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Palm Springs Modernism Week

February in Palm Springs! For design aficionados, there’s no better time to visit. And for all our friends getting pummeled with snow on the East Coast, it’s not too late to consider a quick trip for Palm Springs Modernism Week.

This celebration of mid-century modern design runs February 16-26, and seems to keep getting bigger and better. With 10+ design-packed days and nights of cocktail parties, exhibitions, lectures, films, expos, home tours, and much more, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. Below, we’ve outlined a few highlights that are on our hit list this coming weekend.

2016 Christopher Kennedy Compound

2016 Christopher Kennedy Compound

Screen Style Panel & Reception presented by SDSA

For year #2, WestEdge is pleased to be a partner of the Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) February 18 event “Screen Style: Creating Narrative Spaces on Film and Television”. With the 2017 Oscars right around the corner, we’re excited to meet and hear from some of Hollywood’s most talented set decorators who help create the movie magic. Cathy Whitlock, author of “Designs on Film: A Century of Hollywood Art Direction” moderates a discussion with set decorators Halina Siwolop SDSA (“Masters of Sex”) and Gene Serdena SDSA (“Passengers”). Tickets are available here.
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Christopher Kennedy Compound
Always a top highlight of Modernism Week, The Christopher Kennedy Compound is not-to-be-missed. Sponsored by Traditional Home and California Home + Design magazines, the house brings together nearly 20 of the nation’s most prominent tastemakers to create unique rooms in this decorator showcase house. The project is brought to life by Chairish, Thermador, Ferguson, DuPont, Eggersmann USA cabinetry and more than three dozen other local and national design resources.
The Red Carpet Gala is this Saturday and Christopher Kennedy has offered friends of WestEdge a special ticket offer. Use promo code CWMW17 for 20% here.

Kelly Golightly and Christopher Kennedy at the 2017 Christopher Kennedy Show House

Kelly Golightly and Christopher Kennedy at the 2017 Christopher Kennedy Show House

17th Annual Modernism Show & Sale
See 85 premier national and international exhibitors showcasing 20th century (with emphasis on midcentury modern) design at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Midcentury Modern Meets Modern: Design Milk Talk & Reception
We always look forward to catching up with Design Milk founder Jaime Derringer who’s moderating a highly social discussion at the new Desert Eichler Home, followed by tasty bites at a wine and cocktails reception.

Hotel Lautner – A Night for Preservation
See first-hand the award winning restored Hotel Lautner designed by legendary midcentury architect John Lautner. The evening benefits Save Iconic Architecture (SIA), a non-profit foundation founded by dynamic design duo Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield to preserve significant architecture as art.

West Elm House
The West Elm House is an idea house created to inspire and guide architecture and design enthusiasts when it comes to the art of modernizing a midcentury home for the way we live today. Be among the first to experience the “Midcentury to Next-Century Transformation” of this iconic 1950s home by Palmer & Krisel.

For the full list of events and detailed information on Palm Springs Modernism Week, visit www.modernismweek.com.
And be sure to follow us on Instagram for updates throughout the week. Hope to see you in the desert!

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What’s this WELL Standard I Keep Hearing About?

We’re pleased to welcome Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic to WestEdge this Friday, November 4. She’ll be presenting  Introduction to the WELL Building Standard: How It Can Benefit Your Projects and Clients  in the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio. Below Jennifer sheds light on what this WELL Standard is about and what it means for all of us.

By Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic

We spend 90% of our time indoors and sitting is the new smoking.  Worse yet, physical inactivity is the 4th leading risk factor for mortality.  So what can we do about it?

In October of 2014, after years of development; The WELL Building Standard™, also known as WELL, was released as an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact health and well-being where we live, work and play.  WELL takes a holistic approach to health in the built environment; addressing behavior, operations, policies, procedures and design.  Much like LEED was created to measure and verify how healthy a building is for the planet; WELL was created to measure and verify how healthy a building is for the people.

“Design for Healthy Behaviors” is ranked #1 as both the most transformative and fastest-moving sub-trend of the Health and Well-Being macro-trend,” reported ASID Industry Outlook, 2015.  Research also shows that most employers are already offering health and wellness programs or initiatives, or plan to start providing them in the near future.

WELL focuses on seven concepts: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind; while using behavior, operations and design to drive the measurement and verification for these concepts.  WELL is like a nutrition label for your building, providing transparency on the quality of our built environment. We don’t want to design buildings that are obsolete before they are finished with construction!

If you are familiar with LEED, WELL is extremely complimentary.  Certifications for both are administered by the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). WELL can be implemented alongside other rating systems such as LEED or Living Building Challenge; however, WELL also stands very solidly on its own as a Standard.  One of the highlights of WELL is that it is performance-based and focuses on meeting the intent, as opposed to being prescriptive and meeting a requirement.  There is much less paper documentation required by WELL, versus other rating systems.  WELL also uses performance verification audits to do on-site testing, visual inspections and spot checks; to ensure projects meet compliance.

Another benefit of WELL is that it does not separate Existing and New projects. There are standards and pilot programs aimed at a variety of situations.  If you want to check these out, please click here https://www.wellcertified.com/.

