CCA Extended Education Presents the Winter 2008 Interior Designers Forum: "World View on Design"

An eclectic mix of top California interior designers, architects, and design experts will present original new work along with their ideas and inspirations for the future at the California College of the Arts (CCA) winter 2008 Interior Designers Forum: "World View on Design." The forum is presented by CCA's Extended Education Department and will take place from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2008, on CCA's San Francisco campus.

Moderated by the best-selling design author and editor Diane Dorrans Saeks, the forum participants will discuss a range of design philosophies and approaches, focusing on the influence and scope of international design. The day's presenters are seasoned travelers who scour the cities of Paris, London, Rome, and beyond for inspiration, immersing themselves in other cultures while studying new directions in art and attending antique fairs and art exhibitions. They will show images of their newest projects and products and discuss how their travels have influenced their work.

The forum's program includes keynote speaker Gary Hutton, creator of the Gary Hutton Furniture Collection. Special guest speakers include Andrea Cochran, chair of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Civic Design Review Committee and an executive board member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Architecture + Design Forum, and Byron Kuth and Elizabeth Ranieri, founders of the award-winning firm KUTH/RANIERI Architects. Other speakers include Cass Calder Smith of CCS Architecture, John Cary of Public Architecture, and Mark Dziewulski, the winner of three Excellence in Design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for significant works of architecture, two Pacific Coast Builders design awards, and the International Design and Development Award.

Diane Dorrans Saeks is the author of 18 books, including California Country Style (Chronicle Books), Michael S. Smith: Elements of Style (Rizzoli), and Hollywood Style (Rizzoli). A noted editor and lecturer, Saeks has written extensively for the New York Times, Departures, Garden Design, and many other design publications around the world. She is the San Francisco editor-at-large for C magazine and the California editor of Metropolitan Home.

The cost of the forum is $125 (plus a $20 registration fee). Lunch and refreshments are included. ASID members may earn 0.6 CEU credit. Preregistration is required. Those interested should call 510.594.3710 to register or to request more information.