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L.A. Now: Venice Art Walk and John Chase’s West Hollywood

Posted May 20, 2011 by | 1 Comment

On DnA this week, we talked about L.A. Noire and the extraordinary lengths the game designers went to in creating a virtual, and past, Los Angeles. Even though 1947 LA was notoriously crime-ridden and had many social problems, the production designer, Simon Wood, spoke wistfully of a time when, in his view, effort and passion went into the design of everything, from clothing …

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L.A. Noire: A Trip Through LA’s Dark Past. . . and a Walk Through its Lighter Present

Posted May 17, 2011 by | 10 Comments

Los Angeles has long mythologized itself, perhaps most distinctively in its “noir” period of film and fiction, inspired by an era of high crime, tough policing, Hollywood glamor and an expressionist cinematic style brought here by emigre filmmakers and composers. Now the myth is being revived, this time in the realm of video games, in Rockstar’s new release, L.A. Noire. The game has been …

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Walking Weho in the Footsteps of John Chase

Posted May 11, 2011 by | 4 Comments

Many in the design community and beyond were shattered last year at the passing of John Chase, friend to many, and a brilliant and quietly influential (if not quietly dressed — see him, left) son of Los Angeles. This May 21, he would have celebrated his 58th birthday and in his memory, de LaB and DnA are co-presenting a walking tour in West Hollywood, the city where he worked as …

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Mad Hats, BritWeek and “Titans” of LA Design

Posted May 3, 2011 by | 2 Comments

Having chosen to move to this country in part for its meritocracy (however flawed), this past Friday’s Royal Wedding provoked profoundly mixed feelings, but no such ambivalence about the architecture and design side of my native country: Westminster Abbey, in all its Gothic glory and (not visible on TV) its uniquely English hodgepodge of headstones and statues of famed poets and politicians, scientists and soldiers; the bride’s modern regal …

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