We’ve already said goodbye to 2013, but wanted to take a few moments to say thank you for all your love and support. This was a pretty big year for us – after becoming a non-profit at the end of 2012 we were awarded our first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for $20,000 to support our Making LA initiative, which continues into 2014 culminating in our first ever day-long conference! We also continued our schedule of hosting about two events every month, seeking out the most interesting, innovative and inventive design across this great city, going behind-the-scenes at some of our most beloved landmarks including Dodger Stadium, the Magic Castle, and the member-only Los Angeles Athletic Club. We’re so grateful for this community and can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!
Here are some of our favorite people, places and things we saw this year…
- We started the year with a public art tour of the relatively-new Expo Line train from downtown to Culver City and heard from two of the artists who created the neighborhood-inspired art: Jessica McCoy (Expo/Vermont Station) and Ronald Llanos (Expo/Western Station)
- In February we headed way east again, to Palm Springs for Modernism Week for a book signing and celebration with Stamberg Aferiat, fundraiser for Never Built at a Joshua Tree prefab and a tour of the Hotel Lautner. We also were treated to a tour of the newly-opened Spring Street parklets to hear about these tiny, community-designed parks popping up on city streets.
- March brought us to two art events, with a curator-led tour of the Vincent Price Art Museum’s Mexicali biennial and tour of the newest incarnation of Night Gallery, led by its architect Peter Zellner and owners Davida Nemeroff and Mieke Marple, who kept some of the original strip mall’s louche intimacy in a much more cavernous space.
- In April we visited Occidental College’s Solar Array to hear how Lettuce Office turned the ecological installation into public art. We also teamed up with KCRW for a de LaB-curated architecture tour of Culver City.
- In May we once again hosted a fundraiser for the Neutra VDL House in Silver Lake to see the newly-restored roof, and went behind the scenes to tour Dodger Stadium’s $100 million off-season renovation – locker rooms included!
- In June we held our fifth (!) annual Design-n-Dim Sum bike ride from Highland Park to Chinatown and as part of the LA Design Week hosted Pecha Kucha night at the Standard Hotel downtown, with ping pong!
- July gave us access to two spaces normally off-limits to non-members, with a tour of the redesigned Invention Bar at the LA Athletic Club with interior designer Tracy Beckmann and the transformed Phi Sigma Kappa house at USC renovated by Mass Architecture and Design.
- In August we visited the highly acclaimed Never Built exhibition at the A+D Museum for a curator-led tour with Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin.
- In September we teamed with Portland-based Hand Eye Supply to host a designer Open Mic Night for a bit of design discussion and group therapy. We also had our inaugural Making LA event, welcoming back the lotuses with a tour of the newly restored Echo Park Lake.
- In October, lucky de LaBbers got to go behind the scenes at the Magic Castle, which has been restored after a Halloween Night fire in 2011. We also ambled between architecture offices on Hyperion Ave for our first Open Studio Tour fundraiser.
- In November, we were back to Making LA, this time with a tour of the 28th Street Apartments in South LA – a former Paul Williams-designed YMCA now redone by Koning Eizenberg. We also collaborated with creative collective dublab and food writer Kevin West for a tour of all the changes happening at Grand Central Market downtown.
- And finally in December architect Ravi GuneWardena led an intimate ikebana workshop at Huge LA and we celebrated the season in style at downtown newcomer Honeycut, with a designer-led tour, a mixology lesson, and cocktails, natch.
And we can’t wait to start planning 2014, starting with a visit to the Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles exhibit at WUHO in Hollywood! Stay tuned for details on that and many other exciting events coming this year.
Thank you again for a great 2013!