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Los Angeles, California
June 20-23, 2019

 
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Design with Purpose.

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 with Purpose."

 

2019 Highlights

Video credit: Paul Vu

 
 

ROW DTLA Events

88+ events were featured at LA Design Festival's 2019 hub, ROW DTLA
(17% increase from Previous Year)

 
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ON THE EDGE 2019   This group exhibition featured work from the 2019 EDGE recipients: Cindy Hsu Zell, Eric Trine (Amigo Modern), Kenesha Sneed (Tactile Matter), Meyghan Hill ((wh)ORE HAÜS STUDIOS), and Uri Davillier (Neptune Glassworks).

ON THE EDGE 2019

This group exhibition featured work from the 2019 EDGE recipients: Cindy Hsu Zell, Eric Trine (Amigo Modern), Kenesha Sneed (Tactile Matter), Meyghan Hill ((wh)ORE HAÜS STUDIOS), and Uri Davillier (Neptune Glassworks).

EPICENE   2019 EDGE Award Recipients Meyghan Hil and Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks co-curated a special gallery experience showcasing new original pieces as well as a few surprises pulling from their design community.

EPICENE

2019 EDGE Award Recipients Meyghan Hil and Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks co-curated a special gallery experience showcasing new original pieces as well as a few surprises pulling from their design community.

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.

Future of Women LA Breakfast   Future of Women, Domino, LA Design Festival, and ROW DTLA hosted a morning of food and conversation with women in the design industry, including Angie Myung (Poketo), Shelley Armistead (Gjusta/Gjelina), Chelsea Neman Nassib (TAPPAN), and BOSCO (artist).

Future of Women LA Breakfast

Future of Women, Domino, LA Design Festival, and ROW DTLA hosted a morning of food and conversation with women in the design industry, including Angie Myung (Poketo), Shelley Armistead (Gjusta/Gjelina), Chelsea Neman Nassib (TAPPAN), and BOSCO (artist).

LA Design Festival Lounge + Marketplace   Guests enjoyed a unique shopping and exhibition experience in this year's Lounge + Marketplace. Highlights included Dieline's annual packaging design exhibition, the Un/Raw lighting sculpture series by Alper Nakri, and LA Original's pop-up shop benefiting the Downtown Women's Center.

LA Design Festival Lounge + Marketplace

Guests enjoyed a unique shopping and exhibition experience in this year's Lounge + Marketplace. Highlights included Dieline's annual packaging design exhibition, the Un/Raw lighting sculpture series by Alper Nakri, and LA Original's pop-up shop benefiting the Downtown Women's Center.

LA Design Festival Workshops   Guests were encouraged to exercise their own creativity by participating in public workshops, and learn how to design icons, create paper flowers and plant real ones, build desert terrariums, master the art of watercolor, make 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 design icons, create paper flowers and plant real ones, build desert terrariums, master the art of watercolor, make concrete planters, and more.

In-Store Events   The LA Design Festival collaborated with the ROW DTLA Collective to host special events throughout the weekend. Participants included A+R, AHLEM, Dandelion Chocolate, GALERIE.LA, Hawkins New York, Heather Rosenman, Kinto, LCD, Poketo, Scent Bar, Shades of Grey, tokyobike, Myrtle, and more.

In-Store Events

The LA Design Festival collaborated with the ROW DTLA Collective to host special events throughout the weekend. Participants included A+R, AHLEM, Dandelion Chocolate, GALERIE.LA, Hawkins New York, Heather Rosenman, Kinto, LCD, Poketo, Scent Bar, Shades of Grey, tokyobike, Myrtle, and more.

Pop-Up Shops   LA Original, Lenita by Grita, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Seedlip, and more showcased their wares at ROW DTLA.

Pop-Up Shops

LA Original, Lenita by Grita, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Seedlip, and more showcased their wares at ROW DTLA.

Oasys by STEREOBOT   Oasys is a housing solution designed by STEREOBOT, rethinking community development and urban lifestyle. STEREOBOT partnered with Resource Furniture, Marvin, Vadara Quartz, Haier, Amberleaf, and Veneer Designs to build a full-scale Oasys home at ROW DTLA.

Oasys by STEREOBOT

Oasys is a housing solution designed by STEREOBOT, rethinking community development and urban lifestyle. STEREOBOT partnered with Resource Furniture, Marvin, Vadara Quartz, Haier, Amberleaf, and Veneer Designs to build a full-scale Oasys home at ROW DTLA.

Vertical Garden by Ghatit Studio   Ghatit Studio designed a pavilion for this year's festival that brings together plants and shade under a timber framed space to create a small urban park in the middle of ROW DTLA.

Vertical Garden by Ghatit Studio

Ghatit Studio designed a pavilion for this year's festival that brings together plants and shade under a timber framed space to create a small urban park in the middle of ROW DTLA.

Kori by OWIU   Kori is a 10'x40' acrylic installation designed and fabricated by OWIU Design. It experiments with the concept of transparency in order to create a playful yet ethereal space.

