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Six Events for Venice Design Series Announced

Linda Lucks, one of the chairs of the Venice Design Series, just announced the six events scheduled for the Fifth Annual Venice Design Series, which will be held in April and May of this year.  All monies will go to benefit Venice Community Housing.

“Each of the events in the series combines architecture, art, food, landscape design, and performance for a unique and personal experience,” said Lucks.  Here is a first look at the 2019 event line-up taking place in April and May:

Saturday, April 27, 2019


Venice Dinner Party hosted by Cicek & Paul Bricault and Teri & Ken Hertz. Architect: Marc Bricault, Bricault Design; Landscape design: Richard Grigsby; Chef Matthew Kenney of Venice’s Plant Food + Wine


Sunday, April 28, 2019


Trousdale Estates tour led by architectural historian and author Steven Price. Visit architecturally significant mid-century luxury homes in Beverly Hills located in the spectacular wooded hills above Sunset Blvd., once part of the famous Doheny Ranch. The 429-acre tract of land emerged as one of the world’s foremost hubs of modernist architecture during the ’50s and ’60s.


Saturday, May 4, 2019


Architect Gregory Ain-designed 52 parcels of “Modernique,” one-story, single-family homes in 1948 to promote home ownership and to accommodate the growing numbers of modest income families. In 2003, the Mar Vista Tract became the first post-World War II HPOZ designated by the L.A. City Council. Stroll through the two-square-block area and enjoy lunch at the newly renovated home of Laura Donnelly; Renovation by architect Santiago Ortiz, Ortiz-Mexia Projects.


Sunday, May 5, 2019


Brentwood Dinner Party at the art-filled contemporary home of fine art collector Carla Kirkeby. Architect: Shahram Shokoufandeh, group S; Dinner by Kensington Caterers; Entertainment by Shades of Music.


Saturday, May 11, 2019


DTLA Artist Studio Tour is led by art collector/consultant and event co-chair Cecilia Dan. Experience an insider’s visit with cutting-edge Downtown LA artists in their studios, including Cammie Staros, David Weisman (list in progress)


Saturday, May 18, 2019


Visit a choice selection of Venice’s most distinctive and memorable architecture, art and landscape design on the final event of the 2019 season. Enjoy a garden lunch in the newly built, art-filled home of landscape designer Stefan Hammerschmidt and entertainment executive Lawrence Szabo. View the work of Marmol Radziner, Steven Ehrlich, Kelly Berg, Andy Moses, Ed Moses, Jay Griffith, Tony Bill+ Helen Bartlett, Leza Lidow, Stefan Hammerschmidt (list in progress).

For more information, visit www.venicedesignseries.org. To purchase tickets, visit

Chairs are: Cecilia Dan, Jay Griffith,  Linda Lucks, Dana & Eric Newman


First of Venice Design Series Events was Magical as Billed

It was called Magic Malibu and that it was!  

First of the six events for this year’s Venice Design Series was held last Sunday. It was a tour of the Wing House, made from the wing of a 747 aircraft and designed by Venice’s own architect David Hertz. It is high in the Malibu hills and considered one of the 100 most extraordinary houses in the United States.

Linda Lucks and Jay Griffith absolutely do not stop warming the hearts of Venetians and challenging their imaginations. First it was the Home and Garden show that ran in Venice for more than 25 years and brought people from all over California. Now it is the fourth year of the Venice Design Series. One wonders how these two can keep topping themselves.

First of the six events for this year was held last Sunday. It was a tour of the Wing House, made from the wing of a 747 aircraft and designed by Venice’s own architect David Hertz. It is considered one of the 100 most extraordinary houses in the United States. 

In addition to touring the house made from a 747, owner Francie Rehwald’s garden or yard consists of the set from the movie King and I. Originally, the land was owned by set designer and designer extraordinaire of many things, Tony Duquette. Duquette had the set moved to his property. His original house burned and he lived in and on the set for years.

The tour included lunch in the King and I set.

David Hertz and his wife Laura Doss-Hertz just bought an old hunting lodge with 40 acres adjoining Rehwald’s Wing House. They plan to do “something” with it. They allowed all to tour their house also.

The remaining events are shown below. All monies benefit the Venice Community Housing Corporation. For information contact Linda Lucks at llucks@vchcorp.org


Venice Design Series Events Start in April

The Venice Design Series, which is an outgrowth of the Home and Garden Show that Linda Lucks and Jay Griffith initiated and that lasted for years, will start this month. All proceeds go to the Venice Community Housing Corporation. For information, tickets, or sponsorship, contact Linda Lucks at 310-526-3857, LLucks@vchcorp.org. The contact fields below do not work.


Venice Design Series Starts in April


Venice Design Series Events Announced

Events for the 2018 Venice Design Series have been announced and the first one will start near the end of April.

The Venice Design Series is an outgrowth of  the Venice Garden and Home Show that Linda Lucks and Jay Griffith founded in 1993.  It morphed into the Venice Design Series a few years ago.  All proceeds go to benefit the Venice Community Housing Corporation.  To donate and/or to ask questions, contact Linda Lucks at LLucks@vchcorp.org, 310-526-3857.  Events are listed below.


Venice Design Series Tour of Culver City Architecture Old and Future was Held

This was the view from the Baldwin Hills Overlook where Venice Design Series participants had lunch. The Tour was dubbed the Culver City Preservation and Architectural Tour and was held Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

It was a whirlwind tour of the old landmarks with a glimpse of what is to come. It started at EYRC Architectural firm with Eurlich showing and explaining the Culver City “minimall” they were doing near Trader Joes. It went from there to the Ivy Substation in downtown Culver City for fun with the Acting Gang. It was a short walk for a tour of the Culver Hotel that Harry Culver built in 1924 and where he maintained his office on the second floor. After that it was a tour of Culver Studios where Gone With the Wind and Hong Kong were filmed. All of that was before lunch.

Jack Prichett will provide details and the after lunch tour later.