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Zumthor and Mayne Trade Places: Good or Bad For Miracle Mile and Vals Spa?

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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While the people of Los Angeles digest the latest iteration of Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s design for LACMA, one wonders how the people of Vals, Switzerland, not to mention Zumthor himself, are reacting to the just-released images of the luxury hotel designed by LA’s Morphosis architects to be built at Therme Vals (Vals Spa), the shrine to minimalist hedonism that put Peter Zumthor on the global architecture …

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Thomas Lavin Lights Up The Showroom Business

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Westweek, the annual springtime showcase of interior design hosted by the showrooms of the PDC’s “Blue Whale” (the Cesar Pelli-designed building marks its fortieth birthday this year) kicks off today.
And one of its most genial hosts will be the always dandyfied Thomas Lavin, welcoming visitors since ten years to his large showroom, now displaying nearly 100 furniture, lighting and fabric lines, including the …

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Frei Otto Dies, Wins Pritzker, As His Ideas Become New Again

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Frei Otto, the German architect of gorgeous lightweight tent-like structures, has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, just two weeks after his death at 89.

But his influence lives on, most notably in the design for a new Googleplex by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.

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Does the Apple Watch Reflect Jony Ive’s Love of Past and Future?

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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The Apple Watch has been displayed to the world and the jury is out on its genius.

But one thing that some pundits seem sure of, this is a product of Tim Cook’s tenure.

Or rather, is it Jony Ive’s baby? Based on a past encounter with the lauded designer, DnA thinks it might be.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted March 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted February 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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Turf Mullets and 9 Surprises from “Swimming in Succulents” at Palm Springs; Thank You Designers

Posted February 18, 2015 by | Comments Off
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This weekend DnA went on the road to Palm Springs, to join desert style enthusiasts at Modernism Week. We set up at MW’s “Camp” in front of KCRW’s “living room” filled with objects by LA designers (see below).
While there we hosted a discussion, entitled Swimming With Succulents, about desert backyards in an age of drought. 
What could have been a rather dry topic proved quite juicy …

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That Honeycomb, From Inside: Eli Broad’s Museum is His “Dream Come True”

Posted February 16, 2015 by | Comments Off
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In a Valentine to the city, the Broad opened its doors this past Sunday to almost 3,000 paying guests, giving them a preview of the museum that is expected to open later this year.
People flocked to experience the much-touted, column-free, third floor space and its main feature designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro: the honeycomb “veil.”
Not all visitors were wowed — DnA heard from people who said …

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“Swimming In Succulents:” DnA Talks Backyard Design at Modernism Week

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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Join DnA in Palm Springs this Saturday.

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