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Thats A Wrap on DesignWalk 2019


IIDA’s 2nd annual DesignWalk was a huge success!

At Gensler, our first stop, attendees congregated to receive a map, snacks, and a glass of champagne to commence the evening.


Each of the following eight stops took their interpretation of the theme “engage your senses” to create a vignette that showcased creativity, innovation, and the ability to blend products from all genres. For those of us who were unable to attend this years Neocon, DesignWalk was an opportunity to see new product coming to the marketplace, as well as some fun ideas to incorporate the products into a space. In typical LA fashion, each showroom hosted a party of their very own. Whether you were stepping onto a yacht or an episode of Stranger Things, every showroom had a fun and unique experience awaiting their guests.


The night concluded with a final gathering at PeopleSpace where awards were given for both the people’s choice and the judges choice. Team Teknion, which included Milliken, Eureka lighting and MDC interior solutions took People’s Choice, while Team Shaw who partnered with PLP SoCal, Formica and Sixinch won with the Judge’s Award.

Thank you to all that sponsored and those that attended for making the night so wonderful.

IIDA and the LA City Center are looking forward to building on the success of the 2019 DesignWalk to bring products shown at NeoCon to Los Angeles in the years to come.

Design Quest Takes over San Diego!


The San Diego design community celebrated Summer Solstice in style with a Scavenger Hunt style Design Tour through some of downtown San Diego’s best recently completed projects. The inaugural Design Quest was a huge success! Teams were led on an app based hunt that led them to several locations around town where they were met by sponsors and asked to perform fun challenges such as getting a cookie from their forehead to the mouth without using their hands or using their best pick up line on them at a bar. In addition to the location challenges, the app would also shoot random industry trivia at teams for a chance to get extra points. The object of the game was to get to the most locations possible and get the most points in the allotted time for the game. The end result was a fun filled afternoon of belly laughs, silly costumes and a chance to check out some seriously good design. I for one haven’t laughed that much in a long time!

See all the photos here!


Our winning team was Ware Malcomb sponsored by THiNK Office Interiors, the “Bloomerangs”. Second Place was Architectural Concepts who sponsored themselves and Third place was the Ware Malcomb downtown team “Purrfect” sponsored by Arcadia/Encore. Our “Best at Not Winning” last place winners was the Gensler Team “Geepers Creepers” sponsored by Patcraft.


Design Quest was a great team building opportunity as each group had to work together to figure out the clues and complete the challenges. It was also a great way to tour a project with the added fun of playing connect 4 or building a tower using spaghetti or a number of other fun activities. Unlike many of our events, Design Quest required little pre-planning on the part of our design teams and still offered much of the fun and excitement that other events boast.

The app, The Go Game, was easy to use and added a really fun element to the hunt by storing pictures and videos.

The hunt was followed by an after party where the images and videos we took during the hunt were played and we were able to relive our favorite moments and laugh at everyone else’s.

As with every new event, it had it’s glitches, but the overwhelming feedback has been that the event was a huge success and tons of fun! We look forward to the next one!!

The Historic Mayfair Hotel – Last Design Tour of 2018!


The Historic Mayfair Hotel! Thursday, September 19th 5:30 – 8:00pm

The Downtown Los Angeles hotel boom has largely centered around prominent flashy new projects with brand on steroids to one up the latest and greatest launch. That has all changed however with the introduction of the newly renovated Mayfair Hotel. Originally opened in 1926 as a sister property of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel, it hosted the first Oscar party, and been a frequent location for film and television shoots. The last remodel to the Mayfair was done in advance of the 1984 Olympics, so there was much to address, while remaining respectful to the original details of the structure. The edifice was 1920’s, while the inside clearly felt like it was out of the late 70’s. The design from award winning architect Gulla Jonsdottir builds on drawings found of the hotel from the 1920s and ’30s, trying to “revive a Roaring ’20s aesthetic in the building’s interior.”

A key part of the work involves meticulously placing art inside of the public spaces. Los Angeles based artist Kelly Graval, who works under the pseudonym RISK, serves as the curator for the hotel. Many of his works hang on the walls, or in the case of some metal and neon combinations, sit in the lobby. Graval plans to bring in local artists to exhibit work, with rotating shows each month. Everything is meant to tell a story about the hotel and the city – not just to the millennial traveler, but also to those looking to feel transported into a very specific, very lux period of Hollywood history.


The Mayfair is deep in the third and final phase of a renovation that began in 2014. This is a unique property and stop for our last design tour of 2018. In part because we get to see a historical property in the final stages of rebirth and rebranding, but also because it is trying to step out and differentiate itself from the other properties across the 110 freeway. Art plays a key role here. The interiors are also meant to inspire the eye to see the past, yet feel fresh and relevant. You will see details, you will see design that we have not had the pleasure of touring before. We are genuinely excited and confident there will be moments to inspire all.

Check in will begin at 5:30, with a brief discussion from the Gulla Jonsdottir design team, followed by input and insights from key sponsors that participated in the Mayfair renovation. Following that, we will tour public spaces, rooms, and key areas of the hotel. It will be a great mix of the old and the new. The evening will finish with drinks and appetizers in the Library Bar. Be one of the select few to hear the stories, the inspiration, and approach in such an ambitious project.

Due to logistics/ space and out of respect to the guests staying at the Mayfair, tickets are extremely limited and selling out fast. They can be purchased here.

