UCLA Extension
Tag Archives: furniture design

Get ready for WESTWEEK 2017 at the Pacific Design Center!

ICONS+INNOVATORS
Mar 22 – Mar 23 | 9am-6pm

VERANDA, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design and Architectural Digest Present Market Keynotes

Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2017 Spring Market theme … ICONS+INNOVATORS … celebrates today’s seminal standard bearers and groundbreaking influencers leading the design industry ever-forward, with presentations featuring top talent who both embody and deliberate on what it means to be iconic and innovative in the design world now.

Debuting an array of luxury furnishings and interiors resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators, the two-day event introduces the latest offerings from among 2,200 product lines presented by 100 boutique to international showroom manufacturers. A comprehensive series of programs and events featuring the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers provide information and education to nearly 4,000 WESTWEEK trade professionals attending from across the west and around the globe.

For complete Keynote, Showroom Program, Open House and Product News info, check-out PDC’s Content Newsletter.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR KEYNOTES, KEYNOTE RECEPTIONS & SHOWROOM PROGRAMS.

Connect here for Veranda, Traditional Home, Luxe Interiors + Design and Architectural Digest Keynote details.

Connect here for info on Showroom Programs, Open House Events and Spring 2017 Product Preview Lookbook.

Get ready for WESTWEEK 2016 at the Pacific Design Center!

Mark your calendars! WESTWEEK 2016 is right around the corner.

Mad-About-Design-Banner2-copy

MAD ABOUT DESIGN
Wed Mar 23 – Thu Mar 24

House Beautiful, Interiors Magazine, A+D Museum and The Hollywood Reporter Present Market Keynotes

Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2016 … MAD ABOUT DESIGN … celebrates today’s rebels, bon vivants and creative emergents innovating new concepts and bold statements that reference design’s early influencers yet push creativity ever-forward. Join us as this year’s Spring Market gives focus to the joyous enthusiasm and larger-than-life approach to the design process that is the trademark of the industry’s most creative aesthetes from across the disciplines. Throughout the 2-day Market enjoy nearly 100 presentations, keynotes, events and product intros featuring national editors, A-list thought-leaders and inspired craftsmen you can’t help but be “Mad” for, too!

For complete Keynote, Showroom Program, Open House and Product News info, check-out PDC’s Content Newsletter.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR KEYNOTES, KEYNOTE RECEPTIONS & SHOWROOM PROGRAMS.

Connect here for keynote info on House Beautiful, Interiors, A+D Museum and The Hollywood Reporter.

Connect here for info on Showroom Programs and Open House Events.

PDC Logo

 

The Story of Leslie Shapiro Joyal and the Happy Accident that led her to Success!

profile imageEverybody’s path in life is unique and can be full of unforgettable experiences. For UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design alum, Leslie Shapiro Joyal, those experiences started with a happy accident.

At an early age, Leslie was determined to become a successful painter—that is, until she accidentally stumbled upon design during her education at community college. “The drawing class I applied for was not open,” she recalls, “and my only option was a design composition class.” This “happy accident” ultimately led her to the Architecture & Interior Design program at UCLA Extension. The schedule was demanding and projects were challenging, but the experiences Leslie had during her education were priceless. “I had the opportunity to work with some of Los Angeles’ design luminaries – including interior designer Kerry Joyce, textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen, and gallery owner Mark Krasne.

After graduating in 1991, she was hired as design assistant to modernist architect Frank Israel. It was in this studio that she felt her sensibilities evolve. Only a few years later, she opened her own interior design company shapiro joyal studio, which also features some of her custom designed furniture pieces.

To add to her list of amazing life experiences, Leslie was chosen to participate on the hit HGTV reality show Ellen’s Design Challenge, created by Ellen DeGeneres. When she received a random email from her casting agency inviting her to apply to a reality show about furniture designers, she glanced at it for a second, deleted it, but then thought “why not” and resurrected it from email trash. After tons of interviews and paperwork, Leslie finally received the news that she would be competing on live TV among five other designers for a chance to win $100,000 and the opportunity to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine. Unfortunately, Leslie was eliminated early, but just being recognized for her talent, being selected among hundreds of other applicants, and having the opportunity to compete was, as Leslie put it, “truly one of the highlights of my career.”

