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L.A. Designer: Miriam Mulder, Architect of a City

Posted September 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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On this DnA we talked about Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus stops, the strong public reaction to their bold design and what the debate reveals about our expectations of public space.
But the bus stops are just one project among many city beautification projects in Santa Monica that are under the supervision of Miriam Mulder, City Architect. Others include the red-staired Parking Structure #6 on 2nd Street; Tongva …

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Why Has Apple Added Marc Newson To Its Stable of New Talent?

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Remember the Dish Doctor Dishrack, designed for Magis in 1997 back when plastic was still fantastic (before we knew about entire islands of the stuff ruining marine life).
It is one of many memorable designs by Australian designer Marc Newson, who has been hired to join the Apple design team, by friend and sometime collaborator Jonathan Ive, chief of design at the company.
Of all the earth-shattering news …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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L.A. Designer: Pam Juba and Carlie Campesi Put Doggie in The Window

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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As household pets outnumber children, they are spawning a new industry of goods, services and accessories tailored to our increasingly pampered pooches and kitties.
So when Found Animals, a nonprofit founded by billionaire medic and philanthropist Gary Michelson and his wife Alya, planned Adopt & Shop, a one-stop adoption, pet accessories, doggie grooming, training and daycare center headquartered in Culver City, they challenged interior designers Carlie Campesi and Pam Juba to create a “safe …

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5 Cool Architects Compete To Design LGBT Center

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Twenty years ago many architecture firms did not want to be associated with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian center. Now it is a sought-after client that has attracted some noted firms from Los Angeles and beyond in a limited competition to design a new campus: Michael Maltzan, Frederick Fisher, Predock Frane, MAD and Leong Leong. Hear CEO Lorri Jean talk about the goals for the center, and read about the shortlisted …

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Deborah Sussman Passes After Long And Vivid Career

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.

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L.A. Designer: Howard Cummings and Ellen Mirojnick Create The Look For The Knick

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Howard Cummings, production designer, and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, last worked together on creating Liberace’s glittery world for Behind The Candelabra. Most recently they got down in the muck and marvels of medicine at the turn of the last century, creating the astounding look for Steven Soderbergh’s new show The Knick.
It’s a look that both supports the characters ­­and gives us an enthralling window into …

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Keep Off The Lawn: Griffin Enright Stats Revisited

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week’s DnA asked why the Slide The City for downtown Los Angeles has become the target of drought-shaming while millions of gallons go unchallenged on other forms of potable water-based entertainment. The show talked about comparative use of water in LA’s archetypal pleasure places including swimming pools, water parks, golf courses and even restaurants.

But it didn’t get into the other big water-guzzler, the Socal lawn.

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Should the City of 43,123 Swimming Pools Say No to “Slide The City”?

Posted August 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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A proposed Slip ‘n’ Slide for one day in downtown promised to be an entertaining urban intervention. But it has brought on howls of drought-shaming — even as millions of gallons are poured on water parks, swimming pools and other water-based leisure activities in Los Angeles. Should we be careful of environmental moralizing? And in a drier future, where will we go to cool off?
That’s …

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Cranbrook Taps New Director, from Long Beach via London

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Christopher Scoates, director of the University Art Museum at California State University Long Beach since 2005, has left the Southland to take up a new post as director at the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan (whose L.A.-based alumni included L.A.’s Charles and Ray Eames and Gere Kavanaugh). The British-born Scoates studied there himself, acquiring a Master of Fine Arts in Photography.
Scoates, who co-curated while at Long Beach a …

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