Your Guide to Thursday


It’s totally worth playing hooky to experience the first day of the Festival.

It all starts at ROW DTLA. Kick the day off with opening day of our Design, etc. series of talks and fast-paced design confabs, be among the first to see the 2019 design installations and exhibitions at ROW DTLA, and head out on the design scene for the first night of the Festival in DTLA, Culver City and Beverly Blvd.


Day One of Design Conversations and Meet the ICON

MADWORKSHOP sets the tone, exploring the idea of Design with Purpose and stay for a chat with AMBOS Project, featured on the cover of the latest issue of Interiors. Next up, Lex Roman talks about designing to end homelessness. Afternoon sessions include Lyft talking about micro-mobility, a conversation about Creative Credo with Sid Lee. Stroll around the streets of ROW DTLA to check out all the outdoor and in-store installations and design exhibitions. If you don’t go to the 9th Annual Awards Night and Fundraiser at Ace Hotel, you can still Meet the ICON at ROW DTLA. Not to mention that you can stop by the workshop space to get architecture and design consultations with members of AWA+D. Yep, free design advice. You’re welcome!

Twentieth x Henzel x Videre Licet

Twentieth x Henzel x Videre Licet

Two Films, Awards Night, Twentieth, and an After Party

Thursday after dark activities include a screening of Face of a Nation, a documentary by Mina Chow looking at the demise the World Fair. Watch it at ROW DTLA, earn 2 AIA HSW credits, and stay for a reception with the film maker before heading over to Awards Night at Ace Hotel. The awards celebration is followed by an After Party Upstairs at Ace, featuring a pop-up installation by Dopium LA. Don’t miss the opening night for a new exhibition called Videre Licet, a collaboration between artist Daniele Albright and design curator Stefan Lawrence with Henzel Studio at Twentieth. Head over to Culver City for a film screening at Tom Dixon of Contemporary Days, a documentary about Lucienne and Robin Day (featuring an interview with Tom Dixon) or Helms Bakery for a talk about design and wellness followed by a reception.

Haily Zaki