We asked Leslie to share some advice based of her life experiences. Here’s her insightful tips:

  1. Be prepared. There will, absolutely, be a moment in your career that is a potential game changer. Be ready for it. Keep taking classes, and keep meeting people. Connections are your biggest asset. You will learn things from people you like, and people you don’t like, and through those experiences you will form your own voice.
  2. Be courageous! Walk head first into what scares you. In 1985, I went to a showroom on a field trip that I fell in love with. I knew I had to work there. I waited until the tour was over, pulled the owner aside, and begged him to give me an interview. I got the job and on my first day, right before the elevator doors opened, I took a deeeeep breath and walked into the next chapter of my life.
  3. Be YOU! My final piece of advice, and I know how cliché it sounds, but it is true for me. Listen to your inner voice. Let you be you. You may be doubted, and you may be told that your ways are wrong. Stand your ground! As artists, you are the rule breakers, and you are the ones that change the paradigm. Own and unleash your artistic spirit so that others can benefit from it. What is often misunderstood at first usually becomes the beloved. Don’t be afraid to be different, and let your inner sense guide the way.

Below, enjoy a collection of images from Leslie’s career as a designer and (brief) career as a reality TV star:

Platinum winner - Awards for Design Excellence. The ADEX Awards is the Largest and most prestigious awards competition in the architecture and design industry.

Platinum winner – Awards for Design Excellence. The ADEX Awards is the Largest and most prestigious awards competition in the architecture and design industry.

Risser Nesting Tables

Risser Nesting Tables

Interior Design by Leslie on Kings Road

Competitors on the HGTV reality show Ellen's Design Challenge

Competitors on the HGTV reality show Ellen’s Design Challenge

As seen on Ellen's Design Challenge, designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal (left) and lead carpenter David Sheinkopf (right)  team up to create unique furniture designs.

As seen on Ellen’s Design Challenge, designer Leslie Shapiro Joyal (left) and lead carpenter David Sheinkopf (right) team up to create unique furniture designs.

 

To see Leslie’s full collection, click here.

To see more images from the HGTV show Ellen’s Design Challenge, click here.

We are so grateful to have Leslie share her exciting adventures with us! If you have a success story, we want to hear about it! Click here.

 

Get ready for WESTWEEK 2015 at the Pacific Design Center!

Mark your calendars! WESTWEEK 2015 is right around the corner.

Westweek 2015_banner

Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK 2015 Spring Market, the West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design, debuts Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26, 2015. The two-day event provides a comprehensive series of informative presentations and engaging events featuring internationally-renowned tastemakers, while also debuting the latest luxury furnishings and interior resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators. The 2015 year also commemorates PDC’s four decades of design leadership, serving as an iconic architectural landmark anchoring L.A.’s historic design district. 

WESTWEEK 2015 Keynote: DESIGN COMES OF AGE

WESTWEEK 2015 Showroom Program

WESTWEEK 2015 Open House Events

logo

 

Get ready for WESTWEEK 2014 at the Pacific Design Center!

Mark your calendars! WESTWEEK 2014 is right around the corner.

Banner Westweek

Pacific Design Center’s WESTWEEK Spring Market is the West Coast’s definitive showcase for global design. Debuting an array of luxury furnishings and interiors resources crafted by today’s foremost design innovators, the two-day event introduces the latest offerings from among 2,200 product lines presented by 100 boutique to internationally revered showroom manufacturers. A comprehensive series of programs and events featuring the nation’s leading shelter publications, editors and tastemakers provide information and education to 3,000-plus WESTWEEK trade professional attending from across the west and around the globe.  

 

WESTWEEK 2014 Schedule
Wed March 19 – Thurs March 20 2014 | 9 AM – 6 PM
Student Career Day: Fri March 21 2014

 

WESTWEEK Keynote – Design Stars: American Classics
Wed March 19 2014 | 10 – 11 AM | SilverScreen Theater

 

WESTWEEK Open House Events
Wed March 19 – Thurs March 20 2014 | 9 AM – 5 PM | Various Showrooms

 

logo

F3 Awards Registration Deadline!

