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LA Design Festival comes to DTLA hotels, galleries this week

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 03:19PM
Osceola Refetoff

Chung King Road, the location of this year's Chinatown Design Night. The Los Angeles Design Festival begins this week throughout L.A.

The Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF) kicks off on Thursday, ushering in almost two weeks of panel discussions focused on art and architecture, plus parties and tours. Many of these events are focused on or take place in Downtown. They explore a range of topics from home decor to designing in a digital age.

This will be the festival's third year.

“LADF is a young festival that is only just beginning to scratch the surface, so to speak," said LADF Co-founder Michael Sylvester in a statement. "It’s a reflection of the rich diversity of creative talent in this city and we can’t wait to see how it will continue to grow.”

One of the festival highlights is "100% California." This showcase at the Dwell on Design convention focuses entirely on California-made creations, from furniture to ceramics.

In addition to celebrating creativity in the Golden State as a whole, the design festival will have some uniquely Los Angeles events.

On June 20 at Union Station, there will be a preview party for the exhibition, "Never Built: Los Angeles." This show provides a look at a collection of L.A. projects that never came to fruition. The exhibit focuses on "visionary works that had the greatest potential to reshape the city," including proposed parks, transportation systems and master plans.

There are dozens of other Design Festival events taking place throughout the city this month. Here's a selection of them that take place in DTLA:

Modern Skyline Walking Tour, June 15-29 at Pershing Square: Organized by the L.A. Conservancy, this tour winds through Bunker Hill's plazas and skyscrapers as guides share stories of the area's transformation. Tickets are $10 for the general public or $5 for Conservancy members and kids 12 or under.

Big City Forum's "Independent Publishing and Print Culture in the Public Sphere," June 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Standard hotel: This panel features artists, educators and musicians and is moderated by LACMA’s Head of Publications. The two-hour discussion will explore issues related to independent publishing in L.A. and address questions such as: "What are the collisions and intersections between visual language, print culture, and the social sphere?"

Dwell on Design, June 21-23 at the L.A. Convention Center: This three-day design conference is "America’s largest modern design event" and includes 400 exhibitors with 30,000 people expected to attend. It includes special installations such as "Dwell Outdoor" and the "Tech Zone." Tickets range from $20 for a one-day, general admission pass to more than $400 for a three-day, all access ticket.

Downtown and Eastside home tour, June 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: This tour of Eastside homes is "self-drive," meaning you control the pace when visiting five different houses and lofts. The meandering tour goes from La Canada Flintridge to Silver Lake, to Downtown's own Patterson Residence & Colorola Studios. Tickets are $85 to $95 dollars and include a two-day pass to the Dwell on Design convention.

L.A. Downtown Modernism, June 30 at 2901 Saco Street from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: This outdoor marketplace for "vintage modern artifacts" will have vendors selling furniture, lighting, art and accessories. Admission is $3 for adults, children 12 and under get in free.

For a complete list of Design Festival events taking place in DTLA and elsewhere, click here.

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