Join Us June 10 at Helms Bakery

We’re excited to be hosting the closing reception at a design-packed day at Helms Bakery District on Saturday, June 10. Hope you can join us for This Modern Life: Embracing Life’s Imperfections, a campus-wide day of design celebrating the Japanese tradition of wabi-sabi, the art of recognizing beauty in imperfection. Participating showrooms and stores will feature workshops, demonstrations, tastings, sweepstakes and special guests!

We hope to see you there next Saturday!

Join Us May 25 to Celebrate Tidelli at the PDC

You’ve seen their gorgeous outdoor furniture at WestEdge for the last couple years. And now, Tidelli has opened a showroom in the Pacific Design Center so you can visit them more often in Los Angeles.

Please join us and partners Modern Luxury’s Interiors California and Angeleno Magazines, this Thursday, May 25 to celebrate the grand opening of this Tidelli showroom. Details are below.

RSVP to sales@Tidelli.com

Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase 2017

It’s show house season and this year WestEdge is proud to be a partner of two Los Angeles area show houses, the Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase and the Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

First up is the Wattles Mansion Showcase which will be unveiled this week and is open to the public March 23-April 16. The 2017 theme, Hollywood History:  The New Classics, will demonstrate through interior design how to reinterpret a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle.

The magnificent Wattles Mansion was built in 1908, and was the original home of famous financier Gurdon Wattles who bankrolled much of early Hollywood.   It’s a classic Mission Revival masterpiece designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, who also designed the Huntington Library, the Rose Bowl and the now-gone Ambassador Hotel.  Today the residence, owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, comprises the only remaining example of a pre-film industry Hollywood estate.  It continues to receive lasting improvements to help preserve its status as one of the finest turn-of-the-century estates in Hollywood.

Participants this year include such noted designers as Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design; Melinda Ritz and Mae Brunken on behalf of the Set Decorators Society of America; Patrick Dragonette; David Dalton; Ryan Saghian; Winslow & Cohen; Kym Rodger; Nicole Gordon; Fernando Diaz; Anna Hoffman; Victoria Reitz; Leslie Shapiro Joyal; Jessica Brende; Kelley Jackson with the generous support of Ofir Grushkovski, owner of Future Home Builders; Kathleen Beall and Williams Sonoma Home.

Sponsors include Snyder Diamond, Sherwin Williams, Sub-Zero Wolf, LAYKIN et Cie, City of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

In addition, this year’s showcase house will benefit three charities: No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), Save Iconic Architecture Projects (SIA) and Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

The Wattles Mansion will be open Thursdays through Sundays through April 16, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $40 per person and groups of 20 or more will be $35 per person.  For ticket sales, visit reitzhausproductions.com or wattlesshowcase.com.

 

 

 

 

Countdown to DIFFA’s Dining By Design NY

We’re less than one week away from the 20th anniversary celebration of DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN!

This event is always a highlight of the March NYC design calendar and this year should be a blow out party as DIFFA celebrates 20 years of their signature fundraising event, DINING BY DESIGN. DBD features colorful and inspiring dining table installations; it’s a fun chance to see some of the most creative folks in the design industry bring their out-of-the-box ideas to the table (pun intended), all to support DIFFA’s HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

The party kicks off next Thursday, March 16, with Cocktails by Design at Pier 92. Tables will be on display and open for public viewing through Sunday, March 20. And DBD runs alongside the Architectural Digest Design Show so there’s even more to see once you make your way to the Piers on NYC’s west side.

Tickets are available HERE.

And, be sure to check out the silent auction online HERE. Even if you can’t make the event, you can still support the cause by placing your bid to win some great items, including a weekend stay in Santa Monica and all-access passes to WestEdge in October (courtesy of Yours Truly).

Below are a just few of our favorite DINING BY DESIGN tables over the last few years.
We guarantee we’ll have more favorites to add to our list after next week!

Marc Blackwell designed table

 

Table by Anthropologie

 

Table by Ralph Lauren

 

Table by Kenneth Cobonpue

 

Table by Architectural Digest

Follow DIFFA and WestEdge on Instagram next week to see more dining table inspiration.

Join Us in Santa Monica for Savor Italy March 8

You may recall that we hosted The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West at WestEdge last fall. They introduced us to the world of Italian cuisine with four top Italian chefs who now call Los Angeles home.

 

 

If you missed these delicious demonstrations and tastings with us last fall in the Fisher & Paykel Culinary Pavilion, we have good news: The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is back in Santa Monica next week with another all-Italian food and wine event.

Join us March 8 for the Savor Italy roadshow Los Angeles, an afternoon filled with a grand tasting and educational seminars. Savor Italy roadshow offers foodies and wine connoisseurs and lovers alike a peek into Italy’s unparalleled food and wine culture. Savor, discover and learn about authentic Italian food and wines from an array of selected premium boutique producers hailing directly from Italy!

Don’t miss this extraordinary walk-around tasting featuring some of Italy’s best and most authentic wines and culinary productions.

WestEdge friends and family receive $15 off the $60 admission by using promo code ITALIA here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savor-italy-roadshow-los-angeles-consumers-tasting-educational-tickets-32007948636

What: Savor Italy Roadshow Los Angeles
When: March 8, 4:30-7 PM
Where: Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

We hope to see you there!

 

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!

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.

30 PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS and 23 PARTICIPATING CHARITIES!

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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Opening Night Party to Feature One-of-a-kind Auction of Schwinn Bikes

How Do You Ride in Style?

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This year’s WestEdge floor-wide Opening Night Party will benefit Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House.  A highlight of the evening will be the auction of one-of-a-kind bicycles, generously donated by Schwinn to support the LARMH mission of providing comfort, care and support to caregivers of seriously ill children .

25 leading architects, designers and taste makers are being invited to show their creativity and put their style mark on a bike for charity. Each bike artist/designer has chosen their favorite Schwinn bike model, and will then have 4-5 weeks to customize their bike. From painted frames and branded spokes, to covered seats, unique bike baskets, and other accessories… the sky is the limit.

Participating Bike Designers/Teams Include:

We can’t wait to get the bidding started Nov. 3. TICKETS to the event are on sale now so come join the design celebration!

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