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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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Shigeru Ban Wins The Pritzker — For Goodness or Good Architecture? With Naomi Pollock

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Shigeru Ban has been awarded the Pritzker Prize and critics have responded with delight, saying his work elegantly unites divergent trends in architecture: the creation of showy monuments for the rich, and community-based design for the poor.

So what makes Ban’s work special? Did he get the prize for goodness or good architecture or both?

Find out in this interview with Naomi Pollock.

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Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Learned About Japanese Architecture in Los Angeles

Posted March 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Reaction to the selection of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for this year’s Pritzker Prize has been fast and favorable, with critics agreeing the architecture unites beauty, sustainability and humanity in a very important way.

But less commented on is the fact that Ban, the third Japanese Pritzker laureate in the past five years, credits Los Angeles for an education in his native country’s architecture.

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Philippe Vergne’s Path to MOCA Paved by Maria Seferian and Team

Posted March 7, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Philippe Vergne will take up the post of director at MOCA This coming Monday, amidst high hopes for the museum’s restart. And Vergne starts his new job with MOCA in far better financial shape than in a long while, thanks to a campaign helmed by Maria Seferian and team. DnA spoke with Seferian about her experience as interim director, just before she hands off the reins to the new chief.

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Andy Nicholson Talks About Designing the Sets for Gravity, a “Period Piece” About Space

Posted February 18, 2014 by | Comments Off

Space used to be depicted in movies as gleaming and futuristic, but in Alfonso Cuarón’s story of lone survival it is filled with flying junk and a disintegrating International Space Station.
Andy Nicholson, production designer, created the sets and found they involved the same level of intense, detailed research and photorealistic recreation as he would apply to creating the backdrop for a “period piece.”

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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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LA Designer: Grover

Posted February 5, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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Grover is a menswear company based out of the Arts District that sells locally made mens basics as a subscription service. DnA interviewed the CEO of Grover to find out more about their designs and unique marketing strategy.

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L.A. Poverty Billboards: A “Simple and Direct” Call to Action

Posted January 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments
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In an effort to highlight the population of Los Angeles workers who earn a ‘poverty’ salary, and to urge Angelenos to support living wage measures, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has paid for a month-long campaign of seven billboards that mimic the sign that reminds drivers of a city’s population when leaving or entering its limits. But the figure on these boards is the number of people living on or below the poverty line.

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