My protege Christina, my dear friend Raul and I went to the Pacific Design Center last Tuesday night for the start of the annual Westweek festivities. New this year is designLAb, not exactly part of Westweek but an art show put on by the collection of art galleries which were formerly vacant spaces on the second floor of the blue building. A new show is being putting put on every two months, so far the first one was January 17th and the next one is May 16th. Raul and I enjoyed the first show so much we decided we had to go again. Once again we had a great time, there was a wonderful variety of art from painting to sculpture, video art, mixed media, textiles, prints, you name it. Very impressive work for a free show! Here are some images Raul took of the work.
3D Videos by Young Projects, yes the glasses were a fun accessory!
Beautiful intricate sculptures made with rope and plastic.
LEFT: SCREENPLAY by Oyler Wu Collaborative
RIGHT: Swerve by Caroline Cox
The paintings of natural stone materials were so realistic and beautifully composed. Unfortunately I didn’t remember the artist’s name on these pieces.
Next was the Westweek Kick-off party hosted by Architectural Digest at Michael S Smith’s beautiful showroom, Jasper, which is named after his dog. Michael has many designs books which I love especially, “Kitchens and Baths.” His showroom is filled with so many wonderful things but my favorite is probably the lighting.
Lighting and the strawberry cocktails 😉
We also managed to run into a very lovely textile designer, D. Bryant Archie and her husband who were in town from Brooklyn, NY. Her beautiful line of handwoven alpaca pillows and blankets are now being sold at Jasper. She told us how she found artisans in Peru to create these textiles and since Raul is from Peru they had a lot to talk about. Here are some items from her lovely (and very soft) line.
What a fun night! Thanks Raul for the photos, xo.