Current Events
Each month, we invite luminaries of all kinds (historians, activists, explorers, creators, counterculture icons) to shine a light on a topic of their choice. These are the game-changers, the troublemakers, the truth-tellers, the challengers of the status quo who push the boundaries further. Get tickets to our next events below or read about the ones we've hosted in the past.
Past Events
Alex Prager's "Play the Wind": Exclusive Book Signing at Owl Bureau, Los Angeles
Alex Prager is one of our favorite artist and photographer. She will come to Owl Bureau to sign and chat about her latest photography project, an exhibition and a catalog.
The Sight of Music, with Mel Ottenberg and NYT’s Jon Caramanica
Mel Ottenberg, A-list stylist and Creative Director of Interview magazine, and Jon Caramanica, the music critic for The New York Times, join us to talk about the creative thread that merges music, subculture, and style.
Gay nightlife has informed many aspects of the entertainment and hospitality industry, radiating especially from New York City. For the Discotecture salon, our hosts will address how music and architecture shape the nightclub-goer experience, through the decades, up to today.
Interiors As Sultry Oases with India Mahdavi
India Mahdavi is one of today's most talented designers. She will come to talk about her vision and her favorite projects.
Collaboration with the LACMA at The Owl Bureau
We'll partner with the LACMA to propose an original take on their upcoming exhibition "Between the Lines: Typography in LACMA’s Collection."
Release of Pleasure Garden Issue 5 at The Owl Bureau
Let's celebrate Pleasure Garden, one of the most original and inspiring publications of today with its fifth issue, titled "Au Naturel." It will include a feature on our Flamingo Estate with drawings by Linder Sterling.
Things are quiet right now, so each Friday we're donating creative time to those who need it. Strategy, design, editorial, content-creation, on the house.
In collaboration with County Line Harvest, we’re thrilled to offer a beautiful bounty of locally-grown organic seasonal vegetables, directly from the farm and bursting with flavor. Enjoy a rotating selection of the week’s harvest, including lettuces, root vegetables, onions and more.
The Power of Black Aesthetics with NYT's writer Antwaun Sargent
Writer and critic Antwaun Sargent (NYT, The New Yorker) and a few younger black creatives—a playwright, an artist, a poet—will talk through how they are approaching black aesthetics in art.
Streetwear supernova Heron Preston joins us in the Penthouse to talk about his space-inspired capsule collection for NASA and his gravity-defying approach to fashion.
Angelo Bianchi, Julio Montero, and Simonez Wolf will dish on the drama, the glamour, and the awe they've experienced as the gatekeepers to the city's most sought after clubs (The Beatrice, Boom Boom Room, etc.), and why some clubs even become unforgettable, life changing spots.
The Art of Window Design with Very Special Guest
Part stage, part set, part gallery, part sculpture, we'll explore how window design can be an art form and encapsulate the zeitgeist.
Home is where the Haute is. Wendy Goodman and Mitch Owens (interior design editor of NY mag and decorative arts editor of AD respectively) take us on a journey to visit the most outrageous, interesting, luxurious interiors the world has to offer.
Everyday Life Rejection: The Unseen World of Apartamento with Omar Sosa
Apartamento is one of today’s most influential interiors magazines. For the recent release of their book “Ten Years of Everyday Life Interiors,” Apartamento's co-founder Omar Sosa will share the stories that didn’t make the book. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Michelle Stein, president of Aeffe (Moschino, JP Gaultier) and Fashion Historian Laura McLaws Helms will tell us why fun is sometimes the best way up in fashion.
A great set can make a film come to life, and be legendary in its own right (even when the film it was designed for flops). What makes the difference between a memorable set and one you forget? Join us for a show-and-tell exploration of the best of the best, with the Design Editor of New York Magazine, Wendy Goodman.
Fashion and culture historian Laura McLaws Helms and Express' Chief Customer Experience Officer Jim Hilt survey the groundbreaking success and tumultuous ups-and-downs of iconic retail brands.
How do you create exquisite memories? What does it take to make a destination unique or even legendary? Il Pellicano’s creative director Marie-Louise Sciò shares her POV.
Beatriz Colomina and Rafael de Cardenas in Conversation
Beatriz Colomina, author of “Sexuality and Space,” and one of the world’s greatest architecture historians, in conversation with designer and architect Rafael de Cárdenas, from NYC’s Architecture at Large.
