AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards Launches Voting, Dragonette Ltd. Hosts Moving Sale, and More News This Week

By Jessica Ritz

Los Angeles is brimming with design delights and happenings. For all the goings-on around town and news you need to know, AD PRO’s weekly news roundup is here to keep you filled in.

AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards Kicks Off People’s Choice Voting

AIA|LA Restaurant Design Awards jurists Ezequiel Farca of the Los Angeles– and Mexico City–based firm Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin, chef/restaurateur Hans Rockenwagner, and Los Angelesmagazine food editor Garrett Snyder have announced the 25 finalists for the 2019 Restaurant Design competition. People’s Choice online voting in the restaurant, café/bar, and lounge/nightclub categories is open to the public through June 14.

Dragonette Ltd. Hosts Moving Sale

Patrick Dragonette’s showroom is closing up shop in West Hollywood after a run of more than two decades, with plans to relocate to Palm Desert. Dragonette Ltd.’s closing sale at 711 North La Cienega starts June 3, with weekday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The inventory, consisting of jewelry, accessories, vintage furniture, and art, is posted online as well.

Artist Marco Castillo’s “The Decorator’s Home” Installation Opens at UTA Artist Space

Artist Marco Castillo draws from the history of the Cuban Revolution and its impact through a fictitious interior design scheme for his solo installation, “The Decorator’s Home,” now open at UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills through July 13. The multimedia works in the exhibition, curated by Neville Wakefield, include sculptures, mobiles, drawings, paintings, and a short film made in collaboration with Cuban filmmaker Carlos Lechuga that collectively delve into the imagined life of an interior designer in Fidel Castro’s Cuba in the 1970s.

R&A Architecture & Design Rebrands as OfficeUntitled

The Culver City firm R&A Architecture, behind projects such as the soon-to-open Cayton Children’s Museum in Santa Monica, the Woodlark Hotel in Portland, Oregon, and the forthcoming AVA LA Arts District mixed-use development in DTLA, is rebranding. Principals Christian Robert, Benjamin Anderson, Shawn Gehle, and Lindsay Green will continue to run the business under the name OfficeUntitled.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Students Showcase Work

Rumble,” an exhibition showcasing project work completed by UCLA architecture and urban design students during the year, opens to the public on Monday, June 10, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Perloff Hall courtyard on the Westwood campus. Projects will remain displayed at Perloff Hall and at the IDEAS interdisciplinary campus in Culver City through Saturday, June 15.