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01.21.2019

Design Conversation Series: Brigitte Shim & Elke Krasny present “Building Our Collective Memory – The House / Museum”

Thursday, February 14 at 5:30 p.m.

The modern house has been the site for great experiments and invaluable exploration in new ways of living. The House / Museums exist in different forms around the world. Liljestrand House has transformed from a single family house to a new House / Museum. It is amongst a growing number of global house museums that provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the radical types of spatial innovations that have been explored through the house in the modernist period.

We hope you will join us for Brigitte & Elke’s Building Our Collective Memory – The House / Museum presentation and conversation. Together, they will present a range of significant House / Museums around the world providing a context to the important work being done at Liljestrand House. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with them throughout this informal discussion and cocktail event at the inspired setting of the Liljestrand House. 

Elke Krasny is a curator, cultural theorist and writer. She is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna Austria. In her curatorial practice she works at the intersection of art, architecture, education, landscape, spatial politics and urbanism. She has been the City of Vienna Visiting Professor (2014), Visiting Professor at the Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts (2013), Artist-in-residence at the Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver( 2012). David Chipperfield, curator of the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale invited Elke to bring her ground breaking exhibition The Right to Green – Hands on Urbanismcurated for the Architekturzentrum Wien (Architecture Center Vienna) to the Central Pavilion in Venice. A traveling version of the exhibition has been presented at the Aarhus Architecture School, The Heinrich Boll Foundation, the Free University of Bolzano and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig. 

Brigitte Shim along with her partner, A. Howard Sutcliffe, are both principals in the Toronto based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. Shim-Sutcliffe’s built work explores the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape, furniture and fittings. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award, along with many other professional accolades for their built work. Brigitte is a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. She was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University’s School of Architecture and an invited visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Auckland’s School of Architecture and Planning within the National Institute for Creative Arts and Industries.  

01.31.2019

Design Conversation Series: Melanie Ide
Thursday, January 31 at 5:30pm

Liljestrand Foundation invites you to join us for an evening of presentation and conversation with Melanie Ide, President & CEO of Bishop Museum. Melanie will lead a conversation about her leadership philosophy and exhibition design work in numerous world-class museums and institutions across the country. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with her throughout this informal discussion and cocktail event at the inspired setting of the Liljestrand House. 

Melanie has nearly 30 years of experience in museum planning, design and program development. Prior to accepting the role of President and CEO at Bishop Museum, she was  a principal of the world-renowned Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a multi-disciplinary, international planning and design firm with active projects in more than twenty countries.  From 2005-2014, Melanie led RAA’s team to restore and reinterpret Bishop Museum’s now iconic Hawaiian Hall and Pacific Hall and the first phase of a comprehensive masterplan for the Museum. 

In addition to her work at Bishop Museum, Melanie’s signature projects have included the iconic Fossil Halls, Hall of Biodiversity, and Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, N.Y.; the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.; the United States Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. She led the team and continues to consult for President Obama’s museum at the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, Illinois, a project that resonates strongly in its mission to train new leaders to make positive change in their communities.

11.30.2018

Halekulani Feature & Video

Halekulani Hotel has been a longtime partner of Liljestrand Foundation, offering special tours to their guests.  They recently shot a beautiful fashion editorial at the house for their magazine, Living.  Halekulani has also created a video featuring Bob Liljestrand for their in-house TV station, Living TV.  Be sure to check it out via the link below!

09.27.2018

Design Conversation Series: Greg Warner, AIA LEED AP
Thursday, September 27 at 5:30pm

Liljestrand Foundation invites you to join us for Chasing Ossipoff, an evening of presentation and conversation with Greg Warner, Principal, of San Francisco based Walker Warner Architects. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with him throughout this informal discussion and cocktail event at the inspired setting of the Liljestrand House. 

Greg Warner co-founded the San Francisco based firm, Walker Warner Architects, in 1989. The firm specializes in custom residential and estate design with projects located throughout the Western United States and Hawaii.  Walker Warner Architects has been recognized globally through numerous design awards and publications featuring their work.

Greg’s artistry in place-sensitive design grew from his unique upbringing in Hawaii, where he found that culture and environment combine to inform the regional architecture. In particular, Greg found inspiration in the work of renowned regionalist, Vladimir Ossipoff, and attributes his early interest in architecture to his years attending Hawaii Preparatory Academy, whose campus Ossipoff designed.

