LA Design Festival 2019: Creativity Set to Take Over Los Angeles

LA Design Festival’s (LADF) ninth annual celebration of creativity takes over the city from June 20th through June 23rd.  While much of the festival will take place in LA’s chic ROW DTLA district, it also spans citywide. Scheduled events honor LA’s rich culture and status as a global design capital. Ranging from architecture and interior design to graphics, experiential design and more, events showcase the best local, national, and international voices. Over a dozen temporary installations, 100 plus events, panel discussions, and activations are set to take place at the 2019 LA Design Festival.

LA Design Festival founder, Hailey Zaki, says the theme for this year is “design with purpose.”  He states that FADF “is a testament to the incredibly talented and diverse creative communities of L.A.”

LA Design Festival Awards

EDGE Award at la design festival 2019
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Each year the LA Design Festival recognizes exceptional individuals for their unique perspectives and innovative thinking on their craft. The Festival has two main awards: The ICON Award and the EDGE Award.

The ICON Award

The ICON Award recognizes an iconic woman for her outstanding contributions to not only the design industry but her community and society in general as well. The recipient through their work, character, and creative leadership serves as an inspiration to the rest of the design community.

2019 ICON Award Winner

Portrait of Elena Manferdini - la design festival 2019 icon award winner
Elena Manferdini
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LADF is pleased to announce that this year’s recipient is Elena Manferdini, an outstanding architect and artistic mind. Elena is the principal owner of Atelier Manferdini and the SCI-Arc graduate program chair. Her most notable works include the Pavilion for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Bianca, a three stories boat in Japan, and a series of interior design renovations in Los Angeles.

Work done by Elena Manferdini
Mei Mei Lou Renovation by Elena Manferdini
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The EDGE Award

The EDGE Award honors multiple self-made individuals in the design community. They are people who develop, innovate, and motivate the industries they are apart of. Each award recipient brings a new perspective to the design community that inspires others in their industry.

2019 EDGE Award Winners

EDGE award Winners at la design festival 2019 - Cindy Hsu Zell, Eric Trine, Kenesha Sneed, Meyghan Hill, Uri Davillier
Cindy Hsu Zell, Eric Trine, Kenesha Sneed, Meyghan Hill, Uri Davillier | 2019 Edge Award Winners
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The EDGE award honorees for 2019 are glassblower Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks, welder Meyghan Hill of (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS, Kenesda Sneed of Tactile Matter, product designer Erin Trine, and artist Cindy Hsu Zell.

Gold Canyon Handblown Glass Cups by Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks - la design festival 2019
Gold Canyon Handblown Glass Cups by Uri Davillier of Neptune Glassworks
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All honorees work will be featured in the “On the Edge” exhibition at ROW DTLA from Thursday, June 20th to Sunday, June 23rd. Each designer brings their own personal touches to the exhibit making it a must-see.

Awards Night & Fundraiser

Receiving either the ICON or Edge award is a huge honor in the design community. As such it causes for celebration. Thus, the weekend kicks off at the Ace Hotel Theatre on Thursday, June 20th with the Awards Night & Fundraiser event.

People enjoying cocktails at Awards Night at LA design festival
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ICON and EDGE short films will be shown at the event courtesy off Kort Havens. Guests enjoy beverages by Flying Embers, Madre Mezcal, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.

DJ at Awards Night la design festival
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Afterward, stay for an After Party upstairs at Ace Hotel rooftop. Bright lights, DJ’s, specialty cocktails, snacks, and art featured by Copium LA artists will keep guests entertained all night long.

Don’t Miss the Epicence Exhibition

2019 EDGE Award Recipients Meyghan Hill of (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS and Uri Davilier of Neptune Glassworks co-curate a special gallery experience. Here they will showcase both new original pieces as well as a few surprises.

Uri Davilier of Neptune Glassworks and Meyghan Hill of (wh)ORE HAüS STUDIOS - winners of the 2019 edge wards at la design festival
Uri Davilier of Neptune Glassworks & Meyghan Hill of (wh)ORE HAüS Studios
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This must-see exhibition is located at ROW DTLA, Building 2- Space 162 from Thursday, June 20th at 10:00 AM to Sunday, June 23rd at 5:00 PM PDT.


Meet the Woman, the Welder and the Warrior: Meyghan Hill of (wh)ORE HAÜS STUDIO


More About the LA Design Festival 2019…

Street Art at LA Design Festival
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The 2019 LA Design Festival is a must-see for everyone from architects, artists, and designers to art and design loving tourists and locals. It is a celebration of innovation and community that brings people together to appreciate how beautiful life and design truly are. An array of events will be taking place throughout the weekend offering something for everyone to enjoy!

For the complete 2019 LA Design Festival schedule of events visit: www.ladesignfestival.org.

Words by Kendall Mayer

floor screen with brass butterflies by koket

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