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Robin Cottle is an alumna of the CalArts graphic design program, and creative director for marketing at Marmol Radziner (MR), the architecture firm well-known for its finely crafted, Cal-Modern homes that was co-founded by her husband Ron Radziner with Leo Marmol.
A few years ago Radziner was in search of a cuff-style bracelet that would suit his personality more than the “jewel-encrusted skulls,” says Cottle, that dominated the …
Architecture, Design, LA Grows UP, Public Space, Recent Shows »
Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles is a step closer to getting a makeover – with four semi-finalists now selected.
But what happens next? Will the winning idea become a reality? And will any design scheme be able to combat the biggest obstacle to Pershing Square’s success: the parking structure below?
Design, Five Design Things, Holiday »
A 40th birthday party for the Triforium, a show and an auction of cool design objects, a drone convention and a tour of The Flats as seen through the lens of Jane Jacobs and the Lady of Guadalupe. Your week in design events from DnA.
Design, Holiday, L.A. Designer »
So often architecture is associated with pricey custom homes and fancy institutional buildings.
But many designers are also helping shape the city with pro bono work for nonprofits in less affluent neighborhoods. One in the news recently is the Campus For At-Risk Children in Watts, being designed by Frank Gehry.
And unveiled Saturday – with a celebratory Thanksgiving meal — is Mobile Village: Kitchen, designed by LA architect Deborah Richmond for Peace4Kids, a …
Changing L.A., Design »
Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles is getting a makeover – and Rem Koolhaas’ firm OMA, Morphosis, Mia Lehrer, Rios Clementi Hale, wHY Architecture, Peter Walker and James Corner Field Operations are among ten semi-finalists announced today.
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Twenty years ago advertising mogul Jay Chiat came up with a radical notion for the workplace.
“He consigned the concept of private space to the scrap heap of office history — desks, filing cabinets, family photos, and all,” wrote Fast Company. “Instead, workers were given cell-phones, PowerBooks, and the freedom to be creative whenever and wherever the spirit moved them.”
“In place of a traditional office, Chiat …
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For the past four years, developer/restaurateur/filmmaker Andrew Meieran has been fielding two questions more than any others. When will Clifton’s reopen? And will there still be Jell-O?
Well, answers to both have finally arrived. Er, sort of.
This past Tuesday was supposed to be the grand public opening but it has been delayed a few days, reportedly due to Meieran’s “perfectionism.” But while you wait …
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In a loft on the 6th Floor of 850 South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles you can find an optimist’s vision of the future — indigenous crafting methods and rural communities are kept alive, through the design and fabrication of avant-garde clothes and home accessories that last a lifetime.
That’s the goal of Mexico City-based designer Carla Fernández and her team, who has brought her womenswear line and …
Berlin, Design, Recent Shows »
The world’s cultural and economic capitals are becoming more crowded and costly to live in at the same time as changes in the family structure mean a generation of singles, boomers and non-traditional families are thinking anew about how they want to live.
On KCRW’s recent trip to Berlin we found an intriguing solution to both challenges: Baugruppen (building groups).
These are collectively built residential complexes in which …
Berlin, Changing L.A., Design, L.A. Designer »
On today’s DnA we talked about Baugruppen, the Berlin-based cohousing projects that are filling a need for affordable home ownership coupled with living in a semi-collective way.
It’s an inspiring model that begs the question: is it realizable in LA?
One of those who has investigated the possibility is Ric Abramson, principal of architecture firm Workplays Studio. He and three friends looked into the viability of growing …