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Haunt Couture 2017 Reveal Party

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And the nominees are…

Join us for the Haunt Couture 2017 reveal party Thursday August 24. Please RSVP by 8/23, 5pm to secure your spot.

Sponsors!
Haunt Couture is the premier place to see your name in lights. We can’t make the magic happen without your support. Please click here to see all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Teams!
Spaces are limited, act fast before all the seats are taken.
If you are interested in competing this year, please contact:
Goli Nagdali: gnagdali@westelmworkspace.com
Teri Burkhart: Terri@EPICcontractgroup.com

Haunt Couture is a place where we project our dreams, fashion and desires onto the widescreen. For the last century, the icons of celluloid have amused, amazed and thrilled us. This year’s theme will transport us to faraway lands and back in a flash with music and costumes! The team with the best story-line, choreography and performance will bring home the trophy and bragging rights! Hit your marks and be ready for “lights, camera, action!”

Save the Dates!
Haunt Couture Reveal Party: Thursday, August 24
Haunt Couture 2017: Wednesday, October 25

Click here for tickets and sponsorship opportunities!

Stephen Sudeth
GlasPro


Get to know the Leaders Breakfast Speaker Julie Burstein – Part Two

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Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, TED speaker, and best-selling author who has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative people – interviewing, probing, guiding, and creating live events and public radio programs about them and their work. In her book Spark: How Creativity Works, she maps out some of the coordinates and dimensions of creativity.  No one can exactly explain creativity, but Julie offers a tour through some of its essential byways; shining a beam onto its mysterious workings in a way that is illuminating and can help us find more of that dimension within ourselves, and put it to good use.

This week, we conclude our conversation about creativity with Julie:

One of the main things you do is create conversation through questions…which do you prefer – the quieter moments of conversations, such as listening and asking questions, or the lively moments of conversations, such as discovery and having revelatory moments?
I love them both!  I’ve been interviewing now for more than 30 years and one of the key things I’ve learned is that I need to prepare ahead of time. The more you prepare, the more space you can create for both of those kinds of moments – the intimate along with the raucous – so the preparation has always been really important. The next key thing is preparing well enough that I can throw it all away, if need be, and follow the course of the conversation so that I can get to something that could even surprise me! The third key piece – and this was the hardest piece for me to learn, but is the most important – was to understand that when I’m interviewing someone, it’s often the first time they get to speak their own story in this way. I need to stay quiet to let them find their way to what it is they want to say.  The hardest work is not what you ask, but waiting to see what happens, even if it causes discomfort, in order to let the interviewee feel what they feel. That’s what I often teach, is that you have to learn to stay quiet. When you do this type of work, the job is to remain PRESENT and to connect in the non-verbal ways we can connect with one another.

If someone is in an emotional moment and I can feel in myself the urge to defray the moment during this person-to-person conversation, I sometimes have to keep my hand on my leg to remind myself to be present and to slow myself down. Through our body language we can actually communicate so much.

You have worked with many creative people in your career – what was the most inspiring story that have come out of one of your conversations?
That’s always the toughest questions because there are so many moments! Rather than a particular conversation or story, let me tell you about what I love to do when creating conversations. I’ve done a lot of events and panels bringing people of cross-disciplines together. For Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, I have been moderating a series about climate change in Maine, from the perspective of a visual artist, a climate and marine scientist, and a lobster fisherman in Maine. The scientist was able to help us understand climate change; the lobster fisherman was able to talk about how he’s experiencing it while he is out on the water; but what the visual artist did was help us feel it. Her work was inspired by ice in Greenland and had created large scale porcelain installations that don’t make us think, but make us feel. We needed to hear from all three of them to get a holistic understanding of climate change. The moments I treasure the most are when I have a sense of where there might be synchronicity between the stories from people of cross-disciplines. People from different worlds are starting to talk to each other and recognizing similar patterns in each other’s stories. A lot of the work that I’m doing now is oriented towards how I can create a space where something unexpected, but powerful can happen.

A few years ago I created an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I brought the Curator of Arms and Armors (Pierre Terjanian), costume designer from Game of Thrones (Michele Clapton), and a Japanese-American sculpture and artist (Miya Ando) who’s family was from a long line of sword makers for centuries. What was so exciting about that conversation was that they were all approaching the idea of protecting themselves from different perspectives. Miya spoke about her family history of Buddhist priest and sword makers, something that seem to be mutually exclusive, but she was able to articulate that both were about serving a higher purpose. That lead Pierre to speak about arms and armor from his perspective as a curator at the Met. Then, Michelle took us to an entirely different direction with costumes and explained how the things we wear can signify certain meaning to other people. As a costume designer, she can create that “coat of armor” through clothing and costume. I love these types of moments where concepts that you wouldn’t necessarily think can connect, suddenly you can realize how they are all woven together.

