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‘Birdman’ Costume and Production Designers Talk About Creating the Film’s Look

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Birdman, from director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, stars Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a movie star struggling to be appreciated as director and writer of a Broadway play and to escape the shadow of his former role as an iconic super hero. It’s a theme that is familiar both in real life and on the silver screen, but one of the things that makes this movie far more powerful than a typical Hollywood mid-life …

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Lisa K. Weber, Illustrator, Taps Into Her Dark Side With Hex11

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments

Lisa K. Weber is an illustrator with a taste for the dark side. Since graduating from New York’s Parsons The New School For Design she has forged a career illustrating comic books, graphic novelizations of classic literature (including Oscar Wilde and Edgar Allen Poe), textiles and character and backgrounds for animated cartoons.
But she has tapped into her fascination with the otherworldly in her latest project Hex11, a graphic novel that is the first …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted October 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Your week in design events from DnA.

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5 Takeaways From Gehrygate, and Why He Might Be Right

Posted October 26, 2014 by | 2 Comments
Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry recently got caught on camera giving the middle finger to a reporter who asked how he felt about people calling his buildings showy. The blogosphere went crazy, and it was tempting to dismiss the whole thing as just so much sturm und drang in our age of gotcha-on-tape journalism. But it’s unusual for an architect to attract a Bill Maher-level of attention. …

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Photographer Documents the Cast-off Sofas and Mattresses of LA

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 2 Comments

Have you ever been on a sofa safari? DnA’s Caroline Chamberlain joined L.A.-based assistant director and photographer Andrew Ward on a recent Saturday morning to hunt down our city’s abandoned sofas and mattresses. It’s part of a photo project he calls “Sofas of LA” (with the sister project Mattresses of LA).
For three hours we toured Highland Park and Silver Lake and found sofas of all …

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In ‘Transparent’ the Characters and Houses Have Complex Identities

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment

Warning, Spoilers below!
The new dramatic comedy series Transparent from Amazon Studios written and directed by Jill Soloway has received widespread acclaim for its portrayal of Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a transgender woman, as she comes out to her family and grapples with the aftermath of her revelation. The show is largely about coming to terms with one’s identity, one that is both new and familiar at …

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Los Angeles Plays Itself in Michael Connelly’s Bosch

Posted October 21, 2014 by | Comments Off
Titus Welliver as Bosch

LAPD robbery-homicide detective Hieronymous (Harry) Bosch has been fighting the good fight on the streets of Los Angeles for 20 years — in the pages of Michael Connelly’s bestselling mystery novels.

Now he’s coming alive, played by Titus Welliver (left), in an Amazon TV production to stream next year. And so is the LA that he inhabits.

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DnA On The Road: “Making LA”, DIEM; Guerilla Architecture at the MAK Center

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 1 Comment
Making LA

Making LA (Friday, November 7)
The urban form of Los Angeles has long fascinated artists and architects, social critics and planners.
Often the very people who love it, or at least are intrigued by it, also want to improve it (I love you, you’re beautiful, now change!).
Among those is deLaB, aka Design East of La Brea, the nonprofit helmed by Alissa Walker (in middle of photo above, with child), …

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5 Design Things To Do This Week

Posted October 20, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Your week in design events from DnA.

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L.A. Designer: Alex McDowell and Students “World-Build” New Island City

Posted October 15, 2014 by | Comments Off
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Production designer and teacher Alex McDowell has been working with students, architects, movie and game designers and many others on the creation of an island city named Rilao, a fantastical hybrid of Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. What would an LA/Rio fusion look and sound like? What is the point of the project?

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