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Come Fly With Me

Posted May 24, 2010 by | 1 Comment

On last week’s DnA we talked about the Theme Building at LAX and its role as a sign for a featureless airport as well as retrofuturistic icon for the age of oil. We also mentioned next steps for Los Angeles International Airport: a major expansion designed by architect Curtis Fentress, whose credits include Denver International Airport. Well, you can hear directly from Curtis this …

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Don’t Miss SHFT Pop-Up Before it Shuts Down. . . Nor The Granddaddy of Them All

Posted May 22, 2010 by | 2 Comments

The appeal of pop-up stores is that like tweets, facebook entries and other evanescent products of communication today, they explode into life, and, poof, the next minute are gone. That’s also their drawback.
So you have until Wednesday, May 26, to catch a peek of SHFT, the storefront display of goods and art that attempts to offer up a demonstration of, or meditation on, sustainability, without …

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Legacy of Quincy and Elaine Jones Among Items at LAMA

Posted May 20, 2010 by | 2 Comments

Many devotees of LA Modernism have wondered what would befall The Barn, the home of A. Quincy Jones and his spirited widow, Elaine K. Sewell Jones, on Santa Monica Boulevard at Fox Hills Drive. The modestly-sized house, whose low-key exterior belies a brilliantly designed interior, is located on a valuable piece of real estate and it looked as if it would end up in …

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Oil, Plastic and the Stuff that Surrounds Us

Posted May 18, 2010 by | 2 Comments

There was a time when oil promised only progress and ever greater human comfort. The technologies it made possible – air travel, plastics – were celebrated in the 1960s in lovable space-age buildings like the Theme Building in Los Angeles and pop industrial design by companies like Kartell.
But gradually we’ve learned that the lifestyle made possible by petroleum comes with a cost: oceans covered …

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Max Palevsky Dies; Noted LA Arts and Architecture Patron

Posted May 6, 2010 by | 1 Comment

Sad news today about the passing at age 85 of Max Palevsky, computer technology pioneer (who claimed not to own his own computer), supporter of liberal political causes and arts and architecture patron. Among beneficiaries of his largesse was the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; he helped underwrite, and contributed pieces from his collection to, their ambitious 2004 show,  “The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, …

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The Best Weekend of Your Life

Posted May 5, 2010 by | Comments Off

When my young daughter is very excited about something planned for later in the day like a sleepover or going swimming, she will say, “today will be the best day of my life!”
If you are a design junkie, this could the “best weekend of your life.” On Friday, Otis College of Art and Design will open its doors to visitors for its end -of-year show of graphic …

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