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Events + Happenings

Eichler and Mid-Century Modern related events, including community celebrations, and home tours.

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If you love contemporary style, love to shop and love to travel, dust off your passport and head for the airport. London is the place to be this week. The annual London Design Festival has hit town and it looks like fun. Billed as the UK’s biggest design event the Festival has, in the past, hosted visitors from all over the world; and with almost 400 events staged throughout London, this year’s celebration promises more of the same.

As part of the London Design Festival, Designjunction brings its flagship show to town. (They have also presented international shows in New York and Milan.) Designjuntion will be exhibiting at two venues; one is billed as a design destination and the other, with 2000+ sq. meters (which translates to 21,527+ sq. ft. for

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the coast of glamorous sunny Southern California? If you are in SoCal tomorrow, it’s your lucky day; it’s not too late to purchase tickets for the self-drive, self-paced Los Angeles Beach Cities Modern Home Tour and experience the coastal lifestyle for yourself!

The tour features six homes strung out along the coast from Santa Monica to Manhattan Beach and includes a Venice Beach bungalow that is storybook charming on the outside and contemporary chic inside, as well as a newly constructed home with an open floor plan and lots of glass creating outdoor style in an urban setting. Also in Venice is a remodeled bungalow that left its small size behind and expanded upwards into a creatively

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One hundred years ago, the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco opened its doors to the world in celebration of the opening of the Panama Canal (as well as to show that San Francisco was back on its feet after the 1906 earthquake). This year the city marks the 100th anniversary of the expo with enough exhibits and programs that just about all of us are bound to find something of interest!

An event that I think will be of particular interest to all of you MCM and/or funky-architecture fans out there is tomorrow night’s presentation by Jim Heimann. (In case you are wondering who Jim Heimann is, he is an author, historian, and the guru of California’s roadside vernacular architecture.)

Heimann’s illustrated talk will take

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The San Francisco Bay Area always has a thing or two going on – and this weekend is no exception. In addition to the weekend-long Eat Drink SF, two other things that caught my MCM eye are happening today – so you might want to toss that Saturday newspaper aside and head up to Calistoga for the day or head to San Francisco for an evening of fun and chuckles.

I don’t think many things sum up the Mid-Century family experience more that than camper trailers. They are an iconic piece of history and continue to be popular with contemporary camping enthusiasts and collectors. If you would like to take a look at a few, join Napa County Landmarks at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park today for the Vintage Trailer Hitch-Up

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Looking for a fun time filled with food and drink? Come to San Francisco this weekend for a four-day culinary celebration at Eat Drink San Francisco. From tacos and tequila to wine tasting with some of the city’s top sommeliers, there is something for everyone.

The event will feature guest chefs, demonstrations, classes, grand tastings from some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants, grilling, and chilling with cocktails – just to mention a few.

Most of the action will be at Fort Mason (with the exception of Thursday’s Taco Knockdown), but on Sunday, the celebration will spread its wings and expand to participating restaurants throughout the city where special Eat Drink SF brunch menus will be featured, as well as a brunch party at Foreign

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Denver is the place to be this summer. With the debut of the Sunset Idea House, a Modern Home & Garden Tour and the Denver Food & Wine Festival, the Mile High City will be buzzing with activity for the next month!

Of particular interest to Mid-Century Modern fans is this year’s Sunset Idea House, which made its premiere last week. This year, the Idea House project involved the total renovation of a classic MCM home. The original home, built in 1954, had some major changes including relocating the kitchen from the front of the house to the back, creating a playroom and media room in the basement, and the addition of a second story – complete with a rooftop deck. As is often true with MCM renos, there was concern about what features should be saved

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Attention to our SoCal readers! Heath Ceramics, Los Angeles has a great promotion going on this month that benefits both you and some of the less fortunate residents of the Los Angeles area. Every year Heath LA partners with Skid Row Housing Trust through the Home Plate Dinnerware Exchange program to provide newly housed (previously homeless) individuals with dinnerware donated by you. “How does this benefit me?” you might ask. In addition to the satisfaction of helping the needy, you will receive a 20% discount on any Heathware you purchase in exchange for your donation.

It’s really simple to participate. Just bring your old plates, mugs, and bowls into Heath’s LA Studio & Store on Beverly Boulevard and exchange them for equivalent pieces of Heath

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It’s almost time for the 5th annual AIA East Bay Home Tour. Scheduled for Saturday, August 8, the self-guided/self-driven tour will visit spectacular homes in Oakland, Berkeley, and Piedmont in a celebration of design and East Bay living.

Two new homes will be featured on the tour, as well as 4 Mid-Century homes that have been renovated to varying degrees. One of the new homes, dubbed “Courtyard Retreat” because the house wraps around a central courtyard is set in the Berkeley Hills. The second newly constructed home on the tour is a boldly modern home in the Oakland Hills.

The most extensive remodels on the tour include a home that was built in 1937 and has been completely revamped into a home suitable for a 21st Century family; a

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It is always a treat to visit Heath Ceramics. On the off chance you haven’t heard about them, Heath Ceramics is an historic tableware and architectural tile company that had its beginnings in Sausalito, CA in 1948. It has since added a new tile factory and showroom in San Francisco and a showroom in Los Angeles. Always valuing thoughtful design and quality over quantity, Heath Ceramics is a treasure trove for anyone looking for unique, classically modern design.

Now would be a great time to pay one of the showrooms a visit. If you are going to be in the LA area this month, Japanese potter Akio Nukaga will be returning to Heath Los Angeles with a bevy of new pieces along with a few of his signature designs. Along with Akio’s work, sculptural

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One of the truly great things about living in an Eichler neighborhood is the sense of community we find in so many of them. Easter egg hunts and pancake breakfasts, holiday tree lighting and cookie decorating parties, community BBQs and luaus, neighborhood-wide garage sales, wine-tasting celebrations, and outdoor music events happen year round in Eichler communities, creating fun and memories for residents young and old.

One such celebration is the 4th of July blowout hosted by Palo Alto’s Greenmeadow Eichler neighborhood. This year the public is invited and rumor has it that the mayor will be there as well. The day kicks off with a kids’ triathlon and continues with 1K and 5K footraces. Events will also include a parade, field events, and

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