Deep Valley Deco

In tandem with the Getty's ongoing Pacific Standard Time Presents architecture edition and the Dwell on Design convention, the Los Angeles Design Festival embraces the city's sprawling geography in a weeks-long program of architecture- and design-focused tours, parties, exhibitions and screenings. Some 40 events are slated, including a Big City Forum at the Standard Downtown on June 19, a Chinatown focus on June 29 and a citywide design shopping night on June 27. There's even an app for that. But perhaps the single most curious-minded of the engagements has to be June 15's Design Caravan -- a guided excursion to the deep Valley and beyond, starring Los Angeles magazine's design guru/hidden-gem maven Chris Nichols. Tour takers will be treated to stops at little-known locales including a public art installation, an innovative design studio, an abandoned art deco airport and a prop house specializing in historical objects -- not to mention the better-known but still gorgeous grounds of the world-famous Griffith Park Observatory, where the tour begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. with a picnic by Wolfgang Puck, which is included in the $20 ticket. The best part? All the driving is handled by a fleet of pink-mustachioed Lyft cars, leaving you free to snap, post and tag your Instagrams for a chance to win something awesome. Griffith Park Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Road, Los Feliz; Sat., June 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; $20.
Sat., June 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2013


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