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Los Angeles Haunt Couture 2017

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This year’s Haunt Couture 2017 drew its inspiration from a century old world of movies. The theme was “ENVELOPE PLEASE: Hollywood to Bollywood” and what a show the teams put up this year! We had 14 teams participate, bringing their interpretations of 5 different genres of movies – musical, horror, sci-fi, film noir and animation. Each presentation was spectacular and mind-blowing but, as always, there can only be a few winners.

Here are the photos and video from the event.

The winners of each category were:

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Best Musical/comedy: Cory Grosser + Associates, sponsored by Haworth and Arc-Com

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Best Horror: Wolcott, sponsored by West Elm Workspace w/Inscape and HBF Textiles

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Best Film noir: Cal State University – Long Beach, sponsored by Kimball and LDI/Enviroleather

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Best Sci-fi: HKS, sponsored by Mohawk Group and Momentum Textiles

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Best Animation: Cal State University – Northridge, sponsored by 2010 Office Furniture and Mayer Fabrics

The grand winner of the evening, the Best Picture award went to HKS, sponsored by Mohawk Group and Momentum Textiles

The People’s choice winner was bagged by Cal State University – Northridge, sponsored by 2010 Office Furniture and Mayer Fabrics

A BIG thank you to all coordinators, event sponsors, team sponsors, fabric sponsors, participants and attendees – this show couldn’t be such a grand success without you. We had over 600 attendees and we had such a blast having you all together for the show! Special thanks to the committee members: Amanda Colton, Anuma Marr, Dan Nickerson, Goli Nagdali, Janelle Budoy, Kasey Smith, Katie Akker, Laureen Baldyga, Lindsey Doucette, Mandy Hert, Michael Brooke, Nicole Gemma, Patrick Orr, Sean Kim, Steve Sudeth, Susan Suhar, Terri Burkhart and Tina Carrillo, and our co-chairs Janani Kannan and Ray Irmer.

We hope you enjoyed the show and the special dance troupe that was featured this year, along with the Bollywood routine by all our committee members, led by co-chair Jan Kannan.

Thanks again to all who worked on, supported and attended Haunt this year – we’ll be back in 2018 with a new theme and more fun!


LA City Center Student Design Expo

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The LA City Center Student Design Expo brought together students and design professionals for an engaging Thursday evening on November 15th. AECOM graciously hosted this event in their stunning DTLA office. The students and recent graduates shared impressive work and confirmed that the future of design is pushing boundaries and is as exciting as ever.

Click here to see more photos of the event.

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We were lucky to have the IIDA SoCal Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, Jessica Collins with HOK and Edgardo Caceras with Gensler, judge the students’ work. Each student presented their work to the duo and after much deliberation, they awarded the following prizes:

First Place
Wei Qiu (Otis)

People’s Choice
Billie Herwig (UCLA)

Honorable Mentions
Chris Ko (CSULB)
Sanya Jain (UCLA)

Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants for sharing their incredible work!

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Next in the evening was the panel discussion. Amanda Kaleps with Wolcott Architecture | Interiors moderated the discussion. The discussion highlighted various aspects of the design world like developing a personal brand, the future of design, and evolving in the industry. The distinguished panel included:

Sarah Devine | AECOM

Barbara Dunn | Gensler

Ryan Saghian | Ryan Saghian Interiors

Riz Walker | Omgivning     

This event would not have been possible without the support from the event sponsors, Strategic Furniture Group, Crossville, and Tangram. Also, the evening was made extra special by the creative drink bar sponsored by Steelcase and the delicious appetizers sponsored by EEi Project Management. Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the students in our design community and all of IIDA SoCal.

Finally, thank you to all of the LA City Center volunteers for their tremendous effort in organizing a great event and all of the students and design professionals who joined us for this event. 

Event Chair:
Jillian Hensiek

Event Volunteers:
Megan Jobe, Marcy Paterik, Megan Zell, Sheila Shenasi, Brian Schaller, and Andrea Amondson.

Event Sponsors:
Strategic Furniture Group
Crossville
Tangram

Food Sponsor:
EEi Project Management

Bar Sponsor:
Steelcase

All the best and happy holidays!

Jason Shepley and Ali Dahl
LA City Center Co-Chairs


Fresh Gossip from the Hollywood Backlot

Fresh Gossip from the Hollywood Backlot: Cory Grosser & Associates is Primed for Victory in the Musical Category!

