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Just When You Thought it Was Safe. . . Postmodernism Makes a Comeback!; Maura Lucking talks to AQQ’s Matthew Sullivan

Posted September 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment

Some of you may remember when Memphis furniture and Charles Moore’s Piazza d’Italia (above) bounced into the world, reminding designers steeped in Braun-era minimalism and high-minded Modernist architecture that design could be FUN.
Then the visual jokes were coopted by Philip Johnson in the Chippendale top of the AT&T Building (now Sony Tower, below right, completed 1984) and Postmodernism became the new corporate style. This became loathed by designers who counter-rebelled …

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On Today’s Show: A New Twist on Tie-Dye by Jennifer Parry Dodge; Neutra-Designed Public Housing That was Never Built

Posted August 6, 2013 by | 1 Comment
Parry Dodge's home studio, with hand-dyed fabric inspired by her backyard flora

Jennifer Parry Dodge has brought tie-dyeing into the digital age, while continuing a regional tradition of coloring with natural indigo and cochineal, a dye made from insects who feast on prickly pear fruits; Alissa Walker reports. Plus, Matt Holzman reports on the “Never Built” housing in Chavez Ravine, designed by Richard Neutra, that was halted through a combination of red-baiting and fears of a community being …

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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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DnA Design Pick: Jae Won Cho’s T-Shelf

Posted May 6, 2013 by | Comments Off

Using locally-sourced and recycled materials, Jae Won Cho creates structures by pushing the potential of a single form (most often, the triangle) and applying a system throughout to create beautifully complex compositions. From sculptural pieces to useful objects like tables, chairs, stools, and shelves, Jae Won works outside of the categories of traditional furniture making and instead is interested in the natural formations that …

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DnA Design Pick: Stefan Bishop’s Handcarved End Table

Posted April 25, 2013 by | Comments Off

Stefan Bishop abandoned a career in real estate development in the midst of a personal and financial crisis to reignite his passion for art and design. His studio is based in Glassell Park near Mount Washington and there salvaged wood from fallen trees and waterlogged sunken ships serves as the material for the sculptural and functional art pieces he crafts by hand. Mallery Roberts Morgan of the Hollywood …

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DnA Design Pick: SOLA Tote and Friendship Bracelet

Posted April 10, 2013 by | Comments Off
Sola KCRW Tote Mockup2

Everything about SOLA, founded by architect Barbara Bestor, PR Sara Stein and product developer Karen Alweil, says LA Mod: its punning name (Sisters of Los Angeles or So LA), its line of cheery, pop, affordable variants on often cheesy tourist gift items, that also happen to be mostly made in LA; and the involvement of Barbara Bestor, architect of houses and commercial spaces that …

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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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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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LA Fashion with a German Twist

Posted March 26, 2013 by | Comments Off

On this week’s show, DJ (design journalist) Maura Lucking interviews fashion designer Bryan Sanderson.

Walking down the sunny, tree-lined stretch of Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz near Barnsdall Park, you could almost miss the narrow glass façade of Weltenbuerger, one of the city’s most unique and genre-defying storefronts.  With its sculptural plywood forms, surrealist mannequins, and textiles and weavings draping the front window, it’s not …

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