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LA Designer: Alexis Rochas and Andreas Froech of

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Alexis Rochas of and Andreas Froech of Machineous have joined forces in a meeting of “structure” and “skin.” They have just built Lightweaver at Coachella; read this interview with DnA for their views on “mirage architecture” and their ambitions for highly efficient and experimental buildings of the future.

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LA Designer: Ben Medansky, Potting His Way From Arizona to Milan

Posted April 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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This week thousands of furniture, lighting and product designers and buyers are gathering in Milan for the annual Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano. But how much does it matter to young Angeleno designers? Hear from ceramicist Ben Medansky maker of desert-inspired bowls, cups and marijuana pipes.

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L.A. Designer: Sean Knibb of LINE and Pot

Posted April 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Sean Knibb designed the recently-opened LINE Hotel and Roy Choi’s Pot restaurant in Koreatown.

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L.A. Designer: Ana Serrano Creates Colorful Cardboard Cities

Posted March 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Ana Serrano is an artist and illustrator who creates three dimensional cardboard structures that are colorful representations of city living.

She was born and raised in Los Angeles, and says she finds inspiration and beauty in the regular neighborhoods around her. Whether it’s an unabashedly visible satellite dish on an apartment building, or barbed wire twisted over a fence, she relishes those little marks of urban life that can be anathema to homeowners’ associations.

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LA Designer: Alison Berger, Artful Transmitter of Light

Posted March 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Alison Berger, designer of highly alluring “conceptual” blown glass lights and other objects and furnishings, will receive a Star of Design award today at Westweek, the Pacific Design Center’s spring design fair taking place today and tomorrow. The award honors her 25-year body of work exploring the relationship between glass and light. Alison draws inspiration from historical tools and craft, saying her work “is about creating something old and new at once.”

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L.A. Designer: Florencia Pita, Finding Delight in Materials and Color

Posted March 12, 2014 by | Comments Off

An instillation dedicated to Florencia Pita’s work opens this week at the SCI-Arc Library. Though you won’t see any buildings on display, the table and objects on view reflect her colorful approach to architecture.

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LA Designer: Patrick Tighe and John Mutlow Create “Architecture That Doesn’t Discriminate” in West Hollywood

Posted March 5, 2014 by | 4 Comments
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Courtyard at La Brea is a new 32-unit housing complex on La Brea just north of Santa Monica whose developers invested in quality design even as they struggled to gather the funding for affordable housing.

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LA Designer: Geoff McFetridge, Creator of “Her” Subway and Computer Interfaces, Talks with Alissa Walker

Posted February 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Many Angeleno viewers of the movie Her were taken not just by the story but by. . . the subway map. This representation of an idealized subway system for the Southland was created by noted graphic artist and illustrator Geoff McFetridge, who also designed the interfaces on the computers and handhelds used by Theo Twombly in the movie.

Alissa Walker recently caught up with Geoff at his studio in Atwater Village.

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K.K. Barrett and the Production Design for Her: How Close is it to Real Near-Future LA?

Posted February 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Her is the Spike Jonze story of love and seductive technology in near future Los Angeles.

But its depiction of LA has created a buzz among people interested in the future of real LA. K.K. Barrett talks about creating the look for idealized city living, but says he still loves his car.

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This Week on DnA: Designing for Sochi and Hollywood: The Olympic Park, Her and Gravity

Posted February 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Jerry Anderson talks about working with Russians on the design of Sochi Olympic Park. K.K. Barrett and Andy Nicholson discuss their production work, on Her and Gravity.

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