ASID UCLA Extension

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

How time flies. In the blink of an eye, midterms are upon us and summer is slowly creeping in. When times get busy and life seems too hectic, there is one mentality that holds true; less is more by Mies Van der Rohe.

As students, designers and just simply human beings, we all benefit from a little streamlining. When it comes to our school schedules, work engagements and personal lives, how is it that some people seem to do it all, and quite well might I add, while others zombie through life tired and overwhelmed? Many may argue that this presence of efficiency is just based on one’s personal style and intelligence, I on the other hand, beg to differ.

Who could have said it better than architect Mies Van der Rohe himself? With his life vision dedicated to less being more and finding the beauty within the simplicity of things, he outwardly rejected elaborate ornamentation, and allowed for a true appreciation of the basic form. Mid-century modern, then became more than just minimalistic and simple design. With Mies Van der Rohe at the forefront of this movement, less is more became a lifestyle and a mentality for everyone. Mies understood the human brain and how rare items (less quantity of something) led to a greater perceived value. He then capitalized on this simple fact and sculpted his entire life around it.

To bring this point full circle, as design students and professionals alike, I highly urge all of us to rethink or maybe even redesign our lives. Our time is precious and our efforts should be maximized. Everyone has the ability to do so, and the first step starts with prioritization! Ever hear about the 80/20 rule, that 80% of your happiness and output stems from 20% of your input? Statistically proven, this rule is applicable to almost everything. When used properly, it will bring about a better and a more healthy life. From 20% of our time producing 80% of our work, to 20% of our contacts providing 80% of our connections, all examples of this rule align with less being more. Although Mies Van der Rohe may have channeled this idea through architecture and design, many of us use this rule to refocus and recreate our lives. As design students, we have the best of both worlds!

With all this being said, we at ASID UCLA Extension are dedicated to providing value and content to our readers. Along with the 80/20 rule, we try to maximize the value that all our services bring. Thus, we will be announcing a future change for our newsletters. Starting in June, newsletters will be shifting from bi-monthly to monthly basis. Moving forward, we will concentrate on bringing more value and insight to each monthly release. With this shift, we can then better assess what our readers want to read, and what sections or ideas they most benefit from!

Until next time,

Nancy Peng

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

president@asiduclaextension.com

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

How time flies. In the blink of an eye, midterms are upon us and summer is slowly creeping in. When times get busy and life seems too hectic, there is one mentality that holds true; less is more by Mies Van der Rohe.

As students, designers and just simply human beings, we all benefit from a little streamlining. When it comes to our school schedules, work engagements and personal lives, how is it that some people seem to do it all, and quite well might I add, while others zombie through life tired and overwhelmed? Many may argue that this presence of efficiency is just based on one’s personal style and intelligence, I on the other hand, beg to differ.

Who could have said it better than architect Mies Van der Rohe himself? With his life vision dedicated to less being more and finding the beauty within the simplicity of things, he outwardly rejected elaborate ornamentation, and allowed for a true appreciation of the basic form. Mid-century modern, then became more than just minimalistic and simple design. With Mies Van der Rohe at the forefront of this movement, less is more became a lifestyle and a mentality for everyone. Mies understood the human brain and how rare items (less quantity of something) led to a greater perceived value. He then capitalized on this simple fact and sculpted his entire life around it.

To bring this point full circle, as design students and professionals alike, I highly urge all of us to rethink or maybe even redesign our lives. Our time is precious and our efforts should be maximized. Everyone has the ability to do so, and the first step starts with prioritization! Ever hear about the 80/20 rule, that 80% of your happiness and output stems from 20% of your input? Statistically proven, this rule is applicable to almost everything. When used properly, it will bring about a better and a more healthy life. From 20% of our time producing 80% of our work, to 20% of our contacts providing 80% of our connections, all examples of this rule align with less being more. Although Mies Van der Rohe may have channeled this idea through architecture and design, many of us use this rule to refocus and recreate our lives. As design students, we have the best of both worlds!