Over nearly 30 years, Walker Warner Architects has designed meaningful buildings that are site-responsive, stylistically timeless and well-crafted. With active projects throughout the Hawaiian Islands, Greg continues his endeavor to create enduring architecture for inspired living. 

www.walkerwarner.com

07.25.2018

Design Conversation Series: Bahia Shehab
Thursday, August 16 at 5:30pm

Liljestrand Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural Design Conversation Series. Conceived and organized in accordance with the mission and vision of the Foundation and curated by Liljestrand Foundation Board Member Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, the series will bring world-class designers and design thinkers to share their expertise in an informal and intimate setting.

The Design Conversation Series features designers and critics from the fields of urbanism, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial, graphic and exhibition design who have made a global impact through their work.

In partnership with Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, we invite you to join us for the second lecture in the series—an evening of conversation with Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and historian, Bahia Shehab. The event will take place on Thursday, August 16th, at 5:30pm.

Ms. Shehab will lead a discussion around her work and the power of art to facilitate change and to give voice in the fight for social justice. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with her throughout this informal conversation and cocktail event at the inspired setting of the Liljestrand House.

Bahia Shehab will be Shangri La artist-in-residence from August 9–23, 2018. She is an associate professor of design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her artwork has been displayed in exhibitions, galleries and streets around the world and was featured in the 2015 documentary, Nefertiti’s Daughters. She has received a number of international recognitions and awards, including: TED fellowship (2012) and TED Senior fellowship (2016), BBC 100 Women list (2013), The American University in Beirut distinguished alumna (2015), Shortlist for V&A’s Jameel Prize 4 (2016), and a Prince Claus Award (2016). Her book, A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif, was published in 2010. Shehab is the first Arab woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.

For more information on Bahia Shehab’s residency at Shangri La, please visit www.shangrilahawaii.org.

06.26.2018

Design Conversation Series Featuring Brigitte Shim & Howard Sutcliffe

Liljestrand Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural Design Conversation Series. Conceived and organized in accordance with the mission and vision of the Foundation and curated by Liljestrand Foundation Board Member Dean Sakamoto, FAIA, the series will bring world-class designers and design thinkers to share their expertise in an informal and intimate setting.

The Design Conversation Series features designers and critics from the fields of urbanism, architecture, landscape architecture, industrial, graphic and exhibition design who have made a global impact through their work.

We invite you to join us for the first lecture in the series – an evening of conversation with renowned Toronto based architects, Brigitte Shim, Hon. FAIA, and Howard Sutcliffe, Hon. FAIA, of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. The event will take place on Thursday, July 12th, at 5:30pm.

Ms. Shim and Mr. Sutcliffe will lead a conversation about their design philosophy and share examples of their work. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with them throughout this informal discussion and cocktail event at the inspired setting of the Liljestrand House.

Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe are principals of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects based in Toronto, Canada. Ms. Shim is a Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, and has held numerous visiting professorships at institutions such as Yale University and Harvard University.

Shim-Sutcliffe’s projects have won local, national and international recognition and awards. Their built work has been exhibited internationally and has been published globally. They have been honored with fourteen Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada along with an American Institute of Architects National Honour Award.

Completed work includes The Integral House, Corkin Gallery, Weathering Steel House, Muskoka Boathouse, Craven Road House and Studio, Ravine Guest House, Laneway House, House on Hurricane Lake, and Garden Pavilion and Reflecting Pool. Each project responds to its specific site conditions, and seeks to investigate new relationships between exterior and interior. Shim-Sutcliffe are currently working on two innovative projects on the island of Oahu in the early stages of construction.

04.25.2018

A Repair Made Possible Thanks to a Generous Donation

Thanks to a generous donation from John Ike and his New York architecture firm, Ike Kligerman Barkley, we have made a very important repair at Liljestrand House. The steel brackets of the bench and rail system on the main deck have been replaced. These had corroded so severely that we would not allow people to sit on the bench. With the help of a skilled craftsman, the original drawings, and the Ike donation, all brackets have been fabricated of stainless steel and replaced. Commenting on photos, John said, “It looks amazing!!! Just like it used to.” Thank you again to John and his firm.

The images below show the concept sketch of the bench and rail system, the architectural drawing, and the deck before and after.

Additional Repairs

We have made additional repairs and improvements. A railing has been erected on the deck near the kitchen. It mimics the railing on the main deck but is partially hidden in the plant border. The frames of the copper screens below the Diamond Head windows in the living room have been repaired. Over the years the screens had taken on a beautiful green patina and the repairs were done carefully to preserve the original screens. The kitchen door that had suffered from sixty-plus years of use has been replaced and the interior doors between the entry area and the bedroom corridor that had been ripped from their hinges in a wind storm have been repaired.

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