TODAY is the deadline to register for the F3 Awards! If you want to be involved go and sign up! Project Submissions are due April 16th at 6pm, which gives you a little over a month to create that winning prototype.

According to their press release: “F3 stands for Form, Function and Furniture, and the F3 Awards is a launching pad for students to explore furniture designas an integral part of design practice. The winning designers will receive cash scholarships of $3,500 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. The first place winner will work with engineers and designers from dTank to create a prototype of their winning furniture design.” Learn more at the F3 Awards website.

GOOD LUCK!

ML2 & Genuine Design.com Scholarship!

M2L has announced the launch if its second annual 2010 Genuine Design Scholarship Competition via GenuineDesign.com, which will award U.S. design students with $8,500 in educational scholarships. Students currently pursuing a design-related degree at an accredited instituion are eligible. Entry forms can be obtained ONLINE and submissions must be received by March 5.

To enter: Students are asked to shoot and edit a four-minute video centered on the topic of genuine design and why furniture designers deserve protection against knock-offs. Videos will be judged on originality, quality of content, and impact of message. The jury panel will be comprised of design journalists and professionals including: Sarah Rich, senior editor, Dwell; Laurel Petriello, web editor, Interior Design; Nicole Haddad, design editor, New York Spaces; Karen Shalett, editor in chief, DC Modern Luxury; and David McFadden, chief curator, Museum of Arts and Design. Quite the judges panel! Four winning submissions will be announced at the end of March and will be awarded $3,500, $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000, respectively. Winners will be honored at an event at M2L’s Manhattan showroom and their videos will be viewable at Genuine Design online.

So get to it! We know you all have great ideas – and you can win money to prove it.

*******************************************
FIND US ON FACEBOOK/ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Launch Party: First Annual F-3 Awards!


F3 stands for Form, Function and Furniture.
The F3 awards are aimed at design students who explore furniture design as part of their design practice. The prizes are scholarships ranging from $1000 to $3500, all while getting an opporunity to work with engineers and designers from dTank, who will create a prototype of the winning design! Please join us in launching this new event competition on January 22, 2010 from 6-9pm at dTank Headquarters: 7635 San Fernando Road, Building 8C, Burbank, CA 91505

You should RSVP by emailing: RSVP@F3awards.com

The competition task is to build a Music Utility Vehicle – a pop-up music mobile store to be utilized as an in-store promotion that is able to promote a recording artist to fans on the go. The “footprint” for this MUV is the iconic Airstream Travel Trailer.

Submissions are Due on April 15, 2010. On May 21, the final five competitors will give a live presentation in front of an all-star jury which includes industry leaders in the fields of music, television, branding & marketing, interior design, and architecture – the jury’s critique will be unedited, uncensored and unfiltered making it that much more fun!

For any questions about the competition logistics, or to get more information visit the
F3awards website.

******************************
FIND US ON FACEBOOK!/ FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Fall classes: Electives, Seminars and Tours.

UCLA Extension Arc_ID would like to present you with a few of our many class offerings for fall quarter. First of all, we announced previously that we have a new class: SB1608 Disabled Access Seminar for Architects!  Taught by Nate Wittasek, this one-day seminar fulfills the mandatory continuing education requirements for architects.

We are also offering several fun One-Day Lectures & Courses. These include Feng Shui  with Simona Mainini, The Role of the Royal Mistress in the Design of Great French Palaces with Eleanor Schapa, an Introduction to Oriental Carpets with Chris Fager, and Creating Warmth and Drama in the Home with Light taught by Kathy Pryzgoda.

Finally there are several architectural development and home design classes being offered. These are great for those with more specific design interests, and can also be used to satisfy elective credits for students in our program. These include courses such as, Residential Remodeling with Paul Bially, Furniture Design with Patrick Alt, Kitchen Design with Donald Silvers, and Photographing Architecture and Interiors (online) with Douglas Hill. (Please note that some of these courses may have prerequisites)

Please pick up a course catalog or go to our online registration page to see a full list of the full-length courses and program offerings we have available! You can also click on any of the class titles above to be redirected to their registration pages. We look forward to having you join us.

*********************************

Follow us on Twitter/Add us on Facebook!