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Interior Designer Natasha Baradaran Adds Luster to the Homes of the Global Elite

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Natasha Baradaran is an interior designer and furniture maker who launched her own firm back in 2000. On this week’s DnA, we spoke with Baradaran in the context of a discussion about so-called “zombie urbanism,” namely, the urban impact of the growing trend for investors to park money in — but rarely occupy — residential real estate in global cities.
She spoke of a …

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What’s The Impact of Global Investment in LA Residential Property?

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Spelling Residence

On this DnA we talked about what happens to the life of global cities — like London, New York and LA — when investors park money, but rarely occupy, high-end residential property. 
We’d been thinking for a while about this phenomenon — nicknamed “zombie urbanism” by some city watchers; or, in London, “buy-to-forget.”
But it was crystallized by the publication of Towers Of Secrecy, a fascinating series in the …

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In Defense of Lady Gaga’s Red Gloves and Other Bold Oscar Style

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Aside from debating over which actors and filmmakers are worthy of Oscars each year, the public also appoints itself as fashion police of the red carpet. Best and worst dressed lists have become a fixture of awards show coverage.
But Simon Doonan, creative ambassador at large for Barneys New York and author of The Asylum, thinks they are missing the point: self-expression.
“When I look at …

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Production Designer Dennis Gassner Creates a Dark and Enchanting Forest for ‘Into The Woods’

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 2 Comments

Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall, is the film adaptation of the 1987 Steven Sondheim musical of the same name. Even though the film intertwines the stories of many classic fairy tales including Cinderella, Jack and the Bean Stalk, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood, few characters get a fairy tale ending.
Longtime production designer Dennis Gassner, who is nominated for an Oscar for his work …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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“Crafting the Cocktail:” Handmade Objects for Modern Libations/Brandyn Tepper Talks

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Pamina Traylor, Honeycomb Decanter and Glass Set, blown glass (Photo- Christopher Olin)

Ever think of drinking a Martini out of wood instead of glass? Or champagne out of a ceramic cylinder? Those are some of the variants by artist-craftspeople on the accouterments of cocktail culture you’ll find at “Crafting the Cocktail: Handmade Objects and Implements for Classic and Modern Libations,” an exhibition currently on display at the Craft in America Center. Christopher Olin went for a visit, and returned both shaken and …

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Nathan Crowley Constructs a Beautifully Grim Future in Space for Interstellar

Posted February 11, 2015 by | 1 Comment

DnA spoke with Nathan Crowley, the Oscar-nominated production designer about how he created the look of Interstellar.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments

Your week in design events from DnA.

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Oscar-Nominated Maria Djurkovic Designs ‘The Imitation Game’ in Stunning Detail

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 1 Comment

Maria Djurkovic discusses how she created the look of ‘The Imitation Game.’

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House Music, Gehry Style, by Composer Andrew Norman for L.A. Chamber Orchestra

Posted February 4, 2015 by | Comments Off

Frank Gehry’s iconic Santa Monica House has inspired a piece of music by composer Andrew Norman, to be performed this week by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Sarah Spitz gives this preview.

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