Exploring Mexico City has been on my to-do list for quite some time, so when a friend asked me to join him I was more than ready. It was perfect timing since Mexico City is having its major moment right now.
Once maligned for its crime and air pollution Mexico City is cleaning up its act. Revamped public spaces are springing back to life, the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. With the recent makeovers it unexpectedly feels fresh. Its massive range of art and architecture, featuring pre-Hispanic structures juxtaposed with contemporary 21st century works and an expanding design scene all play a part in transforming Mexico City into the hot destination.
The Los Angeles Design Festival is an annual citywide celebration of artistic talent that honors LAs' design community and celebrates its status as a global design capital. If you live on the West Coast of the United States LA Design Festival is definitely a must-visit event in the month of June. The Design Festival organized programming around four areas, Culver City, La Brea, Silver Lake and DTLA. Each district features a hub where guests could pick up information about the Design Festival; attend programs, events, shop and explore.
I chose to concentrate my weekend around the hip DTLA area, it’s a tapestry of creative neighborhoods form South Park to Chinatown that houses countless architecture offices, art galleries, amazing shopping, and much more, it’s a challenge to condense all the creativity into one weekend of programming. Here is a glimpse of my few days of design.
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At a young age, while living in the Caribbean with my grandparents, I developed an affinity for color and intentional design. Our neighborhood streets were alive with brightly painted homes in vibrant hues, and tropical plants climbed out of ornate pots adorning doorways. Perhaps it was this exposure that first influenced my appreciation of bright and rich colors. I am still affected by that Caribbean neighborhood today, as I use bold design concepts and multicultural influences in most of my projects. As a designer, that early influence created a hunger to see more unique settings and put me on a course to explore the world.
As I travel the globe I'm constantly seeking inspiration. Whether I'm in the heart of Europe, Asia, or the vast U.S., searching for inspiration is always a top priority. Through the eyes of a trained designer, I see purposeful beauty crafted by man in every corner of the globe: hardscapes and their architecture, emerging neighborhoods, at weekend markets, or at local museums. Each community, region or country I visit has a distinct and eclectic style all it's own that can be used as a catalyst for upcoming work. Download the full article.
Every year thousands of visitors dressed in their best Mad Men fashions flock to Palm Springs for a taste of mid century modern architecture and lifestyle. Modernism – which originated in the 1950s and 1960s – is a design aesthetic defined by clean, simple lines and elegant informality – some believe was Southern California’s golden era.
In 2006 a group of local design and architecture enthusiasts created Modernism Week to showcase the world-renowned mid century modern architecture of Palm Springs. Homes characterized by open floor plans and indoor/outdoor living. The annual February event features 250 exciting and diverse activities throughout the week celebrating mid century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture, as well as the ultimate modern mobile vacation home - vintage travel trailer exhibition.
You don’t have to be a design professional to appreciate Modernism Weeks events. If you haven’t visited Palm Springs mark your calendar for next year, That gives you plenty of time to get your mod squad together for some retro-kitsch and explore the beautiful valley for some space age design inspiration.
Enjoy the photos from last week’s events.
At an early age I set out to see the world, and while having already visited over 50 countries, I feel that my journey is just beginning. For me, travel and design go hand in hand. Whether seeking out great shops in trendy neighborhoods or exploring the architectural environment around me, discovering design inspiration everywhere I go enriches me to transform a client’s needs and desires into into their dream home.
Mike Howard is an award-winning designer specializing in kitchens, baths and small space design.