 

With all this being said, we at ASID UCLA Extension are dedicated to providing value and content to our readers. Along with the 80/20 rule, we try to maximize the value that all our services bring. Thus, we will be announcing a future change for our newsletters. Starting in June, newsletters will be shifting from bi-monthly to monthly basis. Moving forward, we will concentrate on bringing more value and insight to each monthly release. With this shift, we can then better assess what our readers want to read, and what sections or ideas they most benefit from!

Until next time,

Nancy Peng

President, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter Board

president@asiduclaextension.com

MAY EVENT RECAP!

by Iris Kuo

On Saturday May 9th, the ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter took an exclusive tour of Stir Market. We spoke with owner/architect Bryan Libit about his Californian take on the classic European food hall experience. There, dining and shopping blended seamlessly. Upon entering the restaurant, it was seemingly crowded with the restaurant+retail space divided into several stations. There was an artisan bakery, an espresso bar, salad and entrée station, rotisserie, wine and craft beer bar, and a gourmet marketplace. The exposed ceiling, floor to ceiling glass windows, and minimal color palette gave Stir Market an undoubtedly modern feel, sitting at the intersection of European sophistication and simple Los Angeles cool.

There are many things to worry about when opening your own restaurant. Money-saving techniques was definitely one of those inescapable concerns Bryan addressed. By building the outdoor heated patio themselves and inventing a Stocking Hour (Happy Hour) around, what was at first, an inconvenient time the store had to be stocked, they created a continuous business model. Now, it has become a drawing point for the restaurant, where customers can sample the fresh food and products that have just been delivered. Another big takeaway? Reduce the need to make your place too comfortable, or people never leave! With this being said, from their local selection of wines to their tasty porchetta, I don’t think it’ll be easy leaving this neighborhood joint.

For more pictures, please visit our facebook page here.

For more information  on Stir Market please visit www.stirmarket.com

Featured Topic: Pasadena Design Showcase

Featured Topic: Pasadena Design Showcase

by Margaret Smith 

For the past decade, it has been my family’s tradition to visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design each year. It is an event that I look forward to, and I hope to one day be a part of the three month design process. This year, an eclectic English Tudor house was featured integrating Craftsman elements. This year’s house paid tribute to the similar style 1993 Showcase House.

 

As an artist myself, I most enjoyed the Artist’s Retreat. This room provided a bright, airy escape, especially for those seeking inspiration. I could have easily read a book or painted the landscape for hours, however I had to continue the tour. On the way out of the house, I noticed the kitchen flooring, which appeared to be hardwood but was actually porcelain tile. The faux wood look was incredibly realistic!

 

Another remarkable feature was the carriage house, which at one time, was the residence of the coachman and chauffeur. Its calming color palette and sense of rustic simplicity made the space inviting to anyone who entered from the pool courtyard.

Pasadena as a city has so much to offer when it comes to architecture and design inspiration. For those of you who have not attended the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, I promise it is worth your while. See you all there in 2016. Design on!


 

ART THERAPY

Remembering Chris Burden
By Amber Sokolowski

Chris Burden, creator of the renown work, “Urban Light,” featured at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) passed away Sunday, May 10th at the age of 69. Burden’s final sculpture, an homage to Alberto Santos-Dumont, the Brazilian aviator who flew the first practical dirigible around the Eiffel Tower in 1901, will be shown for a month at LACMA in a special exhibition beginning May 18. His work, “Metropolis II” is also currently on display at LACMA at the BCAM. The Los Angeles Times has published an article including information on Burden’s life and images of his work. Read the article here. Learn more about Metropolis II at LACMA here.

SUBMIT YOUR WORK!

  

Content and Artwork Wanted for our Newsletter

Are there any topics you have wanted to see in this newsletter? Do you have a perspective you would like to share? Do you have artwork or designs you would like to feature? We would love to hear from you! We are currently reviewing submissions for editorial articles, and original artwork or designs to feature in upcoming issues of our ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter newsletter. The newsletter is a great way for your work to reach students, design industry professionals, and alumni!

Please submit entries to communications@asiduclaextension.com

Amber Sokolowski, Communications Manager, ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter 2015-2016

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