5 Design Things To Do This Week

Your week in design events from DnA.

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1. Iris Nights: Hadley and Peter Arnold, Divining Los Angeles, Adaptation by Design  

It took a photo-op of the Governor on a parched hillside to awaken Californians to the severity of the state’s drought. But as co-founders of the Arid Lands Institute at Woodbury University, Hadley and Peter Arnold have been on the case for years, analyzing the impacts of droughts and offering ideas for a more water-wise future. They will be at the Annenberg Space for Photography this Thursday to share their perspective — through a series of photos documenting the ways in which humans can adapt to climate change and extreme weather in Los Angeles.

Now that the drought continues to become more severe, Californians need to find creative (and beautiful!) ways to combat our water predicament — listen up for thoughts about this on last week’s DnA. And catch Hadley Arnold sharing her thoughts on this DnA.

When: Thursday April 16, 2015 6:30-8:00 PM

Where: Annenberg Space for Photography; Skylight Studios 10050 Constellation Boulevard Los Angeles

Tickets: Free, but registration required; register here.

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2. Brad Dunning and Moby Talk 

If your idea of fun is listening to two droll, hip (NOT hipster) and erudite men talk about buildings, music, cities, Sci-Fi, and why L.A. is so much better than anywhere else (especially New York), then leave the madding crowd of Coachella on Sunday April 19 and hightail it to Palm Springs Art Museum, where designer Brad Dunning will chat about buildings, cities, Sci-Fi, music and more with famed musician and architecture buff Moby. Read more about it, here.

When: Sunday April 19, 2015 2:00-3:00 PM

Where: Palm Springs Art Museum; 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs

Tickets: $25; Click here for tickets.

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3. John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency — Exhibition and Chance to Win House

Architect to the stars in Hollywood’s heyday, John Elgin Woolf is regarded as the father of the Hollywood Regency Style, an aesthetic that “synthesized 19th-century French, Greek Revival and Modernist touches into a heady mixture.” Now selections from the Woolf archive (housed at UC, Santa Barbara) are on show at Palos Verdes Art Center through May 29. John Elgin Woolf: Master of Hollywood Regency includes Woolf’s drawings, photographs, and designs, along with business correspondence from the Los Angeles firm he shared with his partner, sometime lover and, later, adopted son: the interior designer Robert Woolf.

But that’s just the exhibition. For $150 you can enter a lottery to WIN a Woolf-designed house in the Marrakesh Country Club  in Palm Desert. All proceeds go to support the art museum.

When: Exhibition runs until May 29, 2015

Where: Palos Verdes Art Center; 5504 Crestridge Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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4. Blackman Cruz 

Blackman Cruz embodies one of the most “defining LA styles of the last decade,” says DnA contributor Mallery Roberts Morgan. And on April 21, you can bid online for their curated wares being sold at an auction organized by Chicago-based Wright, the auction house specializing in modern and contemporary design.

The public can preview the furniture, design and objects at Blackman Cruz’ showroom in Los Angeles. The medley of one of a kind and multi-addition pieces includes, says Wright, “a granite Sphinx by the sculptor David Edstrom that exhibited at the Panama Pacific Exposition of San Francisco in 1915 and a pair of gnarled wood and root lounge chairs from Al Capone’s hideout in Wisconsin.”

When: Preview April 10-21, 2015; Auction takes place online on April 21

Where: 836 North Highland Avenue Los Angeles

Tickets: Free and open to the public.

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5. An Evening with Roger Black

As competition for our eyes online gets ever fiercer, it’s important to have a man like Roger Black in your corner. Roger Black is a seasoned American media designer who has worked on websites for Rolling Stone, Outside, New York, The New York Times, Newsweek, Esquire, Fast Company, Smart Money, Reader’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC.com, Bloomberg.com, The Washington Post, Scientific American and many others. Join him at The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles where he’ll discuss successful and unsuccessful approaches to web design for our increasingly digital world.

When: Monday April 13, 2015 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

Where: The Last Bookstore 453 South Spring Street Los Angeles

Tickets: $35 Members $40 Non-Members $45 At the Door; Click here to register.

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*PLUS, speaking of awesome web design, KCRW is up for a Webby for its new and improved website. Vote for us here.