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LA Designer: ASHKAHN Brings Beach Culture Vibe to Sunny Designs

Posted December 18, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Danielle Rago meets ASHKAHN, the studio and company of artist and designer Ashkahn Shahparnia, who brings a surf/punk/beach culture aesthetic to a range of products.

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Conceptual Tour of Classic L.A. Houses Includes Treasure Hunt for Critical Postcards

Posted November 15, 2013 by | 1 Comment
Venice 6114

DnA DJ Danielle Rago is also a curator of design and architecture events. Her latest takes place this weekend and involves a free, self-driving tour of some of key architectural homes on the Westside. In a treasure-hunt like twist on regular home tours, however, participants won’t actually be seeing inside the homes (with the exception of the Schindler House). Rather, they will find postcards …

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When in Doubt, Create Your Own Exhibit: Young Designers Take Their Show on Road Sunday

Posted June 1, 2013 by | Comments Off

DnA “DJ” Danielle Rago is also a curator with a keen interest in “the shifting role of the institution and media, and how contemporary architecture and its public is being produced and mediated through the institution and curator.” So it makes sense that she would be part of a group that has cooked up an alternative architecture show, taking place tomorrow. She explains their …

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It’s Contemporary but Is It Good? Rago Reports From ICFF

Posted May 24, 2013 by | Comments Off

Designers and architects from all around the world flocked to New York City this past weekend for the 25th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair.  It was a huge show —  featuring work by more than 500 international exhibitors — and the New York Times declared the show to be “muddled” overall with few exhibiting “the uplifting effect of groundbreaking design.” 
But the show did examine some of …

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Stephen Prina Recreates Schindler in the Pink

Posted April 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment
Rago by a pink piano

Last night DnA DJ Danielle Rago attended the opening reception at LACMA for American artist Stephen Prina’s “As He Remembered It” exhibit, part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles initiative. She reports here.
The installation recontextualizes pieces of furniture from two R. M. Schindler homes in Los Angeles built during the early 1940s that have since been demolished. Individual pieces were …

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