It’s not a particular story that has come out of my conversations, but these types of moments and situations that I’m working towards. Trying to figure out how to bring the right people together and create the best atmosphere so that the participants are comfortable enough to venture out of their familiar space and start thinking in a way they haven’t thought of before.

What is your best creation to date?
My kids, though I can’t take full credit! I have two sons – one is 22 and just graduated from college. The other just turned 19 and graduated from high school. What I’m most proud of is that each of them have grown up to be themselves, even with the pressures to conform these days. Both of them are artists – one is a writer and the other is a sculpture – and they have been able to keep that creative spark alive and sustain them personally. Creative space is so important to each of them, and it gives me a lot of hope for our world that there continues to be creative young individuals out there today.

Julie Burstein will be speaking at the 2017 Leaders Breakfast in Los Angeles.

Friday, September 15th, 7 – 10am
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Purchase tickets and become a sponsor today at iida.org. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.

Sylvia Yoo, CID, LEED AP
Herman Miller


It’s Almost Showtime for Haunt Couture 2017

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The lights are dimming, it’s almost showtime!

Haunt Couture is a place where we project our dreams, fashion and desires onto the widescreen. For the last century, the icons of celluloid have amused, amazed and thrilled us. This year’s theme will transport us to faraway lands and back in a flash with music and costumes! The team with the best story-line, choreography and performance will bring home the trophy and bragging rights! Hit your marks and be ready for “lights, camera, action!”

Save the Dates!
Haunt Couture Reveal Party: Thursday, August 24
Haunt Couture 2017: Wednesday, October 25

Sponsors!
Haunt Couture is the premier place to see your name in lights. We can’t make the magic happen without your support. Please click here to see all of our sponsorship opportunities.

Teams!
Spaces are limited, act fast before all the seats are taken.
If you are interested in competing this year, please contact:
Goli Nagdali: gnagdali@westelmworkspace.com
Teri Burkhart: Terri@EPICcontractgroup.com

Click here for tickets and sponsorship opportunities!

Stephen Sudeth
GlasPro


Speed Networking Success

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The first Orange County Speed Networking event was a huge success! With the event nearly sold out, we had 12 pairs of Industry influencers from designers to dealers and manufacture reps to students. They were ready to network. After 30 minutes of mingling cocktails and appetizers everyone sat down. Each round lasted 5 minutes and allowed for the pair to tell a little bit about themselves and exchange business cards before the bell rang and they moved one seat to the right.

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After the 12 rounds was up everyone was free to continue conversations that they had started during the rounds or make plans to finish the chat over coffee. It was the perfect way to meet new connections and learn more about the different roles and leaders of the industry.

With the event being such a great success we look forward to planning another speed networking event in the winter.

Ali Gilmore, Humanscale
IIDA Co-City Center Director


Haunt Couture 2017: 10.25.2017

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Are you ready for your close up?

Haunt Couture is a place where we project our dreams, fashion and desires onto the widescreen. For the last century, the icons of celluloid have amused, amazed and thrilled us. This year’s theme will transport us to faraway lands and back in a flash with music and costumes! The team with the best story-line, choreography and performance will bring home the trophy and bragging rights! Hit your marks and be ready for “lights, camera, action!”

Save the Dates!
Haunt Couture Reveal Party: Thursday, August 24
Haunt Couture 2017: Wednesday, October 25

Sponsors!
Haunt Couture is the premier place to see your name in lights. We can’t make the magic happen without your support. Please click here to see all of our sponsorship opportunities (include link to the form stack).

Teams!
Spaces are limited, act fast before all the seats are taken.
If you are interested in competing this year, please contact:
Goli Nagdali: gnagdali@westelmworkspace.com
Teri Burkhart: Terri@EPICcontractgroup.com

Click here for tickets and sponsorship opportunities!

Stephen Sudeth
GlasPro


Farewell, Thank you & Hello!

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From L to R: Bethany Carlson (LPA), Courtney Kirian (Think Office Interiors), Ymisserah Eddington (Steelcase) & Angela Ryan (Ware Malcomb)

We are excited to announce that as of July 15th Angela Ryan and Ymisserah Eddington have taken on the San Diego City Center Co-Director roles. They have a great passion and energy and some new ideas to make our great city center even stronger!

THANK YOU to all of you for your support and involvement the past 5 years (for Courtney) and 3 years (for Bethany.) The transformation our City Center has gone through over that time is incredible and is due to the dedication of our members. A special thank you to our board members, committee chairs, and committee members. Without your passion and the countless hours you gave, our jobs would have been incredibly difficult.

