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Los Angeles, California
June 7-10, 2018

 
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Design is for Everyone.

The LA Design Festival is an annual celebration of our city's rich design culture. We take a purposely broad approach to defining design in order to ensure that the Festival is reflective of this city's creative talent and diversity. This year's theme was "Design is for Everyone."

 

2018 Highlights

Video credit: Paul Vu

 
 

ROW DTLA Events

75+ events were featured at LA Design Festival's 2018 hub, ROW DTLA.

 
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  World Design Gallery   An inaugural exhibition showcasing international work from artists across the world. Featured exhibitors included  AN Concept , City EastWest,  Achilleas Souras ,  Faye Tsakalides , and "COMMON SPACE. diseño from México" - a collaboration by Illya Haro & Katalina Silva.

World Design Gallery

An inaugural exhibition showcasing international work from artists across the world. Featured exhibitors included AN Concept, City EastWest, Achilleas SourasFaye Tsakalides, and "COMMON SPACE. diseño from México" - a collaboration by Illya Haro & Katalina Silva.

  Design is for Everyone   A special exhibition celebrating LA’s spirit of creative collaboration and freedom. New and original works by Concrete Geometric, Knotwork LA, Parts & Assembly, Pretty in Plastic, and Wolfum were on display at ROW DTLA.

Design is for Everyone

A special exhibition celebrating LA’s spirit of creative collaboration and freedom. New and original works by Concrete Geometric, Knotwork LA, Parts & Assembly, Pretty in Plastic, and Wolfum were on display at ROW DTLA.

  Design Confabs   Today's most inspiring and innovative creatives, thinkers, community leaders, and more shared their perspective on design throughout the LA Design Festival weekend.

Design Confabs

Today's most inspiring and innovative creatives, thinkers, community leaders, and more shared their perspective on design throughout the LA Design Festival weekend.

  MINI LIVING Urban Cabin   MINI LIVING is a translation of MINI’s key principle, the creative use of space, into real solutions for how we live, work and interact in our cities. FreelandBuck collaborated with MINI LIVING for this project, bringing in a local perspective. The result is a downtown oasis that allowed visitors to embrace nature in the heart of the city.

MINI LIVING Urban Cabin

MINI LIVING is a translation of MINI’s key principle, the creative use of space, into real solutions for how we live, work and interact in our cities. FreelandBuck collaborated with MINI LIVING for this project, bringing in a local perspective. The result is a downtown oasis that allowed visitors to embrace nature in the heart of the city.

  American Apparel Theater   Erin Althea created "Between Us," an interactive paint-by-numbers mural in partnership with Dunn-Edwards Paints. A screening of Dezeen's short film "Elevation," an exhibition of notable work from The Dieline Awards, panel conversations, and other activations were also held in this space.

American Apparel Theater

Erin Althea created "Between Us," an interactive paint-by-numbers mural in partnership with Dunn-Edwards Paints. A screening of Dezeen's short film "Elevation," an exhibition of notable work from The Dieline Awards, panel conversations, and other activations were also held in this space.

  LA Design Festival Workshops   Guests were encouraged to exercise their own creativity by participating in public workshops, and learn how to create "freakebana" floral arrangements, cheese & charcuterie boards, concrete planters, and more.

LA Design Festival Workshops

Guests were encouraged to exercise their own creativity by participating in public workshops, and learn how to create "freakebana" floral arrangements, cheese & charcuterie boards, concrete planters, and more.

  Design, Etc. Space   Live interviews for LA Design Festival's podcast - Design, etc. - were held throughout the weekend. The School of Visual Arts, in association with AIGA Los Angeles, also presented the exhibition “Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present.”

Design, Etc. Space

Live interviews for LA Design Festival's podcast - Design, etc. - were held throughout the weekend. The School of Visual Arts, in association with AIGA Los Angeles, also presented the exhibition “Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present.”

  Pop-Up Shops   Atmosphere, Coolhaus, Health-Ade, LA Original, Lenita by Grita, P.F. Candle Co, Take Flight Coffee, and TENZO showcased their wares at ROW DTLA.

Pop-Up Shops

Atmosphere, Coolhaus, Health-Ade, LA Original, Lenita by Grita, P.F. Candle Co, Take Flight Coffee, and TENZO showcased their wares at ROW DTLA.

  Oasys by STEREOBOT   Oasys is a housing solution designed by STEREOBOT, rethinking community development and urban lifestyle. This structure doubled as a shaded lounge (and even a DJ booth!) during LA Design Festival.

Oasys by STEREOBOT

Oasys is a housing solution designed by STEREOBOT, rethinking community development and urban lifestyle. This structure doubled as a shaded lounge (and even a DJ booth!) during LA Design Festival.

  The Lost Orchard by Assembledge+   The Lost Orchard is an exploration of California’s deep-rooted agricultural heritage at the Produce Market which is now re-imagined today as ROW DTLA.

The Lost Orchard by Assembledge+

The Lost Orchard is an exploration of California’s deep-rooted agricultural heritage at the Produce Market which is now re-imagined today as ROW DTLA.

  the ground remembers by Eric Junker   Described as "an impermanent impression of primordial remembering in real time," artist Eric Junker covered the streets with vibrant chalk for this installation.

the ground remembers by Eric Junker

Described as "an impermanent impression of primordial remembering in real time," artist Eric Junker covered the streets with vibrant chalk for this installation.

