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TOTOloo Cool and Other Things (Like John Lautner, Rethink LA and Tibbie Dunbar)

Posted July 22, 2011 by | 2 Comments

There is something about branding, even the use of the word itself, that seems to touch a nerve with people. I found that when DnA talked about Apple Worship, the Gap Logo fiasco and, this week, the  marketing of the TOTO and Kohler luxury toilets. Is it because what we choose to buy reveals so much about our unconscious needs and desires; or, for …

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Future City. . . LTDW, John Lautner

Posted July 14, 2011 by | 5 Comments

This is my third reminder about Little Tokyo Design Week, but I cannot emphasize enough how interesting this event promises to be, with a galaxy of interesting design-architecture people, steel container pods filled with exhibits (one of them, Ultra Expo, shown right, curated by Sylvia Lavin), a co-mingling of Japanese and local talent and, on Saturday night, a fast-paced Pecha Kucha in which 48 designers and …

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Looking back at Dwell on Design 2011: Views From The Floor

Posted July 14, 2011 by | 1 Comment

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In the blogosphere everything is supposed to be instant, but for those who do not mind reflecting on an event after the fact, here is Sunil Rampersad’s photo-essay …

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Looking Back at Dwell on Design 2011: The Presentations

Posted July 14, 2011 by | 1 Comment

Ed shows off his public transportation, TAP card.
Sunil Rampersad also reviewed the presentations at DOD.
One of my favorite moments of DOD 2011 did not even happen at the conference. On my way there the Blue line wasn’t running and commuters had to take a shuttle bus.
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As the bus I was on was about to leave who should hurry on but …

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Carmageddon: Is It Worth It?

Posted July 14, 2011 by | 6 Comments

One of my most enjoyable bus rides is the one that goes through the Sepulveda Pass, so unlike all the others which go through only built-up Los Angles.
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One day last year I was in a car with a friend heading to the Valley and was appalled to see bulldozers tearing away at the hillside. I expressed my dismay and was shocked to find …

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So Much To Do. . . Little Tokyo Design Week, JDM-Ten, Timeless

Posted July 10, 2011 by | 3 Comments

Doc has told me not to type (due to sprained wrist) which only serves to remind me how much of our time we spend tapping away in this age of digital communication (will our fingers evolve in tandem with the technology?). So this will be a short note to say:
1) How exciting that Kate and William’s Socal trip involves a visit Sunday to Inner …

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