard homes by Bunch Design, Paul Gasiorkiewicz, LA Mas, Oasys, and Cover. LA Design Festival also hosts “Tour de Type” - a bike (and Lyft) tour through the Arts District, starting and ending at ROW DTLA, exploring urban type and mural art. For the first time, LA Design Festival will also feature a Supper Club series hosted in architects’ homes, including Assembledge+, Xten Architecture, and Oasys x ROW DTLA. Tickets and information available soon.
LA Design Festival 2019