  Lounges   Tidelli created a colorful outdoor lounge for guests to enjoy. The MUJI Lounge at the Welcome Pavilion also provided a comfortable place to rest between events.   

Lounges

Tidelli created a colorful outdoor lounge for guests to enjoy. The MUJI Lounge at the Welcome Pavilion also provided a comfortable place to rest between events.

 


 
 

"A HUGE thank you...for running a successful and invigorating event, and for bringing together such a wonderful community of people... [we] cannot wait to see what the future hold as we create even more engaging and thought-provoking events together."

- Ezgi Emiroglu, Tealeaves

 

"As a retailer here at ROW, it was so exciting and encouraging to see the audience you assembled for the event...It was without a doubt our best weekend since landing here and I had such interesting and inspiring conversations with individuals that were here for the festival and were able to pass through our store."

- Maxwell Anderson, 13 Bonaparte

 

"BRAVO for an amazing LADF. You brought it up to a whole other level this year."

- Rose Apodaca, A+R

 

"What an exciting time to live in Los Angeles - there’s a burst of new developments throughout the city with new galleries, museum and recreational spaces opening that brings together the insular creative community. I love programming like LA Design Festival because it showcases the best and brightest in the city."

- Olivia Lopez, Lustt For Life

 
 

Offsite Events

35+ official events were also featured throughout the city.

 
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Members of the design community curate and host their own events, creating a vibrant ecosystem of design happenings over four days across the city.  In addition to major activations at ROW DTLA in 2018, there were 35+ offsite studio tours, talks, and more in neighborhoods including West Adams, Culver City, DTLA, Playa Vista, and Long Beach. 

 

What people were saying...

 

"...it was a dinner I won't soon forget and would recommend to anyone if they're in your town!"

@_kwalla_ on the Chromatic Dinner

 

"[ D / M E N S / O N S 1 8 ] was buzzing with energy and stirring with conversations. Our goal is to provide a platform for up-and-coming artists from all disciplines. Our hope is to bring together creatives to spark new projects/collaborations."

- Richard Tranley, co-founder of DOPIUM.LA

 

"Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the (wh)Ore Haüs to celebrate badass women makers/artists with us."

- Lisa Donohoe & Brynn Gelbard, co-founders of Londubh Studio on the Kohler Street Design Night

 

"Many thanks to all the participating artists and enthusiastic customers who made #PipeDreamLA a real success last weekend."

- Michael Cioffoletti, co-curator of PIPE DREAM LA

 

 

 
 

Demographics

 
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12,000+

Attendees in 2018

Architects
Designers
Artists
Business owners
Professional organizations
Students
Design fans
and more!

 
 
 

Digital Reach

 
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Facebook

3K Followers

Instagram

12.6K Followers

Twitter

1K Followers


Website

Traffic Overview

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People from 127 different countries visited ladesignfestival.org. 88% of all page views were from the United States. Other top countries included Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Australia, India, Netherlands, South Korea, China, France, and Spain.


Newsletter

 

6K+

TOTAL Subscribers


84K

total sent between january - June 2018

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Media

 
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80+

unique stories

1.2 Billion

media impressions

 

Wallpaper*

"LA Design Festival kicks off this week for it's eighth edition shouting: ‘Design is for Everyone’ in celebration of the city’s rich culture of creative freedom and collaboration."

- Harriet Thorpe, Wallpaper*

Architectural Digest

"The eighth annual LA Design Festival celebrates the City of Angels’ rich design culture with over 50 events, a podcast, and awards. This year will feature three pop-ups with returning label Atmosphere, as well as newcomers Tenzo and LA Original."

- Laura Itzkowitz, Architectural Digest

"The festival aims to make the city a design capital, using ROW DTLA as a de facto city within a city to celebrate design...As founder of the festival Haily Zaki explains, 'LA is no longer maligned as a city without culture or merit. Now, LA is the place where everyone wants to be.' Clearly, people do come for the sun but they're staying for communities like those exhibited at the LA Design Festival."

- Kyle Fitzpatrick, Cool Hunting

Cool Hunting

"From architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial, fashion, set, costume, and experiential design, the LA Design Festival showcases the best of the local design scene as well as some exciting national and international voices."

- Abigail Stone, California Home & Design

California Home & Design

Los Angeles Times

"Experience L.A.'s creative side at the Los Angeles Design Festival, a citywide showcase being held June 7-10 to spotlight the work of prominent architects, designers, artists and thinkers."

- Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times

LA Weekly

"The L.A. Design Festival took over ROW in DTLA as part of its citywide festival with pop-ups, workshops, speakers and installations. Some of the highlights were Mini Living's Urban Cabin...the independent design show 'Intro L.A.,' which featured furniture designers from all over Los Angeles; and 'Aileron' by AN Concept..."

- Star Foreman, LA Weekly

 

2018 Supporters

 
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Social Reach from 2018 SUPPORTERS

*combined across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter platforms

 

23M+

from Sponsors & Participants

+

17M+

from Media Partners

=

40M+

total combined reach

 

Presenting Sponsor

 
 

Community Sponsors


Hospitality Partners

 
 

Special Installation

 
 

Participants


Media Partners

 
 

Assets

 
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Design, etc.
The Magazine

Design, etc.
The Podcast

 
 
 

Schedule

ROW DTLA Event Map

 
 
 

T H A N K   Y O U !

 
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