WELL is administered by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI), whose mission is to improve human health and well-being through the built environment.  WELL is not about ‘Healthy just for the Wealthy’.  Thus, IWBI was set up as a Public For Benefit Corporation requiring IWBI to donate 51% of their profits to health and wellness housing initiatives in local communities and highly impacted/stressed international communities.  WELL is all about healthier, more productive places for people and is a confluence of Medical Science, Building Science and Business Science. WELL is an evidence based, peer reviewed Standard that is 3rd party administered by IWBI.  And its believers are impressive!  Beginning November 4, 2016, U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) CEO and founding Chairman, Rick Fedrizzi, is joining IWBI as CEO and Chairman of its Board of Directors. Rick brings with him decades of developing and implementing rating systems for the built environment such as LEED, all around the world.

There are a lot of different reasons people consider doing WELL certification. Some companies or multifamily residences are looking to attract the right employees, clients or tenants.  Some companies are looking to retain the people they have who might have a high cost to replace them.  Some companies are looking to do fewer negatives; while some companies are looking to do more positives.  Companies are looking for better ideas, fewer sick days, reduced presenteeism, higher return on investment, employee longevity, increased learning potential and more.  WELL provides a true benefits differentiator for those who achieve certification.

Many Owners, developers and self-insured companies see the return on investment for doing the WELL Standard.  The average company spends 1% of its annual budget on Energy.  Approximately 9% of that annual budget is spent on rent and operations.  That same budget focuses 90% of its allocations to the People.  From salaries, to benefits, to insurance, we spend most of our money on the people.  Where we work, play and live matters! WELL is providing a path to increase our ability to be healthy and productive, regardless of where we spend the majority of our time!

~ Jennifer Berthelot-Jelovic is President & CEO of A Sustainable Production (ASAP); a woman owned, full-service, global sustainability and wellness consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA http://www.sustainpro.org/.  She serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles chapter (www.usgbc-la.org) and is a WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP Homes, and USGBC LEED & WELL Faculty.

 

 

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Join Us for Eat2Give October 15 in Santa Monica

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We’re a proud sponsor of Eat2Give, a one day event here in Santa Monica that combines several of our favorite things: Supporting local, dining out at amazing spots and giving back to Santa Monica charities.

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The more people participate, the more money is raised, the more exposure the restaurants get and the more people find out about the non-profits. Talk about a win/win!

So if you’re in the area next Saturday, pop in to support the below establishments (and their aligned charity partners). We’re already mapping out our culinary tour and hope to see you along the route!

To learn more about Eat2Give, CLICK HERE.

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DIFFA’s Picnic By Design Aligns with WestEdge Nov. 5

Southern California is THE place for year-round outdoor living and entertaining. So what better venue to launch the West Coast edition of DIFFA’s Picnic by Design than with us at The Barker Hangar this Nov. 5.

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While the city may be different, the DIFFA concept remains the same. Leading architects, designers and industry talents will create over-the-top picnic baskets that will be displayed and available for purchase at the fair as part of an online auction. On Saturday, November 5 from 3-6 PM, Picnic By Design guests will enjoy an afternoon of food and fine wine in the WestEdge outdoor lounge, designed and furnished by Roche Bobois. The lucky winners will be announced at the closing of the auction.

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“DIFFA is excited to partner with the energetic leadership at WestEdge Design Fair to bring Picnic By Design to LA! We know there is an incredibly generous and growing design community in Southern California who is willing to join the fight against HIV/AIDS—and this is an incredible opportunity to raise funds and awareness. We look forward to the start of this partnership and are grateful for the generosity of all involved!” said Johanna Osburn DIFFA executive director.

Picnic By Design is hosted in cities throughout the country such as New York and Las Vegas and is part of DIFFA’s effort to raise awareness and critical funds toward the mission of supporting HIV/AIDS organizations across the country. For more information about DIFFA and its fundraising efforts visit www.diffa.org.

If you or your design firm would like to create a picnic basket at Picnic By Design LA and support this great cause, please download the participation packet here or get in touch with Cray Bauxmont-Flynn to sign up.

We hope to see you there!

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Opening Night to Benefit Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House

We’re thrilled to partner with Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House for this year’s WestEdge Opening Night Party on November 3.

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This festive evening of cocktails, fine food and shopping the best in design is a great occasion to network with the global design community including interior designers, architects, art directors, artists, set decorators, educators, gallery owners and other community influentials. And this year, we’ve aligned with Schwinn Bikes who has generously donated a collection of bikes for a one-of-a-kind silent auction; each bike will be stylized/customized by a luminary tastemaker.  If your design brand would like to put their creative stamp on a bike, please get in touch with us to discuss this promotional opportunity and fabulous way to support the cause.

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In case you didn’t know, The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House is the flagship program of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California whose mission is to provide comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California. One of the few organizations designed specifically to support caregivers of seriously ill children, Ronald McDonald Houses are the primary enabler of family-centered medical care around the world.

