Pacific Design Center Will Mark 10th Year at Westweek Exhibition

Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood will celebrate its 10th anniversary at its traditional Westweek, a conference and showcase for the design and home furnishings industries scheduled Wednesday through Friday.

About 22,000 architects, designers, dealers and executives from around the world are expected to attend, officials said.

Westweek will include panel discussions and a show of German furniture designs assembled by Design Center Stuttgart.

West Hollywood has long been a center of Southern California's design industry, said Murray Feldman, Pacific Design Center executive director. The first showroom in the area opened in 1945, and today more than 3 million square feet of space is devoted to interior design and home furnishings showrooms, he said.

In December, the City Council approved the Pacific Design Center's plan to proceed with the second and third phases of its expansion, Feldman said.

Phase 2 will include a 475,000-square-foot mart expansion, a 450-seat theater and a plaza featuring public art, an outdoor amphitheater and a 6,000-square-foot museum gallery. Phase 3 will add 400,000 square feet of showroom space and bring the mart to a total of 1.63 million square feet.

Ground-breaking is expected to take place June 2.

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