Gianni Jetzer, the Hirshhorn Museum’s celebrated curator-at-large, joins us for a fascinating look at his latest exhibition: "Brand New: Art & Commodity in the 1980s,” an alternative history of art focused on young, downtown artists appropriating the tools and psychology of consumer culture. In conversation with renowned art advisor, critic, curator, and former director of L.A. MOCA, Jeffrey Deitch.
Celebrating Santos Dumont with Cartier: Bold Connections
We are curating a stellar line-up of speakers for the Cartier Social Lab for the launch of the Santos de Cartier watch in San Francisco.
Celebrating Santos Dumont with Cartier: The Thrill of Invention
We are curating a stellar line-up of speakers for the Cartier Social Lab for the launch of the Santos de Cartier watch in San Francisco.
Celebrating Santos Dumont with Cartier: Fearless
We are curating a stellar line-up of speakers for the Cartier Social Lab for the launch of the Santos de Cartier watch in San Francisco.
The Art of Instagram Animation with Surprise Guests
Instagram is our new TV. With its instantaneity, the platform has unlocked a reservoir of emerging animators and editors, as well as a new form of storytelling, and a whole new industry.
Legendary interior designer and architect Gaetano Pesce explores the evolution of our relationships to domestic objects and how interior design can create emotional value, in conversation with Apartamento's co-founder Omar Sosa.
The former President of J.Crew, who helped dress America, will talk about her passions and dreams.
Every industry has its stars, and in the world of advertising, George Lois is a supernova. Join us as the iconic Art Director shares his insights.
Help us celebrate Catherine Malandrino’s latest book, ‘Une Femme Française,’ her much-anticipated, tell-all book revealing French women’s [fashion] secrets. Malandrino, who's lived and worked in the U.S. for twenty years, will join us in the Chandelier Penthouse to share her own secrets and sign copies of the book.
Through original installations at our NYC penthouse, we'll explore the art of olfactory architecture with scent director Dawn Goldworm.
With Sight Unseen's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Jill Singer, we'll explore how design can be used to enrich experiences and create memorable activations.
Fresh off his Desert X exhibition, the creative director/curator will address how art can pioneer new experiences and create brand opportunity in the new art space, in conversation with our culture director.
In conversation with the creators of the @LGBT_History Instagram, we excavated our favorites from their archive of 75,000 images of queer history and discuss the importance of queer spaces and the art of archiving culture.
Creative Director and Designer Sally Thurer (MTV, Missbehave) will discuss the recent trend of brands symbolically using strobing and contouring techniques.
Family New York — the most promising architects in the game — and Felix Burrichter — PIN-UP' s Editor-in-Chief — will reflect on the evolution of the landscape, both urban and natural.
Balenciaga sold their version of the iconic IKEA bag for an *iconic* price. How else has the Scandinavian design giant affected fashion, design, and sociology? How has it found its cool-factor? Designer Jim Walrod and W magazine's Alix Browne will discuss if Ikea has become normcore, or more.
Esther Perel is one of the most innovative psychotherapists in the world. In this talk, she'll walk us through the key secrets to unlocking human relationships.
Meredith Brown has been working tirelessly to produce a retrospective of the art of David Hockney to celebrate his 80th year. She’ll tell us about this legendary artist’s career and as it will be presented in this fantastic exhibition before its opening in New York this fall.
Michael Beirut is nothing short of a genius. He has designed some of the most impactful logos within memory, from Mastercard to Hillary Clinton. Here, he’ll explain just how logos influence our culture, our history, and our minds.
We'll explore consumer reading habits and publishing's use of technology and design with speakers Renda Morton, Executive Director of Product Design at The New York Times, Omar Sosa, Founder & Creative Director of Apartamento Magazine, Thessaly La Force, Editor-in-Chief at Garage Magazine and moderator Zan Goodman, Design Director at Chandelier.
Anthropologist and author Ian Baker was lauded by National Geographic Society as one of seven “explorers for the millennium”. Join him for an illustrated and riveting recounting of a series of expeditions into the world’s deepest gorge – in Tibet – that led to his discovery of the cultural and literary sources of the legendary Himalayan paradise, Shangri-La.
In this talk, fashion and culture historian Laura Helms dives into these three iconic Italian fashion houses, bringing in actual pieces from her archive and others.
