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

Posted February 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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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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“Crafting the Cocktail:” Handmade Objects for Modern Libations/Brandyn Tepper Talks

Posted February 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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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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Jon Jerde, Design Czar for the 1984 Olympics Who Remade Retail Destinations, Dies at 75

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 2 Comments
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Jon Jerde, an architect who had a profound impact on the cityscape of Los Angeles and beyond, through his reinvention of the shopping center as an “experiential” and entertainment destination, has died after a long illness.
About Jerde’s contribution, the architect Craig Hodgetts once wrote: 
“Jon Jerde is one of that breed of innovative architects whose contagious vision redefines not only an era, but so shapes the …

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

Posted February 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments
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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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Thom Mayne Shares His Plans For “Next Generation Case Study” on the Bradbury Site

Posted January 21, 2015 by | 3 Comments
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Preservationists and Ray Bradbury fans were shocked when the late author’s former home in Cheviot Hills was suddenly torn down. And design buffs were bemused when the perpetrators turned out to be architect Thom Mayne and his wife Blythe Alison-Mayne. But it turns out they have plans for the site that might have piqued the late futurist’s interest.

Thom Mayne is principal of the architectural firm Morphosis, and …

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Craig Raines Brings ‘Arroyo Funk’ to Highland Park

Posted January 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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Meet the man bringing parks and ‘arroyo funk’ to LA.

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Chen Man: Fashion Photographer, Artist and Poster Child For the Post-1980 Chinese

Posted January 7, 2015 by | Comments Off
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One of the darlings of Chinese fashion and photography is making a mark on Los Angeles. But her work offers a fascinating window onto contemporary China.
This past Tuesday evening a spillover crowd — of largely youthful, fashion-conscious Asians and Asian-Americans — jammed the gallery of the venerable L.A. Louver Gallery in Venice for an appearance by the 34-year old Chinese superstar of fashion and art …

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DnA’s 2014 Gift Guide for Procrastinators

Posted December 22, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Gift ideas for the design-oriented procrastinator.

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Landscape Designer “Scotty Claus” And His Elves Put Life into the Christmas Tree Tradition

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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DnA talks to the founder of The Living Christmas Company, a Southland business that rents out living trees during the holiday season.

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Sink Or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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How are people building in the face of rising seas? That’s the topic of Sink Or Swim: Designing For a Sea Change, an exhibition about “resilient” architecture from adaptation for survival through to visionary plans for the future. It’s a story that’s been told through dramatic imagery by photographers including Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Jonas Bendiksen, Paula Bronstein and Monica Nouwens, as well as unbuilt plans. The exhibition was curated …

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