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CA Boom II: Second Annual Showcase of Contemporary Architecture and Design

by Marshall Mayer last modified Jan 04, 2012 12:05 AM
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Santa Monica, CA is host to CA Boom II, a three-day event dedicated to showcasing contemporary architecture and independent contemporary design. Professionals and design enthusiasts will be exposed to a stimulating array of contemporary and non-traditional architecture, interior design, furniture design and landscape design through a provocative and entertaining mix of gallery-like exhibition, guided home tours and speaker conferences.



WHEN:       July 29th - 31st, 2005 - Exhibits, Speakers & Home Tours

HOURS:     Friday and Saturday 11am - 7pm, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Home Tour and Exhibition Admission: $75 per day or $195 for 3 day pass. 6 new homes per day. Participation is limited. Home tour tickets must be purchased in advance. Includes one day admission to exhibits.

Speaker Program and Exhibition Admission: $60 per day or $175 for 3 day. Includes same day admission to exhibits.

Admission to Exhibits: Includes Indoor & Outdoor exhibits with DJ entertainment. $20 at door or $18 per day if bought in advance online at Additional discount on exhibit hall admission available by contacting a participating exhibitor or architect.

Design Community Opening Night Event:  Thursday, July 28th   By Invitation. $40.

Advance ticket purchase only at

WHERE:     Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
                1855 Main Street
                Santa Monica, CA 90401-3209
                Corner of Pico Blvd. & Main Street

CA Boom II is about what’s happening now in independent contemporary design. The event is North America’s only multi-disciplinary design show dedicated to exposing the best in contemporary and non-traditional architecture, furniture design, interior design, and landscape design in an festival-like format. The event is a 3-day trade fair, which seamlessly blends a series of indoor and outdoor design exhibits, visits to 18 recently completed or rarely-before-seen cutting edge homes, and an A List design and architecture speaker’s program of industry leaders.

CA Boom II provides an unmatched opportunity for the design professional, architect, specifier, retail dealer/buyer and select group of design enthusiasts access to the most compelling array of independent design resources today.  The event provides an opportunity for design industry leaders, design professionals and discerning consumers to discover and meet renowned, innovative and undiscovered furniture designers, manufacturers, architects, landscape architects and interior designers.

Charles Trotter, Executive Producer of CA Boom II, recognized a shift within the design community in that non-traditional and innovative contemporary designers were moving away from standard design center representation.  He envisioned a non-traditional showcase that would create new opportunities for sales, marketing and communication between the design disciplines and their users. 

Glowing in the success of CA Boom I in August of 2004, Charles Trotter remarks, “There is a revolution going on in contemporary design. You have interior designers dropping the word “interior”. You have architects who are creating complete environments and not just the structure. We created CA Boom so that these worlds could collide, stimulate and foster in a non-conventional manner.” 

Trotter adds, “CA Boom is also about uniting a design community and positioning California as a destination for sourcing the best independent contemporary design.”

Home Tours: CA Boom’s Home Tour participants will be treated to rare, firsthand experiences of non traditional designs by some of Southern California’s most distinguished architects and designers, such as Steven Kanner, Glen Irani, Rodger Sherman, and David Hertz just to name a few.  The Home Tours incorporate of three days of shuttle bus, guided visits to 18 of the best contemporary homes and unique live-work spaces currently found in Venice, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood.

Exhibitors include: A cultivated mix of vetted exhibitors based on category leadership, innovation, unique vision and note-worthy up-and-comers.

  • Built, Inc.
  • EM Collaborative Studio
  • Twentieth
  • In House
  • Lampa + Mobler
  • LAH/The Hardware Gallery
  • Katerina Tana Designs
  • Accent Hardware
  • Swiss Shade & Security
  • Hennessey + Ingalls
  • Real Illusions
  • Studio Four
  • Rhoom
  • Grant Irish
  • Neo-Metro
  • Farrow & Ball
  • Estate Stone
  • Classic Tile & Mosaic
  • H Studio
  • Ganesa Garden Design
  • Rolling Greens
  • Plush Living
  • Clay & Wood
  • Bottega Montana
  • Builder’s Bamboo
  • De Wulf Concrete
  • Big Red Sun 
More to come … Updates with regard to Exhibitors, Home Tours and Speaker Conference participants will follow.  Additional information can be found at




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