WestWeek 2012 Proves Spring Is Here.

It’s hard to believe WestWeek is already here! For those of us in the design industry, it is the first marker of spring as well as a whirlwind of keynotes and conferences to attend, showrooms to preview, and design professionals to catch up with. All this takes place at the epicenter of design here in Los Angeles, the Pacific Design Center.

Each year a panel from the PDC selects outstanding professionals to be awarded as “Stars Of Design” in the fields of Architecture, Art, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Urban Design. This year I am excited to be given the award for Interior Design. I would like to thank all the contributors to the PDC, as well as the owner/operator himself, Charles Cohen for selecting me as the recipient of this prestigious award; I am truly honored.

All in all, I couldn’t be more excited about West Week 2012. Its going to be a great week, and better yet, the start of a great year for us in the design industry.

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A Few WestWeek Programs

Wednesday March 21, 2012:

10-11 am, “In Focus: Trends in Interior Photography“, Silver Screen Theater

Margaret Russell, the Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest, will discuss the latest trends in architectural and interior-design photography— covering everything from how to prepare your projects for photo shoots to how to effectively promote your work both in print and online. Celebrated photographers Roger Davies and Grey Crawford, contributors to Architectural Digest, will join Ms. Russell for a brief Q+A, providing exclusive expert insight from the other side of the camera lens.

Reception to follow at Cowtan & Tout showroom.

12-1 pm, “Cultivating Creativity: Secrets of a Successful Showroom, Mimi London Showroom

Join Interiors Editorial Director, Michael Wollaeger for a lively dialogue with Mimi London President/Owner, Mark Boone about the growth, evolution and success of there own showroom and its’ inspired relationships with its’ showroom partners. The dialogue will include input from industry-leading furniture and textile designers Nick Berman/Gennaro Rosetti, Carolyn Ray and William Stuart.

2-3 pm, “On Display: The Secret to Artful Rooms,” Janus et Cie showroom

Mitchell Owens, Special Projects Editor of Architectural Digest, examines top trends in art and how they are being used in the creation of striking spaces where drama meets comfort.

3:30-4:30 pm, “Rise of the Rock Star Designer,” Blue Conference Center

David Bromstad (HGTV’s Color Splash), Martyn Lawrence-Bullard (Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators), Antonio Ballatore (HGTV’s The Antonio Treatment), and Kathryn Ireland (Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators), discuss how fame has impacted their lives, helped them build their brand and changed the way the world looks at design.

Thursday, March 22, 2012:

12-1 pm, “Demystifying White,” Thomas Lavin showroom

A debate on the stunning qualities and endless possibilities of white with author Linda O’Keeffe, Interiors magazine Editorial Director Michael Wollaeger, and interior designer Catherine Fellowes, a connoisseur and advocate of white.

1-2 pm, “Jim Thompson for Kneedler|Fauchére: Passion for Fabrics Under the Thai Sky,” Blue Conference Center

Jim Thompson masterfully creates each of its fabrics under the Thai sky and blends its modern masterpieces with the beauty, people and hand-woven traditions of Thailand. Chad Holman, Managing Director – USA, and Tim Johnson, Director of Sales, invite you to journey with them to the land they call home. Take in the peppery sweetness of the air and marvel at the remarkable process of creating a Jim Thompson fabric — from raising silkworms to design through weaving and production.

Experience tastes and libations of Thailand at a private reception in the Kneedler|Fauchére showroom immediately following this presentation.

3-4 pm, “What Makes the “A” Team.  Successful Partnering in Luxury Estates,” Blue Conference Center

Learn how the city’s leading estate professionals, including the distinguished architect William Hefner, AIA; noted estate designer Monique Lafia, ASID; one of the country’s best known landscape designers, Mark David Levine; and noted construction manager, Bart Mendel – have developed an impressive system for superb communication, on-the-job reporting, and seamless estate choreography so that everyone on the team shines, especially the homeowner. 

WestWeek 2012  will be the design industry event of the year.  Don’t miss it!