Wednesday, April 15, 2009

ASID 2009 Design Tour: Urban Living at Astoria

The ASID 2009 Design Tour officially opens to the public Tuesday, April 21 but a couple of us got a sneak peek with Center President Terry Dwyer when he filmed an interview at the Astoria towers. And what we saw was spectacular! This year’s tour focuses on urban living for the first time and the ASID designers managed to capture the modern and cosmopolitan feel of a thriving metropolis in the six penthouse lofts and flats to be showcased in the tour. Astoria is a brand-new high rise complex in Irvine.

The views from the floor-to-ceiling windows were out-of-this world and the expansive indoor and outdoor spaces were full of cutting-edge design from green living to this year’s hottest colors and trends. One dining room had a large glass Dale Chihuly chandelier hanging above the dining room table and another dining space incorporated a sleek wine cellar. We saw leather walls, spa-like bathrooms with every amenity you could possibly imagine and enormous closets. In the living room of Penthouse 1301, there was a large glass cocktail table with a blown-up photo of the Center’s signature sculpture, Fire Bird, which is outside of Segerstrom Hall. It was a creative way to incorporate the tour’s beneficiary. Tour proceeds will benefit the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s acclaimed education programs which reach 500,000 students throughout Southern California.

There’s still time to get ticket to the preview party on Sunday, April 19. For more information on the tour (runs through May 17) and tickets to the preview party and other fun events, please visit:

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