We look forward to seeing you all at upcoming IIDA events!

Sincerely,
Courtney Kirian (Think Office Interiors) & Bethany Carlson (LPA)

HELLO IIDA SAN DIEGO!!
We are thrilled to step into this role, and look forward to continuing this legacy of design inspiration and educational events, furthering our industry in Southern California. Courtney and Bethany put so much love into this City Center, creating a community for designers and vendors to come together to learn, find new opportunities and enjoy the industry we work in. We plan to carry those values into our term as City Center Co-Directors. Please feel free to reach out, introduce yourself, and let us know how we can best serve you!

Sincerely,
Angela Ryan (Ware Malcomb) & Ymisserah Eddington (Steelcase)


Get to know the Leaders Breakfast Speaker, Julie Burstein, Part One

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Julie Burstein is a Peabody Award-winning radio producer, TED speaker, and best-selling author who has spent her working life in conversation with highly creative people – interviewing, probing, guiding, and creating live events and public radio programs about them and their work. In her book Spark: How Creativity Works, she maps out some of the coordinates and dimensions of creativity.  No one can exactly explain creativity, but Julie offers a tour through some of its essential byways; shining a beam onto its mysterious workings in a way that is illuminating and can help us find more of that dimension within ourselves, and put it to good use.

Here’s what Vanity Fair says about the book: “In Spark, Burstein offers enlightening answers from the culture’s heavy hitters, including Chuck Close, Yo-Yo Ma, and Richard Ford, on which experiences, memories, tragedies, or landscapes ignited their imaginations, as well as the process by which they stoked these embers into a roaring fire, and how you, yes, you, might too.”

Julie is host of Spark Talks at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and produced and directed the museum’s TEDxMet in 2013, the first TEDx in an art museum, which dazzled the audience with talks from curators, artists, dancers, and a Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist. The Met asked Julie to collaborate on the second TEDxMet, in September of 2015. Julie often speaks about creativity and innovation at museums, corporations, and universities.

In 2000, Julie created Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, public radio’s premiere program about creativity, entertainment and the arts. Julie is also the host of the podcast pursuitofspark.com, conversations about creative approaches to the challenges, possibilities, and pleasures of everyday life and work.

When Julie is not writing, making radio, producing events, or spending time with her family, she can usually be found in the pottery studio.

This week, we explore Part One of our conversation about creativity with Julie:

Many people correlate the word “creative” to “artistic” – do you feel that being creative necessarily has to do with being artistic?  What makes someone creative?

I believe that artistic creativity is an aspect of creativity.  But I do deep down believe that creativity is in all of us and there are different ways to express it.  It’s something we can avoid – there are a lot of people say they aren’t creative, some of them are right –  they are not creative!  But I have a friend who’s a doctor and she had read my book and after she read my book, she commented she’s not creative at all.  I asked her, when she sees a new patient – what happens?  She talked about the checklist in her head, that she has to be open to what’s going on in that room, and to draw from her previous experience and observe what’s going on with that patient.  She’s coming to conclusions based on her own experience and what’s going on right there.  You wouldn’t say you want a doctor to be “creative” in the way an artist is making something entirely new, but you do want your doctor to not just follow a checklist, but to be open to the “uncertainty” and to respond to you right there and not to a checklist that they have.  My friend who’s the doctor is extraordinarily creative because she’s able to first, ask the questions in order to know what the problem is and pull from her own experience to create a novel approach to that particular patient.  I do believe that in so many different professions, creativity is an essential component, it’s just not talked about the way that it is in the arts.

One of the main points you drive in your TED talk, 4 Lessons in Creativity is to embrace challenges and accept the unsettling feelings to lead us into creating something new or having new ideas, the “VUCA Environment” as the military describes it (VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity).  What tips do you have for people to help embrace the challenges and uncertainty in order to flourish with creativity?

Uncertainty is one of the key challenges in any creative profession because it’s built in [to the process]. If we’re going to make something new, we can’t be certain about it because it hasn’t existed yet. It may draw on all of the pieces that we know, but if it’s truly new, it’s going to be unexpected and will have uncertainty.

The first tip would be identifying it in your own life and understanding that it isn’t something we can avoid, and as you’re in it, understanding where you are. When I was writing my book, Spark, I knew to a certain extent what each chapter was going to be about, what the overall arc was going to be like. There were some things that happened in the writing of the book that I hadn’t expected, but one of the key things I learned in the process was in every single chapter, I’d get to a point where I’d think to myself, “I don’t know how to do this!” and throw up my hands and say, “forget it!”. [My friend noticed this pattern] and it was usually right after that I would come to some realization that I hadn’t had before that allowed me to move forward. In that experience, it really helped me understand and be able to look at that pattern and say, “Oh right, I’m here again, this is what it feel like. I know I’ll get to the next point.”  It was my friend giving me that observation then allowed me in subsequent chapters to say, “I’m in that point again where I want to throw up my hands…okay, what will happen next? Let’s see…”, instead of getting pulled down into the despair that this isn’t going to work. If I look back at other creative processes for me where I think that it’s not going to happen, and often I need to go “there” in order to open up to whatever it is that I need to pursue that I hadn’t expected beforehand.

