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For the To-do List: Dwell on Design, Aguiniga and Team Knit Move-in Kits, “Loose” Buildings on Tour, CicLAvia on Wilshire, Hawthorne on Huxtable, Extreme Ideas on the Runway, and more

Posted June 21, 2013 by | 2 Comments
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It’s all happening this weekend: Dwell on Design, the now annual showcase of Modernistic and “sustainable” design (the crowd at a past DOD shown above), starts today with a keynote by Michael Graves, drinks at the LivingHome exhibit and much, much more.
Then we also have Parachute Market’s “Psychedelic Summer;” this is the first of a quarterly marketplace downtown produced by Storefront and might represent a visual antidote …

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On Today’s Show: 10 Game-changing Buildings; Brendan Ravenhill Makes It in LA; Lynell George On Wilshire

Posted May 7, 2013 by | 3 Comments
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Dan Protess and Geoffrey Baer offer a provocative list of 10 Buildings That Changed America. LA designer Brendan Ravenhill talks to Alissa Walker about trying to keep production local as his designs go global. Lynell George narrates another Iconic Wilshire Boulevard story – in which glittering storefronts deliver less than they promise.
 
10 BUILDINGS THAT CHANGED AMERICA
Why did Southdale shopping center and the relatively obscure Vanna Venturi …

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On Today’s Show: Designing Couples; Denise Scott Brown Talks with Guy Horton; Alissa Walker Meets Scout Regalia

Posted June 26, 2013 by | 3 Comments
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The fight to get Denise Scott Brown co-credit for Robert Venturi’s Pritzker Prize has touched a nerve with women architects. Hear Scott Brown talk with Guy Horton about keeping it equal as a creative couple, in an unequal profession. Alissa Walker talks to another designing duo Makoto Mizutani and Benjamin Luddy of Scout Regalia, about keeping their business local, and their 24/7 partnership interesting. Michael Jaime-Becerra narrates …

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Socal Design: A New Age of “Making”, with Smilee Barnacle, Bobbye Tigerman

Posted May 15, 2013 by | 2 Comments
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In an age of complex digital design LA artists and architects are turning to specialty fabricators to build their concepts. Smilee Barnacle talks about “making” in LA’s new age of manufacturing. And Bobbye Tigerman looks back at a past community of makers and designers, profiled in her Handbook of California Design. Plus, DJ Waldie talks about how Angeleno-style mobility was off limits to him until …

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On Today’s Show: Talking Product Design, With Dieter Rams, Jae Won Cho

Posted April 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment
Dieter Rams touring Grad Show Preview at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena California on April 18, 2013. © Chris Hatcher Photography / Art Center College of Design

TODAY’S SHOW: “All You Need is Zip Ties”
Jae Won Cho moved around so much he created modular furniture that could be remade anywhere in the world — that sells zip ties. Meanwhile, Dieter Rams’ products remain universal. Today’s DnA features conversations talk with these two product designers. Plus, Dave Bullock and Edward Lifson take a look at a Modernist “icon” on Wilshire Boulevard, that has become a tech nerve …

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On Today’s Show: Transformations — with Stefan Bishop, Mallery Roberts Morgan and Doug Suisman

Posted April 23, 2013 by | 1 Comment
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On today’s show, we continue our ongoing coverage of LA’s independent designers, with a look at the creations of Stefan Bishop. Mallery Roberts Morgan talks to the Glassell Park-based artist–craftsman about transforming wood, and his own life, through the creation of functional and sculptural objects carved from ancient logs and inspired by dreams of skyscrapers. DnA “DJ” Mallery Roberts Morgan takes us to his studio in Glassell Park …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted September 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

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Your week in design events from DnA.

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Preservation Watch: Goodbye to Robinson’s in Beverly Hills, Update on Culver City Ice Arena; A Preservation Report Card

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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This week in preservation: DnA’s Jason Groman reminisces about a historic Beverly Hills department store that is set for demolition, and DnA learns more about the future of the Culver City Ice Arena. Plus, find out how neighborhoods in L.A. County fared on the Los Angeles Conservancy’s Preservation Report Card issued last week.

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Alexander Calder: An Architect’s Artist

Posted December 3, 2013 by | Comments Off
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Alexander Calder is a giant of 20th century art whose reproduction mobiles have graced many an interior. Now he is the subject of a show designed by architect Frank Gehry at LACMA. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and Lisa Napoli, of KCRW’s Art Talk, discuss the show and why designers and architects love Calder’s work.

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