The architecture school at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco was only founded in 1986 and did not have its own campus until 1997. But the school—housed in a light filled old bus shed in the city’s Potrero Hill Design District—is quickly carving out a unique role for itself as a center of architectural creativity and pedagogy. The College, with its dynamic president and acting director of architecture David Gissen, seems to be trying to work forward from its Arts and Crafts traditions (the CCA itself was founded in 1907 in Oakland) but link up with the vibrant and young tech industries and attitude that proliferate in this south of Market area. A sign of this new spirit is a small but fascinating exhibit, An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969, curated by Gissen and new faculty member Irene Cheng and designed by Brian Price and Matt Hutchinson.
Hatch Hub was created to give designers a platform to help bring their designs to market; connecting them to a community of enthusiastic design lovers and buyers. Hatch Hub, launching late this fall, will be having a permanent open call for innovative, smart designs, (from innovative, smart designers.)
We will also be working with established designers to create exclusive capsule collections and provide mentorship to the community of up and coming designers. Leading up to launch at www.hatchhub.com, Hatch Hub will be hosting a live design competition, Hatch Live, focused on showcasing the best new talent in product design. Hatch Live will be a knockout tournament with a series of head-to-head design matches. Competitors will aim to create a new product within a product category (e.g., seating, home storage, lighting,) while also fitting within the bounding shape constraints specified. Up to 12 people will be selected to compete live. The winner of Hatch Live will receive $4,000 and a brunch and portfolio review with Dan Rubenstein, former editor in chief of Surface magazine and Submissions close October 2nd, 2013.
To learn more or submit your work, visit www.hatchlive.com.