Architectural cake-off at M&A in Silver Lake

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Experimental architectural center Materials & Applications in Silver Lake is celebrating its 10th birthday with a cake-off. Fifteen Los Angeles-based architects and designers have been invited to create architectural birthday cakes. These will be raffled off at M&A’s birthday party on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The designers contributing architectural cakes are:

Predock Frane (Hadrian Predock); Chu + Gooding (Annie Chu); Escher GuneWardena Architecture (Frank Escher); Gensler (Ian McDuff); Deegan Day (Yo Oshima); Deutsch (Chris Becker); Patterns (Marcelo Spina and Georgina Huljich); Noah Riley Design; Warren Techenin; Barbara Bestor; MASS (Ana Henton with Sugarbird Sweets & Teas); Osborn (Michael Pinto); Modal Design (Daniel Monti); Taalman Koch; and Andy Goldman.

‘It’s our 10th birthday, we have to have cake at the party,’ says M&A founding director Jenna Didier. ‘One of our board of directors said, ‘Let’s have architects create cakes.’

We just asked them to make sure the cake was a minimum of 10 inches by 10 inches and at maximum would still fit on the shelf of a refrigerator. People have taken liberties....’


The cake-off gala is an official event of Los Angeles Design Week and is a fund-raiser for M&A, a nonprofit organization that produces full-scale architectural installations. A bike tour of architectural gems around Silver Lake kicks off the days’ festivities (register here:

Funds raised by the raffle and bike tour will go to support future M&A projects in its open-to-the-public courtyard and in blighted urban sites targeted for the coming year. Admission is $10 and includes a raffle ticket to win a cake and gift certificates and gift baskets from local businesses.

The raffle will be emcee’d by musician and TV’s ‘Lie To Me’ star Brendan Hines. The CoolHaus ice cream truck will be selling its architectural-themed frozen sundries; 10% of proceeds will go to benefit M&A.

1619 Silver Lake Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 913-0915,


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