7 Best Design Events: Sept. 9-30, 2011

Get wrapped up for fall with Bojagi, traditional Korean wrap fabrics in San Francisco, or with one of Dale Chihuly’s collected wool trade blankets in the Northwest. Get an early start on Halloween by seeing Tim Burton’s exhibition in Los Angeles, or scout out the year’s Most Up-to-date design trends at Decorex International in London. If you’re searching for ways to be inspired, or simply love getting outside amid other layout lovers, here are 7 events on our short list from round the globe.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 9-Oct. 31, 2011
Tim Burton
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Los Angeles, CA

In case you are in the L.A. place, make sure you check out the impressive Tim Burton exhibition comprising more than 700 drawings, storyboards, cinematic ephemera and much more out of the creative mind behind quirky and dark movies like Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas. This display, the third most-attended exhibition in the museum’s history, includes artwork and objects out of Burton’s own archive, in addition to from studio archives as well as the private collections of the collaborators.

Not to be overlooked are two large-scale outside artworks: a topiary inspired by Edward Scissorhands and Balloon Boy, and a huge figure based on an amalgamation of personalities that Burton introduced in his book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.

Check it out before it ends on Halloween!

EXHIBITION — Sept. 9-Oct. 22, 2011
Wrapping Traditions: Korean Textiles Now
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
San Francisco, CA

Get wrapped up in Bojagi (conspicuous bo-jah-ki), traditional Korean wrap cloths used in formal ceremonies and daily tasks in Korea centuries past. Similar to American quilting and patchwork, traditional Bojagi was handmade by women from leftover pieces of cloths or newspapers that were elaborately embroidered collectively in this folk-art tradition.

This San Francisco display features the gorgeous function of 66 artists from Korea, England, Finland, Switzerland and much more. The job comprises finely manicured and hand-stitched traditional Bojagi, wearable pieces, installations, and wall hangings, and is guest curated by fiber artist, lecturer and author Chungie Lee.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 9-Oct. Two, 2011
Dale Chihuly’s Northwest
Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma, WA

whilst well known for his influence as a glass artist, Dale Chihuly, pays tribute to his hometown of Tacoma and Northwest inspirations in an exhibition on view through September 25. Presenting a varied selection of Chilhuly’s artwork such as baskets, cylinders, soft cylinders, and Pilchuck stumps, these 85 first pieces showcase his inspirations from the Puget Sound region and the trademark Northwest rain.

Also on display are 300 other pieces collected by Chihuly, including wool trade blankets, Willits canoes, and Edward S. Curtis photogravures.

LECTURES — Sept. 13-Nov. 8, 2011
IABR (Global Architecture Biennale Rotterdam)
Dépendance building
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Attend one of five, or all the lectures in this coordinated string in partnership with AIR, (the Architecture Center in Rotterdam), on the theme’Making Town.’ The 5th IABR investigates the question,’How do we make city?’ And makes a call to governments, policy-makers, politicians, musicians and the public to get working in their cities with enthusiasm. Here’s a program as well as the lecture topics:

Sept. 13, 2011 –‘Creating City’
Sept. 27, 2011 — Bordeaux,’50,000 New Homes’
Oct. 11, 2011 — New York,’Highline’
Oct. 18, 2011 — Lille Kortrijk Tournai,’Eurometropolis’
Nov. 8, 2011 — Paris,’La Défense Seine Arche’


GALA — Sept. 17, 2011
75th Anniversary Gala
Mill Run, PA

Attend an”enchanted evening of Art in Nature” in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Fallingwater, the famous home built in the 1930s within a waterfall by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family. Enjoy this rare opportunity to dine al fresco with an illuminated forest serving as the background. Delight in meeting timber nymphs from the Bodiography Contemporary Ballet, and take in a light-and-sound installation by Luftwerk in this architectural National Historic Landmark. Click here to learn more details about the event.


Celia Birtwell | Bird Song & Milson Ticking Cushion – GBP 55

TRADESHOW — Sept. 25-28, 2011
Decorex International
Royal Hospital Chelsea
London, UK

Interested in sourcing the very exquisite and higher end trend setting products? Attend the 33rd annual Decorex International 2011 in London, which observes the theme,”Cherished Places” and invites the design community to lots of inspiration by over 300 handpicked exhibitors. This event will display a special display of distinctive interior design products, such as Celia Birtwell, textile designer of the pillow over, Broosk Salb, Colette van den Thillart, Nicky Haslam and a lot more.
About Sept. 26, Celia Birtwell will also do a book signing of her first book, a part of her life in style. The book looks at her early years, cooperating with her style designer husband Ossie Clark, being muse to David Hockney and her 28 years in the world of interiors. Birtwell will also do a talk in the V&A on Sept. 23, so make sure you join her in this very fascinating dialog.

EXHIBITION — Sept. 27-29, 2011
SALE — Oct. 1- 2, 2011
Great Glass Pumpkin Patch
Rinconada Park
Palo Alto, CA

Get an early start on picking out a pumpkin (no carving needed) for the fall holidays in the 16th annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch. This impressive display of over 8,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins, the largest in California, will underline the handiwork of more than 30 prominent glass artisans. Available in all colours, shapes, and dimensions for purchase after the exhibition.

Catch a torchworking demonstration by a Bay Area glass artist, Demetra Theofanous and fulfill the glass artists in person to learn more about this distinctive art-making procedure.

The public sale runs Saturday through Sunday and profits support the three introducing organizations: the Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), the Palo Alto Art Center (PAAC), the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation (PAACF), in addition to participating artists.

More events: 6 Best Design Events: Sept. 2-23, 2011

What’s in your calendar this weekend? Let us know about your favourite forthcoming design events below!

