5 design things to do this week

Experience a Franco-Angeleno multimedia extravaganza; view some innovative ideas from our community colleges; discuss how the past gives meaning to the present at the Wende Museum; take in the Palm Springs photography of Tim Street-Porter among other treats at Modernism Week; and see facades reinterpreted by Elena Manferdini at A+D Museum.

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5 design things to do this week

This week: explore the interplay between storytelling and building; uncover symbols and meanings in film and TV; admire Iranian fashion inspired by classic Persian poetry and architecture; shop for affordable art at a pop-up in an architect’s studio; and glimpse inside Paul R. Williams-designed homes.

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A life in objects, with Joel Chen

Joel Chen is one of the most respected, and incurable, antiques and decorative arts dealers in Los Angeles. Next month some of his prize pieces go on sale at Christie’s auction house. Joel and his daughter Bianca talk about their life in objects (no Depeche Mode posters allowed!), and how the Internet has changed the industry.

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5 design things to do this week

Test your urban planning trivia knowledge; hear from leaders in LA transportation and development at SCI-Arc; relax at a dance festival in Baldwin Hills; consider what is luxury today at Flexform; and drool over 50 models of Porsche at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

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