One of the things a lot of the creative people I interview talk about is sometimes the abandoning frees you up. I think identifying that [uncertainty] is part of the process and acknowledging it and saying, “Okay I know that I’m not a failure”, and knowing it’s part of the creating process – once you can identify it, it frees you up and allows you to say, “Alright where am I going from here?”. This is a part of the process and it’s not the I’m failing, it’s that this feeling is a piece of getting to what it is I want to do. The other piece about uncertainty is PRACTICE. I do think that the more we put ourselves in situations where we don’t know what that outcome is going to be, the better we get at sustaining ourselves to get through that difficult time. Just play with the idea of uncertainty. Great art follows uncertainty.

Julie Burstein will be speaking at the 2017 Leaders Breakfast in Los Angeles.

Friday, September 15th, 7 – 10am
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Purchase tickets and become a sponsor today at iida.org. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.

Sylvia Yoo, CID, LEED AP
Herman Miller


2017 Calibre Design Awards Video

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IIDA SoCal is proud of this year’s Calibre. Our great community came together to the sold out event and celebrated the design excellence that continues to grow! Congrats to all the amazing winners & thank you to all our sponsors who help make this event possible. We look forward to next year’s 30th anniversary!

Click here to watch the video of the event.


IIDA San Diego Design Tour | MindTouch

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IIDA San Diego toured MindTouch, designed by Ware Malcomb and Bailey Bishop Design on Thursday, July 20th, with more than 50 guests in attendance.  Prior to the tour, a panel spoke about the design process and answered questions.  The panel included Ari Hoffman (MindTouch), Bailey Bishop (Bailey Bishop Design), Roxana Miu (Ware Malcomb), and was moderated by Tiffany English (Ware Malcomb).

MindTouch is a top-ranked software development company, occupying the entire 15th floor (approximately 20,000 SF) of 101 W. Broadway, in San Diego, CA. MindTouch develops software that improves web traffic, builds customer success and increases engagement with your brand.

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MindTouch leadership was determined to have a space that promoted creativity, collaboration, and the character and culture of MindTouch, without sacrificing productivity and focus.

By developing a floor plan that turned the open office area into the “quiet zone” and providing numerous enclosed collaborative spaces, it was possible to create an “alternative open office” concept that offered staff a variety of options for how to work together without being impacted by noise and distractions that often accompany “creative, open office” environments.  The floor plan is void of offices, with only one office on the entire floor, as even the CEO prefers to sit amongst the rest of the staff to stay connected with their team and projects.

MindTouch staff wanted their unique culture to emanate out of the walls and furnishings, so an eclectic mix of finishes and furniture have been placed throughout, debunking the traditional office standards. 

The programmatic flow of the of floor plan duplicated the go-to-market strategy of MindTouch, starting with the all hands space on the north side of the building, and cycling through the departments and floor plan where the product is made, sold, marketed and then supported, then looping back into product journey from support to engineering.

According to MindTouch staff, their new space not only reflects their culture, but also promotes it.  The space is innovative and welcoming, attracting many events and providing more visibility for recruitment and customer acquisition.  One can often find the majority of the staff dining together for lunch in the all hands room, as MindTouch provides lunch three (3) times a week, citing studies that prove that staff that eat together (family-style) are happier and perform better.

Angela Ryan. CID, IIDA, EDAC
Ware Malcomb
IIDA San Diego City Center Co-Director


Light, Camera, Action! Haunt Couture 2017

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Haunt Couture is a place where we project our dreams, fashion and desires onto the widescreen. For the last century, the icons of celluloid have amused, amazed and thrilled us. This year’s theme will transport us to faraway lands and back in a flash with music and costumes! The team with the best story-line, choreography and performance will bring home the trophy and bragging rights! Hit your marks and be ready for “lights, camera, action!”

Save the Dates!
Haunt Couture Reveal Party: Thursday, August 24
Haunt Couture 2017: Wednesday, October 25

CALLING ALL DESIGN FIRMS!
If you are interested in competing this year, please contact:
Goli Nagdali: gnagdali@westelmworkspace.com
Teri Burkhart: Terri@EPICcontractgroup.com

Click here for tickets and sponsorship opportunities!