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Frei Otto Dies, Wins Pritzker, As His Ideas Become New Again

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
Frei Otto ©2015 The Hyatt Foundation

Frei Otto, the German architect of gorgeous lightweight tent-like structures, has been awarded the Pritzker Prize, just two weeks after his death at 89.

But his influence lives on, most notably in the design for a new Googleplex by Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick.

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Does the Apple Watch Reflect Jony Ive’s Love of Past and Future?

Posted March 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment
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The Apple Watch has been displayed to the world and the jury is out on its genius.

But one thing that some pundits seem sure of, this is a product of Tim Cook’s tenure.

Or rather, is it Jony Ive’s baby? Based on a past encounter with the lauded designer, DnA thinks it might be.

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

Posted February 4, 2015 by | Comments Off
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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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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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Jenny Wu’s 3D Printed Jewelry Debuts in Miami

Posted December 3, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Jenny Wu heads to Miami to participate in Aqua Art Miami and sell her architectural jewelry line.

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NYC Subway Standards Reissue Sets High Standard for Kickstarter Campaigns

Posted October 9, 2014 by | Comments Off
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A Kickstarter Campaign reissues NYC’s iconic Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.

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CityLab 2014: Should You Grow Old in Cities?

Posted October 1, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Growing old in the 21st century city isn’t easy.

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L.A. Designer: Ellen Bennett Designs Aprons for SpaceX and Earthling Cooks

Posted September 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment
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This young designer is behind the aprons at your favorite L.A. restaurants and the SpaceX cafeteria.

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

Posted September 16, 2014 by | Comments Off
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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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