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LA Designer: Geoff McFetridge, Creator of “Her” Subway and Computer Interfaces, Talks with Alissa Walker

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. This representation of an idealized subway system for the Southland was created by noted graphic artist and illustrator Geoff McFetridge, who also designed the interfaces on the computers and handhelds used by Theo Twombly in the movie.

Alissa Walker recently caught up with Geoff at his studio in Atwater Village.

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This Week’s Designer: Tanya Aguíñiga

Posted November 20, 2013 by | Comments Off
Tanya in Westwood2

This week’s designer is Tanya Aguíñiga, whose work can currently be seen in the window of 1000 Westwood Boulevard, where Arts ReSTORE LA is trying to revive the village. But Tanya, who works in a colorful Atwater Village studio, is getting widespread attention.

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LA Designer: Bari Ziperstein

Posted November 5, 2013 by | Comments Off

Bari Ziperstein puts the feminist and the feminine into striking ceramic objects, some of which are currently on show as part of Arts ReSTORE LA in Westwood Village. Alissa Walker takes us into her world.

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DnA Design Pick: Milky Way Blanket by Jennifer Parry Dodge

Posted August 6, 2013 by | 2 Comments

In June I attended CAMP, a business conference for creatives held at a summer camp in Big Bear, California. We spent our days taking foraging lessons and even mixology classes—this was not the camp of my youth!—but the workshop that probably captivated me the most was indigo-dyeing with Jennifer Parry Dodge. Under the moniker ERMIE, named after her great aunt who supported her artistic endeavors, …

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DnA Design Pick: Scout Regalia’s Ranger Stool

Posted July 5, 2013 by | Comments Off
Ranger stool

Many of the LA artists and designers I’ve interviewed for DnA have an affinity for keeping both their production and supplies American-made. This week’s featured designers Makoto Mizutani and Benjamin Luddy of Scout Regalia, an outdoorsy design duo, are no different. Established in 2006, Scout Regalia is an Echo Park-based design practice that calls itself “obsessed with the design and fabrication of space, furniture, home products, graphic identities, material …

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The Future’s So Bright? Talking Debt with CalArts Design Grads

Posted June 4, 2013 by | 2 Comments

Ah, graduation season. The sense of accomplishment. The thrill of independence. The pomp. The circumstance. And the sobering fact that American college students are leaving school this year with, on average, $35,200 in student loans to repay.
That kind of debt can dim the optimism of any bright-eyed graduate. But what about when you’re expected to be creative for a living? A few weeks ago I headed up to …

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DnA Design Pick: Rope Knot Bracelet by Tanya Aguíñiga

Posted April 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment

UPDATE November 20, 2013: Tanya Aguíñiga’s work is being featured at the Hammer Museum’s ArtsReSTORE LA project in Westwood Village. She, along with other local artists, occupies a vacant storefront that features wall hangings, knitted rope lamps, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and new accessories created on site.
This week’s DnA pick for the KCRW Store is the Rope Knot Bracelet. This chunky cuff is knotted and custom-dyed in KCRW …

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On Today’s Show: World Building with Alex McDowell; Focus on LA Designer Tanya Aguíñiga

Posted April 2, 2013 by | 2 Comments
Felt Chairs

On this DnA, two Angelenos whose work re-imagines the world we live in: Alex McDowell and Tanya Aguíñiga .
Alex McDowell is a Production Designer and a professor at USC School of Cinematic Arts. His credits include Fight Club, Minority Report and the new Superman flick, Man of Steel (above). His 5D Institute is putting on “The Science of Fiction” at USC on April 13. Participants …

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Brendan Ravenhill’s Dustbin in the KCRW Store

Posted March 28, 2013 by | Comments Off

This week’s DnA pick for the KCRW Store is The Dustbin. It’s a lovechild of sorts between a trash can and a dust pan designed by Brendan Ravenhill.
As a child, Brendan Ravenhill spent his summers building boats in Maine and the Ivory Coast, which taught him traditional woodworking skills and the importance of quality materials. After earning degrees in sculpture and industrial design, he …

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