Unveiling of the Villains


On Thursday, June 23rd, over 150 people attended the Orange County Fashion Show “kick-off” event – “Unveiling of the Villains,” at the Vine located adjacent to LPA in Irvine. All the design and student teams participating in the fashion show attended in anticipation of which villain they would select for their inspiration.  Click here to see the photos of the event!IIDA_2016OCFS_villains3
The 2016 Fashion Show committee is bringing back the “old format,” teams this year will not pre-make their costumes, but will be given an allotted time to pull fabric and construct their costume the night of the actual fashion show. The fashion show will be held on Thursday, July 21st at the Harborside Pavilion in Newport Beach, CA., which happens to be the old venue for the fashion show when the format was this way in the past. A good time was had by all – designers, students, vendors and fashion show sponsors, everyone seems very excited for this change and is looking forward to a fun night on the 21st of July!


The event had over 150 people in attendance, the main purpose of this event was to engage the OC design community and to spark the buzz and excitement for the main event, The 2016 Orange County Fashion Show, and it definitely did just that!

Elise Ozawa, IIIDA
Momentum Textiles

Desk Talk with Hallie Putterman

Meet Hallie Putterman, she is our local sales representative for Bentley and our very own IIDA San Diego City Center Memberships Chair. She is always on the go and brings good energy to anyone!

What are your 4 ways you stay sane throughout the day?

Start my day at the gym (you can’t blow off a workout if you start your day with it)
Take my dog for a walk—I’m fortunate to be able to bring her with me (when it isn’t too hot), so if the day gets too nutty I’ll take a break to walk her.
Visit my favorite design firms and clients! Some offices really remind you how fun this job can be.
Keep snacks in the car . . . because sometimes there isn’t even a second to stop for food!

What are 3 things that have inspired you lately?
Planning a trip to Belize to visit friends who just moved there
Organizing a reunion of my teammates from the Anchorage Marathon in 1999
The color of the water on a recent trip to Antigua. I’m trying to find it in a paint color!

Where can we find you on a Saturday morning?
Riding my bike around San Diego

What are 3 things you haven’t done that you want to do?
Visit the island in Chile where my mom was born
Take my father to Italy so he can try authentic gelato
Complete an event in all 50 states (I’m up to 18, and tracking on a map with my 9-year old niece)

Beer or Wine?
Beer. Dark beer for sure!

What 3 items would you take to a desert island other than food and water?

A knife
A tent
A journal (and a pen . . . can I make that 4 items?!)

Tanya Villalpando

10 Questions with Erin Bilz

Meet Erin Bilz, she is a Designer at Delawie (for 9 years) and is our IIDA San Diego City Center Student Affairs. She enjoys seeing students getting involved and excited about the Interior Design profession. Also, like many of us, she enjoys the design process and being able to see what she has designed being built! Erin feels very fortunate to be living and working in San Diego, in her words, “Best City and Design Community Ever!”

1. What is your favorite iconic chair?
Circle Chair by Hans Wegner . . . California feel

2. What is your favorite California destination?
Big Sur . . . love the views

3. What is your favorite color?
Green . . . any shade, best when seen outside

4. What is your go-to outfit?
Comfortable sweater . . . better to work in and perfect for the weekends

5. Where would we find you on the weekend?
Walking the dogs and gardening

6. Gold or Silver?

7. Beer or Wine?
Blue Moon beer with an orange slice

8. Beach or Mountains?

9. Online or print magazines?
Print . . . like the touch, and you can rip out the pages

10. Open or private offices?
Open . . . more fun!

Tanya Villalpando

IIDA Summer Mixer Unplugged

IIDA LA gathered this past week at The HUB LA in the Arts District for the Summer Membership Mixer. This free event provided an excellent opportunity for members and non-members alike to network in a very unique environment.

Angel Kristi Williams, Event Director at HUB LA, provided a tour of the two-story 4,000 square foot space that offers members a creative place to work, meet, learn and collaborate amongst other members.

The doors open directly into a relaxing café style seating area complete with a full kitchen. Along with open area table, there are several private offices, conference rooms and even a 30 seat screening room you can reserve!

To keep the excitement going, attendees were encouraged to submit their business card for the chance to win chairs from Herman Miller and KI. Tallie Paz from Wolcott won a Mirra 2 chair from Herman Miller and Nello Rusca from HOK won the Centraal Museum chair from KI. Don’t miss the next event!

Emily Iwanicki, IIDA
Andreu World America

OC Haute Couture Fashion Show Unplugged

Designers and architects throughout Orange County gathered for the Haute Couture fashion show “Color Theory, A Celebration of Color” featuring the works of several local design firms. With fabrics that selected at the Trunk Show designers were challenged to create custom garment with typical interior design finish materials. This exciting event offered design firms an opportunity to utilize their creative skills along with a friendly competitive edge to produce a unique design to catch the judges eyes.

Sarah Walker and Stephanie Martinez of Ware Malcomb served as the nights MC’s and started the show by introducing the judges and all event sponsors. A short video outlined each firms vision prior to their models walk down the runway. Spectators were surprised as pieces of the costume were transformed to uncover a completely new design.

First place for Best Haute Couture was awarded to Little Diversified’s ‘Enchanted Emerald’. GKK Works won Breakthrough Colorist for their interpretation of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. Kardent won Creative Colorist for their use of Glowing Green. The Art Institutes won for Best Emerging Design Team.

Co-Chairs for the event were Lauren Hurley from Global and Jill Dougherty of Momentum.

A brief video showcasing all designs can be found here.

Emily Iwanicki
Andreu World America