West Hollywood’s First Annual “DIEM” EVENT Commences a New Era of Design

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Beth Dunlop at Robert Kuo in West Hollywood on October 5th.

Beth Dunlop at Robert Kuo in West Hollywood on October 5th.

On Friday, October 5th, MODERN’s Editor-in-Chief Beth Dunlop joined leaders of the design industries, such as Erin Feher (Executive Editor, California Home + Design Magazine), Mina Marefat (PhD, AIA), Frances Anderton (host of DnA: Design and Architecture on KCRW 89.9), Shana Nys Dambrot (Art Critic, contributor to Artbound), and Nicole Guarascio (West Coast Trend Director of Stylesight) to participate in the DIEM – Design Intersects Everything Made event, presented by The Avenues: Art, Fashion, & Design District, West Hollywood, sponsored by Union Bank.

DIEM presented a 360 approach for defining and pushing the dialogue for design today, by producing programming that served to cross pollinate all creative fields, including interior design, architecture, fashion, product design and fine art.  For the first time in the Los Angeles design scene, captains and enthusiasts of the design industries were invited to engage with one another and mix, through a series of events that combined the intelligence and beauty of good design. Culturally resonating discussions, interactive forums, trade presentations and keynotes from leaders in the fields of design, fashion, architecture and fine arts, redefined the rapidly changing design industries, while exploring breakthroughs for the business of creativity.

Beth Dunlop moderated the discussion at Robert Kuo, with help from Oliver M. Furth of LACMA and Maya Mclaughlin of Philips Auction House, to ponder the fundamental question, “What is design?” The program titled, “Coloring Outside The Lines: Collecting Design in the Future and the Future of Collecting Design,” focused on the blurred boundaries between craft, art, architecture and fashion.  A decade ago, the definition of design was far more specific. Today, what are the roles of the design collectors, connoisseurs, curators and decorators?

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