A farm-to-table dinner, Veuve Clicquot champagne and spectacular Rustic Canyon views all made for a warm and intimate evening at the Spanish hacienda-style home of renowned landscape designer Jay Griffith. The kick-off event of the Venice Design Series 2017 offered warm hospitality in a gorgeous John Byers-designed house and a lush natural environment where even the goat and mini-horse made had a cameo appearance.
Photos from the 2017 party at Jay Griffith’s house by Jack Prichett and Melba Levick.
A chilly May day set the stage for an engaging and enlightening tour of the offices of the award-winning architectural firms of Steven Ehrlich (EYRC), Eric Owen Moss, and Thom Mayne (Morphosis). The tour also dropped by actor-director Tim Robbins’ Actors Gang Studio, as well as historical sites such as the Culver Hotel and Culver Studios with Vice Mayor of Culver City and architectural writer Thomas Small.
Photos from the 2017 tour by Jack Prichett.
Architect Ron Radziner (Marmol Radziner) and jewelry designer Robin Cottle hosted the first party in their stunning new home. It was a magical evening of spirited conversation and warm hospitality with an amazing meal prepared by Chef Giacomo Dalmonte. Robin and Ron provided a very special experience for this intimate dinner.
The morning started at Jay Griffith’s historic home for coffee before the group embarked on a guided walkabout of Malibu’s scenic Carbon Mesa Road to view contemporary and historic homes by renowned architects Peter Tolkin, Craig Ellwood, and Frank Israel, including the 2010 “Sunglass House.” Tour goers experienced world class contemporary art collections with lunch catered by Malibu’s Farm and Flame at the home of co-chair Cecilia Dan.
A tour by Design Series Jay Griffith of nearby public-property “free” gardens that he designed, preceded this evening dinner in the new, architecturally stunning home of realtor Tiffany Rochelle and restaurateur Paul Hibler (owner of Superba and Pitfire Restaurants). Designed by award-winning architect Kulapat Yantrasast, principal of wHy Architecture, the house is set on a charming walk street and the perfect environment for Paul Hibler’s amazing food and wonderful company.
“Mid-Century Flight,” the gala finale of the 2017 Venice Design Series, tooks guests back to the heyday of aviation at Howard Hughes corporate headquarters, now home to the innovative, award-winning ad agency 72andSunny. Guests were taken on tours of the historic building in which the “Spruce Goose” was designed and were given a peek into the original office of visionary tycoon, aviator, and Hollywood producer, Howard Hughes. Inside 72andSunny, guests also saw the original UCLA Pauley Pavilion basketball court floors, home to UCLA basketball teams, and Michael Warren, UCLA Hall of Famer, captain of three of four NCAA national championship teams (1965-67,68) and Emmy Award-winning actor from his role on “Hill Street Blues,” relived vignettes from the best games in history. Veuve Cliquot, martinis, gourmet food, and dancing under the stars made this an amazing evening.