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L.A. Designer: Lorcan O’Herlihy Rethinks Big Blue Bus Stops

Posted July 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Lorcan O’Herlihy designed the perky new Big Blue Bus stops that have started popping up in Santa Monica. But not all riders are happy. O’Herlihy addresses riders’ criticisms, tells us why well-designed infrastructure matters, and explains what we can expect when all 300+ of them roll out.

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L.A. Designer: Josh Abarbanel on “Seeing Life”

Posted July 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments

What do you do if you yearn for nature in our digital age?
In the case of artist and digital media professor Joshua Abarbanel you find a way to unite the two, most recently in See Life, an exhibition of bas-reliefs at Hinge Parallel Gallery in Culver City that are inspired by “biological, botanical, and geological structures,” conceived in the computer and cut by a CNC milling …

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L.A. Designer: A “Collective” Creates “Competing Utopias”

Posted July 9, 2014 by | 3 Comments
Competing Utopias

Six LA curators and filmmakers attached to the Culver City-based Wende Museum and Archive of the Cold War and the Neutra VDL House in Silverlake who came together as a “collective” to curate an exhibit that explores Modernity in the Cold War-era East and West and asks, 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, how were they different and how were they similar?

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L.A. Designer: Thomas Schoos Brings a Berlin-Style “Beach” to WeHo

Posted July 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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On this DnA we talked to Jenny Price about opening up Malibu’s “private” beaches to the public. But here’s a designer who says “screw the beach!” 
Thomas Schoos is an interior designer whose latest project Beach Nation brings the beach to West Hollywood. Yes, you read that right. He and partner Klaus Siegmann have created an outside eatery on busy Santa Monica Boulevard, featuring Adirondack chairs, …

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L.A. Designer: Ben Adair of Our Malibu Beaches

Posted June 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Environmentalist/activist Jenny Price has made it her mission to arm the public with the know-how to access beaches in affluent Malibu communities that are legally public, but have become de facto private as a result of efforts by some homeowners to obscure access in various ways (concealed gates, fraudulent ‘No Parking’ signs and so forth).
She started gathering information several years back (initially following the …

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LA Designer: Coolhaus, Staying Cool While Business Heats Up

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Five years ago architecture enthusiasts Natasha Case and Freya Estreller created an ice cream sandwich concept called Coolhaus. Now the product has become a national brand. Can they maintain the archi-theme when their product is selling at Whole Foods?

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L.A. Designer: Jimmy Marble on Living Together in L.A.

Posted June 4, 2014 by | Comments Off

Jimmy Marble is an Echo Park-based artist and filmmaker whose mural “It’s Great We All Get To Live In Los Angeles Together” is currently on display on 6th Street in downtown as part of the rotating mural series curated by The Standard Hotel. Jimmy talks to DnA about drawing from art history, why it’s harder for an artist to capture optimism than gloom, and how LA transformed him from being “a pretentious early twenties kid.”

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LA Designer: Onna Ehrlich and Joel Bell, Designing and Making In Inglewood

Posted May 28, 2014 by | 4 Comments
Onna and Joel

There is always a new frontier in LA and currently it might be Inglewood. The revival of the LA Forum, and the start this year of construction on both the Crenshaw/LAX light rail line and the former Hollywood Park (being turned into a mix of parks and residences); these on top of a vaunted arts district are indicators that Inglewood is on the rise.
One …

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L.A. Designer: Mia Lehrer, Shaping The City Through Public Space

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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The green fingerprints of landscape architect Mia Lehrer are over many notable public spaces in Los Angeles, including the Annenberg Beach House, Vista Hermosa Park, Dodger Stadium, the masterplanning of Hollywood Park and the LA River, which takes another step towards habitability with the opening of its summer rec season. Mia talks to DnA about shaping LA though landscape.

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