Los Angeles Design Festival

Helms Bakery District is proud to be the Westside anchor for the 2023 Los Angeles Design Festival: Design for the People, taking place June 22-25 at locations across the city.

Social, technological, environmental, political, and economic shifts are changing the way our future will look at lightning speeds.

Design is, at its root, optimistic problem-solving and provides aesthetic and structure to guide change.

As a global design capital, Los Angeles has the opportunity to create a space for collaborative engagement with creatives from all corners of our city and world.

Designing for the people encompasses voices from all walks of life, backgrounds, creative practices, educational experiences, and places of origin including those that are often excluded, dismissed or overlooked.

LA Design Festival provides a place for creatives to explore, collaborate and engage with other members of the design community.

Helms Bakery District will host a variety of thought-provoking design talks and exhibitions including the acclaimed Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture. Curated by Sekou Cooke, Close to the Edge showcases work by diverse architects and designers in a movement that draws from the creative energy of Hip-Hop culture. It is emblematic of LADF’s 2023 theme, celebrating design voices from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Scroll down to find out about all the events at Helms!

For a list of all festival events, visit the LADF site.


Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture

This dynamic exhibition dives into the rich and vibrant world of hip-hop, from its fundamental elements of emceeing, b-boying, and graffiti, to its influence on the world of design and architecture.

June 22-25 @ 12:00 pm6:00 pm

Exhibition on view until Sept. 17, 2023


Design & Art In California, a curated collection of books by Cisco Home & Burntsienna Research Society

Cisco Home and Burntsienna Research Society have curated a collection of books centered around Design & Art in California for the Los Angeles Design Festival.

June 22 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
June 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
June 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Susan Maddux Art Exhibition

Los Angeles artist Susan Maddux uses origami-inspired folding to transform paintings, creating hybrid objects that exist in the space between painting and sculpture.

June 22-25 @ 12:00 pm6:00 pm

Helms Bakery District Open Studio Tours

Experience the latest interior and exterior collections from the Helms Bakery District showrooms and retailers. View the latest introductions and seek one-on-one guidance from the Helms design experts.

June 23 @ 2:00 pm6:00 pm

The Latinx/e Experience in Design

A panel of Latinx/e Designer/Educators discuss their pathway to graphic design as students, professionals and educators.

June 22 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm

Wine and Weave with George Haroonian of The Rug Warehouse

Join George Haroonian for a design talk covering the status of the rug industry today in addition to The Rug Warehouse’s creative offerings.

June 22 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm

Creating Gen AI Tools with and for Designers

Join members of the Adobe Design and Community teams for a very special event, as they host a conversation with local designers about the design process behind Adobe’s Gen AI tools.

June 22 @ 7:00 pm8:00 pm

Projecting “Design for the People”

PosterTerritory presents 70+ posters by international designers and graphic artists to celebrate design, creativity, inclusiveness, freedom and love, to coincide with this year’s theme.

June 22-25 @ 8:30 pm – 1:00 am

Open Studio with Room & Board and artist Marcos Lutyens

View and explore one of a kind Olfactory Haptic therapeutic sculptures that aim to provide therapeutic benefits to neurodivergent people, enhancing their engagement with the environment and aiding in recovery.

June 23 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Illusionistic Design: Art Informed by the Visual and Emotional Effects of Color

Curated by Saatchi Art. We will discuss the ways in which artists use principles of color theory to inform their art practice and ultimately how that affects the design space in which the artwork is placed.

June 23 @ 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Foresight, Futuring, and Prospective Design

Nu Goteh of Deem Journal in conversation with Radha Mistry about foresight as practice and industry.

June 24 @ 3:00 pm4:00 pm

Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture Curator Led Walk-Through

Join the A+D Museum and curator Sekou Cooke for a walkthrough and insightful discussion of the exhibition.

June 24 @ 3:00 pm4:30 pm

Curator Interview: Sekou Cooke

Join us for a conversation with Sekou Cooke, curator of Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hiphop Architecture, and Nu Goteh of Deem Journal.

June 24 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm

Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip Hop Architecture Opening Party

Join us in celebrating the launch of the acclaimed exhibition at Helms Bakery District.

June 24 @ 6:30 pm9:00 pm

California Dreaming

What does “California Dream” mean to you? That’s the question that will be addressed by designers, architects and audience members gathering at the Helms Design Center.

June 25 @ 4:00 pm7:00 pm

We would like to thank all our partners! 

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