5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. LA*SHO

A few weeks ago DnA talked to Leslie Shapiro Joyal, a Mid-city-based furniture designer and a contestant on Ellen’s Design Challenge, about her experience on reality TV. Now you see her studio work and that of other designers who have participated in Ellen’s Design Challenge as well as Spike TV’s Framework. It will be on display at Think Tank Gallery in downtown LA on Friday evening, and by appointment on Saturday.

When: April 10, 2015 5:00-11:00 PM or on April 11th by appointment (thinktankgallery@gmail.com).

Where: Think Tank Gallery; 939 Maple Ave S, Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

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2. So Cal Corgi Beach Day 

Head to one of SoCal’s only dog-friendly beaches this weekend to see a stampede of corgis and corgi enthusiasts. There will be a corgi costume contest, corgis of instagram meet-ups and a corgi limbo. Who knows, maybe even California’s first dog, Sutter Brown, will show up for the festivities? Or maybe some of these note-worthy corgis.

When: Saturday April 11th 2015 11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Where: Huntington Dog Beach; 100 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.

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3. Descanso Gardens Unveils Drought Tolerant Garden 

In case you haven’t heard, California is experiencing a horrendous drought, and last week Governor Jerry Brown announced the first mandatory water restrictions in the Golden State’s history. A major target of those restrictions was landscaping. If you are looking for ways to more responsibly irrigate your yard, you can take inspiration from Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge, where this Friday they will debut a new drought-tolerant garden to the public.

When: Friday April 10th, 2015

Where: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge

Tickets: Admission is $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 4 and younger.

Click here for more information.

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4. Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice  

For history buffs with an interest in downtown LA, sign up for Esotouric’s tour of “Hotel Horrors & Main Street Vice” taking place this Saturday. They say the tour is intended to “bring alive the old ghosts and memories that cling to the streets and structures of the historic core, and is especially recommended for downtown residents curious about their neighborhood’s neglected history.”

When: Saturday April 11th, 2015 12:00-4:00 PM

Where: The Daily Dose 1820 Industrial St., Los Angeles

Tickets: $58; Click here for tickets.

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5. Gregory Ain: Low-Cost Modern Housing and the Construction of Social Landscape 

Before Modernism became a style, it was a socially progressive philosophy, and nobody embodied that ethos better in LA than Gregory Ain. He was pioneered efficient and lovely single-family homes as well as model multifamily housing — like the Dunsmuir Apartments, above — that were based on the cooperative model and promoted equality and racial integration at a time, the 1930s and ’40s, when covenants kept many housing developments segregated. He later became a beloved teacher at USC, whose students included the architects Frank Gehry and Thom Mayne. WUHO’s exhibition displays some of his cooperative projects, as photographed by Julius Shulman and, more recently, Kyungsub Shin.

When: Exhibition runs until April 26, 2015

Where: Wuho Gallery; 6518 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.