Been: Urbanic Summer Social

It’s been so busy lately that we barely noticed that it was summer. Thankfully, Urbanic‘s Summer Social gave us a welcome excuse to take the night off and indulge in some absolutely gorgeous prettiness.  While we laptop-bound secret agents had neither tan nor pretty sun dress to sport, it was great to get out among the immaculately dressed design bloggers.  We thoroughly enjoyed sipping spiked lemonade, making pinwheels, and drooling over Smock‘s new letterpress collection.

Another One Bites the Dust: Goodbye 944

Despite the sadly ironic “now hiring” ad on their front page, 944 announced today that they will be shutting down as of the June issue.   As Black Book reports, the magazine has been grappling with legal and financial woes for quite some time.  We’re always sad to see another magazine fold for the obvious professional reasons, but beyond that, frankly it sucks to think about all the people affected by this kind of news.  We wish the best to all the 944 staffers affected this.

AIA LA Announces Restaurant Design Awards Finalists

I’m not really sure which I’m addicted to more, food or design, so the AIA LA’s annual Restaurant Design Awards are naturally something that I never fail to mark on the calendar.  This year, however, I was honored to be included on the jury along with architect Dean Larkin and chef and author Mark Peel of Campanile fame.  After nearly five hours of careful deliberation, we, the jury, selected a list of finalists for you, the people’s, voting pleasure.  The nominees include restaurants, cafe/bars, and lounges from LA, Austin, Portland (Maine, not Oregon), and even the city of my birth, Columbus, OH.  Already popping up on Eater LA and California Home and Design, the word is clearly out.  People need only click here to vote for their choice for top toques.  Then come out to Dwell on Design on June 24th to find out who will be crowned victorious.