Neil Shea has been writing and photographing for National Geographic for a decade. While working on a project in northern Kenya, Neil realized Instagram offered a revolutionary way to tell stories—both for the magazine's traditional audience and the engagement of a new one. In this talk, Neil describes how the platform has the rejuvenated our capacity to tell stories on social, and nuance them in print.
A survey of key objects from Post-Modern design movement-makers like the Memphis Group, asking how we define good and bad taste, and why the supposed “bad taste” of Post-Modern design is now seemingly back in style.
How do people interact with the designed products, buildings, and frameworks of everyday life? What barriers stand in our way, for us and for others? We will interrogate contemporary design across multiple genres with MoMA curator Michelle Fisher.
A talk with Sophie Hollingsworth, founder of AquaAid International, an organization that works with community partners to design and implement culturally appropriate, result-bearing, and cost-effective water and sanitation projects in places like Namibia and Madagascar.
We’re proud to announce the release of Chandelier’s first documentary film, “Join the Social Sex Revolution,” (SFW) exploring the mission ofMakeLoveNotPorn, Cindy Gallop’s feminist alternative to clichéd porn, celebrating "real world sex" in all its glorious, beautiful, silly, messy, reassuring humanness. Directed by The Front’s Thalia Mavros, the 15-minute feature was filmed during MakeLoveNotPorn’s week-long residency at Mermaid Ranch. After the recent premiere at the Ace Hotel, we sat down with Cindy and Thalia to talk about the film and why the future of sex is shareable.
Jessica Murphy is an art historian with a passion for perfume and pop-culture. In two installments of our Truth-tellers & Troublemakers Salon, she gave us a comprehensive look at more than 100 years of the iconic scents that bottled the zeitgeist of their times. Here is part 2, from 1950 up to today.
Chandelier screened the PBS award-winning documentary Oil & Water, which follows two teens over eight years, as they fought to reform Big Oil in Ecuador and ensure the survival of the indigenous Cofan tribe.
Jessica Murphy is an art historian with a passion for perfume and pop-culture. In two installments of our Truth-tellers & Troublemakers Salon, she gave us a comprehensive look at more than 100 years of the iconic scents that bottled the zeitgeist of their times. Here is part 1, from 1890 up to 1950.
Beth Hoeckel is the queen of cut-and-paste. The full-time collage artist has created art for Vogue, Wired, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, and many other publications. She came up to our NYC Penthouse for an evening of cosmic (and also extremely therapeutic) collaging.
Jim Walrod was on his way to interview for a job at Bloomingdales in New York when he bumped into Andy Warhol, who reconvened his life. (He was 16 at the time.) In this talk we discussed the highs and lows of boutique shopping culture, and how window dressings defined an era.
Throughout the 20th century, every decade has had its “cultural hotspots,” places that have grabbed the collective imagination, informing everything from movies to music to advertising and beyond. Professor Amanda Hallay, a former fashion editor, trend analyst, and cultural historian, visited our penthouse library to take us on a journey through the 20th century’s most compelling landmarks, with layovers in all the places that inspired its pop culture.
Chandelier has been a die-hard evangelist for the iconic 1980s TV show and its impact on fashion, economy, couture, and television, so we were delighted to have fashion historian Laura Helms come and break it down for us.
"Fashion is not an island; it's a response!" says Amanda Hallay, the self proclaimed Indiana Jones of fashion history and a professor at LIM. “It must be looked at in context.” For the punk movement, that context is the chaotic streets of 1970s London.
Remember that time you were pouring your heart out or in the middle of a great joke and someone cut you off to correct your grammar? We've all been there. This talk discusses why we're sensitive to the ways our languages do or don't make sense.
Porn tends to present only one world view. Cindy Gallop is here to say: “not necessarily.” The TED speaker, thought-leader, and founder of gave a truly titillating talk in helping us understand how sex and porn could be reimagined for our daily lives.
Are you allowed to say "FOMO" if it happened half a century before you were born? Professor Charles Riley, an arts journalist, curator, and our guide through 1920s Paris, thinks so. This talk surveyed the cultural renaissance that was the Jazz Age in the city of lights.
He was a vegetarian, expelled from school for preaching atheism. He left his wife and child to elope with the author of Frankenstein. According to pop-culture Professor Geoff Klock, Percy Bysshe Shelley was a baller (but he wasn’t a monster).
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