MINI LIVING Urban Cabin at LA Design Festival 2018 (Photo by Monica Orozco, courtesy LA Design Festival)

With a design and architecture legacy that includes Frank Lloyd Wright, Arts & Crafts pioneers Greene & Greene, modernist masters Richard Neutra, Rudolf Schindler, and Charles & Ray Eames, as well as postmodern giants Frank Gehry and Morphosis, it’s no wonder that Los Angeles has one of the most vibrant contemporary design scenes in the nation. The LA Design Festival celebrates the breadth of this community, highlighting homegrown architecture and interiors, graphics, industrial design, fashion, and more with four days of programs, exhibitions, talks, installations, and workshops. Headquartered at The Row — a complex of industrial buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants by LA-based film Rios Clementi Hale — the festival will also branch out to off-site events at studios, showrooms, and venues throughout the city.

Design Block Party, LA Design Festival 2018 (photo by Chudo Nomi, courtesy LA Design Festival)

Highlights include a talk on interventions at the US-Mexico border with AMBOS (Art Made Between Opposite Sides); SomePeople’s single-person skygazing tower; Silas Munro of poly-mode speaking on designing with diversity and community in mind; Bob Dornberger’s surreal but functional objects; and a discussion of LA’s Green New Deal with Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles Lauren Faber and KCRW Design & Architecture host Frances Anderton. Find the complete schedule of events here.

When: Thursday, June 20-Sunday, June 23
Where: The Row DTLA (777 Alameda Street, Downtown, Los Angeles) and other venues across LA.

More info at LA Design Festival.

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Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.