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Sarah Horowitz Designs Fragrances Just for You

Posted February 3, 2016 by | 0 Comments

In a recent article New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman wrote about sound in architecture and how invasive noise is now the scourge of cities whereas “during the Middle Ages, smell was the unspoken plague of cities.”
The article was an important reminder of the role of the senses in our designed environment. Which brings us to pleasant smells and the work of Sarah Horowitz-Thran.
Horowitz-Thran is a …

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5 Design Things to Do This Week

Posted February 1, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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“Brutalist” teapots, a talk about “greening the gas tank”, SKIN reconsidered by artists, the Museum of Neon Art reopens, a “Sleepless” night of art and music at the Music Center, and a tour of WeWork’s new space in the Fine Arts Building — that’s all this week in design events.

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Puss Puss Makes Cats Even Cooler

Posted January 21, 2016 by | 0 Comments
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Maria Joudina-Robinson, Gemma Lacey and Matt Robinson are the London-based creative team behind Puss Puss, a high-end fashion and lifestyle magazine that launched last year.
Puss Puss draws its theme and inspiration from cats, but you won’t find articles about kitty litter or flea collars; the inaugural issue featured an interview with cutting-edge Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and glossy photo shoots that reveal as much …

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Then There Were Four. What’s Next For Pershing Square Design Competition?

Posted January 4, 2016 by | Comments Off
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Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles is a step closer to getting a makeover – with four semi-finalists now selected.

But what happens next? Will the winning idea become a reality? And will any design scheme be able to combat the biggest obstacle to Pershing Square’s success: the parking structure below?

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She Runs a City, One Hour at a Time

Posted January 4, 2016 by | Comments Off

Chris Burden’s gigantic kinetic sculpture Metropolis II attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to LACMA each year. It attracts media attention. It also attracts dust. That’s where art conservator Alison Walker comes in. Gideon Brower reports.

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5 Design Things to do This Week

Posted January 4, 2016 by | Comments Off
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A Charlie Kaufman retrospective, a show of songs and films by two bicyclists named Ben, a look-back at a historic dam building disaster, Laurie Lipton’s techno-Rococo in pencil, and Happy Birthday Marion! at the Annenberg Beach House — that’s all this week in design events.

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Seeing Blue: John Griswold Curates “A Revolution of the Palette”

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Blue is the world’s most popular color. But there was a time when it was expensive and hard to create for artists wishing to capture it in painting — until the discovery of synthetic blue.

That story and its effect on oil painting is the subject of “A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and Their Impact on French Artists,” an exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, curated by John Griswold.

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The State of the Art of Architecture, According to Sarah Herda

Posted December 16, 2015 by | Comments Off
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If you are in the Chicago area for the holidays, go check out the Chicago Architectural Biennial, the first of its kind for the city that loves its buildings.
Sponsored by BP, warmly promoted by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, CAB was curated by Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima and offers a look at nothing less than the “state of the art of architecture” at this point in the 21st century …

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Good Grief! FOLAR’s Lewis MacAdams Makes an Album, with The Dark Bob

Posted December 9, 2015 by | Comments Off
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Lewis MacAdams is well known as the poet-advocate for the Los Angeles River, having spearheaded efforts for decades to return the river to a more pastoral state. 
But who knew he had another life as a musician?
Turns out he’s one half of a collaboration with another veteran of LA’s cultural life, The Dark Bob.
He’s the musician and multimedia artist who first made his mark in the …

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5 Design Things to do This Week

Posted December 7, 2015 by | Comments Off
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A 40th birthday party for the Triforium, a show and an auction of cool design objects, a drone convention and a tour of The Flats as seen through the lens of Jane Jacobs and the Lady of Guadalupe. Your week in design events from DnA.

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