What Not to Miss at the Inaugural Design Miami Los Angeles


Authenticity: Image & Identity
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. 

Exposing ourselves to authenticity is one of the most valuable opportunities that we can experience. Our actions can often be guided by imagery or intuition. But what are we really looking at, and what do we really want? Explore the ideas and processes that help to determine and identify authenticity. The discussion will consider the appearance and material identity of historic design objects, the innovative spirit of contemporary design, and how authentic and effective holistic environments may be identified.

Panelists include design curator and advisor Simon Andrews and architect and historian Lee Mindel, FAIA.

Friday, May 17

The Man Who Drew Upside Down: The Architectural Legacy of Paul R. Williams
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

In a prolific career spanning almost six decades, Williams designed some 3,000 structures and became one of the most distinguished architects of his time. Despite this precedent-setting career, Williams’s efforts at defining Los Angeles’s built environment have been largely unheralded. This discussion will explore the architect’s many achievements and contributions to American architecture.

Panelists include Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks, associate curator of modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute, and Maristella Casciato, senior curator and head of architectural collections at the Getty Research Institute.

Art of Noise
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Explore the fusion of sound, design, and technology, presenting valuable insights into creating immersive sound environments while celebrating music culture and the intersection of sound with art, design, and lifestyle.

Panelists include Joseph Becker, associate curator of architecture and design at SFMoMA; Wesley Katzir, founder of Common Wave Hi-Fi; Kevin Carney, owner of Mohawk General Store; and Tana Yonas, editorial and programming contributor at In Sheep’s Clothing HiFi.

Saturday, May 18

Confluence of Culture: The New Creative World-Maker
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Working at the intersection of design, art, fashion, and commerce, the invited speakers will share in their unique multidisciplinary approaches to world-building and storytelling. From wearable to functional design, these artists create ever-expanding multiverses that revolutionize the ways in which we perceive and interact with art.

Panelists include Jamie Bush & Co. Design principal Jamie Bush, designer, curator, and creative director Darren Romanelli, designer and artist Rogan Gregory, and designer Rich Mnisi.

Collecting Design: Contemporary Perspectives
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

The discussion will navigate the defining elements of collectible design, spotlight influential artists and galleries shaping this realm, and distinguish between functional and decorative objects. Insights on educating clients about the importance and investment potential of collectible pieces will also be highlighted, underlining the evolving relationship between art, design, and collection.

Panelists include Design Miami Los Angeles curatorial director Ashlee Harrison, interior designer and consultant Alison Palevsky, department head and curator for decorative arts and design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Wendy Kaplan, Haas Brothers cofounder Simon Haas, and artist and designer Johanna Grawunder.

Sunday, May 19

The Smart Set
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. 

Hollywood powerhouse Ryan Murphy talks to AD’s West Coast editor Mayer Rus about conjuring provocative cinematic worlds for his film and television productions, designing homes with a singular point of view, and his wide-ranging adventures in collecting art and design.

Panelists include Emmy Award-winning screenwriter, producer, and director Ryan Murphy and AD West Coast editor Mayer Rus.



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