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Join us in supporting A Sense of Home, an organization that strives to prevent homelessness by creating first-ever homes for youth aging out of foster care with donated furniture and home goods.
Lamps Plus is presenting a Silent Auction where you can bid on all the designs seen in their space #132-138 at the WestEdge Design Fair. All proceeds benefit A Sense of Home. To bid visit bidpal.net/LampsPlus.
The auction ends tonight Sunday, October 27 at 5:00 PM.
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The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), returns to downtown LA at the Los Angeles Theater March 13-16, 2019 and WestEdge is proud to be an ADFF partner!
Founded in 2009, the Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the creative spirit that drives architecture and design, and will screen 33 films from 12 countries with many Q&A’s and panel discussions. ADFF:LA will run in downtown at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, and welcome thousands of guests, all passionate about architecture and design. The venue’s magnificent marble clad, glass ceiling lobby will be transformed into ADFF’s festival lounge with product displays, networking receptions and other interactive offerings.
WestEdge is offering opportunities for our clients to get involved as ADFF sponsors and partners. To see the ADFF partnership deck, CLICK HERE.
We’ll see you this coming March in Downtown LA!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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 //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 //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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