IIDA 2018 FASHION SHOW: PEACE, LOVE & GAUDI

Save the dateSince joining the IIDA, we love being able to sponsor the events that bring out the best and most creative sides in designers. Not only do we get to network with talented people, but we also see what inspires them and what direction designers are taking the latest or past trends to inspire their designs today. Which brings us to last week’s Fashion Show hosted by IIDA SoCal Chapter.

Last Thursday, we attended one of our favorite events of the year- the IIDA Haute Couture Fashion Show at Parq Nightclub in Downtown San Diego. This isn’t just any ordinary fashion show though. Architects and Interior Designers team up to create a design using materials from a partnered furniture manufacturer. If you watch Project Runway, it’s the real-life unconventional materials challenge!

Typically, the fashion show committee picks a theme, but to shake things up, this year they left the decision up to the design community. Instead of choosing a single theme, there was a list of five iconic architects along with five fashion genres to choose from as the inspiration. The decision resulted in Antonio Gaudi, the Spanish architect best known for Catalan Modernism, and 1960’s Hippie fashion, the trend that was best known for its natural materials with an alternative, rebellious twist.

There were so many great designs from all the participants, and each model captured and embodied their inspiration to the “T”! But of course, we all want to know, who were the winners??

People’s Choice & Best Student Team – Mesa College
Best Theme Inspiration – ID Studios
Best Haute Couture – OCIO Design Group
Best Craftmanship – FPBA
Best Showmanship – HBG Design & RBN Design
Congrats to all the teams that won an award!

Again, we appreciate any opportunity to sponsor and attend all the local events the IIDA puts on, and we are glad to be a part of the association. To learn more about the IIDA and how to become a member, click the link https://iida-socal.org/.

A Bright New Year For SDLA

Family, Friends, Colleagues and Customers,

First and foremost, Happy New Year. For us at SDLA, 2016 was one for the books, and that’s in part thanks to all of you reading this note. Thank you, thank you, thank you. And also thanks to you, the new year that’s upon us is looking even brighter. If you’re here reading this blog post, you know we have a brand new website that just launched, to help serve as a better portal and resource for our customers. But that’s just scratching the surface of the excitement we’re feeling here at SDLA.

For months we have carefully and thoughtfully designed our new headquarters to be a living testament to our work. Our goal with this new space was to create a place where our talented staff can enjoy coming to work. A space they would feel proud to work in. Our new facility will also serve as a resource center – think of it as the lighting hub of San Diego – for our valued customers and lighting professionals in the area. We plan to host regular trainings, “lunch and learns”, and more.

Happy New Year, and here’s to an incredible 2017 for all.

-Danny Cortez

P.S. Keep an eye out for upcoming details on our open house tour that will include drinks and appetizers on us! Some pics of our new space below.