Kori by OWIU

Kori is a 10'x40' acrylic installation designed and fabricated by OWIU Design. It experiments with the concept of transparency in order to create a playful yet ethereal space.

LENITA BY GRITA X SKO HABIBI   LENITA BY GRITA + SKO HABIBI joined the Pulo Project (a series of installations and experiences dedicated to the art and culture of the Philippines) to merge art, design and flores for the LA Design Festival.

LENITA BY GRITA X SKO HABIBI

LENITA BY GRITA + SKO HABIBI joined the Pulo Project (a series of installations and experiences dedicated to the art and culture of the Philippines) to merge art, design and flores for the LA Design Festival.

Un/Raw by Alper Nakri   Un/Raw is a series of lighting sculptures that harmoniously combine organic and mechanical forms. Designer Alper Nakri used nature-made material to create intriguing narratives which illuminate our perception of time.

Un/Raw by Alper Nakri

Un/Raw is a series of lighting sculptures that harmoniously combine organic and mechanical forms. Designer Alper Nakri used nature-made material to create intriguing narratives which illuminate our perception of time.

Some People x Skygazing Tower   The “Sky Gazing Tower” gave space and time to each individual to just stare at the sky alone, while being surrounded by a hanging translucent membrane that diffused the light and created a soothing environment.

Some People x Skygazing Tower

The “Sky Gazing Tower” gave space and time to each individual to just stare at the sky alone, while being surrounded by a hanging translucent membrane that diffused the light and created a soothing environment.

X3 by XTEN Architecture   Utilizing the simplest of silhouettes, X3 manipulates the faces of a cube to amplify the exterior environment, either by distorting and intensifying the surrounding context or creating a portal, framing a view of the unencumbered sky.

X3 by XTEN Architecture

Utilizing the simplest of silhouettes, X3 manipulates the faces of a cube to amplify the exterior environment, either by distorting and intensifying the surrounding context or creating a portal, framing a view of the unencumbered sky.

Big Will & Friends by Architecture Office   This installation redraws the popular Morris and Co. Wallpaper ‘Thistle,’ designed by John Henry Dearle in the late 19th century, into an inhabitable visual environment, establishing the wallpaper as intersection for various forms of knowledge.

Big Will & Friends by Architecture Office

This installation redraws the popular Morris and Co. Wallpaper ‘Thistle,’ designed by John Henry Dearle in the late 19th century, into an inhabitable visual environment, establishing the wallpaper as intersection for various forms of knowledge.


Jodi Siegal Ceramics x The Wooden Palate   Jodi Siegal and Eileen O'Dea of The Wooden Palate collaborated on a unique installation combining organic forms, natural materials, and clay to create a mesmerizing window display at ROW DTLA.

Jodi Siegal Ceramics x The Wooden Palate

Jodi Siegal and Eileen O'Dea of The Wooden Palate collaborated on a unique installation combining organic forms, natural materials, and clay to create a mesmerizing window display at ROW DTLA.

Sticks & Stones by Pat & Co.   Based on the simple, abstract logic of Sticks and Stones, this installation creates a rich set of objects by interweaving material flows and fabrication processes. The main components of the installation are a series of “stone piles” backed by a structural steel framework.

Sticks & Stones by Pat & Co.

Based on the simple, abstract logic of Sticks and Stones, this installation creates a rich set of objects by interweaving material flows and fabrication processes. The main components of the installation are a series of “stone piles” backed by a structural steel framework.

Susan Maddux x All We Ever Wanted   Susan Maddux displayed work from her "All We Ever Wanted" collection, featuring painted canvas as a medium for collage. Strongly influenced by arts from Asia and the Pacific, her work seeks to make an emotional connection and explore the intersection between art and design.

Susan Maddux x All We Ever Wanted

Susan Maddux displayed work from her "All We Ever Wanted" collection, featuring painted canvas as a medium for collage. Strongly influenced by arts from Asia and the Pacific, her work seeks to make an emotional connection and explore the intersection between art and design.

Krystal Chang Projects x Flower Machine   This participatory installation changed shape over the course of the festival. Guests were invited to draw a flower and offer it to the “flower machine,” which   It demands a moment of creation by each person, it forms a moment of exchange between strangers, it sows a field of flower markers by which participants may recognize each other. It is transformed in turn: over the course of the festival, the skin of the machine will be papered over by the offered drawings, turning the hidden interior of real flowers into an exterior display of imagined flowers.

Krystal Chang Projects x Flower Machine

This participatory installation changed shape over the course of the festival. Guests were invited to draw a flower and offer it to the “flower machine,” which

It demands a moment of creation by each person, it forms a moment of exchange between strangers, it sows a field of flower markers by which participants may recognize each other. It is transformed in turn: over the course of the festival, the skin of the machine will be papered over by the offered drawings, turning the hidden interior of real flowers into an exterior display of imagined flowers.


 
 

Offsite Events

28+ 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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19,000+

58% increase since 2018

Attendees included:

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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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

 

Media

 
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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

 
 

T H A N K   Y O U !

 
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