Unscrupulous Hollywood gossip monger Nicole Gemma corners a busy Christy Wulfson of Cory Grosser & Associates to get the skinny on competing in “ENVELOPE, PLEASE!”

Wulfson (far right) with her team.  Their film genre is MUSICAL.
Wulfson (far right) with her team.  Their film genre is MUSICAL.

GEMMA: “Christy!  Christy Wulfson!  Do you have a moment to talk to IIDA-Socal Gossip?”

WULFSON: “Not really, I’m on a deadline.”

GEMMA: “SMASHING!  Tell our gossip readers – what excited you most about this year’s theme, ENVELOPE, PLEASE?”

WULFSON: “Personally, I was excited about the theme being a genre, as opposed to a specific movie—lots of options. Have a great day.”

GEMMA: “Not so fast, Christy!  Inquiring IIDA Minds want to know – how are you using this year’s new competition structure to motivate your design?”

WULFSON: “I would say knowing that other teams have been assigned the same genre motivated us to be extra sure to do something super original—it would suck so much to have the same concept as the other team!  Can I say “suck”?

GEMMA: “Absolutely not!  Tell our readers, Christy, what is your favorite film of all time?”

WULFSON: “Moulin Rouge!  Which is in our genre!!  But I was totally outvoted so no Elephant Love Medley from CG+A this year.  OK, take care!”

GEMMA: “I will….AFTER you tell our readers what your biggest challenge has been thus far!”

WULFSON: “Narrowing down our ideas and maintaining a clear concept.  There are so many musicals to choose from.  Oh, and then finally making a decision and discovering that our chosen movie (NO SPOILERS!) is actually a tragedy and not a happy-ending love-fest.  We were all devastated.”

GEMMA: “RIVETING, CHRISTY!  Last question: if you could give an award-winning speech, whom would you thank?”

WULFSON: “My team, who has never participated in Haunt before and had no clue what I was really getting them into when we signed up!  Now I really really have to go.”

GEMMA: “You’re a STAR, Christy!  See you on the runway!”

WULFSON: “OMG bye.”

Cory Grosser & Associates is proudly sponsored by HAWORTH with textiles by ARC 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!”

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Sponsorship opportunities are still available here!
Tickets for the big show are available here!
Want to volunteer for envelope, please? email us here!


Big Reveal Recap!

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Nicole Gemma interviews Creative Co-Directors Sean Kim (Lionakis) and Dan Nickerson (United Interiors).

EXTRA! EXTRA! HOT NEWS FROM HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA -The stars came out in droves for last month’s Big Reveal Party and we have exclusive footage of the event!

Join Haunt Couture Correspondent Nicole Gemma as she browbeats this year’s committee into spilling the secrets of IIDA SOCAL HAUNT COUTURE 2017: ENVELOPE, PLEASE!

Take a look at the video of the event here!

SMASHING!

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Here’s a list of this year’s competing teams and their generous sponsors.

TeamMatrix

Sponsorship Opportunities are still available here!
Tickets for the big show are available here!
Get involved with IIDA SoCal here!

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Michelle Rodriguez of Gensler LA reveals her team’s film category: Horror.

Stay tuned to IIDA-SOCAL.ORG for more behind the scenes coverage of the big show!


Haunt Couture 2017: Come Play With Us! (Volunteers Needed)

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The Big Reveal has come and gone and now it’s time to get down to business…SHOW BUSINESS, that is!

We’re putting out our very own casting call for top-tier volunteer talent! This year’s production is sure to be a Box Office smash!

Please contact NICOLE GEMMA at ngemma@glas-pro.com if you’d like to join our volunteer team.

See you on set!

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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.

Haunt Couture 2017: Wednesday, October 25

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!”

Click here for tickets and sponsorship opportunities!


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


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


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


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!


LACC Haunt Couture 2016 – Party Photos

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LACC Haunt Couture took place on October 25th with over 700 guests in attendance and was a huge success. We couldn’t have done this without our Chapter Sponsors, Event Sponsors, volunteers and LA committee who worked so very hard to create such a fabulous show.

IIDA_2016LAHaunt_500pxThis years winners were:
1st place – HLW
2nd place – Smith Group
3rd place (tie) – HOK & GKK Works
Peoples Choice – GKK Works
Student Award – College of the Canyons

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Apothecary From Passion to Poison photos are ready for your viewing.

A BIG thank you to Mike McLane and Juan Coronado from Taylor Design for capturing images from our party so vividly….enjoy!

Shannon Rose McShea, IIDA, Assoc.
ONE Design Collective