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8 Ways to Love Trough Sinks

I think it could be the nostalgia of art college which has me totally smitten with trough sinks. While the trough sinks of my thoughts have been covered in years of paint (although the floor was covered in water), when used in residential design they could add a posh industrial edge to any space — sans the paint splatters. There is something about not caring about making a mess I associate with the trough sinkeven if it’s not supposed to be used that way in a house, it’s the sense it gives to some distance that interests me. Here are a couple of ideas for how to incorporate one into your house.

Gaspar’s Construction

Not certain if this is actually the major kitchen or a butler’s pantry, but either way it’s adorable. I really adore the asymmetrical cabinet below as well.

Suggestion: If you’re searching for a vintage trough sink, have a look at local architectural salvage yards and antique shops. But be warned, the faucet may have to be refinished (a sprayed-on tooth which won’t last forever), and check with your contractor about plumbing it before you buy it.

Kelley & Company Home

Trough sinks add a nice feel to laundry rooms, giving the space a potting-shed feel.

Brown Glaws Contractors Nice Custom Homes

I adore this farmhouse-chic strategy: The trough sink could be installed as a drop-in sink into any furniture piece or counter. Great to get a powder room, guest room or kids’ shared toilet.


Whether it’s a laundry room, mudroom or there’s something Old Earth and practical regarding the trough sink being used in such a utilitarian, high-traffic area.

Bockman + Forbes Design

Present trough sinks are often inspired by their vintage counterparts. Total with drainboards on each side, this is a great place for hand washing clothes or cutting flowers for structures.

CWB Architects

This might easily be a home made toilet or the toilet from a stylish restaurant. Together with the dark walls and flooring, the snowy Kohler Brockway trough sink visually jumps off the walls using its black enamel underside. There is something humble and fair about the exposed pipes and functional wall mount design. I love the row of ceramic lights with exposed bulbs, and that I can almost feel the blue-green soap from art college sitting on the integrated soap dishes of their faucets.

Tip: Note how the mirrors are not centered equally within the sink. When you do a trough sink such as this you can get away with the asymmetry seen here.

Abbott Moon

This is a unique, slightly more modern setup example of exactly the same sink. The accession of counterspace and a shelf beneath make this a favorite setup for many homeowners searching for more storage compared to wall-mount variation provides. Though there are two faucets, you can easily do one large mirror instead of two.

If you need more storage, then this sink can be put to a vanity cupboard as well, with the touch black enamel underside exposed it’s anything other than typical. Plus, you get two faucets (or three, depending on which model you purchase ). I recently installed one of them for a client who has three boys that share a toilet — it was perfect.

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Kohler Brockway Wash Utility Sink


Kohler Brockway Wash Sink – $2,121.71

Here it’s shown using the cast iron legs which may be ordered separately. Those are industrial looking.

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A Gallery Wall for Every Personality

It seems like a lot of designers have rules about how to create a good gallery wall. Some will even come to your house and consult on which pieces to hang in exactly what composition. Retailers will sell you frame kits to create your own gallery wall at home.

I feel the more organically created a gallery wall is, the further I want to check at it. Rather than rules, let’s look at many different ways to go about arranging your small art in gallery-like settings.


Eclectic. When I think of most gallery walls, I think of an eclectic mixture of contemporary art, old photographs, small prints and arbitrary products. Our characters are so multi-faceted the gallery wall becomes a reflection of what we enjoy and want to discuss with our visitors. Anything and everything can make the cut in a colorful and mixed selection of interesting images and objects.


Split personality. Not content with a single gallery wall? Two smaller groupings of eclectic finds does the trick.


Ambitious. A good gallery wall ought to be able to grow and grow without anybody being able to tell where it began. If you’re keen on starting one, be certain you picked a massive wall so you are not constrained in your hunt for small and beautiful framed pictures.

Shoshana Gosselin

Inspired. Gallery walls do inspire. It is possible to start one over a desk/work region and center it around a vanity. The memo board becomes a constantly changing mini-gallery that fits in with the larger makeup.

sarah & bendrix

Dreamer. A gallery wall looks great over a couch. The horizontal furniture piece begs for large flat art over. A gallery wall permits you to create a huge display out of smaller pictures for a portion of the price of a single giant and expensive piece. Notice the clean horizontal edge along the base that unifies and comprises the collection.

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Sailor. Themed walls could be appropriate in certain contexts. A nautical inspired art wall at a beach house incorporates found objects such as oars and decorative fish hangings at a blue and white color scheme.

sarah & bendrix

Ballerina. Talking of color schemes, adhering to one color can look very nice. A delicate pink is found in each image in this woman’s room gallery wall.

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Lover. Do you have one contour you love that you keep seeing again and again? A circle? A leaf? A rainbow or even a heart? Consider how arranging images of one shape can look together.

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Proud mama. I remember always asking my mom to frame each single one of my youth paintings I brought home for her. There was no way she’d have indulged me, rather than all of my paintings were THAT good, but a mom can surely select one wall for showing only children’s artwork. It’ll make them feel like a million bucks.


Fan. You can devote a gallery wall to largely a single favorite artist, art movement or fashion.

For People design

Intense art purchaser. It turns out you actually have one large-format part of art to display above your couch, but you still beg to get a gallery wall for a number of your smaller pictures. Here’s a wonderful example of how that can be accomplished using a balanced and symmetrical arrangement.

PLACE architect ltd..

Architect. Attain a controlled appearance with two flat rows of identically sized frames. This approach is not as organic and more densely minded.


Commitment-phobe. I have always enjoyed picture railings as a means of displaying a collections of small images or photos. You get the effect of the gallery wall without committing to a single composition and lots of nail holes. You can easily rotate pictures by swapping out the frames only.

Cindi Carter

Nester. A combination of picture rails, mirrors, and typography create a wonderful arrangement that feels very personal to this family.

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