And this year, the RMH has an especially important tie-in with the design community. The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), has partnered with the Ronald McDonald House to revitalize and redesign the common areas and guest rooms of the House over the next eighteen months.

Make plans to join us on November 3. Early bird tickets are on sale here and are $80 now through October 15.

Want to learn how your brand can get involved and support Ronald McDonald House. Click here for sponsorship details. We hope to see you there!

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Launch Pad at WantedDesign NYC May 13-16

We just arrived in NY yesterday and are thrilled to be back for the many design events that comprise NYC Design Week, officially called NYCXDESIGN. We will be drinking lots of coffee (and cocktails) to power through 7 days of design happenings in all different shapes and sizes (and NYC neighborhoods).

This year, for the third year in a row, we’re aligned with WantedDesign as an industry partner. WantedDesign opened their Brooklyn show last week (which runs through May 17) and opens WantedDesign NYC this Friday, May 13 at the Terminal Store (269 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th street St.). WantedDesign NYC runs for 4 days so that should give ample time to get down to Chelsea to experience all there is to see and learn (don’t miss the design conversations hosted by Metropolis Magazine).

One of our favorite sections of the fair is Launch Pad, an initiative for emerging designers and their market ready prototypes who are hoping to catch the eye of manufacturers interested in producing their design. A jury of professionals will review the 30+ projects and award the best one with the “Launch Pad Best of 2016” award. The winner will receive the opportunity to exhibit at WestEdge in November, a special feature on Design Milk, a $2500 cash prize courtesy of Design Within Reach and an in-person design meeting with DWR’s Director of Merchandising.

AND new this year, you can vote on your favorite Launch Pad exhibitor online here. Voting runs through May 16 so let us know your favorite and, of course, come check out this talented group in person. We’ll be raising a glass with the designers and celebrating the winner on Monday, May 16 at the show. Follow us on Instagram for updates.
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For complete event details, visit www.WantedDesignNYC.com
To see what else is happening in NYC on the design front this week, visit nycxdesign.com/

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Join Us for Big Night Out This Saturday, May 7

We’re proud to support Thrive Tribe Foundation‘s Big Night Out Gala this Saturday, May 7 in L.A.

Big Night Out is designed to showcase entertainment, LA lifestyles, fine dining, architectural design, outstanding auctions, and more.  It has become one of the region’s most anticipated events and fundraisers. Over four hundred guests will gather at a grand estate for the event’s Premier Gala Reception and then proceed to various themed dinner parties for the rest of the evening. The Premier Gala Reception will be hosted at the Hancock Park 1920’s English-Tudor style home of Dean Hansell, founder of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and leader in the LGBTQ community.  From here, guests will then depart to one of many uniquely themed dinner parties throughout the area.

The dinner parties are hosted at an array of architecturally significant homes and famous sites. Dinners in the past have featured themes including 50th Anniversary of Swanson TV Dinners, Barbie Turns 50, Italian Nights, Cuban-themed Havana Nights, Jazz on the Rocks – Starlit Evening of Jazz, Art Night, and many more.

Tickets are $250 for the full night of reception and dinner party or $150 for just the gala reception. Proceeds support the end of HIV transmission through empowerment, community & connection. Learn more and make plans to join this celebratory evening at:

http://www.bignightoutla.org/

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Join Us at Modernism Week in Palm Springs

We’re gearing up for a great time next month at Palm Springs Modernism Week which kicks off on February 11 and continues through February 21 with eleven days and ten nights of cocktail parties, exhibitions, lectures, films, expos, home tours, and much more.

We’ve loved attending in past years (who doesn’t enjoy a great excuse to get out of the cold and spend a few days in the warmth and sunshine of the desert). This year, we’re excited to be a Modernism Week partner and will be presenting a program at their CAMP venue.

We’ve teamed up with the Set Decorators Society of America (SDSA) to host a “Hollywood Designs on TV & Film” panel discussion, followed by a champagne reception and book signing on February 14 from 1-3 PM.

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Jeannine Oppewall, production designer of Academy Award® nominated films including LA Confidential and The Good Shepherd and Ellen Brill SDSA, set decorator of Emmy Award® nominated TV shows including American Horror Story and Nip/Tuck, will participate in a conversation moderated by author Cathy Whitlock. This talk will reveal key influences, anecdotes and inspirations as well as explore Hollywood’s continuing contributions to modern style.

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A champagne reception and book signing of Cathy Whitlock’s Designs On Film, will immediately follow the panel in the ELLE DECOR Lounge, giving attendees a meet and greet opportunity with the panelists.

Tickets are now on sale ($20/ticket) at the Modernism Week website. Take a look there for additional event details, along with lots of other event listings to help make the most of your Modernism Week itinerary.

A big thank you to our event sponsors: Astek Wallcovering, Bassman Blaine, Grace Home, LA Mart, Warner Bros Design Studio and MidCentury LA.

And be sure to follow the SDSA on Facebook, Twitter @SETDECOROnline, Pinterest www.pinterest.com/setdecor, and Instagram @setdecorators_sdsa.

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Culinary Highlights at WestEdge Design Fair

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