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L.A. Designer: Miriam Mulder, Architect of a City

Posted September 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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On this DnA we talked about Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus stops, the strong public reaction to their bold design and what the debate reveals about our expectations of public space.
But the bus stops are just one project among many city beautification projects in Santa Monica that are under the supervision of Miriam Mulder, City Architect. Others include the red-staired Parking Structure #6 on 2nd Street; Tongva …

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L.A. Designer: Jessica Fleischmann Says Cheese at Grand Central Market

Posted September 11, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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Bon Appetit Magazine recently declared Grand Central Market to be America’s 10th best new restaurant, despite the market’s near century-long existence in downtown Los Angeles. The magazine justified its choice based on the market’s mashup of exciting vendors, both old and new — from Roast to Go, the taco place that’s been around more than 50 years to the newly arrived, trendy egg sandwich spot Eggslut. 
It’s not just …

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Why Has Apple Added Marc Newson To Its Stable of New Talent?

Posted September 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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Remember the Dish Doctor Dishrack, designed for Magis in 1997 back when plastic was still fantastic (before we knew about entire islands of the stuff ruining marine life).
It is one of many memorable designs by Australian designer Marc Newson, who has been hired to join the Apple design team, by friend and sometime collaborator Jonathan Ive, chief of design at the company.
Of all the earth-shattering news …

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L.A. Designer: Pam Juba and Carlie Campesi Put Doggie in The Window

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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As household pets outnumber children, they are spawning a new industry of goods, services and accessories tailored to our increasingly pampered pooches and kitties.
So when Found Animals, a nonprofit founded by billionaire medic and philanthropist Gary Michelson and his wife Alya, planned Adopt & Shop, a one-stop adoption, pet accessories, doggie grooming, training and daycare center headquartered in Culver City, they challenged interior designers Carlie Campesi and Pam Juba to create a “safe …

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5 Cool Architects Compete To Design LGBT Center

Posted September 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Twenty years ago many architecture firms did not want to be associated with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian center. Now it is a sought-after client that has attracted some noted firms from Los Angeles and beyond in a limited competition to design a new campus: Michael Maltzan, Frederick Fisher, Predock Frane, MAD and Leong Leong. Hear CEO Lorri Jean talk about the goals for the center, and read about the shortlisted …

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L.A. Designer: Warren Techentin Builds an Open Cage in Silver Lake

Posted August 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments
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The latest installation at Materials & Applications is La Cage Aux Folles, a steel “cage” designed and built by architect Warren Techentin in collaboration with a largely volunteer team of designers and makers. The cage explores the contortionist possibilities of steel. But it also explores ideas about confinement (gilded birdcages, and prisons) while serving all summer as a very open stage for performance and for play. DnA talked to Warren about a structure that has become a summer gathering place.

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Deborah Sussman Passes After Long And Vivid Career

Posted August 20, 2014 by | 3 Comments
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Deborah Sussman, environmental designer who created the colorful identity for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, has died. She was a woman with style and personality as vivid as her work.

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L.A. Designer: Howard Cummings and Ellen Mirojnick Create The Look For The Knick

Posted August 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Howard Cummings, production designer, and Ellen Mirojnick, costume designer, last worked together on creating Liberace’s glittery world for Behind The Candelabra. Most recently they got down in the muck and marvels of medicine at the turn of the last century, creating the astounding look for Steven Soderbergh’s new show The Knick.
It’s a look that both supports the characters ­­and gives us an enthralling window into …

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Keep Off The Lawn: Griffin Enright Stats Revisited

Posted August 19, 2014 by | Comments Off
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This week’s DnA asked why the Slide The City for downtown Los Angeles has become the target of drought-shaming while millions of gallons go unchallenged on other forms of potable water-based entertainment. The show talked about comparative use of water in LA’s archetypal pleasure places including swimming pools, water parks, golf courses and even restaurants.

But it didn’t get into the other big water-guzzler, the Socal lawn.

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L.A. Designer: Chava Danielson Transforms Welton Becket Building into School

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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A new L.A. school occupies a retrofitted midcentury Welton Becket building.

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